The 25th annual Truffle market in Grasse and Le Rouret

Tuber melanosporum, as it is called in the technical jargon, achieves prices per kilo of 500 to 1000 euros. Photo: Shutterstock

Despite the Coronavirus, Grasse and the neighbouring town of Le Rouret remain optimistic: they are planning their 25th truffle market for January. Then the noble black mushroom will be the centre of attention for two days, as customary. The season of aromatic Tuber Melanosporum is about to begin, however, the elusive fungus will not reach its full aroma until the middle of winter.Read more

Terrorist attack at the Nice cathedral: A far-reaching investigation

A bloody attack occurred in the Notre-Dame Basilica on Nice's busy shopping street Jean-Médecin. Photo: Mister No, Basilique Notre-Dame - panoramio (1), CC BY 3.0

The heinous attack that took place last week in Nice shocked the local community and the world. Investigators have discovered that the attacker had only arrived in France two days before and are uncovering a web of local contacts. Two men from Grasse were arrested on Saturday. Here is what we know so far... Read more

Covid-19: New nightly curfew for most of France

France's new curfew from the Ministry of the InteriorDue to the alarming spike in the cases of Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations, we are being placed under another lockdown-like curfew starting 24 October (effective midnight tonight). This ‘couvre-feu’, or enforced curfew, that was recently applied only to a few regions and cities deemed a ‘maximum alert zone’ but has now been extended to almost the whole of France. Here we detail what has been prohibited and what the exceptions are.Read more

€6.4 million to support businesses affected by Storm Alex

Storm Alex solidarity for businesses via Shutterstock

After the devastating storm that hit the Côte d'Azur on 2 October 2020, several institutions at the national, regional and departmental levels are setting up several emergency funds, totalling 6.4 million euros to support companies impacted by physical damage and loss of business. This territorial solidarity is in addition to the national support from disaster relief.Read more

Everyday Heroes: Learning to save lives at Polygone Riviera

EVERYDAY HEROES POLYGON RIVIERADo you know what to do if a loved one is choking? Or how to tell if someone is having a heart attack? What if a friend loses consciousness? These are all ailments where the first few minutes can be the difference between life and death. From 1 to 31 October, the Polygone Riviera in Cagnes-sur-Mer is hosting training sessions on life-saving gestures and a chance to win a gift card. Read more

Storm Alex devastates mountain communities in the Côte d'Azur

Storm Alex, which originated in the Atlantic, swept through the Côte d'Azur on 2 October, leaving a rash of devasted mountain towns. The region was well-warned with Red alerts closing schools and businesses, however, nothing could have prepared the towns along the rivers for the raging torrents that washed away entire buildings and homes. Read more about how you can help or who to contact for help.Read more

Riviera Insider Oct/Nov/Dec issue out now!

Riviera Insider Magazine Oct 2020Our latest edition is now out! We end each year with our Art Special, when the theatres, operas, ballets and museums take centre stage, so to speak. It’s a great time of year when the days are cooler but still filled with our glorious sunshine. 2020 is a bit different, though, as we all know. No need to repeat the word ‘unprecedented’ which has now become cliché. Nevertheless, the coronavirus is still a daily topic and a constant disruptor to our livelihood.   

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New Covid restrictions: Marseille and Aix to shut all restaurants and bars

Covid-19 testNew regulations in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 go into effect tomorrow, 26 September. After several weeks of sharp increases in positive cases and hospitalisations, the French Minister of Health addressed the nation with a set of new restrictions for a series of cities now considered high-risk of viral transmission. Another map labels cities according to red, super red and ‘scarlet’ for Marseille, considered the highest risk.   Read more

Belem: The splendid three-mast ship arrives in Cannes

The majestic three-master under full sails. © Benjamin DecoinThe magnificent, heritage-listed sailing ship, Belem, is spending the winter in the port of Cannes. The three-mast clipper from 1896 arrived in Port Canto on Tuesday, 22 September and will remain until mid-March. The Belem will be open to visitors for guided tours on the weekends until the end of October.Read more

Signal system of evacuation installed in Cannes

Kito32 Bay of CannesWhen thinking about natural disasters, we usually don’t expect them to occur so close to home, particularly when we happen to be located in the South of France. Yet, the Cannes City Council decided to take a step towards protecting the population against the possibility of one of these disasters happening after specialists in tsunamis and marine submersion classified Cannes to be a zone at risk. More recently, on Tuesday, 25 August 2020, they tested an evacuation signalling system on the Allées de la Liberté to raise awareness on the procedures to take in the event of a tidal wave.Read more

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