More than 100,000 people have already signed a petition against billionaire King Salman and his entourage having Mirandole Beach, in Vallauris, between Cannes and Antibes, to themselves.
And yesterday, demonstrators - including nude swimmers - made their feelings known during a protest.
Now the police are furious, suggesting the visitors from the repressive Middle Eastern state do not believe in equal rights.
‘We’re the victims of discrimination,’ said one police source.
‘One of our colleagues was asked to leave the area on Saturday night because the Saudis felt uncomfortable with her around. This kind of discrimination should not be going on in France.’
A second female officer was on Sunday also ordered away from Chateau de l’Horizon, the king’s £5million-plus holiday mansion which was once used by Winston Churchill, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Marilyn Monroe.
Sylvain Martinache, a police union spokesman, said: ‘Is it because the king and his guests don’t want to see women guarding them, or is it because they want to bathe out of view of any women?
‘It’s quite shocking. But it’s diplomacy. There are around 1,000 people in this villa every evening. It’s great for the local economy.’
Like Britain, France sells millions of pounds worth of arms to Saudi Arabia every year and considers the country one of its greatest allies, despite its human rights abuses.
This is why the Ministry of the Interior in Paris is now thought to have agreed to keep all women officers away from the Saudis.
Despite ongoing protests, the authorities have allowed the beach to be shut off because of ‘security concerns’, according to a spokesman for the local prefecture...