Reality government

From the moment that Nicolas Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement suffered a crushing defeat in regional elections last March, a cabinet reshuffle was on the cards. In July, the president said it would follow the conclusion of his much-disputed pensions reform.Read more

This month: hearty onion soup for the soul

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Hands down the best meal I had last month was in a small, family-run restaurant in Porte de la Chapelle at the end of the metro line, on the border of Paris and its suburbs.Read more

This month: A pinch of spice with everything

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One summer, long ago, I worked for my aunt's catering company and it was here, that I first discovered the joys of cooking. To a soundtrack of power ballads, the women worked on autopilot - laughing, crying, solving the problems of the world - while working with the synchronicity of birds in flight.Read more

Fall from grace

After a summer in which one controversy followed another, Nicolas Sarkozy upset a European summit with a lunch-time row with European Commission President José Manuel Barosso.Read more

This month: Dinner and a show

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Hey Rico, how are you?" "Hi gorgeous, just delicious." (Cue blushing and giggling).Read more

That all important energy performance certificate

The importance of the energy performance certificate which, since November 2006, must be attached to property sale documents either at the preliminary contract stage (compromis) or when the sale is completed (acte authentique) will go one stage further, and an earlier one at that, at the beginning of next year.Read more

The impossible art of fish stew

“C'est pas tes oignons”, meaning “none of your business”, is what I thought when I started looking into the art of the Mediterranean fish stew, bouillabaisse.Read more

A princess behind the bar and Bardot next door

Being a relatively normal person living on the Riviera, I can be left open-mouthed by the extraordinary things I see whilst other people barely raise an eyebrow.Read more

A strange encounter of the emergency kind

At the start of this month, I was quite sure that nothing more dramatic was going to happen to me than turning 30. Then the roof started to fall down around me and I was forced to change my mind.Read more

The joys of Cliquot and chicken

Perusing the menu on the sun-drenched rooftop of the Hotel Aston in Nice, I decided to take a break from the Rosé IV I have been hooked up to for the past two months and order champagne. It did seem a little decadent for a not-too-spectacular Tuesday afternoon but as Oscar Wilde said "Only the unimaginative can fail to think of a reason for drinking champagne".Read more