That story I posted last week about the Saudi royal family demanding closure of a beach -part of which is naturist- has, after all, piqued the French, who have indeed demonstrated that their hard-wired sense of equality remains alive.
100,000 have signed a petition opposing the decision to close Vallauris beach.
“We recall that this natural zone, like all maritime public estates, is an intrinsic public property
that should be available for the benefit of all, residents, tourists, French, foreigners or people passing through,” the petition says.
“We ask the state to guarantee the fundamental principle of the equality of all citizens before the law.”
It’s doubtful that the petition will alter the closure. After all, an entourage of 1000, many of whom are staying at nearby hotels and bringing spending power, will trump equality every time. But it does show that the French are awake and alive to the equality of its citizens. Here in the UK the reaction would be to offer the rich a public amenity on ‘permanent loan’, such is the manner in which we appear to have lost our sense of meritocracy.