Avalanche alert for the Alpes-Maritimes

Weather warnings for the mountains of the Alpes-Maritimes have risen to a yellow avalanche alert today, with the prefecture advising caution throughout the weekend. Skiers in the Mercantour mountain range and particularly the Isola-Tende area are being urged to stick to the pistes after the warnings were upgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 4 in the last 24 hours.Read more

Roam like at home!

European lawmakers have finally agreed on a deal to cap the wholesale charges mobile operators charge each other to allow customers to use their phones whilst roaming in the EU. The motion has been described as the ‘last piece of the puzzle’ in moving towards a total abolition of roaming charges in the EU on 15th June 2017.Read more

Air France blocks 15 US-bound passengers

Following Donald Trump’s executive order to ban entry to the US to citizens from seven countries worldwide, Air France has refused travel to some 15 passengers over the weekend. While dual-nationality British passport holders have been told that they can still travel under the ban, France is yet to receive the same assurances.Read more

Winds and waves die off

The Bord de Mer between Antibes and the marina of Villeneuve-Loubet has reopened after several days of closure due to high winds and strong, onshore winds.Read more

Record chill on the Côte d’Azur

It has been one of the coldest starts to the week on record for the French Riviera with temperatures well below zero even in its coastal cities. High winds are predicted tonight for the lower Alps and the cold snap continues on the coast.Read more

Cheaper days out by train

From today until Sunday 19th February, TER PACA are offering a 40% discount on all weekend journeys in the region. In line with the annual six weeks of winter sales, the region’s rail provider has decided to off discounted rates for all passengers.Read more

Modern learning

The Ecoles Internationales Billingues (EIB) are a network of four establishments in locations across the Côte d’Azur: Le Pain d’Epice in Nice for nursery and primary age children; the Collège-Lycée Lafayette in Nice for children up to the ages of 18; Le Pain de Sucre in Cagnes-sur-Mer for children  in nursery and primary school; and the Le Pain de Sucre 3 in Pégomas also for nursery and primary classes.Read more

Côte d’Azur link to Kardashian robbery

A Grasse citizen is believed to be among the 17 people arrested in connection with the alleged robbery of American celebrity Kim Kardashian West. Raids and arrests have taken place across France and Belgium this week as police experience first major break-through since the theft last October in Paris.Read more

Public rally around petition to stop hunting on Sundays

Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for the end of hunting in the Alpes-Maritimes on a Sunday. Public support has been backed up by 975 organisations in the region such as sports clubs, rural holiday retreats and nature associations as well as a study by IFOP, which has revealed eight in 10 French citizens believe Sunday hunting should stop. Read more

Provence and its population

National statistics institute INSEE has released new figures regarding the population of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The dossier has revealed that in the five years’ run-up to the 2014 census (the latest statistical data), over 100,000 new residents joined to the region, taking its total population up to almost five million inhabitants. Read more