Hot and dry weather has brought with it a fresh danger to France’s tourist beaches.
Marseille is famed for its ‘calanques’, beach inlets tucked into crevices along the stunning coastline.
But the Riviera’s shores aren’t so safe or secluded this summer.
The long dry spell faced by the Mediterranean town has enticed wild boar to the beaches in their search for water.
Officials have warned tourists to stay away from the animals, which have been snuffling around bags on the beach to look for food.
Local residents have been forced to limit their garden sprinkler use to avoid luring the thirsty pigs.
Alain Vincent from Calanques National Park told the Telegraph: “Boars are searching for water wherever they can find it, which means in the city and suburban areas.
“You must not go near boars. You can scare them away by making noise.
“If a boar comes closer than three metres, you must immediately alert the National Park and we’ll take the necessary action because a boar can be dangerous.“
Boar usually avoid contact with humans but the unusually dry weather has caused this “abnormal behaviour”, according to Alain.
The sharp-tusked omnivores can run at speeds of 30mph and reach up to 25 stone in weight.
Many parts of France allow wild boar hunting, in a bid to cull numbers which have swelled out of control.
It’s estimated there are now more than two million of the pigs throughout the country.
Source : EXPRESS