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Interview with Carol Drinkwater, the bee’s knees

in Reading by Barth Hulley
Barth Hulley sits down with author Carol Drinkwater to discuss writing, racism and pollinators. Carol Drinkwater is best known for her nonfiction best seller Olive Farm series, with over a million copies sold worldwide. Her latest foray into set-in-France fiction, The Forgotten Summer,… Read More

Happy May Day! La Fête du Muguet, a day to give a flower to someone you love

in Features by Margo Lestz
May 1st is a public holiday in France. It’s called La Fête du Travail, and it’s the equivalent of the US Labor Day. But it’s also another special day, La Fête du Muguet (pronounced something like “mew-gay”), the flower known in English as lily of the valley. Each May 1st, we offer a sprig… Read More

Menopause: The wonder (where I put that) years

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Lydia Porter
“Crying is good for you,” my mum would sniffle after bursting into tears yet again for no reason. I was in my mid-twenties, ignorant of the uncontrollable changes caused by decreasing levels of oestrogen. Fast-forward thirty years and my own biological process: I’d say that laughter is… Read More

10 steps to getting your French mortgage

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
Step 1: Sort out your finances You’re looking to buy so you’ll need to get an idea of the amount you can borrow when the time comes. Otherwise, as Tim Clark has pointed out… More...

Benoit Buridant: Q&A with CEO & Co-Founder of FrenchFounders

in Finance, Tax and Business by Riviera Reporter
RR: You were born in Brest in 1985 and grew up in Toulon. Can you tell us a how you ended up in the US? BB: I always wanted to start my own business and thought the US would… More...

Drive of the Bumble Bee, a rally for charity

in Community by Riviera Reporter
The inaugural Bumble Bee Rally will leave Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace on Sunday May 8th, 2016, with up to 24 motoring enthusiasts from the UK taking part in a 1,600 mile… More...

The English Book Centre, just around the 17th-century corner in Valbonne

in Reading by Riviera Reporter
Snuggled in the pretty medieval village of Valbonne, with a population of 9,500, an unassuming bookshop has quietly become an icon of the expat community and the French… More...

Villa La Ponche: Going once, going twice … to auction

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
If you have a couple of million euro lying around, you may want to note a few sale dates in May. A first in France, a private auction for a luxury property that will be… More...

Mimosa Cocktail fundraiser in aid of cancer

in Community by Karen Hockney
The Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix are without a doubt two of the French Riviera’s glitziest events of the calendar year. And, for the first time, taking… More...

Brexit Report: Expats - Who can vote and how in the EU referendum

in Expat Issues by Mike Meade
The exact words on the ballot will be: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” UK citizens who have been out of the UK… More...

Brexit Report: Healthcare for British expats after Brexit

in Expat Issues by Mike Meade
When this magazine started almost 30 years ago, by far our most important advertisers were insurance companies that covered expats who were living in France. This was before… More...

Brexit Report: What might happen to air travel in the EU?

in Expat Issues by Mike Meade
Expats probably use air travel more than most people. For some, it’s a vital link to business interests and friends and family abroad. Industry professionals led by easyJet… More...

Brexit Report: What will happen to expats in France?

in Expat Issues by Mike Meade
At the very least, living as a non-EU expat in France will be far less convenient than it is now. Just ask any Canadian, American or Australian. Gone are the days when EU… More...

Brexit Report: How to say goodbye if the UK leaves the EU

in Expat Issues by Mike Meade
If the UK votes to leave the EU, the most likely procedure will be to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which states that a leaving country must abide by European Union… More...

Brexit Report: The June 23 EU referendum - The issues

in Expat Issues by Mike Meade
We don’t claim to be neutral on the EU referendum. After looking at the facts, the rumours and the uncertainties, the Riviera Reporter is strongly in the “Bremain” camp. For… More...

Brexit Report: What the future may bring for Britain and expats

in Expat Issues by Mike Meade
These are probably the most important pages we’ve published in the history of this magazine. Along with my partner, I still own the Riviera Reporter publishing company that I… More...

King Tommy, the first Indian Native Therapy Dog

in Pets and Animals by Monique Gold
He has travelled far, King Tommy. His ancestors are documented in tales about the Hindu Gods and the first accounts of Indian culture talk about what is now called the Indian… More...

Homes and Houses: La Grande Lauzade in St Luc

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
The golden stone of Provence seems to reflect and glow even during winter – its warmth is incandescent. It offers welcome and the promise of joys to follow throughout the… More...

AS Monaco FC's Vadim Vasilyev has his eye on the ball

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Joana Ruzgiene
In 2011, the Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club (more commonly known as AS Monaco FC) was at the bottom of Ligue 2, and the team was facing the possibility of being… More...

Denmark is no longer the country I used to love

in Features by Søren Kenner
Denmark is changing and not for the better. But if you complain or criticise, you can be sure someone will promptly tell you that it is still the world’s happiest society. So… More...

History of the French beret

in Features by Margo Lestz
The French beret, that little pancake of a hat, has become the recognised symbol of all things French – at least among those outside of France. The traditional French beret… More...

Youth is wasted on the unemployed: Opportunity for reform?

in Finance, Tax and Business by Peter Johnson
As 2015 ended with more alarming terrorist attacks and waves of immigrants clamouring at Europe’s gates, one thing that noticeably did not change in France was the rate of… More...

Vitamin D deficiency despite the sunny Riviera lifestyle

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Susan Tomassini
We live in a region that gets 320-plus days of sunshine but even so, when daylight, sunlight and temperature levels fall, so do our energy levels. Lethargy and sluggishness… More...

An American in France goes house-hunting: Home sweet home, finally

in Property and Pools by PJ Heslin
I’m sure readers have been waiting with bated breath, wondering whether we were able to move into our new apartment for Christmas (see An American in France goes… More...

D.H. Lawrence’s final journey, from the sun to the stars

in Culture and Arts by Robert Bullock
At the beginning of 1930, English novelist D. H. Lawrence was living with his German wife, Frieda, at Villa Beau Soleil, a rented house in Bandol. Weighing barely 45 kilos,… More...

French residence and taxes

If you own, or are buying, a property in France and spend time here each year, you need to understand the rules about residency in France and the UK, so that you comply fully… More...

Wine bars in Nice worth braving winter for

in Table Talk by Chrissie McClatchie
When we last headed deeper into self-imposed winter hibernation, I thought it might be fun to compile a selection of my favourite Nice wine bars, to encourage readers to… More...

What language are EU immigrants speaking?

in Expat Issues by Riviera Reporter
David Cameron is taking his pitch from Henry Ford’s Model-T: you can speak any language, as long as it’s English. He has a point but it’s hard to introduce linguistic… More...

Climb Mont Blanc from your armchair thanks to Google

in Outdoors and Nature by The Local
Google has crossed another frontier in mapping out Mont Blanc via its Street View function, meaning you can see the iconic mountain like never before. The American search… More...

Gaelic football on the Côte d’Azur with Azur Gaels

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Riviera Reporter
Richard Luke Faul, known as “Chard”, grew up near Reading before moving to Cornwall with his family and becoming a student at Exeter University, where he studied to be a… More...

Provence Diary: On the run from school mums

in Features by Dan Briggs
Dear reader, you will not believe what happened recently. So far, this story has been one of social mishap after social mishap, of exclusion and self-doubt and, above all, a… More...

Au revoir to plastic bags in France

in Doing It in France by The Local
Single use plastic bags are set to disappear from French checkouts by the end of March 2016. The law, part of France’s energy transition bill, was originally due to come into… More...

The artisanal olives of the French Riviera

in Visiting the Riviera by Chrissie McClatchie
Grape harvest season may be well and truly over, but the shorter days and cooler nights of November could only mean one thing – olives on the French Riviera. The harvest… More...

God Save the Royal Derriere: the origin of the British National Anthem

in Features by Margo Lestz
The British National Anthem, “God Save the Queen” (or King, depending on the gender of the monarch), is played at all royal events, but did you ever wonder about its origins?… More...

House-hunting for your dream property in France

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
“I’ll know it when I see it!” Seven words that strike fear into the heart of the most hardened estate agent. In fact, I’m thinking of beginning a mind-reading course for… More...

Residence Albert: Independent apartment living for expat seniors on the Riviera

in Local Living by Marian McCarthy
The Côte d’Azur is an exceptional place to live, whatever your age. However, until recently, the options for expat seniors on the Riviera were relatively limited: return to… More...

What to expect in France for 2016

in Doing It in France by The Local
The start of the New Year in France brought in a flood of changes, including a complete reworking of France’s map and compulsory doggy bags in restaurants. Here’s everything… More...

10 French TV series you have to watch in 2016

in Culture and Arts by Katie Warren
France isn’t well known for its stellar TV, but a recent surge of great shows is making it worth your while to tune into some French channels. And remember that if you… More...

Avery Glize-Kane: Obituary

in Profiles of Residents by Burton Gintell
“Class, grace and passion ... all rolled into one” The Anglophone community of the Riviera has lost one of its brightest stars. Avery Glize-Kane passed away on January 8th,… More...

Carnival time and Nice is buzzing with the sound of gourds

in Visiting the Riviera by Margo Lestz
Nice’s Carnival (Feb 13th-28th, 2016, www.nicecarnaval.com) is one of the oldest in Europe, with the earliest reference dating back to 1294 when a Count of Provence wrote… More...

New mosquito-borne Zika virus could hit the Riviera

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Riviera Reporter
Since the Asian tiger mosquito, carrier of dengue fever, first made a buzz in Menton in 2004, its pesky presence has steadily grown in the Var and parts of the… More...

Does a simple, home-working freelancer really need a tax lawyer?

in Finance, Tax and Business by Barth Hulley
So there I was, January 2006, sitting in a state-of-the-art conference room at Deloitte’s plush new home in the Euro-district of Strasbourg, an area that can only be reached… More...

Where the jobs are for expats working abroad

in Expat Issues by Riviera Reporter
Malta attracts IT professionals and Norway entices with its favourable work-life balance, while expats in Luxembourg enjoy excellent job security. For its annual Expat… More...

Resolution of French social charges: No gain, no pain for ex-pats

in Finance, Tax and Business by Peter Johnson
Finally, on October 20th, 2015, a resolution on the long-running saga of social charges (prélèvements sociaux), which will come as a great relief to many expatriates living… More...

The Monte Carlo Rally 2016: the start of the World Rally season

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Riviera Reporter
The 2016 World Rally Championship season begins in earnest next week with the historic Monte-Carlo Rally - arguably the most famous, and certainly the oldest, event on the… More...

7 illegal things that may happen in restaurants in France

in Doing It in France by Riviera Reporter
In autumn 2015, a customer filed a complaint with the police against a bistro in Draguignan that refused to sell him a hot drink after 5pm. Nice-Matin journalist Benoit… More...

Square Foot Self-Storage: Why size matters

in Local Living by Riviera Reporter
When it comes to storing personal belongings, do your research. Square Foot Self-Storage began nine years ago with its first warehouse in Biot, where different sized units,… More...

Elsa: Paolo Sari's organic restaurant at the Monte Carlo Beach

in Table Talk by Scott Bell
Organic food and cooking is becoming increasingly accepted and even demanded in our everyday lives. In addition to the many organic-only stores, most every supermarket has a… More...

Provence Diary: Life at the French school gates

in Features by Dan Briggs
Dan Briggs gave up his job as a journalist in the UK after his wife went on secondment to the South of France. Now he’s a house dad in a foreign land struggling to cope with… More...

Electric shock: EDF’s retroactive price rise is on its way

in Doing It in France by Jo-Ann Howell
If you are a Tarif Bleu EDF client in your home, then at some point over the first six months of 2016 you’ll be receiving a confusing invoice (if you haven't already),… More...

The state of the property market in 2015 on the French Riviera

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
Well, another year draws to a close and what a period of ups and downs it has been. I feel privileged to live and work in this region of France and often have to pinch myself… More...

The six vineyards of St Antonin du Var

in Visiting the Riviera by Elizabeth Gabay
Wine writers and buyers often only see two or three vineyards briefly when visiting a specific producer, maybe a local restaurant. Invariably we get small snapshots of a… More...

How berets came to play their part in the French stereotype: Onion Johnnies

in Features by Margo Lestz
Berets and onions In the mid 1900s, if you had asked nearly any British person what a Frenchman looked like, you would have gotten this description: He wears a beret, and he… More...