French Atlantic coast braced for giant tide

March 21, 2015 3:38 PM

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French Atlantic coast braced for giant tide

MONT SAINT MICHEL, France (Reuters) - Towns on France's North Atlantic coast braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the full moon and this week's solar eclipse combined to create an ocean surge not seen since 1997.

At the picturesque Mont Saint Michel island where some of the biggest tides in the world occur, visitors gathered to watch the tide disappear out of sight, exposing areas of beach and rock visible only every 18 years. The next peak tide is not due until 2033.

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