VALLAURIS, FRANCE —
The likely visit of Saudi Arabia's king to his family's Riviera mansion has stirred the ire of beachgoers who will be banned from a stretch of sand.
King Salman is expected to vacation soon at the mansion that sits above an isolated - but public - beach near Juan-les-Pins.
Despite protests, the region's state official, Philippe Castanet, said the beach would be temporarily closed if the king visits - which regional security chief Francois-Xavier Lauch said is nearly certain.
Lauch said by telephone Monday that boats would also be banned from plying the Mediterranean near the mansion.
Last week, angry beachgoers won a temporary halt to unauthorized work ahead of the royal visit, notably a cement slab on the sand for an elevator allowing direct beach access from the mansion.