Some maires and firefighters' unions have criticised the shortage of the Canadair aircraft in the fight against the huge fires in the south of France. They consider that 12 planes are needed, but only 9 are available, two of which are in Corsica. Pilots also claim that often the aircraft are grounded by lack of maintenance. The government has asked other EU countries to loan two extra planes to help pompiers combat the massive fires which have led to over 10000 people being evacuated from homes and campsites.
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