A beach at La Grande Motte (Hérault), May 21, 2020. - CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP

  • In this period of progressive deconfinement, access to certain areas is once again possible, provided that they remain in constant motion.
  • This compromise adopted by several municipalities, known as the “dynamic range”, is supposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • A Facebook post shared by many Internet users claims to illustrate it with photos that are actually taken from a beach deploying a static model, being tested at La Grande Motte (Hérault).

Poles delimiting a personal perimeter, prohibited direction indicating the direction to follow between these spaces created on the sand… On Facebook, a post showing two photos of a unique beach of its kind provokes many reactions.

These photos are in fact supposed to illustrate the principle of "dynamic range" implemented by some municipalities in this period of deconfinement. This is listed among the many measures denounced in the text accompanying the publication: “Inexorably, your rights and your freedoms are destroyed. In the niche, like good doggies. Obey orders, because otherwise it is clubbing, fine and jail. "

“Do not take your children to build sandcastles on the beaches. It is forbidden to sit. The zealous grandpa of Lacanau with his deputy sheriffs patrols. It's a dynamic range, he says. One walks, one runs, one bathes, but one does not sit down, continues this text containing in addition many poisons - on the alleged oxygen problems caused by the continuous wearing of a mask, for example.

However, contrary to what their legend suggests, these photos taken at La Grande Motte (Hérault) actually show a static beach, as we can guess at the sight of the different beach attendants visible in the foreground or in the background.


Contrary to the municipalities which condition access to their beach to the need to keep it moving, like Lacanau (Gironde), La Grande Motte indeed authorizes those who wish to settle on the beach of Rose des Sables to sunbathe there. But according to very specific conditions, as detailed by its mayor, Stéphan Rossignol, 2 0 Minutes  : “We have set up a reservation system on the website of the tourist office. We organized a 2,000 m² space divided into six spans with places for two, four or six people, separated by rope and wooden stakes. It remains aesthetic, even if we would all like to do otherwise. "

The originality of the device inaugurated on May 21 has earned it much publicity, whether in the columns of Ouest-Franc e, in a report on the TF1 news, or in a slideshow of Paris Match . There is one of the photos used out of context in the Facebook post, both of which were taken by AFP photographer Clément Mahoudeau.

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Beach in southern France is the first to implement separated zones for beachgoers.
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- AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) May 21, 2020

This concept of a beach accessible by reservation remains obviously provisional, until the sanitary measures for progressive deconfinement are lifted. La Grande Motte also reserves certain entire days - such as May 31 and June 1 - for nursing staff.

The text accompanying the Facebook post is taken from an article entitled “Proud to be a defeated minimalist! »Appeared on the site« International network », which claims to deliver to its readers information emancipated from« mainstream media ».

A beach at La Grande Motte (Hérault), May 21, 2020. - CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP


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