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Life's a beach: Cannes ships in sand for film festival

From Reuters - January 30, 2018

CANNES, France (Reuters) - Every year the French Riviera town of Cannes rolls out the red carpet to A-list celebrities at the worlds most glamorous film festival. Now it wants to roll out a bigger beach too.

The Mediterranean resort is shipping in 80,000 cubic meters of white sand - enough to fill 32 Olympic swimming pools - to widen the beach along a 1.4 kilometer (0.9 mile) stretch of seafront beside the famed Croisette promenade.

From Brigitte Bardot in the 1950s to Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio in more recent years, the Croisettes fine sands, glitzy hotels and gourmet restaurants have hosted films biggest stars during the annual festival.

By the time of this years event in May, the expanded stretch of sand should be in place and for private beach managers means more room to make money.

We had a strip of sand which was about 20 meters wide, now well get an extra 10 to 12 meters, said Bruno Richard, manager of the privately owned Long Beach, where a sunlounger costs 25 euros ($31) for the day.

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