• Short Summary

    A COMPLETELY NEW HARBOUR FOR PLEASURE-CRAFT WAS OPENED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) ON THE FRENCH HOLIDAY PLAYGROUND, THE COTE D'AZUR.

  • Description

    A COMPLETELY NEW HARBOUR FOR PLEASURE-CRAFT WAS OPENED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) ON THE FRENCH HOLIDAY PLAYGROUND, THE COTE D'AZUR. THE HARBOUR, AT LA RAGUE, IS A FEW MILES (KM) SOUTHWEST OF CANNES ON THE COAST OF THE ESTEBIL MASSIF.

    THE HARBOUR, DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 540 PLEASURE CRAFT OF ALL SIZES, WAS BUILT IN 13 MONTHS. HALF A MILLION TONS OF ROCK WERE USED TO CONSTRUCT THE HARBOUR WALLS. IT TAKES ITS NAME FROM A MOUNTAIN TORRENT, LA RAGUE, WHICH ENTERS THE SEA BY AN ESTUARY WHICH HAD BEEN VIRTUALLY FORGOTTEN SINCE IT WAS CUT OFF BY A RAILWAY VIADUCT A CENTURY AGO.

    A PRIVATE BEACH, A SAILING SCHOOL AND AN UNDERWATER SWIMMING CENTRE COMPLETE THE COMPLEX AT LA RAGUE.

    THE NEW HARBOUR WAS INAUGURATED YESTERDAY BY M. MARCEL ANTONOIZ, SECRETARY OF STATE. MINISTRY OF EQUIPMENT, AND THE EVENT WAS ACCOMPANIED BY FESTIVITIES INCLUDING A WATER-SKI DISPLAY AND A WATER-JOUSTING COMPETITION, IN WHICH CONTESTANTS IN GONDOLA-TYPE CRAFT TRIED TO KNOCK EACH OTHER INTO THE WATER WITH POLES.

    M. ANTONIOZ STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF LA RAGUE IN PROVIDING EXTRA OVERNIGHT BERTHS FOR THE MANY PLEASURE CRAFT WHICH NOW SAIL THE NOT ALWAYS CALM MEDITERRANEAN WATERS. OF THE 540 MOORINGS AT LA RAGUE, ABOUT 100 ARE FOR PUBLIC USE.

    BUT HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE NEW HARBOUR WAS NO MERE PARKING-SPACE FOR BOATS, BUT PART OF A HOLIDAY DEVELOPMENT AT MAURE VIEIL IN THE MOUNTAINS NEARBY, WHICH INCLUDES 600 VILLAS, EACH WITH A SEA-VIEW, AND A 400-BEDROOM HOTEL. CENTRED ROUND AN ANCIENT VILLAGE.

    THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT IS CALLED "LES ROCHES ROUGES" (THE RED ROCKS) AFTER THE CHARACTERISTICS RED STONE OF THE ESTERIL MASSIF.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1YSLIQ379MT0ACWAD4155PMJU
    Media URN:
    VLVA1YSLIQ379MT0ACWAD4155PMJU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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