March/April issue of Riviera Insider free of charge

Riviera Insider March.April 2020 editionWe are certainly facing an unprecedented moment in the world! To ensure that you receive the current issue of Riviera Insider during the corona crisis, we are making it available online free of charge. We want to make sure that even though you are housebound, you can still read the articles and interviews that we work so hard to bring you.


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New restrictions in Coronavirus quarantine

After the first week of lockdown, there are new rules and tighter restrictions across the PACA region, including the closure of all coastline and beaches and a new nightly curfew. A new (old) drug trial has launched at the CHU de Nice, where they will be testing chloroquine in its ability to shorten and lesson Coronavirus symptoms.Read more

Coronavirus quarantine in France

Computer animation of a corona virus. Photo: / CC BY-SA ( over three months since the Covid-19 virus broke out in Wuhan, China, most of Europe has enacted restricted contact and social distancing and even complete quarantine lockdown, with Italy first, France second and soon Spain. Here are the current rules of the quarantine in France, with useful websites and documents.Read more

2020 Municipal election 1st round results

Nice's incumbent mayor Christian Estrosi will have to prove himself in the second round. Photo: Ville de NiceFrance's first round of local elections took place on Sunday, 15 March - despite the virus pandemic and against President Macron's wishes to postpone the vote. As expected, turnout was extremely low. The second round, scheduled for next Sunday, 21 March has been postponed due to the corona crisis. Here we give some results from the first round of voting in the Côte d'Azur.Read more

The Alpes-Maritimes prepares for corona virus

Coronavirus treatment via Shutterstock: 1622495458 By SamaraHeisz5There seems to be a bit of hysteria brewing around the spread of the Coronavirus. We don’t condone or wish to take part in the media frenzy that is causing people to fear for their lives, however, it is important to stay informed and there are some updates to communicate.Read more

Immediate affects of Brexit for British nationals

Brexit RefBrexit became effective at midnight on 31 January. The French Ministry of the Interior sent out a press release a few hours before concerning British citizens residing in France. It provides a brief outlining of what does and does not immediately change and gives dates and websites relevant to permit requirements. Clearly, France knows that there are thousands of Britons in a state of disbelief and concern for their future.Read more

People & Baby nursery Open House

People & BabyPeople & Baby tri-lingual nursery (English/French/Italian) is helping international families by taking the stress out of moving to France with small children. To inaugurate their new Biot location, they are having an open house on 6 February at 6:30 pm. Read more

Mimosa Coffee morning

To mark World Cancer Day on 4 February, local cancer charity, Mimosa Matters, is working to make the traditional 'Coffee Morning' big in the Côte d'Azur! They have a section on their website to get you set up with flyers and tips so that you can set-up your own gathering with friends, neighbours or co-workers.Read more

Carnival and winter festivals in the French Riviera

It's Carnival time! And with it come some of the best and most beautiful celebrations of winter bounty, from the citrus fruits in Menton to the cheery Mimosa flowers painting the hills bright yellow to the tasty violets up in Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Here is our round-up of February Festivals.Read more

Happy New Year from the editor

New Year 2020Happy 2020 everyone! It’s not only a new year, but it’s also a new decade. And what a decade we leave behind! There have been so many changes and even disasters, it’s hard to keep up - this past year alone has been a whirlwind, especially politically. From the Gilets Jaunes to the ongoing Brexit saga, snap elections, the impeachment of the US President, a ‘soft’ coup in Brazil, and narrowly escaping a trade war...there was a lot of turmoil in 2019. 

But now we head into a new decade and our first issue of 2020 is out now. Here's a wrap-up of what you'll find inside...Read more