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

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

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