According to Reuters, Following massive summer wildfires in the Southwest of France, French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday vowed to replant one billion trees within 10 years, or 10% of the country’s forest.
The French president also announced plans to invest 250 million euros in modernizing the firefighting air fleet due to the increased risk of fires due to global warming.
He made the announcements at a ceremony at the Elysee Palace to honor firefighters, volunteers, and local authorities who fought the summer wildfires.
He said that the blazes destroyed 72,000 hectares (180,000 acres), six times the average annual fire destruction in the past decade.
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