Reader comment: words and advice from psychotherapist Antony Brown

The remarkable bravery of those who witnessed and tried to prevent the attack has been incredible. Like many, I feel the need to help: to provide something meaningful, to offer support to people distressed by this terrible event. So what brief professional advice can I offer? Read more

Comment from editor-in-chief Petra Hall

It simply cannot be true, just a terrible nightmare… And yet, the death toll stands at 84 with over 100 injured, 18 of which are still struggling to survive. It is not a nightmare. It is an unbearable reality. Read more

Political Column: A forlorn celebration

A 60th birthday is normally a big event for serving public figures, a time to review the past and look confidently to the future.In President François Hollande's case, however, it was a low-key jubilee. And it was marred by an opinion poll a few days later concluding that more than 80 per cent of the French had no confidence in him or his government.Read more

Political Column: An opposition in tatters

On paper, the re-election of President François Hollande when his five-year term ends in 2017 is all but impossible. Never has a French leader had such low poll ratings for so long.Read more

Political Column: Three planes and a website

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If the government hoped for an end-of-year respite from the comedy of errors that marked President François Hollande's first full year in office, it was to be disappointed.Read more

VAT tax changes from 2014

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As of 1st January this year, there are a number of changes to VAT in France and they will apply to everyone at some point. The biggest impact may be felt at restaurants, where there'll be a three per cent increase in VAT for businesses. Overall, there are four different rates of VAT. So here's what you need to know…Read more

«Joyeux Noël»

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Merry Christmas! The Riviera Times wishes you all the best for Christmas and in the New Year. Read more

A crisis too far?

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It was perhaps not the first time a politician had been economical with the truth, but this time he ended up admitting - after misleading France's parliament, president and prime minister - that he had been caught up in "a spiral of lies".Read more

Political column: National disunity

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In the fact-is-stranger-than-fiction department, President François Hollande's first New Year in office was a show-stopper.Read more

Political column: A sombre year for Marseille

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Two weeks before Christmas, the French Senate took the rare step of stripping one of its members of his parliamentary immunity to allow him to be questioned in a criminal affair. The senator was Jean-Noël Guérini of Marseille, also chairman of the Bouches du Rhône departmental council.Read more