Immigration activist sentenced to four months suspended

On Tuesday, the Appeal Court of Aix-en-Provence handed farmer and immigrant activist Cédric Herrou a four months suspended sentence for assisting 200 immigrants in crossing the Italian border into France. Read more

Mayor of Nice becomes proud father of baby girl

On Friday 4th August, Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and his wife, Laura Tenoudji, became proud parents to a new baby girl: Bianca Ketty Noémie Nicea Estrosi.Read more

Heightened restrictions amid severe drought

Despite the little bit of rain that fell on the region over the weekend, the drought situation in the Alpes-Maritimes remains problematic with temperatures breaking records for this time of year at over 40°C in some areas.Read more

La Barben: the oldest castle in Provence to be sold

Located near Aix en Provence, the Château de la Barben is ‘the most picturesque and ancient castle of Provence,’ as the French painter Marius Granet once said.Read more

Sunny Bank: supporting the elderly and the vulnerable

For over a century, the Sunny Bank association has helped many English-speaking seniors and residents improve their quality of life on the French Riviera and the Var.Read more

2024 Olympic Games in Nice and Marseille

Last Monday, Paris was formally chosen as the host of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games after its rival candidate city Los Angeles agreed to welcome the 2028 Olympics instead. The French capital, however, is not in a position to manage all of the events, which explains why Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes, Saint Etienne and Lille have all been selected as co-hosts of sporting events from football to sailing.Read more

Promenade du Paillon welcomes new water fountain

Last week, the Promenade Paillon inaugurated a new eco-friendly water fountain, which freely distributes still and sparkling water to residents and tourists.Read more

Record: 376 film projects on the Côte d'Azur in 2016

Movie producers throughout history have been fascinated with the French Riviera’s majestic setting, but it was in 2016 that the Alpes-Maritimes gained particular attention worldwide with 12 feature films, eight TV series and 97 advertisements shot in the region. As such, the multi-million euro film industry has become an important economic factor for the Côte d'Azur.Read more

Region placed on heatwave alert

This week, 12 departments across France, including the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes, have been placed heatwave alert by Météo France. Temperatures should reach their peak at midday on Thursday with 33°C on the beaches and close to 40°C in the valleys.Read more

Hermann's tortoise needs our help

Back in 2003, wild fires oblitereated sections of the forest in the Esterel and Maures mountain ranges in the Var department, destroying more than 200 square kilometers  of forestry. This summer has seen an unfortunate relapse and the area has suffered greatly from droughts, strong winds, intense heat and, once again, forest fires.Read more