Zero-interest loans for first time buyers?

The French government recently announced plans to replace the current zero-interest mortgage scheme (prêt à taux zéro) for home buyers who had previously been tenants for at least two years, and the tax rebate scheme (credit-impôt) for other buyers on part of the loan interest they pay, by a new interest-free loan (prêt à taux zéro renforcé). Existing loans taken out by home buyers will not be affected.Read more

Anyone for tennis?

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Having seen more counts than Monte Cristo, the ASCoT International Tennis Tournament is truly an exclusive invite.Read more

Toulon suffer opening day set back

This week is the first week of the Riviera Times’ new sports round up. Each week we’ll follow the fortunes of the Riviera’s teams throughout the season.Read more

A great deal more to play with

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French telecom giant Orange has joined SFR and Bouygues in offering a "quadruple play" package.Read more

Toulon ready for the new season

The French rugby season kicks off this weekend, with league runners up Toulon taking on Bayonne at home.Read more

Planning permission news

While our August issue of The Riviera Times will look at the pros and cons of having a house built for you it is worth remembering that the Alpes-Maritimes and Var départements between them account for one third of all the new real estate constructions and extensions in France which don’t comply with the regulations and are therefore illegal.Read more

Seven athletics records for 2010 broken

It all happens so quickly during one evening at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, but this year seven athletes knotched up “best world performance of the year” records at the 24th Herculis Athletics Meeting last week. Leading the field both on the track and in the popularity stakes was the world's fastest man, Tyson Gay who won the 200m in style (19”72) just pipping Jamaiquain Blake to the post.Read more

Tyson Gay heads star line-up for athletics meet

The 24th Herculis athletics meeting in Monaco’s Louis II Stadium is shaping up to be a cracker, with American sprinter Tyson Gay joining a long list of stars who will be lining up in the starting blocks. Held on the evening of the 22nd of July, Herculis is the 10th stage of the Samsung Diamond League this year, a first for the Monaco event, confirming its status as an important fixture in the calendar of the athletics elite.Read more

Marseillaise & Marianne make it 150

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Baroque churches, washing strung out across narrow alleyways and pastel-coloured houses: there is a look of "bella Italia" about the southern French beauty of Nice. The old town (Vieux Nice) at the foot of Château Hill in particular has a Latin flair that is rather unusual in French towns and resembles more such Ligurian neigbours as Ventimiglia or Genoa.Read more

World Cup fever on the Riviera

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If the reaction of fans during the African Cup of Nations in January is anything to go by then let's hope the police are ready for the real deal when the 2010 World Cup starts in South Africa today, kicking off a month of madness.Read more

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