Storms devastate beaches in Cannes and Nice

Cannes before the storm, by Jacques Gumbau, 2010

Although the photo is quite pretty, the damage is very real. Jacques Gumbau’s photo was taken yesterday afternoon just before a major storm devastated beaches across Nice and Cannes, leaving some plans for the Cannes Film Festival in tatters. Each year, the festival welcomes a side industry that lives off parties, fashion shows and receptions, many of which are concentrated on the beach restaurants and clubs. Waves of between 8 and 10 metres hit the beaches causing substantial damage and swamping the Croisette. The open-air TV studio of CANAL+ is also located prominently on the beach. Worse damage was noted in Nice, however, where the beach was almost  wiped clean of every man-made structure overnight.

Click through for images of the storm in Cannes, where a restaurant was smashed as people were eating in it, and Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

The mayors of both Cannes and Nice have requested that the storm be recognised as a natural catastrophe. However, it follows other storms earlier in the year and a debate about whether beach restaurants are not actually putting themselves in danger. The number of storms has increased over the years.


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