Destination France: 10 millions euros of investment

Politicians across France met this week in Paris to discuss the urgent economic measures and investment required to promote the country as a tourism destination following two years of horrific terrorist attacks. The south of France was well represented with Cannes mayor David Lisnard, president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Christian Estrosi and deputy mayor of Nice Rudy Salles in attendance. Read more

Hunting season begins

Hunters in the forests and mountains of the Alpes Maritimes and the Var have had their first taste of the blood this past Sunday as the autumnal hunting season begins. Wild boar, marmot, birds of prey, game birds, migratory birds, deer, foxes, mountain sheep, chamois, and hares and rabbits all feature on the legal kill list. Read more

More than a dozen still in hospital following Nice attack

15 people remain in hospital nearly two months on from the deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice in July. Those who remain in hospital are believed to be ‘out of the worst’ and recovering. A total of 86 people died and as many as 400 were injured during the infamous attack on the Promenade des Anglais in the city. Read more

Did you feel it?

An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale was registered over the weekend in the Alpes Maritimes. The epicentre was just behind the coastal town of Menton and the tremors were reportedly felt throughout the eastern Riviera and 35 kilometres away in the heart of Nice. Read more

The WWII liberation of Monaco

Although the Principality of Monaco remained neutral state during World War II, this does not mean that it was not involved. With Monaco being fiercely contested by both Germany and Italy, it came down to Louis II, the reigning Prince at the time, to try and keep his country safe. Read more

State security measures fall short for Nice schools

The start of the new school term in France will see added security measures to try and prevent schools from becoming potential terrorist targets. In a recent press release, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice Philippe Pradal and Deputy Mayor Lauriano Azinheirinha, who deals with education and extra-curricular activities, promise to supplement state security measures in order to support parents and students who have concerns about the safety of returning to school.Read more

Balotelli signs with OGC Nice

Italian striker Mario Balotelli has been signed by Ligue 1 side OGC Nice on a free transfer from Liverpool. Following a difficult two-year spell with the English club, the 26-year-old had fallen out of favour with both the team and its fans, making all involved keen to end his contract one year early.Read more

Drop in tourism for the Cote d’Azur

According to a recent status report by Hospitality ON that compares figures from 1st July to 20th August 2016 to figures from the same period in 2015, tourism in France is down by an average of 9.4%. Usually top tourist destinations, it was Paris and the Côte d’Azur that were worst hit by the decline in tourism due to security fears, with statistics showing a decline of 21.2% in Paris and 15.2% on the Côte d’Azur.Read more

Update on missing Kiwi diver

The deckhand who was reported missing by his fellow crew members on Monday night after he failed to re-surface from a free dive near Cannes' Lerins Islands has been identified as New Zealander Rhys Cochrane. The 24-year-old, who is believed to have embarked on a late night free dive below the hull of the yacht he was working on, is yet to be found. Read more

Latest update on burkini ban

The debate surrounding the controversial burkini ban continues this week as the state decides how to react to recent developments concerning the situation. In a test case that was expected to set a legal precedent, France’s highest administrative court ruled Villeneuve-Loubet’s ban as illegal. Despite this ruling, mayors in other cities have failed to follow suit and lift their bans, meaning that the French government now faces a dilemma about how to proceed.Read more