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

A crisis too far?

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It was perhaps not the first time a politician had been economical with the truth, but this time he ended up admitting - after misleading France's parliament, president and prime minister - that he had been caught up in "a spiral of lies".Read more

Political column: National disunity

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In the fact-is-stranger-than-fiction department, President François Hollande's first New Year in office was a show-stopper.Read more

Political column: A sombre year for Marseille

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Two weeks before Christmas, the French Senate took the rare step of stripping one of its members of his parliamentary immunity to allow him to be questioned in a criminal affair. The senator was Jean-Noël Guérini of Marseille, also chairman of the Bouches du Rhône departmental council.Read more

In Search of Substance

Nicolas Sarkozy undoubtedly made many public relations mistakes during his five years as France's president. One was to do away with the Bastille Day television interview that over the decades had become an annual rendezvous between the French and their head of state.Read more

Action, not tweets

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The first month of France's new Socialist president was, in the words of Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, "a clear round" - a near faultless performance. That was until François Hollande sent his ex-companion, Ségolène Royal, a statement of support to use in her parliamentary election propaganda...Read more

Buying a holiday house on the French Riviera

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Why buy a secondary property on the French Riviera?Read more

The Field Narrows

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As surprises go, Nicolas Sarkozy did not have much to offer. In mid-February, he said he would seek a second five-year term in the spring presidential election. Although his candidature had never really been in doubt, the timing of the announcement had been subject to speculation, with most analysts agreeing he would hold off until March before throwing his hat into the ring.Read more

Spending big in Eze

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The great advantage of sunny seaside villages is that they're all easily accessible by train. And this must rank as one of the greatest little train journeys in the world - following the Mediterranean coastline east from Nice. Fancy taking it easy in Eze? Well, that's our next stopRead more