French Riviera beach battle pits nudists against Saudi royals: ‘Workers poured a slab of concrete on the sand’

National Post

French bathers have accused the Saudi royal family of commandeering a public Riviera beach — a favourite among nudists — for their own private use during a forthcoming visit.

Residents are threatening to sue the Saudis over an attempt to block an underpass leading to the public Mirandole beach at Vallauris — between Antibes and Cannes — with fencing.

They are also furious that workers have begun illegal construction work on a huge concrete slab that is apparently being built on the sand especially for the visit.

Under French law, the beach is normally open to local bathers, with part of it reserved for nudists. A neighbouring villa is reportedly owned by Muhammad bin Fahd, the eldest surviving son of the late King Fahd, who bought the property about 20 years ago.

The dust and the noise are stopping us from enjoying this idyllic place

“It happened on Friday between…

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