French Riviera pleads for relief as yachts choose choose cheaper ports

By David Chazan

Saint-Tropez, the glittering Riviera resort favoured by celebrities and the super-rich, is lamenting a decline in the number of yachts berthed at its marina this summer. While luxury yacht owners tend not to be short of funds, they are increasingly shunning the Cote d’Azur’s upscale resorts because of prohibitive costs.

Instead of the renowned “billionaires’ harbours” of Saint-Tropez or Antibes, many are choosing less expensive destinations in Italy or Spain, where...

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