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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 July, 2004, 21:39 GMT 22:39 UK
In pictures: 'Paris on sea'
People relax in hammocks at the Paris Plage installation along the River Seine
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For the third year running, a touch of the French Riviera has come to Paris.
People wander the bank of the Seine in Paris, as the third Paris Plage is inaugurated
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The traditional stroll along the Seine was transformed when the Paris Plage project returned to the capital on Wednesday.
Children play in a pool at the Paris beach installation along the River Seine
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The attraction includes a swimming pool, 3km (two miles) of artificial beaches, volleyball courts, a rock-climbing wall and other beach activities.
Paris Plage has been a huge success over the past two summers
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The quayside is transformed with tons of sand, sunshades, hammocks and other leisure items for the benefit of Parisians and tourists.
Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe (left) walks past the new 28-metre pool, part of Paris's most popular summer attraction for the third year running
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The installation, promoted by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe (left), will run until 20 August.


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