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Sport Riviera Reporter

Expat appeal for Team BRIT, British vets at Le Mans

Team BRIT (British Racing Injured Troops) are hosting a friendly British expat weekend over July 16th and 17th, 2016, in the Marseille area, based around the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race at the Paul Ricard circuit in which Team BRIT are competing. Team BRIT will be driving their Union Jack liveried 400bhp VW Golf race car, complete with full wide body kit, racing slicks and aero enhancements. These aren’t the only…

Madame Tussaud: Ahead of her time

When you think of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, you probably think of movie stars, political figures, and other famous people. You can mingle among these wax effigies, and even have your photo taken while snuggling up to your favourite celeb. Amid all this glamour, you might not realise the amazing story of the real-life Madame Tussaud and how she survived the French Revolution. But let’s start at the beginning… Madame…

John Collingwood: Obituary

Born in 1925, John Collingwood was a man of many layers. He was a British sailor with a distinguished war record, recently acknowledged by the French state with the award of Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur for his part in the minesweeping of the coastal area prior to the August 1944 Allied landing in the South of France. The honour was due to be presented to him at the Victory in Europe service of May 8th. He was a pillar…

Fireworks on the French Riviera, dates for summer 2016

Community Michael Healy
Firework displays and competitions along the Riviera seaside, from Monaco to the Var. June Sunday 26: St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat…

Refugee Aid Côte d’Azur’s container drive for Syria

Community Riviera Reporter
When a local Facebook group started up in September 2015, no one would have guessed its imminent success. In…

Brexpat: Your letters about our “Brexit Report”

Expat Issues Riviera Reporter
Letters to the Editor about our Brexit Report editorial from our April/May 2016 issue. Boris I think the most…

House prices on the rise, despite a possible Brexit

So here we are, nearly half way through the year, and what’s that I hear, a collective gasp of “What, already?” Okay, so…

The 4th Medieval Festival in Fayence

Community Riviera Reporter
Housed in a 18th-century gristmill (built next to a one-of-a-kind 13th-century horizontal mill), EcoMusée du Pays de…

Sonja Lockyer tells us about her Holistic Garden Party

Health and Well-being Karen Hockney
It started out as a simple midsummer gathering among friends and acquaintances in a back garden in Mougins. Now in its…

Your tax filing days are numbered

Elections are coming up. You can tell as the government takes some of the sting out of income tax rates. In 2015, 3…

Geoffrey’s of London: a Riviera institution turns 25

Local Living Riviera Reporter
In 1990, Geoffrey Garnett was looking for a new challenge in life and identified a business opportunity in Antibes while…

Nice resident Nikki Manwarring on kicking smoking

Health and Well-being Riviera Reporter
I love being a non-smoker. I feel free. I started smoking when I was 18. It wasn’t to be sociable. I was working as an…

Electricity’s digital future has dawned on the French Riviera

Local Living Riviera Reporter
The commune of Carros straddles a leafy valley tucked away a short ride from Nice and the beaches of the French Riviera.…

Watch out Scotland, France may soon be “home of whisky”

Eye on France The Local
According to researchers, the average whisky consumption by a French adult is 2.15 litres a year – and that’s on top of…

In the good books of the English Library at St Paul’s Monaco

Community Stefani “Spooky” Cooper
One of the best things in the world is to curl up somewhere comfortable and open a book. Kindles, tablets and all the…

French Riviera: Information, News, Facts. Life on the Cote d'Azur - Riviera Reporter

So what is new in 2013?

A flurry of cold, depressing bad news, like the weather. Almost comical stories of the wealthy leaving France to avoid the 75% tax on high incomes (over €1M), before the Constitutional Court overturned the measure early in the New Year. Will Gérard Depardieu and his pals return? Unlikely. To quote one of France’s leading actors: “I am leaving because you consider that success, creation, talent, in fact anything that is different, should be penalised.” So said Depardieu in response to Prime Minister Ayrault’s opinion of him being “pathetic” for taking tax residency in Belgium (this was before Depardieu’s Russian foray).

President Hollande seems not to care about the Constitutional Court and has vowed to drive through some other tax on the higher earners: “We will always ask for more from those that have the most,” he declared.

Bernard ArnaultAnother personality to arouse controversy was Bernard Arnault (pictured), Chief Executive of the luxury goods group, LVMH, who is also moving to Belgium. In attempting to gain Belgian citizenship, could France’s richest man be paving a way to enter the tax haven of Monaco by the “back door”? Rich French people often switch nationality before heading to the Mediterranean It all looks shoddy for France’s image to the outside world, coming hard on the heels of the spat with the Indian aluminium giant, ArcelorMittal. Before Christmas, ArcelorMittal had announced the closure of its plant at Florange in July 2012, giving a deadline of the end of the year for prospective suitors to come forward with offers to take the plant over. No one was forthcoming and there was even talk of nationalising the plant. The whole world stood back in shock at the affront on private enterprise. Eventually the French government was obliged to stand aside and allow economic forces to dictate and private business to make its own tough decisions (and let’s not forget that Mr Mittal still employs over 20,000 people in France even with the loss of 600 at Florange).

One solitary bit of good news, which might have escaped the attention of most, was the settlement early in the year between employer and employee unions on means to “fluidify” the conditions of hiring and firing, allocating employees to parts of the economy that are actually working, rather than hanging onto them at places (like Florange) where things definitely are not. Employers have been saying for ages that they need to be able to take employees on under short-term contracts, rather than the kind of “jobs for life” that many French people assume is a God-given right. Employers also need to be able to act quickly and decisively, so if things have stopped working economically they can make staff redundant without protracted disputes with the unions. This “fluidifying” of the conditions of employment should eventually feed through into the unemployment figures, as structurally there will be more incentive to hire staff in the sectors of the economy that are coming out of the recession.

Unemployment is currently running at just over 12% and looks likely to worsen over the next 12 months with PSA, Renault, Virgin Megastores, as some of the big names making swathing cuts to their workforce. Plus ça change – as we enter 2013 – plus c’est la même chose!

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