There are dramatic images on several front pages of people fleeing the wildfires in south-eastern France by grabbing a few belongings and making for the beach at Bormes-Les-Mimosas.
One woman tells the Daily Telegraph “all we had time to bring was our passports”. The paper says dozens of British holidaymakers were preparing for another night sleeping on the sand.
The Daily Mail shows some of those who escaped what it calls the “inferno on the Riviera”, covered in blankets and using bags as pillows.
The Sun’s travel editor, Lisa Minot, who was among those evacuated from a campsite, writes the British mantra of “keep calm and carry on has turned into despair” as many holidaymakers are likely to lose their cars and possessions.
According to the Times, those caught up in the chaos have been left “with little idea of whether their insurance would cover the disruption”. It says the fires have been propelled by strong winds through pine-covered hillsides and officials in Provence believe they were started deliberately.
The government’s strategy for tackling air pollution comes under intense scrutiny.
The Daily Telegraph reports that experts predict another 10,000 wind turbines will have to be built to meet the demand of electric-only cars.
For the Sun it is not enough to “blithely announce” a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars “without a co-ordinated, costed national plan for achieving it”.
The Guardian warns the government could face further legal action “to force it to produce a more comprehensive plan, with environmentalists, doctors and opposition politicians arguing it is insufficient to deal with a ‘health emergency’ estimated to be killing 40 thousand people a year”.
The paper’s environment editor, Damian Carrington, condemns the proposals as a “smokescreen” that hides the “true villains” – car manufacturers. He says they’ve “dodged the emissions regulations that would have kept air pollution in check”.
Infectious disease experts welcome it, saying that the current guidance is based on a fear of under-treating, but actually increases the risk of bacterial resistance.
However, the Royal College of GPs expresses concern that advising patients to take the medication only until they feel better would lead to confusion.
The front page report in the i newspaper suggests the “era of designer babies” is a step closer, with scientists in the US succeeding in altering genes in IVF embryos.
It says new technology has been employed to “correct” the genes responsible for inherited disease and could, in theory, be used to enhance those that produce traits such as better eyesight or stronger muscles.
The Times reports the suspected rape of an autistic man by another resident at a private care home was not made public by the regulator, the Care Quality Commission.
It says the incident was left out of a report, produced after an inspection of the home in north London.
The Care Quality Commission defends its decision, explaining that it has to balance its desire to be “open and transparent” with the need to avoid “compromising ongoing investigations”.
The chairman of ITV is said by the Daily Mirror to have insisted he will “never discuss” how much the channel’s stars earn.
The paper says the intervention of Sir Peter Bazalgette comes as the presenter of Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan, has been challenged by his BBC rival, Dan Walker, to reveal whether his salary is the same as that of his co-host, Susanna Reid.
It details the physical attributes that have propelled him from “a lad who used to be afraid of water” to a record-breaker.
His size 12 feet and his double-jointed knees, which help with power and flexibility; his body fat of a mere 6%; and his 46-inch chest, which allows him to lift 30% more than his bodyweight.