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Provence & Côte d'Azur: The developer's company bulldozed three villas in the sought after La Californie district and erected three new villas illegally.

€300,000 fine for illegal Cannes villas

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 …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: Motorway toll booths open to collect toys for charity

Charity toy collection on the A8

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 …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: Hostage-taker of Hervé Gourdel killed in October, reveals Algerian Justice Minister

Hervé Gourdel captor killed

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 …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: Despite announcing revenues of over €12 million, profits for Cannes’ three major casinos fell by over 10% in 2013.

Profits fall for Cannes’ casinos

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 …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: More heavy rain forecast for the Var

Var under water

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 …

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France: Pope advises Mediterranean countries to protect refugees

The Med is at risk of becoming a 'vast cemetery', says the Pope

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 …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: Proposed plans would extend the space in a northerly direction towards Pasteur Hospital.

Possible expansion for Nice’s Promenade du Paillon

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 …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: Alleged murderer charged with killing grandmother judged not responsible for actions after psychiatric diagnosis

Cannibal exempt from trial on psychiatric grounds

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 …

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Monaco: The spa will utilise the latest technological treatments to help health and wellbeing

Thermes Marins reopens in Monaco

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 …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: More heavy rain and flooding in south eastern France

Floods cause chaos in the Var

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 …

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Monaco: High-profile names gather at Monaco Blue Tie Reception in Florida during marine film festival

Monaco to host 2015 Blue Ocean 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 …