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Superyachts bring new life to sleepy old French shipbuilding port

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As part of La Ciotat's comeback, the waterfront has been redeveloped over the last five years, with the addition of new hotels and long-term accommodation, and restaurants have replaced the many sketchy bars. (Above) The Compositeworks shipyard and shopping along the revived harbour front.

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As part of La Ciotat's comeback, the waterfront has been redeveloped over the last five years, with the addition of new hotels and long-term accommodation, and restaurants have replaced the many sketchy bars. The Compositeworks shipyard and (above) shopping along the revived harbour front.

LA CIOTAT, France

AFTER scuba divers checked the supporting mounts, a massive submerged boat elevator slowly raised the 661-ton, 51-metre-long yacht M/Y Sky clear of the Mediterranean, gradually revealing its black matte hull.

When the entire ship, replete with helicopter pad and

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