Beach in French Riviera Reportedly Shut Down for Saudi King
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For all the travelers out there who were planning a visit to the French Riviera during summer vacation, you must double check the booking as one of the area’s premier beaches will be off limits.
According to CNN.com, the beaches at Vallauris between Cannes and Antibes on France's Mediterranean coast are reportedly being closed for Saudi Arabia's King Salman, his family and an entourage of 500.
The problem is that the area is full of exclusive resorts and marinas, and local fishermen use the area as a home port for sea excursions. Restricting access to the area has caused anger amongst many of the locals.
Francois-Xavier Lauch, vice prefect of the surrounding Alpes Maritimes region, told CNN about how the beach's closure was a temporary security measure, but he insisted the closures were necessary following the recent attacks in the country. Lauch also claims that all heads of state from around the world would receive the same amount of security from the French government.
Vallauris town councilor and head of a local environmental protection association, Jean Noel Falcou, spoke out against the King’s entourage — there are already members of his staff who arrived in France — for closing the only public access to the beach in a tunnel that runs below his villa.
Falcou went on to tell CNN, “Not only were they installing a gate on public property, but also pouring cement on the beach to install an elevator linking the house and the beach.”
While French authorities would not confirm the Saudi king's visit, local officials are reportedly preparing for his visit and the influx from his massive entourage.
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