Kristin Grauer: Meet the new US Consul of Marseille

US Consulate Marseille

Originally from Michigan, Kristin Grauer has been working in Foreign Services for over a decade. A specialist in business and economics, she has completed tours as an embassy economic officer in Baghdad and Moscow, and as a political officer in Monrovia, Liberia and Cotonou, Benin. In summer 2020, she took the post of Consul General of the United States Consulate of Marseille, a post that changes every four years.Read more

Americans abroad: September is voter registration deadline

Absent voter ballot via Shutterstock 1669980898 For American citizens living abroad, the deadline for registering to vote for the upcoming presidential election is coming up! We spoke with the new Consul General of Marseille about how ex-pats can register what services the US Consulate offers.  Read more

Couple unable to evict squatters from their home in Théoule

Eviction by priyanka from the Noun ProjectSquatters! On 20 August, a retired couple arrived at their second home in Théoule to discover that squatters occupied the premises and even changed the locks. Since then, events have not ceased to be surprising, causing outrage over French habitation laws. Unable to evict the occupants without a civil court order and knowing that a landlord who evicts squatters risks three years of prison and a fine of 30,000 euros, the 75 years old couple had to return to Lyon. Read more

Fed-up neighbours: Cannes fines villa owner for continual parties

Creative CommonsRaucous all-night parties, paid-entry to day-long ragers and blatant disregard for Covid safety measures. After terrorising the neighbourhood for the entire summer, two villas in Cannes have been formally reprimanded and fined— to the delight of neighbours and the mayor himself. Read more

Introducing Riviera Insider's editor: Elsa Carpenter

When I moved to France in August 2011, I had no idea that one year abroad for my French and Public Relations degree would be extended beyond those 12 months, let alone into seven years. Needless to say, that year changed my life.Read more

Au revoir, Petra Hall!

After more than 25 years at the helm of our publications, Riviera Press editor-in-chief Petra Hall is starting a new life. Read more

Expat Focus: Cindy Egolf

From the concert halls of Chicago to the olive groves of Liguria, orchestra conductor Cindy Egolf has spent the last 15 years chasing the sun, better food and her passion for music.Read more

The American Club of the Riviera

The American Club of the Riviera is more than half a century old, being founded in 1962, but can trace its roots back to the early days of American naval presence in the south of France. Since the end of the 19th century, the American naval fleet had been using Villefranche-sur-Mer as its European port base. In 1927, the US Propeller Club – an association that promoted the maritime industry and its various personnel throughout the world – established a base in the region and was ultimately the precursor to the current club. Naval activity increased significantly during the 1950s and 1960s with the permanent presence of the US Sixth Fleet in the Villefranche bay. Dozens of families relocated to the area during that time and the years that followed, and in 1962, the US Propeller Club evolved into the American Club of the Riviera.Read more

Expat Focus: Paul Oatway

Riviera Insider catches up with photographer Paul Oatway to find out more about his sources of inspiration as well as his dream subjects in the south of France and Monaco.Read more

Expat Focus: Lin Wolff

Riviera Insider meets Lin Wolff, the owner of the English Book Centre in Valbonne.Read more