A tumultuous campaign

Since the birth of France’s Fifth Republic in 1958, never has the outcome of a presidential election been so uncertain.Read more

Tension in France: the demise of the old system

Not since Charles de Gaulle has an incumbent president in France waived his fight for re-election. Never before have all the favourites for the highest office in the state failed to make the final cut. Read more

Guest columnist: Healing after sudden death

After the tragic deaths in Nice on July 14th and many who were severely injured, parents, family, friends and the community are left asking, “How will I survive this immense loss?” Sudden death is one of the most difficult types of grief to live through, and as each person starts to pick up the pieces of this tragedy, it is crucial to understand there is a way through.Read more

Reader comment: words and advice from psychotherapist Antony Brown

The remarkable bravery of those who witnessed and tried to prevent the attack has been incredible. Like many, I feel the need to help: to provide something meaningful, to offer support to people distressed by this terrible event. So what brief professional advice can I offer? Read more

Comment from editor-in-chief Petra Hall

It simply cannot be true, just a terrible nightmare… And yet, the death toll stands at 84 with over 100 injured, 18 of which are still struggling to survive. It is not a nightmare. It is an unbearable reality. Read more

Political Column: A forlorn celebration

A 60th birthday is normally a big event for serving public figures, a time to review the past and look confidently to the future.In President François Hollande's case, however, it was a low-key jubilee. And it was marred by an opinion poll a few days later concluding that more than 80 per cent of the French had no confidence in him or his government.Read more

Political Column: An opposition in tatters

On paper, the re-election of President François Hollande when his five-year term ends in 2017 is all but impossible. Never has a French leader had such low poll ratings for so long.Read more

Political Column: Three planes and a website

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If the government hoped for an end-of-year respite from the comedy of errors that marked President François Hollande's first full year in office, it was to be disappointed.Read more

VAT tax changes from 2014

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As of 1st January this year, there are a number of changes to VAT in France and they will apply to everyone at some point. The biggest impact may be felt at restaurants, where there'll be a three per cent increase in VAT for businesses. Overall, there are four different rates of VAT. So here's what you need to know…Read more

«Joyeux Noël»

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Merry Christmas! The Riviera Times wishes you all the best for Christmas and in the New Year. Read more