Saudi king’s French Riviera holiday provokes beach protest
Saudi King Salman and a 1,000-entourage were due to arrive on Saturday for holiday on the French Riviera, where over 100,000 residents have petitioned against the closure of the public beach outside his villa. The new king and his inner circle's three-week visit at the family's seafront villa in Vallauris, where U.S. actress Rita Hayworth celebrated her wedding to Prince Aly Khan of Pakistan in 1949, will be a boon for the local economy. The mayor of Vallauris also wrote to President Francois Hollande to protest against unauthorized work done by the Saudis at the property, where a slab of concrete was poured directly onto the sand to install an elevator.
2 August, 2015 Saudi Arabian king leaves France after holiday controversy NICE/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa. A Saudi source said King Salman had arrived in […]
3 August, 2015 French beach returns to public after Saudi royal take-over Workers were busily returning a beach in southern France to its previous condition after the premature departure of Saudi King Salman, whose commandeering of the coastline had caused uproar among locals. King Salman made an early exit on Sunday from the Cote d'Azur only eight days into […]
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13 October, 2015 France, Saudi Arabia deepen alliance with 10B euros in deals RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — France has signed deals worth 10 billion euros ($11.4 billion) with Saudi Arabia, said French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday, underscoring the shared foreign policy stances that have helped deepen the two countries' military and economic […]