Beach 'creamers' to pamper French tourists
Perched in a beach hut on the Atlantic shore and paid to dole out suntan lotion and the odd body rub, two French students on Tuesday clinched what was billed as the ultimate summer job.
More than 700 young hopefuls flocked to respond to an online ad to work as "Creamers" in Les Sables d'Olonne, a prized French resort, with a shortlist of 10 battling it out in face-to-face interviews with tourism officials this week.
Estelle, a 22-year-old trainee osteopath from the western city of Nantes, was described by jury members from the tourist office as "dynamic," serious about health and with a "proven interest in seaside activities and nightlife."
Maksim -- a football whizz and maths student from Marzy in central France -- was chosen for "his interest in the mission of 'Creamer', his command of foreign languages and his qualities as a serious sportsman."
From July 10 to August 22, the pair will share a small booth on the vast Sables d'Olonne beach, dishing out sun protection advice and cream samples -- for a pay check of 850 euros (1,000 dollars) per week.
But the local tourist office has dampened the hopes of beach-lovers hoping for a free all-body massage.
Parents can bring children along for a head-to-toe rub, but adults will have to make do with a brush on the upper back and forearms to avoid potential embarrassment for the tourists -- or their student pamperers, said the job ad.
© 2010 AFP