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Renting in France: Things to check before you sign

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
In light of the current weakness of the euro against some other currencies, particularly the strong British pound, expats in France might be tempted to buy property here. However, if you prefer to concentrate on finding your feet in France first, before making such an investment, renting property could be the better choice for you. In the following, you’ll… Read More

Secrets of the Lerin Islands that were locked away

in Visiting the Riviera by Patrick McCrea
The Lerin Islands are well known for the boat service from Cannes with pretty promenades on the Île Sainte-Marguerite and visits to Île Saint-Honorat for church services and spiritual retreats at the monastery. A small number of visitors (and residents for that matter) are aware, however, of the history of the Royal Fort on Sainte-Marguerite, which became a… Read More

Celebrating the Cannes Film Festival, 13-24 May 2015

in Visiting the Riviera by Caren Trafford
Inaugurated in 1946, the Festival of Cannes is all about the celebration of film. Today, it is an important meeting point for the 12,000 or so “wheelers and dealers” of the film industry. More so a meeting place for the professionals than the punters, for 10 days of the year Cannes is in the spotlight as the stars gather and the directors and producers wait… Read More

Flashmobbing in a Luberon village

in Features by Jamie Ivey
Every Wednesday I stand and watch them. Fifteen women of varying shapes and sizes, grunting and groaning to the music. Some of the moves are embarrassing to witness.… More...

Where is the stained glass window from the old Christ Church Cannes?

in Features by Margo Lestz
Tom Küpper (above) is a stained glass conservator at Britain’s third largest cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, where he’s in charge of the upkeep of 750 windows, the oldest of… More...

Former US Senator Ben Nelson gets behind the Monaco US Business Forum in June

in Expat Issues by PJ Heslin
The Monaco US Business Roundtable was co-founded by Mike Powers and Susan Feaster in 2014, with the aim to build stronger relations between the two countries in the fields of… More...

Europe in stats: from Spain to Sweden

in Expat Issues by The Local
From women in the workplace to income inequality, the differences between European countries are getting greater in lots of areas. The Nordic countries do well when it comes… More...

Lifestyles of the rich and famous on the Côte d'Azur, who cares?

in Local Living by Lisa Pepin
The South of France is known for being the second home to many of the world’s rich and famous. But when the rest of the world sees photos of celebrities walking the red… More...

Freemasons built on tradition at Abbey Lodge

in Community by Riviera Reporter
The changes brought about by the progressive construction of a railway network across Europe in the 19th century have been the subject of many books, and at least one recent… More...

Victory for second-home owners in France, social charges deemed illegal

in Doing It in France by Riviera Reporter
France has finally lost its war against British second-home owners, after the European Court ruled it “illegal” to charge social charges on gains from renting or selling (the… More...

Social contributions on properties: A break for EU non-residents in France?

in Doing It in France by Peter Johnson
Towards the end of 2014 there was massive debate about the legality of the French tax office charging “social contributions” paid by European non-residents on French rental… More...

Tips for selling your house in winter

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
We all know our houses can look less than inviting during the winter months and even on the French Riviera it can get cold and damp, so what to do if you are trying to sell… More...

Liguria like a local: Dolceacqua

in Visiting the Riviera by Chrissie McClatchie
One of my many New Year’s resolutions for my blog, The Riviera Grapevine, is to start documenting all the wonderful villages that can be found in the hinterland of the French… More...

A portrait of modern France in ten stats

in Eye on France by Simone Flückiger
France’s National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) has released its 2014 social portrait of the country, which highlights how French society has evolved… More...

Elizabeth Finn Care: Charity that helps when in financial difficulty

in Expat Issues by Mary Hughes
Elizabeth Anne Finn and her daughter, Constance, founded Elizabeth Finn Care (EFC), previously The Distressed Gentlefolk’s Aid Association, in 1897. Since then EFC has been… More...

Bread delivery: “Les porteuses de pain” of days gone by

in Features by Margo Lestz
If you like bread, then when you’re in France you probably stop by the boulangerie, or bakery, every day to buy a baguette, croissant, or one of the other tempting treats… More...

Homes and Houses: La Canabière, Mons

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
In property parlance there is away-from-it-all, and then there is La Canabière. The location of this outstanding eight-bedroom bastide in the commune of Mons – designated a… More...

UK election fever? You must be joking!

in Expat Issues by Riviera Reporter
The British general election of 2015 is almost upon us and never has an outcome been as unpredictable or of more relevance to British expats. Labour and Conservatives… More...

The day France didn’t stand still when “Charlie Hebdo” was attacked

in Eye on France by Elodie Peyrano
It was supposed to be a nice morning. Indeed it started off well enough, sunny, not too cold. In fact, looking back, Wednesday January 7th, 2015, was a beautiful day … until… More...

Ships Taken Up From Trade (STUFT): Requisitioning yachts as warships

in Yachting and Boating by Michael Healy
Peaceful times in the Riviera ports, except for occasional violent weather that has, over the centuries, sunk many ships and craft on our Coasts; yet not far away, conflict… More...

Gardening: Low maintenance grass in winter

in Outdoors and Nature by James Basson
I’d like to look at a subject that doesn’t get the attention it deserves: winter gardens. When designing gardens there is a tendency to focus on how the garden will look in… More...

50 Ways to Close Your French Shutters

in Doing It in France by Philippa Campsie
On our last visit to Paris in June, we did most of our travelling by bus, which meant time spent waiting at bus stops and journeys on which we gazed out the window at the… More...

Le Pétomane, The Mad Farter: Joseph Pujol

in Features by Margo Lestz
I’m sure we’ve all heard of the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the historic cabaret topped by a red windmill, which is famous for its can-can dancers. But do you know who was their… More...

A public peace process from the Monaco US Business Roundtable

in Expat Issues by PJ Heslin
“Guns and bombs won’t make the kinds of changes we need.” When Susan Feaster, co-founder along with Mike Powers of the Monaco US Business Roundtable, approached Mike Yanney… More...

Fenella Holt opens a new English bookshop in Antibes

in Reading by Nick Kent
Fenella Holt looks over towards the snowy peaks of the Maritime Alps, lit by the last rays of the winter sun. “I can’t imagine ever wanting to go back to London," she says.… More...

David Leadbetter, the world’s top golf coach, drops in to Terre Blanche

in Golf on the Riviera by Nick Kent
A special bird of passage had dropped in to the Albatros Golf Performance Centre. David Leadbetter, the World’s No 1 golf coach, was paying his yearly visit to the remarkable… More...

The Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris

in Reading by Margo Lestz
For any book-lover, the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris is a must-see. It’s been the centre of the English-speaking literary community there for sixty years.… More...

Antiquing: Le Grand Déballage, the best time to buy

in Features by Caren Trafford
A few times a year, a huge game of musical chairs takes place in the antiquing world. It goes by the name of Le Grand Déballage … which translates to The Great Unpacking. One… More...

John Mann's mission: the Educating Cambodia charity

in Community by Riviera Reporter
In 2014 Mougins School has played a big part in education worlds away from the comforts of the South of France. The international school, celebrating its 50th anniversary,… More...

Two tales of street crime in one city, Nice

in Local Living by Riviera Reporter
In September 2001, Publishing Director Mike Meade was contacted by John McLaughlin, host of The McLaughlin Group, a long-running political commentary TV show in the US.… More...

Taxe d’habitation: Riviera mayors refuse 20% increase on second homes

in Local Living by Riviera Reporter
Nothing is certain but Hollande and taxes. First it was the preposterous 75% tax on incomes over €1 million that, as Peter Johnson notes in Finance Budget 2015, various tax… More...

Hair’s the best way to beat the boars in your garden

in Outdoors and Nature by Jamie Ivey
I recently made a resolution to become more involved in the local community. I thought I might join the boules club, or pull on some Lycra with the weekend peloton boys.… More...

The reality of the Riviera property market

in Property and Pools by Tim Clark
Well what a year that was. As 2014 draws to a close I would like to reflect on how things have gone in the real estate business on the Côte d’Azur during these relatively… More...

Hidden Assets by Alan Watson

in Reading by Nancy Heslin
Alan Watson started life in a small southern UK town, Swindon. “Not at all exciting,” he tells the Reporter, “unless you like trains, car factories and real ale pubs.” A… More...

Christmas in France: Have yourself a Merry little ... Noël

in Doing It in France by Elodie Peyrano
While living in France you’ll soon discover that Christmas is THE holiday so there are a few things you should know if you want to be prepared. First of all, Christmas is not… More...

St Nick... Santa Claus... Father Christmas

in Features by Margo Lestz
Even though some of the American/British folkloric characters don’t come to France, you’ll be happy to know that the jolly old man in the red suit does. Of course, he goes by… More...

Homes and Houses: The Moulin de Vaissel, La Garde Freinet

in Property and Pools by Riviera Reporter
The mayor of La Garde Freinet was looking grim as his gaze swept the council chamber. He had summoned 31 family heads to an emergency meeting. It was the second of April,… More...

Support for the sick and lonely at Christmas (and other times)

in Local Living by Riviera Reporter
The most wonderful time of the year? The Riviera sun, sea and lifestyle don’t always compensate for the considerable distances from family and friends many resident expats… More...

Is our South of France diet still the healthiest?

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Lisa Pepin
We’ve all heard the claims about the Mediterranean diet. The fresh produce, the fish, olive oil and red wine are all strengthening our arteries, lowering our bad cholesterol… More...

Mougins School pupils win speech competition and give toys to sick kids

in Education and Learning by Riviera Reporter
For the third consecutive year, a student from Mougins School has come first in the International Schools’ Speech Competition held at the International School of Nice on 10… More...

Wines for Christmas for cheer delight

in Table Talk by Alexander Ignatieff
The season is upon us! Sun seeking bathers have abandoned the beaches to storm chasing surfers. The loungers are swapped for extra layers and ski kit. Gourmet salads are now… More...

Heidi's English Bookshop, Antibes Books, is closing its doors

in Reading by Riviera Reporter
The story starts in a cupboard in the Old Town of Antibes. Heidi Lee, children’s author and one-time actress, had discovered this particularly attractive part of the South of… More...

Finance Budget 2015, various tax changes that will affect all of us

in Business by Peter Johnson
We’re fast approaching the end of 2014, which brings with it the usual festive noises of a religious tone, but I shall also be celebrating the countdown to the end of the… More...

Antiquing: In the market with shabby chic

in Features by Caren Trafford
For most of us shopping is a chore. The same cannot be said for antiquing. When you’re antiquing, you won’t see those brand names that are found in high streets, airports and… More...

Albert Spaggiari and the Société Générale robbery

in Features by Margo Lestz
In July 1976, the Société Générale, a bank in Nice, was robbed. It was later dubbed “The Bank Robbery of the Century”, or “Le Casse du Siècle”. This was a special case, not… More...

Megayachts, Migrants & MOAS

in Yachting and Boating by Michael Healy
The 2014 season on the Riviera is finished – the culmination was the Monaco Yacht Show and Les Voiles de St Tropez, especially for the classic and racing yachts. The big… More...

Eyes in the sky - the future in drones

in Local Living by Mike Meade
Not long ago the words “aerial drone” conjured up visions of espionage and secretive military attacks in war zones. These days, drones have many other more peaceful uses.… More...

Grasse is growing with the Golf du Claux Amic

in Golf on the Riviera by Nick Kent
Perched on a mountain plateau high above Grasse, the Claux Amic golf club has one of the best sites of the Riviera courses. It winds its way through a superb natural backdrop… More...

What’s all the kertruffle about a pizza?

in Table Talk by Thierry de Buoux
Over here. You are supposed to be a hyper-sensitive sniffing machine and you’re going the wrong way. That’s better, now dig. Thank God I’m not going to rot here in this… More...

Home Style: Now you can tap in to that dream bathroom

in Features by Riviera Reporter
What’s your vision of the perfect bathroom? Elegance and efficiency come at the top of most people’s list, but here’s a new concept for the wish list: individuality. Up until… More...

FANY: The women who drove to World War 1

in Features by Lynette Beardwood
When the First World War was declared a hundred years ago on August 4th, 1914, one group of women was ready for the call. The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) came into… More...

TAPIF, distance learning for the teacher

in Education and Learning by Joe Dziedziak
Enseigner, c’est apprendre deux fois.” Though unbeknownst to 18th-century moralist Joseph Joubert, he has written perhaps the perfect maxim for TAPIF – the Teaching… More...

Message of Alcoholics Anonymous is carried on the Côte d’Azur

in Health, Sport and Fitness by Riviera Reporter
Experience, Strength and Hope. Life in the South of France, on the Cote d’Azur – the sun and the sea, and thoughts of chilled Provençal rosé wine, lovely but not for me. I am… More...
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