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French Riviera

The Herman Goerring Casino is located on the French Riviera, on the south-east Mediterranean coastline of France. The area had been recently liberated by American parachute troops and 60,000 American and French ground troops, and it quickly reestablished itself as a popular resort, with the Cannes Film Festival being launched there in 1946.

 

Map of French Riviera
Public DomainMap of French Riviera - Credit: Gilbert Bochenek

 

The area has hot, dry summers and mild winters, enjoying about 300 days of sunshine per year. With the rise of the railways, it became a vacation spot for British and Russian aristocracy and royalty in the 19th century. It was also noted for its artistic population, with Picasso, Matisse and Edith Wharton spending time there.

 

French Riviera
Public DomainFrench Riviera - Credit: The Library of Congress

 

The area now has a popuation of over two million, drawn from around 163 different nationalities.