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How to master Christmas stress at this most wonderful time of the year

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Susan Tomassini
The holiday season is just around the corner – a time to connect with friends and relatives and emerge feeling refreshed. Or not. Even those of us lucky enough to live in the relative halcyon of the French Riviera can experience the holidays as overwhelmingly stressful. The combined effect of increased family obligations and overindulgences of the festive… Read More

Burqa ban 5 years on: “We created a monster”

in Eye on France by The Local
Five years after France introduced its controversial ban on wearing the full Islamic face veil in public, the subject still bitterly divides opinion. While opinion polls suggest most French are in favour of the so-called 2010 burqa ban, as is the Socialist government, some experts who have studied its impact tell a different story. Agnès de Féo, a… Read More

It’s training cats and dogs at the RééduCat & Dog centre

in Pets and Animals by Riviera Reporter
Launched in September 2014, RééduCat & Dog is the first centre in the PACA region specialising in physical therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy and acupuncture for animals. Veterinian Hélène Fugier had the idea of opening the centre for pets – when their condition requires rehabilitation in addition to veterinary care – based on a clinic in Turin, Italy, that… Read More

In a real pickleball in Fayence

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Pierre Obozinski
Pickleball? It may sound like a funny name for a game, but it’s one of the fastest growing sports in the US and Canada with more than 200,000 players. The USA Pickleball… More...

Rules and regulations when selling a property that has a septic tank

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
There is an old English saying, “Where there’s muck, there’s brass.” Nothing is truer when talking about … septic tanks. Okay, I hear a collective groan of “here he goes… More...

Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Marilyn Wedge Ph.D.
In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed… More...

Top 5 tax breaks to help reduce your French tax bill

in Business by Peter Johnson
Tax bills came early in 2015; Bercy must need the money. In previous years, French tax statements had started arriving in September and a second batch might have come out in… More...

Antiquing: Interior designers from Alabama go on an antiques tour in Provence

in Features by Caren Trafford
The splendour of Provence was enhanced this summer by the unbridled enthusiasm and joyfulness of two interior designers who hailed from their hometown, Montgomery, Alabama… More...

Bob Walter the garage owner: Cupid’s helper in the early 1900s

in Features by Margo Lestz
In Paris in 1902, young Dr. Marcile was head-over-heels in love. The young lady who was the object of his affection loved him too, but her parents wouldn’t consent to their… More...

A wine tasting in Seillans of red, white and bubbly

in Table Talk by Alex Ignatieff
After a wonderful summer of too many friends, too much food, too many pink swimming pools, taxi trips to rival Phileas Fogg and altogether too much fun, life settles back… More...

Smoothie operator: Local juicers on going green ... or crimson ... or fuchsia

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Scott Bell
There’s been lots of press over recent months touting the nutritional value of fruit and veg smoothies, so it’s no surprise to learn that in 2013 the juice and smoothies… More...

The sea route, is it being overlooked?

in Yachting and Boating by Michael Healy
“Où vous allez comme ça?” was the challenge from a police launch as I motored from Menton to Beaulieu. Luckily the sight of my privileged Blue Ensign reassured him, as I was… More...

Bursting your property bubble

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
If you haven’t noticed, the euro has been taking a bit of a kicking from a number of currencies, not least the sterling and US dollar. This has led to an incredible increase… More...

The tramway in Nice, art that'll stop you in your tracks

in Features by Margo Lestz
A few years ago, I took a course that required me to get up early and catch a bus to another town. Sometimes I would take the tram to the bus stop and I used to giggle every… More...

Provence Diary: Shattering the illusion of Provençal paradise

in Features by Jamie Ivey
I recently overheard a row in our village square. I’ll set the scene: beautiful sunny day, around about that time in late afternoon when the shadows are getting longer and… More...

Homes and Houses: Restoring the spirits in Ampus near the Gorges du Verdon

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
Here’s a special property that’s been beautifully restored using recycled materials and lashings of tender loving care. The owners aimed to create a home that as well as… More...

A guide to the chestnuts of Provence in October

in Visiting the Riviera by Caren Trafford
As Anne of Green Gables, the beloved character created by L.M. Montgomery, said, “I love October.” The air is crisp, the light is intense and the leaves crunchy. What better… More...

The Riviera Cricket Club: 25 years and not out

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Jonathon Brown
Quite apart from the respectable theory that cricket may have originated in northern France in the 13th century, cricket on the Côte d’Azur has an odd enough history; amidst… More...

Mougins School celebrates the Harvest Festival

in Community by Riviera Reporter
On Friday 9th October, 2015, Mougins School celebrates the Harvest Festival and, as we have done for over twenty years, twenty-four students from the Primary School Choir… More...

Liguria like a local: Apricale

in Travel by Chrissie McClatchie
For this next instalment (see Liguria like a local: Dolceacqua) in my series on the wonderful villages hidden in the hills of Liguria, I enlisted the help of my trusty… More...

Henning Mankell: Paradise after Wallander

in Profiles of Residents by Nancy Heslin
Henning Mankell died age 67 on Monday October 5th, 2015, from cancer. The Inspector Wallander creator had a home in old Antibes. We last met in May 2013, at his local haunt,… More...

Rent an apartment at the new “Albert” residence for seniors

in Local Living by Barry Hibbitt
A new prince in the name and shape of Albert is arising to give home, security and succour to senior citizens downsizing on the Cote d’Azur. Albert was, of course, the much… More...

Mimosa charity runners in Nice-Cannes Marathon in aid of cancer support

in Community by Karen Hockney
In the two years since the Mimosa Committee was set up, the charity has raised in excess of an astonishing €100,000 towards the fight against cancer in the Alpes Maritimes.… More...

Dual British and French nationality: the expat solution?

in Expat Issues by Riviera Reporter
In this corner, appearing out of nowhere in only a few months, Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to a 59% first-round victory for the Labour Party leadership was the biggest electoral… More...

Accidents blight start of French hunting season

in Eye on France by The Local
The French hunting season began with a bang mid-September 2015, but no sooner had it started than the first accident was reported when a hunter shot his own brother in the… More...

French speed cameras trap 4.5m foreign drivers, but will Brits pay up?

in Motoring by Riviera Reporter
Speed cameras in France have caught foreign motorists a staggering 4.5 million times in just one year, that’s an incredible 123,287 per day or 5,139 per hour. British drivers… More...

Homer’s Odyssey in 13 easy steps on the Colline du Château in Nice

in Visiting the Riviera by Margo Lestz
If it’s been a while since you’ve read the Greek classics (or if you just never got around to it) no worries! There’s no need to pull out the books. In Nice, you can take a… More...

400 Words at 5.30 with Nannies: Inside the Lost World of Sports Journalism by Peter Bills

in Reading by Riviera Reporter
What on earth is it about the French? We live in among them, hugely enjoy their company, marvel at their food and our taste buds salivate at their wines. But do we really… More...

Monaco and the Yacht Show 2015: the Alpha and the Omega

in Yachting and Boating by Michael Healy
The most important event in the megayacht world takes place September 23rd-26th – the celebrated Monaco Yacht Show ( This is its Jubilee year, the… More...

Exemption from French social charges with S1 form, a taxing system

in Doing It in France by Peter Johnson
Previously, we’ve seen how UK second homeowners have won the battle against having to pay social taxes (prélèvements sociaux) on their rental income in France, based on the… More...

French are happier than Brits, says new study

in Eye on France by Riviera Reporter
If numerous previous studies and surveys are to be believed, the French are a morose bunch suffering from a “collective depression”. But a new study suggests the French may… More...

Tanzania: The greatest show on earth

in Travel by Caren Trafford
How do you find a birthday present for a man who has everything and has been everywhere? It took months of planning but as our pilot began the descent towards the small sandy… More...

Fishy supper in aid of French and British lifeboats

in Community by Frances Grace Thompson
According to the inscriptions in our Grace family bible, we are descended from the Victorian heroine Grace Darling, the Longstone lighthouse keeper’s daughter, famed for… More...

Resources for healthy eating and well-being, one plate at a time

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Scott Bell
In 400 BC, give or take a year, Hippocrates coined the expression “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, and ever since we’ve been aware of the link between… More...

Ötillö 2015: Me and Pippa Middleton go on the run

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Nancy Heslin
Only the Swedes could invent a one-day sports event as mad as the Ötillö SwimRun World Championships. The SwimRun movement, started by Mats Skott and Michael in 2006, and has… More...

Dolphin Day demonstrators in Nice

in Community by Elodie Peyrano
There are a lot of thing you can expect to see at Place Masséna: musicians, performers, a Christmas market. But on Saturday August 29th, 2015, people on hand witnessed… More...

Greecing the Wheels

in Expat Issues by PJ Heslin
In 1793, Japan was ruled by a Shogun, China by an emperor and a Sultan still controlled vast portions of the Middle East and the Balkan Peninsula. France was in the middle of… More...

VendrediLecture, one for the books on social media

in Reading by Elodie Peyrano
Let’s be honest, between social networking and apps, it seems like people are spending more time crushing candies and less time reading. But don’t despair; VendrediLecture… More...

Liguria like a local: Sestri Levante

in Travel by Elizabeth Gabay
To me, Liguria splits in two at Genoa. To the west, along the coastal stretch known as the Riviera Ligure di Ponente (the coast of the setting sun), it’s an easily accessible… More...

Buying your French home, the final steps

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
Previously, we looked at defining your search for your dream property in France and how to make an offer. We now walk you through those final steps of becoming a home owner.… More...

Provence Diary: Benefits of a hair cut by a visiting stylist

in Features by Jamie Ivey
Normally I have my hair cut by a pompier. My wife says you can pretty much tell by the end result. By this she means it’s evident that I have been attacked by someone more… More...

Finding your voice on the Riviera by joining a local choir

in Community by Audrey Stuart
From classical music to jazz, barbershop, gospel and pop, any keen singers wanting to join a choir on the Riviera should find it easy to choose the right group for them and… More...

Wine: A rosé by any other name

in Table Talk by Alex Ignatieff
The Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix, having graced us with their ever-exhausting whirl, reminded us that it was time to watch the temperature rise and relax with a… More...

The cats of La Romieu

in Features by Margo Lestz
One of the main tourist attractions in the small medieval village of La Romieu, in southwest France, is the abundance of cats to be found there. They sun themselves on ledges… More...

Eileen Gray: A long life and a short dream, the story of villa E1027

in Features by Maureen Emerson
After what many agree have been far too many years of neglect, the iconic Modernist villa E1027 at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin has been restored and opened to the public as of May… More...

Jonathon Brown's art at the Musée International d’Art Naïf in Nice

in Visiting the Riviera by Riviera Reporter
At the Musée International d’Art Naïf in Nice, lurking in lush gardens on the hill behind the Radisson Hotel, the big free-hanging canvas painting Tempête à Nice (above) by… More...

New French rules and regulations: Buckle up and put down that sandwich!

in Eye on France by The Local
Life slightly changed in France as of July 1st, 2015, with everything from driving rules, dodgy parking and family allowance payments affected. Here’s what you need to know.… More...

Homes and Houses: Mougins villa of artist Ziva

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
She is a true artist, and hides behind the exotic name of Ziva. After eight creative and rewarding years living in a stunning Mougins villa, this international woman of… More...

A matter of FATCA: Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act agreement with France

in Expat Issues by George Donnelly
A record 1,335 Americans renounced their passports in the first three months of 2015. According to official US data, this staggering figure is close to 40% of the 3,415… More...

It’s official: women do bulk of housework in France

in Doing It in France by The Local
Women in France still do the bulk of the housework and most men wouldn’t know a duster if it tickled them on the nose, a new study shows. French women spend two and a half… More...

The Incredible Hauk, a new app for Breaking News

in Community by Riviera Reporter
Join Hauk for an exclusive Reddit AMA on Wednesday July 22nd, 2015, at 11am EST to learn about their rapid Startup experience. Follow @Hauknews on Twitter and Facebook.More...

Your in-flight entertainment - by British yobs and slobs

in Expat Issues by Riviera Reporter
As foreign media pick up on the increasing number of British press reports of loutish behaviour at home and abroad, decent British expats are left feeling shame and… More...

Cougourdons in Nice, "A home without a gourd is like an empty nest"

in Visiting the Riviera by Margo Lestz
In niçois tradition, the gourd brings good luck. There is even an old proverb that says, “A home without a gourd is like an empty nest.” If your home is currently… More...
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