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Au­gust is of­fi­cially the last month of sum­mer and where bet­ter to en­joy the last of the sea­son than France? Ca­tri­ona Burns dis­cov­ers the best events, from out­door film screenings to open-air mu­sic con­certs

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1 Light it up

What could be a bet­ter way to round off a warm sum­mer’s evening than a firework dis­play by the sea? Le Fes­ti­val d’Art Py­rotech­nique Cannes that takes place on 7, 15 and 24 Au­gust on the glam­orous town’s 400m seafront fea­tures a daz­zling dis­play set to a spellbinding sound­track that will en­trance the 200,000 spec­ta­tors that gather on the Prom­e­nade de la Croisette to see it. Ev­ery sum­mer, six dif­fer­ent na­tions are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate as part of a com­pe­ti­tion to win the cov­eted Sil­ver Vestal prize. See France’s en­try on 7 Au­gust with their show en­ti­tled ‘Abra­cadabra’. fes­ti­val-py­rotech­

2 Ahoy!

From 18-23 Au­gust thou­sands of peo­ple will de­scend on the port town of Sète in Langue­doc-Rous­sil­lon for the Fête de la Saint Louis. The fes­ti­val’s famed joust­ing tour­na­ments will take place along the town’s Canal Royal, see­ing op­po­nents, decked out in their sail­ing whites and straw hats at­tempt­ing to top­ple one an­other into the wa­ters be­low. Grab a seat on the canal banks or book a ta­ble at one of the restau­rants lin­ing the water­way for the best views be­fore join­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties that bring the streets and squares of Sète to life, in­clud­ing 70 street shows and a fire­works spec­tac­u­lar.

3 Break­ing the waves

From 11-21 Au­gust, the best Euro­pean and in­ter­na­tional surfers com­pete on the beach in La­canau for the an­nual La­canau Pro, a key event in the pro surf­ing cal­en­dar and part of the World Qual­i­fy­ing Series. If you don’t fancy rid­ing the waves your­self there are plenty more sea­side ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, in­clud­ing stand-up pad­dle­board­ing, zumba work­shops and surf­board ex­hi­bi­tions, and even con­certs or films when the sun starts to go down. The pro­fes­sional com­pe­ti­tion starts on 16 Au­gust, so take your beach towel, set­tle down on the sand and be mes­merised by the world pros rid­ing the waves. la­


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