Hollande justifies prolongation of state of emergency

Barely two days ago, it seemed that France was on the verge of lifting its state of emergency ruling, which has been in place since the Paris attacks in November 2015 that left 130 people dead. However, following the high school shooting in Grasse less than 24 hours ago, French president François Hollande has reaffirmed his decision to extend the state of emergency and the special security powers awarded to police until 15th July.Read more

Grasse shooting: 'A crazed act by a fragile young man'

As students at the Lycée Alexis de Tocqueville in Grasse headed back to classes following their lunchtime break on Thursday 16th March, a 16-year-old pupil known only as Killian in the press reportedly opened fire. While rumours quickly circled of a co-ordinated terror attack, it is now being reported by the local prosecutor that the high school pupil acted alone. While several people were injured – four by gun shots and as many as 10 more in the rush to escape the premises - there have been no fatalities and the school opened its gates this morning to welcome in students, teachers and parents.Read more

Don’t go in the water!

Swimming in Antibes is banned until Friday morning. While some may be tempted by a refreshing dip in the sea given the warmer than usual temperatures, swimming should be avoided at all costs this week as extension works are carried out at the water treatment plant near Plage Salis.Read more

Hay fever sufferers on high alert

With temperatures reaching +20⁰C and blue skies across the region, we could be forgiven for thinking summer has already arrived on the French Riviera! There’s still a week to go until the spring equinox on 20th March, but the season’s plants are blooming and bringing with them a surge in pollen.Read more

New animal protection service in Nice

Nice has announced the opening of an animal charity in collaboration with the Association Association Contre la Discrimination Canine, the Groupe d’action pour l’amour des animaux et la Société protectrice des animaux (SPA Paris). The charitable association has been created by the L’Animal dans la Ville mission and aims to advise and listen to anyone who would like to report a case of animal maltreatment. Read more

Strikes hit the region’s rail networks

Ongoing strikes by French railway workers are having a knock-on effect across the south of France. The social action is mainly affecting train services in and around Marseille, but with their Italian counterparts also due to launch a strike on Wednesday 8th March, cross-border connections could too be feeling the strain in coming days.Read more

Storm Zeus in photographs

The day after Storm Zeus hit France - killing two and causing millions of euros worth of damage - the Côte d’Azur has returned to its usual bright and sunny self. With blue skies and warm temperatures with us today and forecast from the coming week, small puddles and a freshness in the air are the only physical reminders of yesterday’s storms. We’ve trailed Instagram to find the best and most dramatic photographs of Storm Zeus in the region.Read more

Pool police

The local tax authority in Marmande in south western France has come up with a novel technique of locating undeclared and illegal private swimming pools in the commune: surveillance via Google Earth. For officials in the small town, which has a population of around 18,000, the laborious task has paid off. Over 100,000€ has been collected by the services fiscaux in the last 24 months.Read more

Another beautiful shot from astronaut Thomas Pesquet

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has posted another wonderful shot of Nice and the Côte d’Azur, capturing a beautiful image of the waters off the coast. “Hello Nice! Too bad we can't see the carnival parades from up here ;),” the astronaut tweeted from space.Read more

Where's all the rain?

Don’t let the recent rains fool you, it’s been one of the driest starts to the year on record and 2016 had the least rainfall in a decade. Could the region be heading for a drought?Read more

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