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man killed and two injured in local hunting accidents

the launch of the hunting season in the south of france has brought with it death of a human nature. this weekend, a man has reportedly died after falling 150m into a ravine and a father and son are believed to be suffering minor injuries, having been shot at by another hunter.early reports suggest that, over the weekend, a 57-year-old hunter fell into a ravine in clans in the alpes-maritimes after he attempted to throw away the carcass of an animal he had killed earlier on the saturday. witnesses told the nice matin that he ‘lost his balance’ and slipped, falling nearly 150m.the following morning, a man and his 12-year-old son were struck by gunfire when a fellow hunter fired on them, reportedly believing he had se...




motorway tolls to increase until 2023

in a leaked official document from 2014, it would appear that the french state and private motorway service providers reached an agreement that the latter party will be able to increase its rates and tolls every year between 2019 and 2023.the document, which was recently released to the public by france 2, suggests that the tariff increases were a trade-off for the motorway companies who themselves pledged to finance 3.2 billion euros of works over the following 10 years (up to 2025). the companies were also promised ‘financial stability’ thanks to extensions on their concessions for france’s motorways.emmanuel macron and ségolène royal were the signatories...




rail strikes this thursday | riviera insider

a portion of sncf workers will strike tomorrow, causing issues and train travel delays across provence-alpes-côte d’azur. while some local lines in the southeast of the region will be unaffected, such as the cannes-monaco line, others will be considerably reduced. routes affected by the strike:marseille/aix-en-provence/pertuis: 4 in 5 trains runningmarseille/toulon/les arcs: 3 i...




ski resorts announce start of season

summer is barely over, but some of us are already looking forward to the winter! this week, along with the first fews flakes of snow falling on the mountains of the mercantour, ski stations isola 2000 and auron have announced their opening dates.isola 2000 will open its pistes on saturday 2nd december. the resort released a video on tuesday 19th september of snowfall in the village and on the nearby ...




an a to ‘v’ of our michelin star restaurants

with the likes of three-michelin star restaurant le louis xv at the hôtel de paris in monaco, two-star paloma in mougins and the equally acclaimed le chantecler of the hôtel negresco in nice among the restaurants of the alpes-maritimes, it is no wonder that the region is a gastronomic destination as well as one of sunshine. let riviera insider take you through the 2017 a to ‘v’ of its michelin star establishments.antibesle figuier de saint-esprit *address: 14, rue saint-esprit, 14 rue du saint-esprit, 06600 antibes, francetel.: +33 4 93 34 50 12restaurant de bacon *address: 664 boulevard de bacon, 06160 antibes, francetel.: +33 4 93 61 50 02la passagère *address: 33 boulevard edouard baudoin, 06160 antibes, francetel.: +33 4 93 61 02...




cannes yachting festival: a rendez-vous for luxury sailing

cannes’ vieux port and the port pierre canto will lend their sites to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cannes yachting festival between 12th and 17th september as more than 600 luxury vessels go on display.organisers of the cannes yachting festival are set to reveal a number of premium brands related to the super yachting lifestyle with art, furniture and décor, and high-end services in the luxury gallery at the palais des festivals.there will also be the third concours d’élégance – a parade of vintage and contemporary boats highlighting the savoir-faire and craf...




lufthansa to launch seven extra routes this winter

as of the end of october, lufthansa – the award-winning airline – will be expanding its presence in europe with four new connections to pamplona, genoa, bari and catania (departing from frankfurt) along with three additional routes from munich heading to nantes, glasgow and santiago de compostela.flights from frankfurt to pamplona will be scheduled on monday, wednesday, friday and sunday, while those for genoa will be on tuesday, thurs-day and saturday. in between, trips to bari will be offered three times a week and round trips to catania will be set for wednesday and sunday. flights from munich to glasgow will be on mon-day, wednesday, friday and sunday. lufthansa will also have a daily flight to nantes and getaways every sunday to the...




advice from anahataflow | riviera insider

after the warmer summer months of the pitta phase, the cool and airy vata period —which lasts until january — begins in october.in order to keep body and mind in healthy balance, it is important to reduce vata and avoid foods and behaviours that add to the typically cold dosha. for all doshas: keep yourself warm and treat yourself to rest! it is best to drink a lot of hot drinks during the day, such as fresh ginger tea. indulge in a warm breakfast, stews and generally oily and nutritious food; sweet, ...




the autumn programme | riviera insider

the weather may be cooling down, but the region’s cultural scene is just heating up! this autumn, we embark on an artistic journey of music, theatre, dance and comedy…who? orchestre de cannes provence-alpes-côte d’azurwhat? follow the region’s most acclaimed orchestra for a mesmerising season of musical events. artistic director benjamin levy leads cellist edgar moreau at the beaulieu classic festival (14th september); mezzo soprano pauline sabatier performs at the soirées musicales de grimaud (15th september) and le festival d’art sacré d’antibes (16th september, with additional performances by a range of artists at the festival on 22nd september); pianist khatia buniatishvili returns to cannes with mozart and beethoven (1st ...




la rentrée: what changes this school year

for over 12 million children and teenagers in france, the summer holidays are over: it’s time for la rentrée. throughout this week in the alpes-maritimes and the var, some 369 829 pupils will be returning to their classrooms.  this year, around 12.42 million children and young people are in full time education: about 6,800,000 in an école (maternelle and élémentaire); 3,340,000 in a collège; and 2,300,00 in a lycée. france has 884,400 teachers across 62,600 schools.the average class size is highest at a lycée: an average of 30 youngsters attend a class. in the école maternelle and in the collège, there are just over 25 children while in the école primaire, it’s 23. in the lycées professionnels, an average of 18 students make ...




club vivanova: sweet z & château lafaurie-peyraguey

join club vivanova at the wine palace monte carlo to celebrate our sweet z party with world-renowned château lafaurie-peyraguey, premier grand cru classé sauternes. a selection of cold oyster, prawn and local cheese platters will be served to perfectly marry with this excellent wine.château lafaurie-peyraguey is a premier cru classé sauternes wine from the sauternes appellation. the winery is located in the southern part of france’s bordeaux wine region in the district of graves and its château is situated on a hill top facing sauternes' highest classed vineyard, château d'yquem.rené lalique’s moulded glass art piece of femme et raisins, which has become an emblem of excellence, is engraved on all bottles of ch...




american club of the riviera hosts gala evening

join the american club of the riviera on friday 22nd september at the grand hotel du cap ferrat for their famous black tie dinner dance. for its annual event, the club has selected the club dauphin at this five-star hotel as its location and a three-course gourmet meal by by chef yoric tieche, who earned the title ‘best chef of tomorrow’ from gault & millau in 2016.following a cocktail in the gardens of the hotel at 7pm, guests will make their way by sunset to the restaurant on foot or via funicular for a quintessentially medi...




the côte d'azur overcomes the tourism crisis following terrorist strike in 2016

this year, following a poor end to the tourism summer season following terror attack of july 2016, the côte d'azur has gotten back on its feet with swelling numbers both in flight reservations and hotel bookings.although this year’s numbers did not beat the exceptional record of 2015, tourism is slowly recovering in the region. a 2.3 million euro marketing campaign, led by official state organisations and private partners, has been credited with the 3% increase in flight reservations. fewer tourists than usual came to the french riviera in may and june, but the numbers rocketed in july. later in august, hotels were on average 90% full with a remarkable turnout in nice with hotel reservations almost reaching the numbers of 2015.david l...




high risks of fires | riviera insider

despite a dip in temperatures, the alpes-maritimes and the var remain on high alert this week due to the continued risk of forest fires.although we may now be into the colder autumn months, ongoing dry conditions mean that the threat of forest fires — which have seen the destruction of over 7,000 hectares of...




11 compulsory vaccines for january 2018

there are currently only three child vaccinations required by law in france: diphtheria, tetanus and polio. for 2018, the new french minister of health, agnes buzyn, decided to extend the number of mandatory vaccinations to 11 in an effort to crack down on increasing rates of historic viruses and diseases. the new additions are: haemophilus influenzae b, whooping cough, hepatitis b, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal c and pneumococcal.following the world health organisation’s warning of major recent measles outbreaks across europe, some member nations have taken extra measures to avoid the spread of epidemics. as such, france and italy have made certain vaccines compulsory in the new year. starting on 1st january 2018, there will be ...




whatsalp: protecting the alps | riviera insider

for nearly three months, the whatsalp hiking group has been crossing the alps, from vienna to nice, to document the effects of the never-ending expansion of transit traffic. in an interview with dominik siegrist, a geographer and member of whatsalp, he described the most striking changes of the mountain region over the past 25 years. for many years, the alps, one of the most beautiful regions of europe, has been struggling with increasing rates of traffic due to its strategic location between central and southern europe. the whatsalp hiking group of volunteers ai...




discreet insights into pigozzi's famous pool parties in antibes

the multimillion-dollar jet setter, businessman, art collector and philanthropist jean pigozzi has been throwing unforgettable pool parties at his villa in the south of france during the cannes film festival for years. guests like sharon stone, woody allen, tony bennett, and jane fonda have all graced his villa dorane on the cap d’antibes with their presence — forever immortalised by pigozzi's camera. many of the world's a-listers and pigozzi’s personal friends have been documented in a private portfolio ‘pool party’. the book contains more than 100 iconic and unpublished shots from pigozzi's personal archives featuring: elizabeth taylor, dennis hopper, calvin klein and bernardo bertolucci, but also jack nicholson, michael dou...




nice’s oldest woman dies at 110

yesterday, mayor of nice christian estrosi announced the death of the city’s oldest female resident, fernande bataille.fernande bataille was born in rouen on 5th december 1906 and moved to nice with her second husband, paul bataille, in the 1950s. fernande had various jobs around the city including cashier at the rialto cinema located behind the negresco hotel."it is with great sadness and emotion that i learn of the death of fernande bataille, who would have turned 111 years old in december. i visited her at each of her birthdays at the palatines, where she had lived for several years,” announced estrosi.fernande’s remarkable past during the second world war was remembered yesterday. she served in the maunier resistance network and ...




orchestra of saint petersburg performs in nice

on 10th september, the orchestra of saint petersburg will make an appearance at the opera of nice, led by italian conductor fabio mastrangelo.the prestigious and oldest symphonic orchestra of russia will interpret classics from their musical heritage featuring igor stravinsky, piotr tchaïkovski, sergueï rachmaninov, mikhaïl glinka, alexandre borodine, nikolaï rimsky-korsakov and sergueï prokofiev in one of nice's popular cultural venues.the upcoming performance celebrates the 20th...




rip to mireille darc | riviera insider

on monday 28th august, france mourned the passing of the iconic actress of the 1970s, mireille darc, at the age of 79. born as mireille aigroz on 15th may 1938, she had chosen her pseudonym in reference to joan of arc. the actress embodied a new wave of femininity, offering a fresher look to the face of the independent woman.mireille darc has been suffering from a heart murmur since childhood and underwent an open-heart surgery in 1980. in 2016, the actress had a third stroke late september and was hospitalised for two cerebral haemorrhages in paris. she had recently been in a coma a few days before passing away yesterday.her fans will surely remember her performance in le grand blond avec une chaussure noire in 1972, in which she appeared i...