Riviera Insider May/June 2020: A letter from the editor

Riviera Insider May/June 2020The May/June issue of Riviera Insider is the biggest and most exciting edition of the year. Out of the sleepy winter lull, the Côte d'Azur kicks into high gear for the start of the season (and the economy) with the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix, Amber Lounge, Top Marques, Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity and more. But the Coronavirus brought all this to a slamming halt, causing event cancellations from early February through June. 

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.




Recent Articles

  • What to watch on lockdown: Great films to revisit

    Creative commons zeroHaving series fatigue? Our film critic gives her top picks to break the rut of series binging and revisit some oldies but goodies to see us through the remaining lockdown. From Soderbergh to 80’s romcoms, she covers a range of films for every taste and includes an ode to 'Wilson' which we may just appreciate a lot more now! Start the popcorn...

  • Confinement extension: What we can and can't do

    Black and White Building. Photo by Piotr Zemlak on ScopioAfter 32 days of confinement, there have been a series of adjustments to what is and what is not allowed. The Côte d'Azur, in particular, has some very strict rules. The government is constantly running to catch-up with the needs of workers, families and overall health safety. Here we look at the latest changes. 

  • GoMecano mobile mechanics to repair caretaker's vehicles

    GoMecano TeamFor the duration of the lockdown, Gomecano is mobilising mechanics across the region to intervene free of charge on caretakers' vehicles. Thanks to strong support from Allianz France, the mobile mechanic start-up is doing their part to assist those assisting us. Whether it's a flat tyre, dead battery or something more involved, GoMecano mechanics will arrive on-site to repair or replace, free of charge.

  • Confined words: Cannes' creative writing initiative

    Woman writing. Photo by Camille Dellerie on ScopioThe Cannes City Council, in cooperation with Cannes Université and the Ecole Régionale d'Acteurs de Cannes-Marseille (ERACM), is encouraging creative writing and prompting the people of Cannes to take up the pen to share their experience of the confinement. The initiative entitled "Mots barrières & mots dans l'air : écrire ensemble contre le virus" (Confined words & words free to roam: writing together against the virus) is being organised by the network of media libraries in Cannes and will run from 13 April to 25 June 2020. 

  • Culture agenda: Theatre, opera & ballet streaming free

    Black and brown Violin by Daniel Kunyu on ScopioMost of the world has been in confinement for a few weeks now. However, society’s inability to attend live performances hasn’t prevented us from viewing some great performances. Some of the world’s most revered theatres and opera houses are making famous plays, ballets and concerts available online for free. As the proverbial saying goes: when a door closes, a window opens - and we certainly have a wonderful open window on the arts! It is the perfect antidote to Netflix malaise.

  • UK pension options before Brexit deadline

    Blevins Franks OfficeBrexit took place on 31 January, however, there is a grace period for the remainder of 2020 before the rules come into effect. That means there is still time to plan for what to do with your UK pension if you are residing in France. Blevins Franks offers Riviera Insider readers a few options to consider. 

  • Have you tried Face Yoga?

    Eva Lu Acupuncturist c. Fotini Efstathiou of Social Fox CreativeWhat if you could come out of this confinement looking years younger? Well, we certainly can't promise anything, but followers swear by this method to tighten and tone their face. Local ex-pat, Eva Lu, is a licenced acupuncturist from California and is certified in Face Yoga Method and Sculptural Face Lifting. From lockdown in Golfe-Juan, she has been hosting a series of free online Face Yoga sessions. Here, we bring you an article she did for Riviera Insider's Wellness special. 

  • Attestation form now available digitally

    Photo by   Gül Işık   on   ScopioThe French ministry has now approved a digital version of the attestation document that can be downloaded on your smartphone via a QR code. This has many benefits, aside from the obvious ease and simplification for those without printers, but it also enables the police to scan the form from a distance, ensuring the safe distance.