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article imageWWII shell found on glitzy French Riviera beach

By AFP     Aug 8, 2015 in World

One of the best-known beaches on the French Riviera was closed Saturday after a World War II shell was discovered in Nice six metres from the shore, officials said.

The unexploded ordnance was found by a diver at a depth of three metres (ten feet) off a private beach in front of the city's famous Negresco hotel, long a haunt of the rich and famous.

Two nearby public beaches were also closed as the area was evacuated to allow bomb disposal experts to make the shell safe in a controlled explosion.

Nice was shelled during the Allied landings on the Riviera in August 1944.

The beaches reopened mid-Saturday afternoon.

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