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In pictures: Beach comes to Paris
Paris beach scene
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For Parisians unable to go to the beach this year - the beach has come to them, with a repeat of last year's Paris-Plage
Paris beach being built
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Construction on the three-kilometre (1.9 mile) long stretch of sand by the River Seine began at night
A digger moves sand on the Paris beach into place
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3,000 metric tons of sand had to be put into place
Workers build Paris beach
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The beach, devised by Mayor Bertrand Delanoe's office to make the city more liveable, cost 1.5m euros to build
Paris beach palm trees
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Palm trees were brought in to give the beach a tropical feel
Paris beach workers lay turf
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Even a few Greek columns were dotted around the grass verges, which were planted by hand
Paris beach workers rest
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Little wonder the workers grabbed a chance to sample some of the 300 beach chairs on offer
Paris beach users
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But the effort was all worth it - the hugely successful project attracted 2.3 million visitors last year
Paris beach sand sculptor
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As well the chance to make sandcastles the beach offers trampolines, volleyball courts and even outdoor showers - all for free
Paris beach scene
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In fact the only problem with the beach is that visitors are not allowed to take a dip in the Seine to cool off




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