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win tickets to the stabat mater of pergolesi

riviera insider has tickets to the stabat mater of pergolesi concert by jean-claude malgoire and the orchestre de cannes give away to lucky lovers of classical music!at 8.30pm on 16th march, the théâtre croisette (50 boulevard de la croisette, cannes) will play host to a classical concert featuring the stabat mater of pergolesi, beethoven’s symphony no. 1 (in c major, op. 21) an...




a place called mountain | riviera insider

the medieval village of gourdon is a magical place. perched on a rocky outcrop some 760 metres above sea level, it commands a dominating position and has served as a near impenetrable fortress throughout the last millennium.as we approach the village from the south, it appears out of a cloudy haze that has followed us from the coast. the 17th century fort, which was built by louis de lombard on foundations laid down 800 years earlier, and the church steeple mark gourdon’s highest points. they give this feudal village a sense of majesty and dominance over the rocky prospect.we decide to continue on a northly trajectory on the d12 until we reach a small carpark at the foot of the plateau de cavillore that sits above gourdon at an altitude of...




2018 begins in earnest at the grimaldi forum

riviera insider was invited along to a press conference at the grimaldi forum in mid-january to discover the arts and culture agenda for the first half of 2018. the occasion was also an opportunity for renowned private bank in monaco, compagnie monégasque de banque, to announce the renewal of its support for the principality’s leading cultural institution.for the 12th time since 2005, compagnie monégasque de banque has partnered with the grimaldi forum. as the official document was signed, direction of communications for the grimaldi forum, hervé zorgniotti, thanked the bank’s general director, etienne franzi, for cmb’s ‘precious support’.zorgniotti and his team also announced a number of leading events that will take place at t...




soirées musicales at the villa ephrussi de rothschild

the baroness ephrussi de rothschild invites readers of riviera insider along to two intimate and elegant evenings at this luxurious saint jean cap ferrat address, where you can enjoy beautiful melodies from the classical music repertoire as well as a gourmet, candlelit dinner with views over the mediterranean sea.both dates – saturday 10th february and saturday 10th march – follow the same programme albeit with different artists…7:00pm: concert in the patio7:30pm: interlude with champagne8:00pm: recommencement of the concert8:45pm: end of the concert followed by guided tours in english and french, and the opening of the restaurantthe theme for february’s soirée musicale is romanticism and the viennese waltzes, with performances by a...




2018 readers survey | riviera insider

a new project for the new year… most of us start with at least one resolution and, at riviera insider, ours for 2018 is getting to know our readers better. we want to know how we can improve our service as the only independent english-language print publication for the region and find out what you think of our magazine and how you read it. what would you like to read more of? are you a regular print reader or did you discover us on facebook? do you pay for online news? your opinion and feedback is highly appreciated by our team and we would be very grateful if you could t...




cmb: the art of listening

conducted in a private atmosphere – as is usual with the compagnie monégasque de banque –editor-in-chief petra hall shares a conversation with chief operating officer and director of business development stephan sieder...what do swiss and monegasque private banks have in common? both offer their clients banking services within a framework of high political and economic stability, an important requirement if you want your money to be guarded safely. in addition, investor protection and expertise play a vital role in securing and retaining the trust of clients. as monaco is subject to french rules in many areas regarding its banking system, its banks operate within a regulatory framework at the highest standards.compagnie monégasque de b...




massive attack at nice jazz

bristol-based pioneers massive attack are to headline this summer’s nice jazz festival, which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. performing in the heart of the city in place masséna on 19th july, the concert will be a great opportunity to see one of the original acts from the trip-hop era.major of nice christian estrosi comm...




toulon airport announces geneva link

when summer arrives, will you be heading for the beach or the freshness of the mountains? if it’s the latter, you’ll be happy to hear that, for the first time, aéroport toulon hyères will be operating bi-weekly swiss flights between the var and geneva from june to september (in addition to the current weekly air france flight).taking just one hour and ten minutes, the three-times weekly flight (thursday and sunday by swiss, and saturday by air france) opens the door to not only one of the world’s leading financial centres, but also to an area renowned for its stunning countryside and landscapes.president of var tourisme and vice-president of the departmental council françoise dumont says of the swiss addition to toulon airport’s s...




ville de nice shuts access to coast

ensuing bad weather conditions have led the ville de nice to close access to certain parts of the city’s coastline from 2pm today.a yellow warning has been issued by officials ahead to the anticipated ‘strong and violent winds’ this afternoon and evening. this has led t...




lenny kravitz heads south | riviera insider

american grammy award-winner lenny kravitz has become the first artist to confirm his presence at the 2018 jazz à juan, which will be taking place from 14th to 22nd july.following on from legends such as santana, stevie wonder and sting, who have all appeared at the festival in recent years, kravitz will be performing in the famous seafront venue of the pinède gould on 12th july, just days before the official opening. kravitz’s unique blend of soul, rock and funk is sure to be perfect for the fes...




2018 readers survey | riviera insider

a new project for the new year… most of us start with at least one resolution and, at riviera insider, ours for 2018 is getting to know our readers better. we want to know how we can improve our service as the only independent english-language print publication for the region and find out what you think of our magazine and how you read it. what would you like to read more of? are you a regular print reader or did you discover us on facebook? do you pay for online news? your opinion and feedback is highly appreciated by our team and we would be very grateful if you could ...




cross-border inheritance in france: which law should be applicable?

bilingual lawyer benjamin kergueno, who operates offices in the heart of nice as well as the british museum in london, shares his advice about cross-border inheritance. "each year, half a million families are involved in cross-border successions. in cases where someone has suffered a loss or may intend to disinherit someone of their family, inheritance issues are always sensitive.eu legislation facilitates succession planning: it offers eu citizens the right to prepare a will of their choice and opt for their inheritance process to be subject to their national law or the law of their country of residence.this option will apply to the totality of their estate even if they live in another eu country and have assets in different countries. in ...




the start of a legacy: the princess charlene foundation celebrates 5th anniversary

according to the world health organisation, one person drowns every 85 seconds and many of the victims are children. as a former olympic swimmer who often talks of her love of the water, this statistic has had a profound effect on princess charlene. since launching a foundation in her own name in december 2012, monaco’s south african princess has worked tirelessly in europe, on her native continent and around the world to ‘combat this scourge’.“my foundation is dedicated to saving lives,” says princess charlene. “in the learn to swim and w...




designing dreams named one of the best art books of 2017

as the new york times names designing dreams: a celebration of léon bakst one of the best art books of 2017, we’ve been looking back on our article abo...




rally monte-carlo: two event series this winter

monaco is getting off to a roaring start this year with the 86th monte-carlo rally from 22nd to 28th january – which kicks off the 2018 fia race calendar – and the 21st monte-carlo historic rally from 31st january to 7th february.after three days in gap (shakedown on 24th january at 4pm), the official start of the classic rally will be on thursday 25th january at 5.50pm in front of the monte carlo casino. the first night stage leads back to gap, where racing will also start on the following two days. on saturday afternoon, it’s back to monaco! the final stage on 28th january covers nearly 65km in the snowy hinterland of the alpes-maritimes, passing through places such as la bollène-vésubie, peira cava and over the col de braus. the d...




where is the best place to live?

‘bonne’, ‘beau’ and ‘bio’… all three have positive connotations, but surely there’s something more than a good start to their names that has made the towns of valbonne, beaulieu-sur-mer and biot the three most attractive places to live in the alpes-maritimes.at the end of 2017, the fédération nationale de l’immobilier (fnaim) for the côte d’azur published the results of a self-commissioned study that asked where in the alpes-maritimes, from menton in the east to mandelieu-la napoule in the west, is the best place to live. pulling on sources from insee and jestimo, a professional real estate evaluation tool, the bureau imposed 12 criteria on 31 of the largest towns and cities in the region: access to public services and...




the circle of life in monaco

the mairie de monaco has released its 2017 statistics on the number of births, deaths, marriages and divorces in the principality… and it was an overwhelmingly happy year! the birth rate outweighs that of mortality by almost 2 to 1 and there were more than double the number of marriages than divorces, including four marriages between exclusively monegasque citizens.last year, 958 births were registered in monaco compared to 938 the previous year. 498 of newborns were young boys and 460 were little girls. the parents of 700 babies born during 2017 are non-residents (although almost 500 have parents hailing from the principali...




important tax changes for 2018

with the draft budget for 2018, president emmanuel macron has started the tax reforms that were announced during his campaign. it is currently being submitted to the french parliament and includes important tax changes for companies as well as for private individuals.changes for companiesthe main tax measure concerns the corporate tax rate. the current rate of 33.33% will be reduced to reach 25% by 2022. in 2018, a 28% rate should be applied for each company with a taxable profit below 500,000€ while the rate remains the same at 33.33% for those above. the rate for small and medium companies is unchanged too (15% for a taxable income up to 38,210€). in 2019, for companies with a taxable profit above 500,000€, the rate should be reduced...




"don't set fire to my food next time!"

i’ve always been somewhat on the fence regarding new york new york in cannes. ostensibly a very glamourous restaurant, oozing style and a certain upmarket swanky-ness, yet i’ve never been totally convinced by its overpriced food and below-par service. one of the first times i ate there, i ordered a rack of lamb, which was flambéed table side in jack daniels. ferocious flames raised high out into the restaurant, as if the devil himself was trying to escape from the dead lamb’s carcass, and the dining room momentarily paused and became fixated on the spectacle that was unravelling before their eyes. unfortunately, i was a smoker at the time and was not able to blow out my burning dinner quickly, leaving me with nothing more than charred...




new app for bus travel

the envibus network has launched a new mobile application that hopes to simplify and streamline public transport travel for residents in the communauté d'agglomération de sophia antipolis (casa). as he presented the digital tool – envibus ticket – on wednesday 10th january, mayor of antibes jean leonetti said, “we must question why people still use their car, particularly when travelling into a town centre!”the application allows users to create a profile for themselves and their dependents, purchase tickets (1€ each or 8€ for 10 tickets), access live information about the network and the next bus on a specific route, and use the paca mobilités calculator to efficientl...