At the Old Port of Cannes, the renovation and reinforcement work on the Laubeuf and du Large seawalls, now rechristened the Joséphine Baker jetty, has come to an end.
On Friday 9 July, David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes, and Jean-Pierre Savarino, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur CCI (Chamber of Commerce and Industry), opened these titanic works – costing a total of €30 million – that were launched in 2018.
Enjoy a remarkable scenic walkway
Over more than 600 metres, this structure formed of 4224 Accropode blocks (concrete blocks designed to resist the impact of the waves), which reinforce the various sections of the seawall in order to protect people and property from large wave surges in an environmentally friendly way. They also secure the port and enhance the public space: now higher and longer, the seawalls have been redesigned to include a panoramic promenade. Seamlessly incorporated into the protective infrastructure, the promenade is accessible to those with reduced mobility and allows walkers and families to enjoy a 360° view of the Bay of Cannes; the Lérins Islands all the way to the Estérel Massif, undeniably helping to promote the site and improve the quality of life for locals.
A tribute to the Franco-American artist
The Laubeuf and du Large seawalls are now a thing of the past! Their new name, the ‘Joséphine Baker jetty’ is a tribute to the talent and dedication of this Franco-American artist. A strong, free pioneering woman during the Second World War, she educated several of her children in Cannes, the cité des festivals. A breath of freedom that is perfectly honoured by the grandeur and beauty of the Mediterranean horizon and the ridges of the Estérel Massif that meets the Bay of Cannes.
This ambitious project is the result of a dynamic partnership between the CCI Nice Côte d’Azur, the operator of the Old Port of Cannes, and the Cannes Pays de Lérins local authority.