FRANCE: On the Beach

It was the most crowded August yet in the 100-year history of the French Riviera, a place which in Queen Victoria's day thought itself a winter resort. From Menton on the Italian border all along the beautifully indented 165-mile coast to La Ciotat outside Marseille, the sunlit Côte d'Azur was jammed with a half-million vacationing Frenchmen and hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists.

Stifled Yawn. Greta Garbo slipped into a royal blue bikini and plunged into the Mediterranean from her Cap d'Ail villa. Sir Winston Churchill and Maria Callas, the prima of...

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