A look at the markets

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How did the financial markets evolve in 2012? 2012 was a bumpy year for the financial markets, especially in Europe, as stock indexes experienced a huge drop between March and May because of the European sovereign debt crisis, before rebounding.Read more

Beat the crowd to Blast

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When two Nicoise food-lovers met in Los Angeles in 1998, little did they know that the friendship would inspire them to return to the place of their childhood and open an American diner. 14 years later, and Blast's massive burgers and buttermilk pancakes are drawing in the city's crowds.Read more

Festive treats: White chocolate and cranberry cookies

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Whip up these easy to make delicious festive cookies for your friends and family this Christmas!Read more

Festive treats: Cider-Bourbon cocktail

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Get the party started with this yummy festive cocktail!Read more

Second home owners face new "super tax"

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Second home owners in the French Riviera could be hit with a new super tax as the government sets its sights again on the group to boost its coffers. Hollande's Socialist government told parliament it plans to create a “super taxe d’habitation” for second homes located in “high pressure” areas including the Riviera, Paris, Toulouse and Lyon.Read more

Recipe: Mushroom ravioli

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This simple ravioli recipe is perfect for maximising the flavours of fresh mushrooms this monthRead more

It’s a vintage year

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François Millo is the General Director of the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence, an expert in the world of wine. The Riviera Times spoke to him about this year’s harvest, new classifications of wine, and rosé research.Read more

Making a dish more than just a meal

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The scene is set … a gastronomic seafood restaurant with tables hugging the Mediterranean Sea in the picture-perfect bay of Villefranche sur Mer, a beautiful summer's evening, a chilled glass of exquisite champagne, impeccable service by a smiling waiter. As you clink glasses with your dinner date, you think to yourself: "life doesn't get much better than this". Then you try the amuse bouche, and proclaim, "oh yes it does!" This is the experience that awaits you at l'Oursin Bleu.Read more

Life Support

Dear Andy, I have been self-employed in France for a few years now and my wife and seven year old son are all attached to my carte vitale. However, I always see adverts on TV for a mutuelle de santé. What is it, do I have one already and if I don't, do I need one? Healthy-in-LevensRead more

Fishing in the Med - Miramar style

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The sea bass céviché is a particularly popular dish on the menu at Miramar Plage (see recipe to the left), what with the gentle lapping waves close by and the warm summer sun. In fact, all the seafood dishes are renowned at this restaurant, and it's not surprising when you understand why.Read more

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