‘2,000 jobs at risk’ at private beaches

Strict interpretation of 2006 decree forcing private beaches to reduce in size

MORE than 2,000 jobs are being lost on the Riviera’s private beaches as they reduce in size to conform with the law, says a hospitality union.

A 2006 decree says private beaches may take up no more than 20% of a natural beach and half of an artificially constructed one, and the government has been strictly applying this rule.

The rules aim to ensure the coast remains public property with plenty of free access.

René Colom­ban, president of plagistes (private beach managers) for Umih in the Alpes-Mari­times, said the losses are mounting up ...

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