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Provence & Côte d'Azur: A further dozen fans had been placed into custody after pre-match disturbances

Four arrested after OGC Nice v Bastia

The match between OGC Nice and Corsican side Bastia will be remembered for all the wrong reasons as 16 Niçois supporters were arrested after pre and post-match incidents. Jean-Louis Leca, a Bastia goalkeeper, is said to have incited a pitch invasion of around 100 Nice supporters by displaying aloft a Corsican flag after his team’s 1-0 victory.Read more …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: France wine-tasters celebrate after being crowned world champions

France crowned world wine-tasting champion

France has confirmed its top position in the world of wine by taking home the title of world wine-tasting champion. Experts stole the title from Belgium at the annual world blind wine-tasting competition, managing to identify even the toughest components in a glass of wine. Read more …

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France: Recent survey reveals how expats feel about living in France

Do expats enjoy living in France?

France has ranked 9th for overall quality of life in the latest Expat Insider survey conducted by InterNations, which asked expatriates from over 160 countries about their experiences living abroad. Read more …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: Last weekend of October will see St Tropez transform into a shopper's heaven

Saint Tropez’s shopping extravaganza

There are few places in the world like it. During the last weekend of October, Saint Tropez is transformed into a shopping extravaganza; the streets are buzzing with eager shoppers and store shelves are piled high with heavily discounted goods. The number of tourists swells once again, but locals are also out in force to snag themselves a bargain. Read more …

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Monaco: Monte Carlo Jazz Festival returns to Monte Carlo Opera for the ninth time

World jazz tour in Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo Opera's Salle Garnier will host the 9th edition of the Monte Carlo Jazz Festival this November. The historic theatre will provide a stunning backdrop to the contemporary jazz which is the theme of this year's event. Read more …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: Three-time Mayor of Valbonne Marc Daunis reveals the motivation behind his success

Democracy and determination

Among his many hats, Marc Daunis is the Mayor of Valbonne Sophia Antipolis, vice president of the Urban Community of Sophia Antipolis (CASA), and president of the France-Australia group. The Socialist party member was first elected mayor in March 2001 and has been a major player in growing the business technology side of Sophia Antipolis, including the 'future ZAC des Clausonnes' extension. Read more …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: The Hotel du Cap Eden Roc wins award for the best hotel resort in Europe

Hotels across the Riviera recognised in Prix Villégiature awards

The prestigious Prix Villégiature hotel awards have named the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc as the best resort in Europe. There were also recognitions for six further hotels along the coast including the famous Negresco in Nice, which was nominated as having one of Europe’s best hotel bars.Read more …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: The three villas worth upwards of €20 million euros have been built without planning permission

Millionaire villas illegally constructed in Cannes

A prominent developer faces jail and a hefty fine for building multi-million euro villas in Cannes without planning permission. René Rinaldi foolishly believed that his properties in the prestigious area of La Californie would be granted permits after their completion. Read more …

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France: Latest health reform bill plans to combat binge drinking

France plans tough binge drinking law

The characteristically Anglo-Saxon habit of binge drinking has been adopted across the Channel at an alarming rate in recent years, a trend which French authorities are anxious to eliminate, especially amongst young people. As part of sweeping new health reforms, the French government says it will put those who encourage excessive drinking behind bars. Read more …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: A range of weapons were found in an apartment in the Ariane district of Nice

Firearms seized in Nice raid

Investigators have discovered 14 handguns in an apartment believed to be used by drug dealers in the Ariane quarter of Nice. One man was picked up by police during a parallel operation and remains in custody. Read more …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: Charity event offering visitors rides in vintage cars will take place at the weekend

Take a drive for charity

The very first edition of the ‘Prom du Coeur’ will be held this weekend. The event will give visitors an opportunity to take a tour around the streets of Nice in a vintage car, with the money raised donated to cancer and leukaemia research. Read more …