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waves cause havoc in the Nice area of the South of France
- Coup de mer dévastateur sur le littoral azuréen
waves cause havoc in the Nice area on the 4th May 2010
waves have hit the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes
causing major material damage to the densely-populated coast
on Tuesday afternoon 4th May. The freak weather struck as
the region is preparing to host the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
waves battered the southern French coast between Menton
to La Ciotat on Tuesday afternoon, causing major damage
to beach constructions only a few days before the Cannes
Film Festival is set to begin.
Cagnes sur Mer)
were four to ten metre-high waves battering the coastline,
one woman with a fractured leg and causing major material
damage. The unusual weather cost the life of a 20-year-old
woman who was swept away near the lighthouse on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
Cannes, some 20 restaurants were damaged and several cars
overturned. Giant waves crashed over cafes and festival
installations on the beachfront La Croisette, causing millions
of euros worth of damage.
pictures below is of a restaurant - la Gougouline
at Cagnes sur Mer. The restaurant was severly damaged
in the bad weather on the 1st January this year and has
suffered again on the 4th May.
Nice (left), not only the beaches were closed but
also part of its famous Promenade des Anglais. The timing
of the natural disaster – days before the opening of the
tourist season – could spell economic disaster for the French
Riviera. In Nice and Cannes, a state of natural catastrophe
has been declared to speed up compensation claims for beach
front restaurants, some of whom were forced to watch as
6-metre waves carried their sun loungers and other equipment
out to sea, just days before the Film Festival and Grand
Cannes, an 11-year-old Australian girl was rescued from
a catamaran which broke free from its mooring. Over 1,000
cruise liner passengers had to be driven by coach from Villefranche-sur-Mer
to Toulon as the sea was too rough for them to return to
the ship by tender.
Cagnes sur Mer)
It took over 2 hours to travel by road from Nice to the
outskirts of Cagnes sur Mer on Tuesday evening. At least
the road was open whereas the carriageway nearer the sea
was closed. This was for traffic heading towards Nice. Fortunately
it was closed as in January this year heavy debris from
the sea was being thrown onto the road.
to a report on the Riviera
Radio website on the 6th May "Beach clean-up
operation - Across the Riviera, a massive clean-up operation
is underway following Tuesday’s 6-metre waves which wrecked
beaches and seafront restaurants from Menton to La Ciotat.
The mayor of Nice is meeting with beach bar bosses today
and has promised to speed up the process of compensation.
Cagnes sur Mer)
state of natural catastrophe has been declared in Nice and
Cannes and restaurant owners away from the coast are showing
solidarity by lending equipment to their devastated colleagues,
such as cutlery, furniture and washing machines. The president
of the PACA region has promised a million euros in aid for
affected establishments, many of whom had recently invested
thousands in new materials for the start of the season.
With the Cannes
Film Festival and the Monaco
Grand Prix both attracting hundreds of thousands
of people to the Riviera next week, the disastrous phenomenon
could not have come at a worse time for the local tourism
and marine experts have said that there was no record of
a similar tidal wave on the Riviera, but more likely as
a result of more than a week's torrential rain that had
flooded the Var River and that the river had carried millions
of tons of sand, mud and gravel debris into Antibes bay.
This then caused a massive underwater landslide.
to a report in The Guardian on the 5th May
2010 "Jean-Luc Passion, who runs a beach on the Croisette
at Cannes, said local businesses would need back-up from
the authorities . "[The
festival] is important for the beaches, important
for the town and important for the festival, so we will
pull out all the stops to get it done. But I think everyone
is going to have to help us," he told French radio.
Calling the storms a catastrophe, he said: "We are lost
for words. [The waves] came very quickly. It was calm and
then suddenly it started and we didn't have time to prepare."
Locals agreed that the waves were the biggest seen on the
Côte d'Azur for years, if not decades, and unusual at this
time of year. "You have to go back to winter 1985 for waves
this size," said Christian Estrosi, the rightwing mayor
of Nice and the French industry minister. René Colomban,
president of the Promenade des Anglais beach attendants'
union, said he had not seen anything like it since 1959.
In order to speed the compensation process, the mayors of
both resort towns have asked for them to be classified officially
as zones of natural catastrophe.
15 beachside restaurants were badly damaged. As reports
of damage also came in from Menton, near the border with
Italy, and Saint-Raphaël and Cavalaire, officials expressed
relief that there had been no casualties. Only one person
in the town of Eze was known to have been hurt, while emergency
services said they had had to rescue several people from
the sea, including an 11-year-old Australian girl on her
own n a boat. While May normally brings the onset of the
fine summer months in the south of France, this year it
has seen winds of up to 75mph hit parts of country near
the Pyrenees and disrupt flights out of Montpellier. Yesterday,
to the amazement of the south-western town's residents,
snow fell in Carcassonne".
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