Cannes outlaws large beach bags over attack fears

A man sunbathing on a beach in Cannes on May 17, 2016.
A man sunbathing on a beach in Cannes on May 17, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

NICE (AFP) - The French Riviera city of Cannes on Wednesday (July 27) banned sun-seekers from bringing large bags to the beach in a move aimed at preventing terror attacks, authorities said.

This decision comes as France is on high alert after a series of terror assaults, including an attack using a lorry that killed 84 people just up the coast in the city of Nice on Bastille Day.

The measure concerns "large dimension containers that are not see-through (back packs, suitcases or other baggage) and which could conceal dangerous materials, weapons or explosive substances."

Mayor David Lisnard said the ban will remain in effect on Cannes' coastline until the end of October. Violators face a fine or being asked to leave the beach.

French President Francois Hollande's government has been battling right-wingers' allegations of security failings after the Nice attack marked the third major terror assault on France in 18 months.