lovers on the French Riviera are venting their anger over the imminent arrival
of the Saudi royal family, who have ordered a kilometre-long stretch of beach
to be closed off to the public.
after their security is fine, but they should at least let us go for a swim,”
said Mohamed, a disgruntled fishing enthusiast, as reported by the Guardian.
between the coastal railway and the Mediterranean Sea, the grounds of the royal
family’s immense villa stretch across a kilometre of Riviera coastline between
Antibes and Marseille. The property has reportedly been unoccupied for several
authorities confirmed that King Salman was due to arrive this week, and that
access to the entire kilometre stretch would be cut off, including the public
beach at Vallauris, which can only be reached through a tunnel under the
to the coast will be prohibited by police officers for the duration of the
king’s holiday,” said local official Philippe Castanet. Coast guard boats will
also stop anyone coming within 300 metres of the villa by sea.
users swung between disappointment and anger over the news. “They take the
decision and there’s nothing we can say,” said Mohamed, rinsing off his fishing
rod on the beachfront.
a good fishing spot and blocking access is not acceptable.”