More than 1000 firefighters are battling a “monster” wildfire in the south-west of France that has already destroyed nearly 7000 hectares of forest.

The raging blaze near the city of Bordeaux has gutted a number of homes and forced 10,000 residents to flee.

Strong winds and high temperatures are hampering the firefighting operation.

President Emmanuel Macron announced that Austria, Germany, Greece, Poland and Romania “are coming to aid” France in battling the blaze.

A number of firefighters have had to be urgently redeployed from other regions to boost the ongoing operation in France.

They are being backed by specialist aircraft that have been dropping water and flame retardant.

This summer France and a number of other European countries have seen a wave of deadly wildfires, triggered by record temperatures and droughts across the continent.

More than 1000 deaths have been attributed to the heat in Portugal and Spain.