Exclusive interview with Minister of Finance and the Economy Jean Castellini on Monaco's future
Last time we interviewed Jean Castellini in 2008, he was secretary general of the CCAF (Commission de Contrôle des Activités Financières). It was the Principality's first independent body of its kind at a time when Monaco was in the throes of modernising and invigorating the financial sector. Read more … Clarity and consistency
Monaco: For CMB, Private Banking is as much about market know-how as understanding the client
Low interest rates are characterising current financial markets. They result from the financial crisis and the decision of central banks to counter the asset price deflation resulting from the burst of the subprime bubble. Central bankers are enacting a low interest policy with outstanding measures to inject liquidity in financial markets, known as quantitative easing. For conservative investors, it has become challenging to find attractive returns.Read more … Understanding financial markets and private clients
Provence & Côte d'Azur: This year's theme for International Women's Day is “Equality for Women is Progress for All”
For International Women's Day, the Professional Women's Network of Nice Côte d'Azur will be screening the inspirational documentary 'Girl Rising' at the Banque Populaire Côte d'Azur's auditorium on 11th March. International Women's Day (IWD)celebrates women's rights every year on 8th March.Read more … Watch 'Girl Rising' for International Women's Day
Provence & Côte d’Azur: Les Adrets speed camera comes fifth in table of most-flashed speed cameras
In a study of the most flashed speed cameras in France published this week by national weekly ‘L’Express’ the one on the Les Adrets-de-L’Estérel descent on the A8 made it to number five in the Top 100. It averages 284 flashes a day as drivers fail to note or obey the change in maximum speed limit from 130km/h in the Var to 110km/h in the Alpes Maritimes.Read more … Beware Alpes Maritimes-Var border camera
Monaco: Funds raised for Princess Charlene Foundation projects that are "close to her heart and home"
The Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo was the venue for a special St David’s Day celebration, the feast day of the patron saint of Wales, to raise funds for the Princess Charlene Foundation. The occasion also marked the 125th anniversary of the British Lions rugby team, with many international players present on the night.Read more … Monaco charity event raises 75,000 euros
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Nice's third tramway line and many other public transport projects could be cancelled
No less than 17 public transport projects in the French Riviera could be pigeonholed as all depend on funding from the indefinitely postponed ‘Ecotax’. The tax on heavy transport vehicles was supposed to come into effect on 1st January 2014 but was suspended following violent protests in Brittany.Read more … Public transport hit by suspended Ecotax
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Yannick Franques's culinary creations set to raise resort’s restaurants to a whole new level.
The five-star Terre Blanche Hotel Spa & Golf Resort has appointed a Michelin-star chef to take charge of its four restaurants on the estate. Just 45 minutes from Nice, the exclusive golf resort near the perched village of Tourrettes combines luxury private villas, restaurants, two championship golf courses, a five-star hotel, world class spa - and now its own Michelin-star chef.Read more … New Michelin-star chef at Var resort
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Authorities warn youths against the dangerous neknomination drinking game
The Alpes Maritime’s regional council - Conseil Général - has launched an awareness campaign against the Facebook fad called ‘neknomination’. At least five people from the United Kingdom and Ireland have died as a result of the online drinking game which hit the headlines in early 2014.Read more … The dangers of neknomination
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Members lose 700 to 1,000 euros as gym closes soon after annual fees had been paid.
After closure of the Fitness Land gym in Nice following a dispute between the former manager and a new one, 2,000 members have not only been left without a gym, but have also lost large sums of money. Annual membership fees were being paid in up until last month and were even cashed by the current manager before the gym was unexpectedly closed down. Read more … Gym fraud leaves members out of pocket
Provence & Côte d'Azur: Two books in English specifically about the region's cuisine are now available
Two books celebrating the region’s gastronomy, written specifically for the Anglophone community, came out last month. The first English publication on Niçoise cuisine, entitled ‘Nice, cuisine and the art of living’, and ‘Provence, food and wine: the art of living’ came out last month.Read more … Cuisine and the art of living
Monaco: People travelling between Nice and Monaco will have to take a different route
The A500 motorway tunnel between Nice and Monaco is closed in both directions during the night due to essential maintenance work by Vinci Autoroutes. The Laghat (57) junction is also closed to traffic. Diversions have been put in place for people travelling between the two cities.Read more … Monaco A500 closed during the night