Côte d’Azur: outcry around the ultra-luxury artificial island in front of the Cannes coast

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The inauguration of Canua Island – the ultra-luxury floating platform on a trimaran anchored 600 meters off the Gulf of Napoule, opposite Cannes – was already scheduled for the end of this month, but the controversies continue to postpone its opening.

This 15 million euro project, which bears the signature of two former athletes – Tony Philp, the Fijian multiple world champion in windsurfing, and Marc Audineau, an Olympic skipper – consists of a chic beach club accessible by shuttle or by its own means. The planned area is 1,750 m2 on two floors and can accommodate up to 350 people, who can enjoy a 500 m2 “beach”, a restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool soft and an ultra-luxury suite of 45 m2.

A project that Renaud Muselier, the president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, did not hesitate to tax with “ecological aberration”, while the mayor of Cannes David Lisnard points out the consequences for the local ecosystem, highlighting the dangers to the safety of maritime navigation and the unfair competition for bathing establishments on the beach.

Lisnard promises that he will not allow departures from the coast of Cannes, although he does not have the power to oppose the mooring of the ship. The petition against the artificial island has already collected around 3,000 signatures.

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