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Elevator readied on French Riviera sands for Saudi king

July 24, 2015

VALLAURIS, France (AP) — Preparations are underway for the arrival of the king of Saudi Arabia and an entourage of hundreds at the family’s mansion on the French Riviera.

Word that King Salman was expected got out when workers began closing off the small public beach outside the mansion and laid a cement slab on the sand so they could install a temporary elevator.

Protesting sunbathers got work temporarily stopped, but permits were later delivered on orders from French authorities — a sign the visit is imminent, though no one will say exactly when the king will arrive.

The head of security for the Alpes-Maritime region on Friday confirmed the beach will be closed during the visit. Francois-Xavier Lauch wouldn’t confirm reports of a royal entourage of 1,000, but said that 400 to 500 rooms at luxury hotels in Cannes are reserved.

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