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In pictures: Parisians cool off in famed canal amid heat wave

‘La Baignade’ (which roughly translates into ‘The Dip’) consists of three pools with depths to suit all ages: From toddlers to adult swimmers. The pool will stay open until September 10, and it's free!
‘La Baignade’ (which roughly translates into ‘The Dip’) consists of three pools with depths to suit all ages: From toddlers to adult swimmers. The pool will stay open until September 10, and it's free! All photos by Louise Nordstrom, FRANCE 24

For the first time since 1923, Parisians were this week able to dive into the French capital’s canal as the city finally opened an enclosed swimming spot in the northeastern La Villette basin

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It's open Monday to Friday and includes a shallow paddling pool for toddlers, a 1.20-metre deep pool for older children, and a 2.20-metre deep pool for teenagers and adults.
It's open Monday to Friday and includes a shallow paddling pool for toddlers, a 1.20-metre deep pool for older children, and a 2.20-metre deep pool for teenagers and adults.

The city has provided deckchairs, parasols and changing rooms, as well as showers and toilets. The three pools have a capacity for 300 people and a maximum of 500 in the 'beach' area.
The city has provided deckchairs, parasols and changing rooms, as well as showers and toilets. The three pools have a capacity for 300 people and a maximum of 500 in the 'beach' area.

It is open between 11am and 11pm, but it is recommended you get there early to avoid the queues.
It is open between 11am and 11pm, but it is recommended you get there early to avoid the queues.

The city has ruled that all children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
The city has ruled that all children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

The pools are filled with canal water which is analysed every day to ensure it is safe for swimming.
The pools are filled with canal water which is analysed every day to ensure it is safe for swimming.

‘This changes everything for Parisians! Finally we can swim outside in the city,’ says Annie Bigari, who brought her two young sons for a day of fun.
‘This changes everything for Parisians! Finally we can swim outside in the city,’ says Annie Bigari, who brought her two young sons for a day of fun.

David Rigaudie, the head of "La Baignade’s" 16 lifeguards, stands watch to ensure visitors stay safe in the water.
David Rigaudie, the head of "La Baignade’s" 16 lifeguards, stands watch to ensure visitors stay safe in the water.

Whether you want to hang out with friends or relax with a book in one of the facility’s 50 deckchairs, there is lots to do.
Whether you want to hang out with friends or relax with a book in one of the facility’s 50 deckchairs, there is lots to do.

'This is a great initiative! A lot of kids don’t have parents who can afford to take them on holiday,' Sid Kaddoudi and Moun Mami from Paris said.
'This is a great initiative! A lot of kids don’t have parents who can afford to take them on holiday,' Sid Kaddoudi and Moun Mami from Paris said.

The deeper pools tend to be less crowded and much calmer.
The deeper pools tend to be less crowded and much calmer.

"La Baignade" is a first for Paris, where swimming in the Seine has been banned for almost a century because the water is too dirty.
"La Baignade" is a first for Paris, where swimming in the Seine has been banned for almost a century because the water is too dirty.

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