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German tourist latest victim to drown off south west France

A woman died on Sunday while swimming with her family at a beach in south western France.

German tourist latest victim to drown off south west France
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The 31-year-old German woman died at around 3.30pm on Sunday, reported the Sud Ouest newspaper.

She had been bathing with her family on the beach at Lacanau Océan, a part of the Gironde department popular with surfers.

Emergency services were unable to revive the woman on the shoreline. 
 
Authorities said that the death marked the fifth of its kind in just the last month. 
 
The woman's death comes just days after another German tourist, aged 39, drowned off the coast of nearby Cap Ferret.
 
The Atlantic coast in south west France has proven to be a dangerous place to swim over the years, due to strong currents and high waves.
 
There have been numerous deaths each summer, including a number of British tourists over the years.
 
This year, Due to an unusually mild autumn, swimmers have been heading to the beaches of south western France more than they usually do. 
 
At the same time, fewer life guards have been patrolling many of the beaches as is customary at the end of summer. 
 
It remains unclear if the beach was being patrolled at the time of the woman's death on Sunday. 
 

The woman's death comes just days after another German tourist, aged 39, drowned off the coast of nearby Cap Ferret.

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BEACH

IN PICS: The Corsican beach chosen as France’s ‘most beautiful’

Tripadvisor users have chosen Corsica’s breath-taking Palombaggia beach as their favourite. Here are some photos that might just decide where you’re spending your holiday this summer.

IN PICS: The Corsican beach chosen as France's 'most beautiful'
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Not far from the quaint town of Porto-Vecchio in Corse-du-Sud (South Corsica) lies a strip of sand that has beach bums raving for everything it has to offer. 

That’s at least according to users of travel review website Tripadvisor, who voted for Palombaggia beach as France’s finest.

“A sublime place, my favourite beach in Corsica. Clear warm waters sparkle in the sun, and the white sand is as fine as powder,” wrote one user quoted by Tripadvisor.

As expected such natural beauty doesn’t go unnoticed by beachgoers, meaning that Palombaggia is often swarming with tourists during the busy holiday periods.

The Isle of Beauty’s “jewel” as it’s been described has also featured on Tripadvisor lists for Europe’s best beaches.

But Corsica has other gems that have made it onto this year’s French-themed beach list: Saleccia beach to the north in fifth and Petit Sperone beach in seventh, less than an hour’s drive from Palombaggia.

 

And if Corsica isn’t for you, there are other amazing beaches across l’Héxagone that have made it onto the best beach list.

Sillon beach in Saint Malo in Brittany came in second, La Côte des Basques in Biarritz in third and Hendaye beach in fourth (both in the Bay of Biscay), Pampelonne Beach in St Tropez in sixth, Le Tourquet and Deauville beaches in the far north of France in eighth and ninth position, and finally Escalet beach in tenth, also near St Tropez.
 

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