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Happy New Year from the editor

New Year 2020

Happy 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...

From an editorial standpoint, covering Brexit in a bi-monthly publication has been quite a challenge. Anything we went to print with was outdated by the time it hit the shelves. And for this issue, we were more unsure than ever before with the pending election. It will certainly continue to be a hotly contested topic over the next few months. 

I am looking forward to 2020 with excitement - mostly because I’m a positive person, but also because I can’t wait for 2019 to be over. ONWARD. 

The start of the new decade should be an extra motivator for us to stick to those resolutions and if getting fit is one of them, Mimosa is giving free training sessions for the next Nice Cannes Marathon in November. Read about their ‘Couch to Cannes’ program on page 42.

Insider 187There are a few new additions for Riviera Insider, including a new travel section (starting page 46), a new film review column (page 71) and a funny new column on the outlandish requests experienced by locals in the luxury services sector (page 82).

The ski and snowboard season had a great start with our heavy November rain and the Alps have been shining brilliant white in the distance for a few weeks now. It seemed the best topic for the cover, especially with this amazing action shot of a snow-boarder flipping through the air. Our Alpes-Maritimes special starts on page 16 and lists the agenda for the top ski spots near Nice. 

Our Business & Finance section is chock-full of news and could have been bigger if there was unlimited space (starting page 57). There are some incredible projects in the works across the Côte d’Azur from Cannes with the new Cannes On Air project, the new agreement with Reed MIDEM, the new satellite contracts for Thales Alena Space; Sophia Antipolis welcomed the new Mercedes-Benz design centre and the largest construction project in Europe, the Monaco Land Extension (page 20) has completed its first phase.

Every Jan/Feb issue is our school special, offering an array of local international schools for parents ‘shopping around’ for the right fit for their kid(s). This year’s theme is ‘Raising multi-lingual children.’ Looking at how the world is getting smaller and more and more people are living internationally, being bilingual is becoming obsolete. We take a look at what the international bilingual schools are doing to prepare students for a truly global future (starting page 26).

I wish you a wonderful start to this new decade and may we all have a positive and peaceful year.

Enjoy the issue!