MAPS: Which beaches are open to the public in France?

Many of France’s 2,600-plus beaches reopened to the public on May 16th as part of the country’s plan to loosen lockdown. These maps will help you find out if you’re free to go for a walk or a swim at your closest beach.

Beaches all across France have been reopened to the public as part the French government’s de-escalation plans, a measure which will bring a new lease of life to millions of people in France living close to the coast. 

(scroll down for region-by-region maps)

From Brittany all the way down to Alpes Maritimes, beachgoers can now enjoy a day of sea and sand – as long as it's within 100km of their home – but they have to do it in what’s being dubbed “dynamic mode” in the French press.

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That means that swimming, surfing, walking, jogging and sailing are allowed but sitting down to read a book, having a picnic or sunbathing – referred to as “static mode” – is off the cards.

Group sports and gatherings are not allowed.

Beaches will not be accessible at night and opening hours will vary depending on the department and municipality.

Local authorities have to first apply for their beaches to reopen and based on their situation vis-à-vis Covid-19 infection rates, they will be allowed to reopen or remain closed.

In Corsica and Bouches-du-Rhône department, including Marseille, beaches will remain closed during the month of May.

This doesn’t mean either that every single beach in départments that have been given the go-ahead will be opened.

For example, Deauville mayor Philippe Augier has decided not to reopen beaches to prevent a flood of tourists from Paris flocking to the northern seaside resort.

“If we say our beaches are open, everyone will come and it will be a terrible mix,” he told France 3 Normandie.

“We must have the courage to say: the time has not come yet. Let's do it gradually.”

The following maps published in the French press show most of France’s 5,800km coastline, with each map focusing on a department, area or region where certain beaches are open.

The only map that isn’t available so far is for the south-eastern Alpes-Maritimes department where Nice and Cannes are (the far right side of the French Riviera), perhaps because all the beaches in all its communes are open to the public. 

Beaches open in north east France (Hauts-de-France region)


Beaches open in Normandy's Calvados department


Beaches open in Normandy's Manche department


Beaches opened to the public in Brittany


Beaches open in Loire-Atlantique and Vendée in the north west


Beaches opened to the public in Charente Maritime in the west

(Map also includes bodies of water such as lakes and museums)


Beaches opened to the public in the south east (Aquitaine region ) and south west coast in Occitanie

Beaches open to the public in Provence
(Map also includes parks and other cultural activities, open beaches are yellow icons)













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France’s monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

France has detected 277 cases of monkeypox, health authorities said Tuesday, June 21st, including the first case in the country of a woman contracting the virus.

France's monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

The case numbers have risen steeply since the last official figure of 183 cases five days earlier. But there have been no deaths in France attributed to monkeypox.

The normal initial symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blistery chickenpox-like rash.

Until recently, the viral disease had generally been confined to Western and Central Africa but is now present in several continents, particularly Europe.

Among the latest cases recorded in France, “a first female case has been confirmed, the mode of transmission of which is currently being investigated, and all the others are men,” the French national public health agency said in a statement.

So far, the recent outbreak of monkeypox, which is currently affecting some 40 countries, has mainly affected men who have engaged in gay sex.

The World Health Organization is due to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to determine whether to classify the global monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.

The virus usually clears up after two or three weeks.

Most of the cases identified in France have been found in Paris and its suburbs, though smaller outbreaks have been seen in several regions throughout the country, including Normandy in the north and the Cote d’Azur in the south.

The first monkeypox case in France was discovered on May 20, the same day the virus was detected in neighbouring Germany.