Ducasse leads new quality label for restaurants

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If you think the cute French restaurant in a busy tourist area with a menu the size of a small novel is doing well by pumping out fast ‘traditional’ food, then think again. Odds are the ‘chef’ in that kitchen simply re-heated a frozen meal and is charging you a princely sum for the privilege. It’s a worrying trend among (bad) French restaurants, particularly here on the Côte d’Azur. But there’s hope - the country’s prized chefs are now leading a campaign to create a new quality seal of approval for customers.Read more

Beautifying Saint Tropez

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Saint Tropez will spend the next few months waking to the sound of roadworks and drills as the town undergoes a spring make over. From roads to lighting, the drainage system to the cemetery, no stone will go unvarnished. But as the beautifying projects continue, the bill is mounting and the summer is drawing closer every day.Read more

Classic cuisine: French onion soup

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Winter has well and truly set in and there's no better time to enjoy some classic French cuisine. This warming winter soup looks delectable as it bubbles at the table.Read more

Mussels à la Provençal

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This local dish is a perfect starter for your festive dinner party, making the most of the plump Mediterranean mussels that are available this time of year.Read more

Life support: Support for alcohol abuse

Dear Andy,
Following the holidays, a friend of mine has hit rock bottom and is in desperate need of help with his alcoholism. As foreigners here I have no idea where to suggest he go, or without any social security if he will even be able to get help. Can you shed some light on rehab and AA in France?
Lost in NiceRead more

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