06/09/2010 12:08 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sarkozy, Bruni Ban Locals From French Riviera Beach: Report

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni have reportedly banned locals from a popular beach on the French Riviera, according to the Daily Mail UK.

Signs were posted on May 13 reading "No Entry" on the beach frequented by Sarkozy and Bruni, and policemen and cameras have been monitoring the area. Bruni's family has a holiday home nearby, but not their own beach.

Vacationers and residents were told the area was off limits due to falling rocks but they aren't buying it.

One man told Nice Matin newspaper, "I've been going to the rocks around Cap Negre for 20 years to sunbathe, and to enjoy the scenery. I obviously stay on public land and I've never had any problem in the past. But the last time I went I had been there for an hour when all of a sudden a policeman in plain clothes with a gun on his hip, like the Americans, told me to leave."

Some have also suggested that Bruni wants privacy not just to sunbathe in peace, but also because photographs of her and Sarkozy in swimwear are embarrassing.