Political Column by Julian Nundy: The Riviera Times' political commentator in Paris
It was perhaps not the first time a politician had been economical with the truth, but this time he ended up admitting - after misleading France's parliament, president and prime minister - that he had been caught up in "a spiral of lies".Read more … A crisis too far?
By Julian Nundy: The Riviera Times’ political commentator in Paris
In the fact-is-stranger-than-fiction department, President François Hollande's first New Year in office was a show-stopper. Read more … Political column: National disunity
Two weeks before Christmas, the French Senate took the rare step of stripping one of its members of his parliamentary immunity to allow him to be questioned in a criminal affair. The senator was Jean-Noël Guérini of Marseille, also chairman of the Bouches du Rhône departmental council. Read more … Political column: A sombre year for Marseille
Political column by Julian Nundy
Nicolas Sarkozy undoubtedly made many public relations mistakes during his five years as France's president. One was to do away with the Bastille Day television interview that over the decades had become an annual rendezvous between the French and their head of state.Read more … In Search of Substance
France: The Riviera Times' political commentator discusses Twitter
The first month of France's new Socialist president was, in the words of Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, "a clear round" - a near faultless performance. That was until François Hollande sent his ex-companion, Ségolène Royal, a statement of support to use in her parliamentary election propaganda...
Read more … Action, not tweets
Political Column by Riviera Times' political commentator in Paris
As surprises go, Nicolas Sarkozy did not have much to offer. In mid-February, he said he would seek a second five-year term in the spring presidential election. Although his candidature had never really been in doubt, the timing of the announcement had been subject to speculation, with most analysts agreeing he would hold off until March before throwing his hat into the ring. Read more … The Field Narrows
Column: International Women's Day
When I was young, my parents said I could be anything I wanted to be, regardless of the fact I was a girl. I believed them, and I’m glad I did. But even today, in 2012, how true is that statement? On this, the 101st International Women’s Day, I take a look at how far women have come in gender equality, and where we actually need to be.Read more … International Women's Day: equality in focus
Advertorial: RFP Director Yves Derrien talks investments
Last month, we described how our forecasts of 2011 have proven to be correct, and what the current situation is. As promised, we are now giving you some clues about our favourite investment vehicles. Of course, they do not suit all investment profiles, but they are worth having a look at in these current times.Read more … What to do in 2012?
Provence & Côte d'Azur: RFP Director Yves Derrien talks 2012
As readers from The Riviera Times know, RFP is a very transparent financial adviser and all comments on financial markets and articles can be checked during the months after they have been published on our website. We concluded our article in The Rivera Times January 2011 as follows: "Consequently, we remain very careful and we prefer to wait before investing again on stock markets".Read more … Investing in the future