Provence & Côte d'Azur: The developer's company bulldozed three villas in the sought after La Californie district and erected three new villas illegally.
A Cannes developer has been handed an 18-month suspended sentence and fined €300,000 for building multi-million euro villas without planning permission. In total, the fines for his company and fellow investors reached €2 million. Read more … €300,000 fine for illegal Cannes villas
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Motorway toll booths open to collect toys for charity
A charity drive to collect as many toys as possible for underprivileged children this Christmas will take place along the A8 motorway until the end of November.Read more … Charity toy collection on the A8
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Hostage-taker of Hervé Gourdel killed in October, reveals Algerian Justice Minister
The Algerian government has confirmed that one of the hostage-takers of murdered Niçois mountain guide Hervé Gourdel was killed by the national army just weeks after the shocking execution. Read more … Hervé Gourdel captor killed
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Despite announcing revenues of over €12 million, profits for Cannes’ three major casinos fell by over 10% in 2013.
The three major casinos in Cannes have all announced a decrease in profits for the last year. The poor performance can be partly attributed to a surge in the internet gaming industry, however the economic crisis has also had an effect on the number of people prepared to gamble. Read more … Profits fall for Cannes’ casinos
Provence & Côte d'Azur: More heavy rain forecast for the Var
The Var remains submerged under water after a week of heavy rain, which has caused chaos throughout the department. Many people have had to evacuate their homes, rivers have burst their banks, and traffic on roads remains severely disrupted. The prefect is warning citizens to take as much care as possible when leaving their homes.
Read more … Var under water
France: Pope advises Mediterranean countries to protect refugees
Pope Francis has criticised European attitudes towards immigrants in an address to the EU parliament, calling for a more welcoming and accepting attitude towards those travelling across the Mediterranean sea to flee conflict in the Middle East and Africa.Read more … The Med is at risk of becoming a 'vast cemetery', says the Pope
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Proposed plans would extend the space in a northerly direction towards Pasteur Hospital.
A €200,000 study has been launched to investigate the possibility of extending Nice’s Promenade du Paillon towards Pasteur Hospital. If initiated, the proposal would double the length of the public park and create a green belt which bisects the city. Read more … Possible expansion for Nice’s Promenade du Paillon
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Alleged murderer charged with killing grandmother judged not responsible for actions after psychiatric diagnosis
A Niçois man who admitted to killing and eating his grandmother will not face trial on pyschiatric grounds. The murder shocked police, who were investigating the disappearance of the elderly woman, and the small community of Saint Pierre de Féric in the hills of Nice. Read more … Cannibal exempt from trial on psychiatric grounds
Monaco: The spa will utilise the latest technological treatments to help health and wellbeing
After a renovation lasting eight months, the iconic SBM-owned Thermes Marins were ceremonially reopened on Monday evening. The redevelopment, which cost seven million euros, was undertaken to reestablish the location as one of the top three spas in the world. Read more … Thermes Marins reopens in Monaco
Provence & Côte d'Azur: More heavy rain and flooding in south eastern France
This month has already smashed previous rainfall records, making it the wettest November ever seen in the PACA region. And further storms last night kept emergency services busy, with some residents even being airlifted to safety. Read more … Floods cause chaos in the Var
Monaco: High-profile names gather at Monaco Blue Tie Reception in Florida during marine film festival
Prestigious names of the marine world were welcomed at the Monaco Blue Tie reception, held during the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Florida earlier this month. The event celebrated the Principality's appointment as host of the 2015 festival. Read more … Monaco to host 2015 Blue Ocean Film Festival