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Tel Aviv day on Paris 'beach' stirs controversy

People sit under umbrellas on the sand during 'Paris Plages', in central Paris on August 7, 2015The decision to dedicate a day of beach festivities in Paris to Tel Aviv sparked condemnation on Monday, with leftist and pro-Palestinian groups saying it sends “a very bad message” of support for Israel’s policies. Every summer, the French capital turns the banks of the Seine into a makeshift beach known as Paris Plages and has this year devoted each day to a famous beach around the world. Left-wing councillor Danielle Simonnet reacted angrily to the beach being named “Tel Aviv on the Seine” on August 13, after the Israeli coastal city.

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