Holiday reads: Beachgoers check out French seaside libraries

Going to the beach can be tough work, but if you need a break from all the gruelling swimming and sunbathing this summer, a trip to one of France's pop-up seaside libraries could be just the thing. Lulled by the gentle cries of seagulls in the distance, flocks of readers have been heading to the book-filled beach huts that authorities have opened along the coast of Normandy in northern France and elsewhere. "It's a perfect break for reading and relaxing between two dips in the sea," said 52-year-old hairdresser Isabelle from her deckchair at the library in Etretat, a Normandy resort famed for its dramatic white cliffs. "Since I'm not going away on holiday, this is my treat every afternoon," she said, before diving back into a detective novel. Etretat is one of 12 local resorts where authorities have set up library beach-huts this summer. Open from July 7 until August 26, each

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