Drop in numbers into Nice airport last year

Figures for traffic at the Nice airport during 2009 have just been released. They show a fall in the number of passengers coming through the south of France’s international airport in 2009 compared to the previous year.Read more

Foreign Exchange

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2009 has been a tumultuous year in the financial markets and a year to forget for the pound. Sterling started the year at all time lows against the euro and although we had a few sterling rallies, there was never the appetite to resurrect the pound. So where do we stand now against the euro and what will 2010 bring to the table?Read more

Guiding innovation full-time

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Continuing our “Women in Business” series this month we profile British-born, international, business woman Pauline Weber, in charge of promoting economic development stemming from innovation. Head of technological activities and located in the Maison des Entreprises (MDE) in Sophia-Antipolis, this bilingual facilitator provides business advice, develops support networks and access to business contacts for a onestop shop for innovators.Read more

BCC 2009 Business Person of the Year: New Video on Riviera Life TV

Around 100 international business people went to the Riviera Marriot Hotel in Cap d'Ail just before Christmas for the announcement of the BCC 2009 Riviera Business Person of the year.Read more

130 jobs safe in Sophia Antipolis

Last Friday was a happy occasion for the employees of Elaiapharm, the Sophia-Antipolis based pharmaceutical production plant, which has been given a new lease of life. Christian Estrosi, Minister for Industry and Mayor of Nice, President of Nice Côte d’Azur, Per Wold-Olsen, the world-wide Chairman of Lundbeck and an impressive line up of city officials inaugurated the new production site with approximately 600 guests and employees in attendance at the lunch cocktail. Read more

Mya Harrison Concert, 5th December: Postponed

Due to venue difficulties Costal Entertainment have postponed the show: Mya Harrison in concert. A new date has not yet been confirmed and Coastal will release information about the rescheduled event in due course. It is likely that the concert, when it takes place, will be in Cannes as opposed to Monaco.Read more

BCC 2009 Business Person of the Year announced

Around 100 international business people came to the Riviera Marriot Hotel in Cap d'Ail last Saturday for the announcement of the BCC 2009 Riviera Business Person of the year.Read more

The right to live a normal life

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Second profile in our series on “Women in Business” is Moroccan-born, Paris-raised Zineb Doulfikar, President of the south of France branch of the Ni Putes Ni Soumises association, which combats violence against women and in 2007 gained official United Nations status.Read more

A SKEMA for the future

The merger of the Ceram Business School, with campuses in Sophia Antipolis and Paris, and the ESC Lille Group was finalised this week. SKEMA – School of Knowledge, Economy and Management - has a combined student intake of over 6,200 students, making it the biggest in France.Read more

Sophia Antipolis celebrates forty years with show

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Touted as France’s equivalent of Silicon Valley, the Riviera’s Sophia Antipolis IT and Scientific Park last night celebrated the 40 years since its creation in 1969. A comprehensive exhibition on the Park opened amidst a flurry of congratulations to its founder, Senator Pierre Laffitte. This remarkable man, at the time former Director of the Ecole des Mines, and now well into his golden years is still very much active in the Park’s development and reinvention in his capacity as President of the Sophia Antipolis Foundation.Read more