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Monday, 22 July, 2002, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
In pictures: Paris-on-Sea
Sunbathers have been flocking to France's newest beach - the right bank of the River Seine in Paris. The three-kilometre (two-mile) stretch, known as Paris Plage, was created at a cost of 1.5m euros ($1.51m), and plays host to concerts and sports such as volleyball.

New beach front by side of River Seine
For those who couldn't go to the beach, Mayor Bertrand Delanoe vowed to bring the beach to them (AP)

People sunbathe by the river
Capital dwellers have been flocking to the newly-built beach, where they can lounge by the palm trees (AFP)

People freshen up at water sprays on the pebble-covered banks
This is the closest would-be beach bums will get to the water though, as the Seine is too dirty to swim in

People stroll by the Seine
The project has drawn huge crowds, although some critics dismiss it as a gimmick (AP)

People go rock-climbing on the Seine River banks
The many activities on offer include rock-climbing, rollerblading and cycling (AP)

Windsurfers use a pool at a beach created at the Stade de France
The Stade de France has also been given a summer makeover and turned into a giant beach for a week (AFP)

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