Paris/Madrid — Wildfires burned tracts of land in France and Spain at the weekend as Europe sweltered in record-breaking temperatures that pushed the mercury towards new highs on Sunday in Germany, killing at least seven people.

Temperatures in France’s southern Gard region hit 45.9°C on Friday — hotter than in California's Death Valley — sparking scores of fires that burned 550ha of land and destroyed several homes and vehicles.

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