Umbrellas, sun loungers and animations leave the banks of the Seine after last night. Paris beaches, an attraction that is particularly popular with tourists, ends after a summer marked by a very bright sun and high temperatures. Moreover, the operation of Anne Hidalgo attracted a very important public in the summer. Since 7 July, 305,000 people have participated in sporting and recreational activities on the banks of the Seine, an increase of 6.5% in the summer of 2017.
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"This is a great vintage of the beaches of Paris, with an extraordinary turnout," said Emmanuel Grégoire, deputy responsible for the budget at the town hall. He presented an "almost beautiful" time during the two months of the 17th edition of the operation.
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Paris Beaches was launched on July 7 by the socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo on a section of the right and left bank of the Seine and on the banks of the canal de la Villette, where a seaside resort was opened. Besides sun beds, umbrellas and animation spaces (bowling, mini golf, dance floor …), the foggers were very appreciated this summer because of the high temperatures.
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They were stormed again on Sunday for a last sunny day before the school started on Monday. Like Noëlle, a Francilienne came to enjoy the facilities on the banks of the Seine "because we knew it would be very, very beautiful", as "a last taste of vacation". "We were on our way to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and when we saw this place, we changed our mind and people came to look, sit down with them and drink something," said Peter, a tourist on the waterfront.
At the launch of the operation, Anne Hidalgo defended her decision to pedal a part of the Paris docks to reduce traffic and "adapt the city to climate change".