MIPIM arrives in Cannes

Annual real estate trade show, MIPIM, began today in Cannes with the most influential international property players entering the Palais for the first of four days of networking, presentations and events. French Minister for Economy Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the fair, which will continue until Friday 18th March.Read more

Nice airport privatisation plans resume

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The French government is set to start privatising Nice Côte d'Azur and Lyon Saint-Exupery airports from next month. A call for bids was launched in autumn 2015 but the subsequent privatization process was delayed due to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) regional elections at the end of 2015.Read more

Tide has turned for superyacht industry

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The tide has turned but the industry must continue to innovate and educate to seduce new markets. This was a key message to come out of the Yacht Club de Monaco's 6th business symposium that was held at the end of January to take stock of what is happening in the yachting sector.Read more

Banking conference around a glass of wine

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The Banque Populaire’s international branch on the Côte d’Azur is holding a patrimonial conference in English for their foreign customers. Château Saint Julien d'Aille will host the event, which is centred around private banking, real estate and foreign currency investments.Read more

Power of wills

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Writing a will is a complex process regardless of which country and under which laws the testator chooses to follow. Deciding who gets what and when is often the easy part. Abiding by strict succession and inheritance laws is complicated enough, but throw in overseas legislation and foreign jurisdiction and you may find that what you thought was a signed and sealed deal is in fact quite the opposite.Read more

Jyske Bank and its inner catfish

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When entering a Jyske Bank branch in Denmark, you will immediately notice a set of gleaming white teeth and two large shining eyes - and we are not referring to your account manager. Instead we are referring to a weird fish synonymous with Jyske Bank, the catfish.Read more

Riviera Business Person of the Year Awards 2013

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The Business Person of the Year Awards 2013 is gaining momentum after the Riviera Business Club announced its revival this year. Proudly sponsored by The Riviera Times, the traditional Business Person of the Year Awards will see an additional category this year, the Start Up of the Year 2013 Award.Read more

Le Tour de Finance

Independent financial adviser Mike Lorimer is once again hosting an English-language financial seminar for expatriates living in the south of France. The 2013 edition of Le Tour de Finance, in conjunction with the British Association of the Var, will be looking at contemporary issues such as changes to French tax laws, overseas pension schemes and how residents can make the most of France’s Assurance Vie savings plan.Read more

Property scandal in Dolcedo

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Imagine finally realising your dream of owning a house in Liguria, having made the many sacrifices and obtaining the necessary building permits. Then one day you receive a letter in the post saying that your property is about to be confiscated and may even be demolished. This is the reality for 81 homeowners in and around the Imperia town of Dolcedo. In an attempt to understand how this could actually happen, The Riviera Times spoke to Angela van de Loo, an expat and property advisor in the region.Read more

Taxing times in France

France has long had a reputation for being a high tax country with a complex tax regime. The taxpayer's plight has worsened over recent years, with tax reform after tax reform and a variety of rises and hikes.Read more