The TK Bremen ran aground 100 meters from Erdeven beach in southern Brittany, northwest France on Friday morning, close to a giant nature reserve of dunes and wildlife.
The 19-member crew of the cargo ship was evacuated by helicopter, according to the local prefecture.
A statement from the prefecture of the Morbihan region said the kilmoetre-long strip of fuel from the TK Bremen was heading towards the beach.
A giant nature preserve of dunes and wildlife runs through Erdevan, one of numerous small towns on the coast that attracts tourists seeking fine wind and air.
The prefecture warned people to stay indoors as rescuers pumped fuel from the hold of the Maltese flagged ship in a bid to empty it. Read More