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What a difference a week makes!


Photo above: In Fréjus-Plage, Nov 17, 2011.

If you walk along the beaches of the French Riviera today, it might not occur to you that torrential rains hit the area just ten days ago. The weather is warm. The seaside restaurants open. The sand golden and full of truck tire tracks.

Tire tracks? On the beach? That's because maintenance crews have been hard at work cleaning up the beaches of the many storm residues. They've picked up car tires, branches, lots of rocks and raked the sand clean.


So once again, signs of storms are promptly wiped clean. The same with most areas affected inland: Roquebrune-sur-Argens looks sparkling new yet much of the agricultural and flower-growing land of the plain was under water a couple of weeks ago. Hats off to a great collective effort to pop right back up again.


Photo: Beaches are clean & decorated with truck track art. Above: In Fréjus-Plage.


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