Originally Posted by Marin
aerial firefighting with Canadair twin-engine amphibs.
Provence is plagued with late Summer forest fires, like Southern California, it gets really dry and windy and a small brush fire gets out of control in a hurry. The French keep quite a fleet of these in Marignane, not far from Marseille.
Here's a low-quality pic I took of one practicing near the coast at Antibes a couple of years ago.