31.07.2015 0

Monaco: Pressure on Monoco to allow civil partnerships or similar unions for homosexual couples following European Court of Human Rights ruling

Homosexual unions could be an option in Monaco from 2017

This week the European Court of Human Rights sought to accelerate the legislative process in Monaco regarding same-sex unions. It follows a European Court of Human Rights recommendation on July 21 that all European countries establish a legal framework for the civil union of homosexual couples.Read more …

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31.07.2015 0

Provence & Cote D'Azur: Provence Wines Council announces change of focus from promoting region’s biggest export, rosé

Rosé sales are up, but reds and whites to take centre stage

As the world’s largest wine region specialising in dry rosé, Provence is known as “the spiritual home of rosé”. So it may come as a surprise to many that the Provence Wines Council (CIVP) is turning from promoting its most popular export - rosé wine - in favour of promoting more strongly local red, white and sparkling rosé. Read more …

30.07.2015 0

Provence & Cote D'Azur: The 19th Jean Behra Rally combines vintage vehicles with an exceptional scenic course

Stylish vintage rally in September

Organised by the Automobile Club of Nice and the French Riviera, the 19th Jean Behra Rally takes in a spectacular 700km course over three days before eventually concluding on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Paying tribute to the great driver from Nice, the Jean Behra rally has become a major cultural tradition over the past two decades. Read more …

30.07.2015 0

Monaco: Louis Vuitton group of companies and Galaxy Entertainment snap up Société des Bains de Mer shares

SBM to sell 10% of shares

The Government of Monaco, majority shareholder of the Société des Bains de Mer, has signed a purchase agreement for 10% of its shares to be distributed, in almost equal proportions, to two large international companies – LVMH Moët Hennessy (the Louis Vuitton group) and G.E.G. (Galaxy Entertainment Group, Macau). Read more …

29.07.2015 0

The privatization of Nice airport will take place early next year

Nice airport to be privatised

As the second busiest airport in France, the need for Nice airport to remain a stimulus of development was highlighted by elected officials and local stakeholders this Monday in Bercy, Paris. The meeting was arranged and led by Minister of the Economy Emmanuel Macron and the result was that Nice Côte d’Azur airport is soon to be privatised.Read more …

29.07.2015 0

Provence & Côte d'Azur: A host of entertainment lined up for August for the public to enjoy free of charge

Live music, dancing and fireworks in Nice

Firework shows and live music will continue to entertain the public in Nice on various dates throughout August, with the next round of these free events launching on 1 August. Following the success of the Bastille Day celebrations, the beachfront will once again be transformed into a huge dancefloor as the Prom Party 2015 continues. Read more …

28.07.2015 0

Monaco: Rush on public housing in Monaco's most desirable new property sees majority taken before it even opens

80% of public housing snapped up in Odeon Tower

A flood of applicants have snapped up public housing in the new Odeon Tower, which is nearing the final stages of completion. It was revealed this week that 80% of the state-owned housing reserved for Monegasques in the luxury tower has been allocated to lucky new owners following the deadline for candidates.Read more …

28.07.2015 0

Provence & Côte d'Azur: Alpes-Maritimes MP pledges support for the rural community against wolf "threat"

Debate over wolf population re-ignited

The subject of wolves in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region is a complicated one, which can’t be over-simplified into a debate between conservationists on one side and farmers on the other. There are all kinds of other issues coming into play including whether or not culls should be allowed to continue, if the quotas for culls are too high or too low and if the Bern Convention (which makes wolves a protected species in Europe) needs to be amended, amongst many other considerations. Read more …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: 30-hectare area damaged by flames and smoke

Forest fire destroys holiday homes

A chunk of Holiday Green campsite was reported to be amongst the 30-hectare area ravaged by the forest fire in Frejus yesterday, which saw the evacuation of 10,000 people from three campsites and neighbouring properties. Thankfully there have been no reports of injuries or deaths related to the blaze, which broke out in the early afternoon in the Pin de la Lègue area. Read more …

27.07.2015 0

Provence & Côte d'Azur: The blaze is one of many wildfires to have broken out this afternoon

10,000 evacuated from Frejus forest fire

Around 10,000 people including campers at local holiday parks have been evacuated after a forest fire broke out in Frejus this afternoon. An estimated 30 hectares have been burned. Read more …

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Provence & Côte d'Azur: Brush fire breaks out; experts warn today's weather conditions elevate risk of wildfire

Blaze breaks out as severe forest fire warning issued

Between 1,000 and 1,500sqm of brush was destroyed within an hour this morning after a fire broke out near Vence. The blaze was thought to have broken out at around 10.30am in Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Read more …