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Water worries on French Riviera beaches

Take a dip in the cerulean waters of the Mala Beach in Cap d'Ail. Nearly 2,000 beaches across France have been tested for water quality by the French Ministry of Health. Out of the 149 beaches registered in the Alpes Maritimes, 136 ranked very highly, but there are some that haven’t made the cut.

Since 2013, the French Ministry of Health has been checking the Mediterranean’s waters for bacteria carrying faecal contamination as well as plastic and glass waste to guarantee safe bathing sites for residents and visitors. Based on the European Union’s strict directives, beaches are ranked out of 12. This year, more than 20 beaches on the Côte d’Azur scored six or below and here we reveal the worst offenders.

Cagnes sur Mer: Le Grand Large

Nice: La Lanterne, Les Bains Militaires

Menton: Gorbio

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat: Passable

Villefranche sur Mer: Marinières

Saint Laurent du Var: Cousteau, Les Bleues, Lansberg

Cannes: Nouveau Palais

Don’t let this dampen your enthusiasm for the cerulean waters of the region as there are many beautiful and clean beaches, such as Plage Mala in the image, in addition to those that proudly fly the prestigious Blue Flag label


Claire Davis