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French 'supercop' arrested on suspicion of colluding with drugs barons  guardian.co.uk 30 Sep 11 The French police force has been shaken after Lyon's deputy police chief, nicknamed "Supercop" for his fight against drugs, was arrested on suspicion of colluding with international drugs barons. Michel Neyret, 55 was arrested at home along with his wife and is being held in custody. He is suspected of having compensated informants with batches of confiscated drugs. The investigation spread to Cannes on the French riviera. Several other people linked to organised crime were being questioned in Lyon and Cannes including a man in his 30s believed to have provided Neyret with luxury cars, including a Ferrari and a Rolls Royce. Angelique Chrisafis.

Nice tramway line 2 to cost €758 million  mobilicites.com 28 Sep 11 Line 1 of the Nice tramway inaugurated in 2007 carries over 90,000 passengers per day. The next step announced Sept. 27 by Mayor Christian Estrosi is the west-east line 2 scheduled for 2016. Project cost, €758.7 million, of which €160 million will come from state and regional grants. "The East-West line will eventually eliminate the flow of 20,000 cars on the Promenade des Anglais, serving each neighborhood as well as the airport and the convention center of the Arenas," promises Estrosi. The new tram line will connect with a new ‘inter-modal’ transport hub on the site of the MIN market near Nice airport and will connect Terminals 1 & 2 wit Nice city centre via a 20 minutes tram ride. Nathalie Arenson.

Briton dies after brawl outside Cannes nightclub  guardian.co.uk 20 Sep 11 A Territorial army soldier who served in Iraq has died following a brawl believed to have been sparked over the cost of drinks at a lap-dancing club in Cannes. Lee Fisher, 37, from Camberley, Surrey, had been working as a labourer in the French Riviera city, erecting stands for a duty free and retail trade exhibition. He died after reportedly being punched in the face during a row with a group of local men in the early hours of Monday. Fisher, who was married, was one of four Britons working for the design consultancy firm Lea International, constructing the exhibition space for the Tax Free World Association trade show. Caroline Davies.

Listeria alert in Monaco: Carrefour recalls two cheese products  AFP 15 Sep 11 Carrefour have withdrawn two cheese products from its stores in France and Monaco, after the discovery of Listeria monocytogenes contamination on lots sold in their Monaco supermarket. Several lots of "petits munsters fermiers", produced by the Fromagerie du Pays Welche, were removed from store shelves at Carrefour de Monaco. The store says that there have been no complaints from customers or reports of any listeria cases reported in Monaco according to the Department of State. The precautionary measure was taken as part of regular control measures, said a Carrefour spokesperson. The products were sold, according to the distributor, between 25 Aug and 13 Sept 11.

Battle of Nice Cathedral divides Russian Orthodox community  la-croix.com 15 Sep 11 Russia’s ambassador to France, Alexander Orlov, criticised the administration of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Nice Thursday saying that the decision to close its gates to visitors and release its five employees is “a unilateral decision to take hostage the people of Nice and tourists.”  The action follows a ruling by the court of appeal in Aix-en-Provence 19 May 11 allowing the Russian state to take control of the cathedral. "We received a bailiff notice asking us to suspend admission fees (€3) that allowed us to pay our five employees. We'll have to fire them and can no longer ensure the reception of visitors,” said P. Jean Gueit, rector of the cathedral.  François-Xavier Maigre.

Var: Arrests for illegal importing of luxury cars  france3.fr 14 Sep 11 Six people, including mechanics from the Var and Alpes-Maritimes, have been detained on suspicion of the fraudulent use of false administrative documents for high-end imported vehicles. This procedure fraudulently avoids the payment of various taxes, especially VAT on imported vehicles. According to a source familiar with the matter, hundreds of registration cards have been issued for high-end vehicles in the Var and Alpes-Maritimes, including thirty in favor of an Arab prince in the area of Cannes. The arrests were made yesterday morning in the regions of Fayence and Cannes. Among the suspects is a retired former employee of the sub-prefecture of Draguignan.Yves Lebaratoux/AFP.

Julian Lennon announces first solo recording in over 10 years  altsounds.com 13 Sep 11 The first solo recording from Julian Lennon since 1998, his brand new studio album entitled ‘Everything Changes’ is released on October 3rd through Conehead in the UK. Featuring twelve original tracks, the album is preceded by lead single ‘Lookin’ 4 Luv’ on September 12th, which is currently play-listed at BBC Radio 2. ‘Everything Changes’ came about almost by accident, Julian explains: "I get twitchy if I don’t pick up a guitar or sit at the piano every now and then...I have to do it." One thing led to another and before he knew it, he had the basic formations for 30+ songs. Inviting some friends over to build upon these ideas, the result is ‘Everything Changes’. Produced by Lennon and Grant Ransom.

Ex-AC Milan star Marco Simone named AS Monaco coach  tribalfootball.com 14 Sep 11 Former AC Milan striker Marco Simone has been named new coach of AS Monaco. Simone, who played in attack for Milan and Monaco during his career, will be assisted by Jean Petit, the French club have confirmed. Monaco are struggling domestically following their relegation from the top flight last term. They are currently second from bottom in the standings. Simone is 42 and also has a past with French giants Paris Saint-Germain as a player. Despite a decent career at club level, he only won four caps for his country.

Novak Djokovic likely to get married in Monaco  livetennisguide.com 13 Sep 11 The 2011 US Open champion Novak Djokovic and his long time girl friend Jelena Ristic are likely to marry this year, where the pair has been dating for longtime. The 24-year-old Djokovic has been planning to marry as soon as possible to his girl friend Jelena Ristic, before this year completes. The Sources stated that, the pair has been getting married in October, where the wedding ceremony will be held in a traditional church in his home town Monaco in front of family and friends. Djokovic talked about his girl friend Jelena on Jay Leno Show, where she is the part of his life. Recently, Djokovic and Jelena Ristic were seemed on the cover page of a Serbian version of Hello Magazine.

Saint-Aygulf, France: Town of the giant omelettes  metro.co.uk 13 Sep 11 If you fancy yourself as a bit of an egg lover then you best get yourself down to Saint-Aygulf for the annual omelette festival. The picturesque coastal town located near St Tropez produces the giant omelettes every year as part of celebrations by the town's local omelette brotherhood. Cooked in a pan measuring three metres, the giant dish uses 14,400 eggs, 15 litres of oil and three kilograms of butter. And to get the job done is stirred together by giant wooden spoons. The chefs preparing the dish also bake giant loafs of bread and at the end of the process almost 4,000 people get to feast on the results. The festival can then compete in a 10km 'fun run' to burn off those extra kilos.

PACA high speed train line - Sprint for consultation  metrofrance.com 13 Sep 11 Public consultations will take place Tuesday in Marseille, Wednesday in Hyères and Thursday in Nice, regarding the new high speed train line (LGV) for the PACA region. It is scheduled to enter service in 2023 and carry 110 million passengers. Following studies, launched in 2005, four routes from Marseilles to Nice are being presented to the public, The new LGV will reduce travel time between Paris-Nice to 4 hours, against 5 to 6 hours today. Travel time between Marseille and Nice will be reduced from about 2 hours today to 1 hour in 2023. A summary from the consultations will be presented to the Ministry of Transport in December who are then expected to make a quick decision on the definitive route of the new track.

Food Warnings Linked To France's Botulism Outbreak  foodsafetynews.com 09 Sep 11 Residents and visitors to France are warned not to eat tapenade, from an unlicensed, cottage-food maker called La Ruche based in Cavaillon, France, and branded as: Les Délices de Marie Claire; Terre de Mistral; Les Secrets d'Anaïs. Botulism is a rare but serious illness that can cause muscle weakness and breathing difficulties that can quickly turn fatal without expert medical treatment. Eight adults, five from southern France and three from the Somme district in the north of the country, have been stricken by botulism since eating the tapenade. All eight have been hospitalized; three are on life support. All the products tested positive for botulism. A public health warning issued in France said investigators thought jars used for tapenade (olive paste) had not been properly sterilized and further tests found contamination in other products including dried tomatoes, sandwich spread, pesto and pastes made from anchovies, eggplants, peppers, chickpeas and artichokes.

Nice man fined for ignoring wife in bedroom  independent.co.uk 08 Sep 11 A French man has been sued for nearly £9,000 by his ex-wife for not having enough sex with her. The 51-year-old, known only as JeanLouis B, was fined under article 215 of France's civil code, which says that married couples must agree to a "shared communal life". The court in Aix-en-Provence heard that the couple had been married for 21 years, and raised two children on the French Riviera. But uninspired Jean-Louis was "solely responsible" for the lack of fireworks in their bedroom, blaming lethargy and stress of work. "A sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent," the judge declared, with typically French haughtiness. Amol Rajan.

Prince Albert of Monaco visits Leeds as charity ball raises £250,000 yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk 05 Sep 11 Prince Albert of Monaco jetted into Leeds for a charity ball that raised more than £250,000. He was guest of honour at Harewood House - home to the Queen’s late cousin George Lascelles - for the Variety Club Yorkshire’s Golden Jubilee Ball. He arrived with new wife Princess Charlene on his arm. Also spotted at the event was Scottish pop singer Lulu, who performed for the 300 guests. Other celebrity guests at the show, compered by comedian Bobby Davro, included 1960s group The Manfreds and the classical quartet Blake. Organiser Stephen Bolton said: “We were absolutely delighted when Prince Albert and Princess Charlene agreed to grace the event." Sophie Hazan.

152mm of rain falls in Coursegoules during weekend storms  meteoconsult.fr 05 Sep 11 Storms at the weekend thrughout the South West and South East of France saw thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain. The worst affected areas ranged from Rhone-Alpes to Corsica. There was local flooding, especially in the Alpes Maritimes where 152 mm of rain fell in Coursegoules (06) and 108 mm in Caussols (06). 60 mm of rain was recorded in Sospel (06).

Ste Maxime plans a traffic revolt  guardian.co.uk 03 Sep 11 Just 10 miles of scenic route separates the medieval Côte d'Azur town of Ste Maxime from its noisier, internationally celebrated neighbour, St Tropez, Mediterranean playground of the rich and famous. But for the Maximois, this short stretch along the French Riviera has become a highway to hell as up to 30,000 vehicles a day bisect the town at the height of summer, causing "monstrous" traffic jams. Not only do the visiting hordes crawl through Ste Maxime at a snail's pace, paralysing emergency services and public transport and polluting the atmosphere with noise and fumes, but they do so without so much as a backward glance, complain the locals. Kim Willsher.

Monaco isn't liable to Prince's unpaid liasion  courthousenewsservice.com 02 Sep 11 A former foreign intelligence liaison to Prince Albert II of Monaco cannot bring an employment lawsuit against the principality since it holds sovereign immunity under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, U.S. District Judge Gary Feess ruled. Robert Eringer claimed Monaco refused to pay a €40,000 quarterly fee for his services. Eringer had allegedly performed 'intelligence missions' for Prince Albert since 1999 and was kept on retainer from 2002 -08 when he left because he had not been paid. "Eringer primarily acted as an intelligence advisor and investigated individuals who attempted to enter the prince's 'social orbit'," said the Judge summarizing Eringer's declaration. Maria Dinzeo.

Sir Tom Jones is discharged from Monte Carlo hospital  bbc.co.uk 31 Aug 11 Singer Sir Tom Jones has been released from hospital following a health scare. The 71-year-old had been admitted to Princess Grace Hospital in Monte Carlo at the weekend. He cancelled a concert in Monaco - the last of his three-month tour - on doctor's orders after suffering from severe dehydration. His spokesman said: "Sir Tom was released from hospital yesterday [Tuesday] and is now in very good health." He added: "A big thankyou to all for your concern, your messages and wishes have been very thoughtful."

Monaco communications advisor resigns  AFP 31 Aug 11 Christiane Stahl, adviser to the cabinet of Prince Albert II of Monaco in charge of communication, has decided to leave office, the Prince's Palace said in a short statement Wednesday. "Christiane Stahl decided in agreement with the Sovereign, to step down because she wants to return to Paris where she is called to other responsibilities. The prince wishes to express his appreciation for the work done at his side during the past six years and welcomes her commitment to the Principality of Monaco and its people." Christiane Stahl, once close to former President Jacques Chirac, had the task of organizing the wedding coverage of Prince Albert II and his girlfriend Charlene Wittstock, now Princess Charlene, in July.

Fire disrupts air traffic at Nice Côte d'Azur airport  mondial-infos.fr 31 Aug 11 Air traffic at Nice Cote d'Azur airport was disrupted at midday on Tuesday, 30 Aug 11 when a fire broke out in a 60m2 storage room located under Terminal 2. Twenty workers were evacuated from the vicinity. Numerous firefighters were mobilised who managed to contain the fire by 14.50 hrs. No serious damage was reported, but passengers felt the impact with many flights delayed and luggage missing flights.  The cause of the fire is unknown. Everything was back to normal by late Tuesday afternoon.

Dehydration forces Sir Tom to cancel Monte Carlo show  walesonline.co.uk 29 Aug 11 Sir Tom Jones was yesterday being treated for “severe dehydration” at a hospital in Monaco, amid reports of “a heart scare”. A spokesman for the 71-year-old Sex Bomb singer said he had been “ordered by doctors” to cancel a planned £200-a-ticket show at a luxury Monte Carlo nightspot on Saturday evening. Rumours about Sir Tom’s deteriorating health began circulating yesterday on social networking site Twitter after David King, the theatrical manager at the venue, tweeted: “Tonight’s concert at the Sporting Club, Monte Carlo, cancelled as Tom Jones admitted to hospital with a heart scare.” However, a spokesman for Sir Tom insisted he had dehydration after performing in high temperatures on Friday night. Clare Hutchinson.

Arsenal set to sign Monaco's Park Chu-Young  metro.co.uk 29 Aug 11 Arsene Wenger is reported to be close to signing Monaco's Park Chu-Young as he looks to rebuild his depleted Arsenal squad. The striker, who was a target for Fulham, is expected to complete a move to the Emirates for between £3 million and £5 million. Park was close to signing for Lille, with the French champions claiming the South Korean international failed to show up for the second part of his medical after agreeing a deal. Lille president Michel Seydoux said: 'We haven't had a telephone call, nothing. Lille are baffled.' Wenger has come under increased pressure to make some signings before the end of the summer transfer window after his side were humiliated by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Messi, Fabregas lift Barcelona to Super Cup win  chron.com 26 Aug 11 Reunited a decade after being teammates in the Barcelona youth academy, Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas linked up again Friday to help Barca win the European Super Cup in Monaco with a 2-0 victory over FC Porto, which finished the match with nine men. Messi, crowned Thursday as the Best Player in Europe, struck in the 39th minute after collecting a misplaced backpass from Porto midfielder Freddy Guarin. Standing all alone on the edge of the penalty box, Messi then rounded goalkeeper Helton to shoot into an unguarded net. The Argentina forward found substitute Fabregas with an instinctive pass in the 88th minute that Barcelona's star offseason signing finished with a neat volley. Graham Dunbar / AP.

Obituary: Tom Parr - decorator & Opio resident  telegraph.co.uk 25 Aug 11 Tom Parr, who has died aged 81, was one of England’s leading postwar decorators (a term he proudly preferred to “interior designer”), working first with David Hicks and then for 35 years at Colefax and Fowler, of which he became chairman. Parr met the Munich businessman Klaus Scheinart, with whom he bought La Casella, a stylish pavilion tucked into a fold of valley near Opio in the Alpes Maritime. There Parr created a series of flower-filled rooms that became a benchmark of simple grandeur. It was at this house that for a decade Tom Parr endured the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease. He died on July 29, and is survived by Klaus Scheinart.

Alpes Maritimes to tighten its budget belt by €21 million  20minutes.fr 25 Aug 11 Eric Ciotti, UMP president of the General Council of Alpes-Maritimes, yesterday presented nine steps to save €21 million by the end of 2012. The most significant cuts will be in the reduction of its payroll. Less than one in two retiring employees will be replaced. "We want to reduce the debt of the department by 10% in two years and reduce it to €900 million," says Ciotti. Rescue and Fire services will also be affected. Opposition PS representative Marc Concas described the cuts as "An absolute disgrace," adding that the announced cuts had not been put forward for debate. Ciotti commented, "These cuts will allow us to invest to generate economic growth, without any tax increases."  J. C. Magnenet.

European Super Cup to move from Monaco to Prague in 2013  reuters.com 25 Aug 11 Barcelona's unusual start to the season continues Friday when the European champions seek their third trophy in 10 days, against Porto in the European Super Cup, before even starting their league campaign. Porto will be contesting their fourth Super Cup final and are still searching for the form that secured the Europa League, the Portuguese Premier League -- undefeated -- and the domestic cup last season under Andre Villas-Boas. The match, at the Stade Louis II, will be the 14th and penultimate Super Cup to be played in the principality since it became a one-off curtain-raiser to the European club season in 1998. After next year, the final will be staged in Prague from 2013. Mike Collett.

Josephine, the dolphin star of Le Grand Bleu, dies in Antibes  AFP 23 Aug 11 Josephine the dolphin, heroine of the film "Le Grand Bleu" by director Luc Besson, died "as a result of kidney disease associated with advanced age," Marineland of Antibes reported Tuesday. "Josephine was a mother and grandmother of several children and grandchildren," Jon Kershaw, director of the zoological park told AFP. She was captured in the United States in 1979 for the marine park in Antibes and had to be about forty years old, "a great age for this species", he added. The capture of dolphins at sea for marine parks has been banned since 1985. Josephine became famous by appearing in "the most technically challenging scenes" from the movie " Le Grand Bleu " released in 1988. Watch a clip here.

Bono denies hospitalization, heart scare  reuters.com 22 Aug 11 Reports that Bono was rushed to a Monaco hospital last week with chest pains and heart palpitations are false, a spokesperson for the singer said in a written statement on Monday. Initial word was that the 51-year-old U2 frontman was hospitalized at the Princess Grace Memorial Hospital after a heart scare, but Bono's team is pouring cold water on those accounts. "Bono has not suffered a recent health scare," the statement said. "Reports of being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment are untrue. Bono is in good health and enjoying a family holiday in the South of France. The sighting of the singer at Princess Grace Hospital was due to a routine check up." Brent Lang.

Bono brought to hospital over chest pain scare  independent.ie 21 Aug 11 Bono has suffered a health scare after experiencing heart palpitations while on holiday in the south of France. The U2 frontman was taken to hospital in Monaco by his wife Ali Hewson when he complained of chest pains. The star spent a number of hours at the Princess Grace Memorial Hospital in Monaco but he wasn't kept in overnight. After 48 hours of medical tests last Wednesday and Thursday, the U2 singer was spotted unwinding in Monaco's exclusive nightspot Saas Cafe last Friday night. Joined by his wife Ali, his close friend Julian Lennon and Irish designer John Rocha, a weary-looking Bono, without his trademark sunglasses, dined in a quiet part of the glitzy restaurant. Niamh Horan.

€300 allowance for the new school year  nicematin.com 19 Aug 11 Back to school always starts with an economics lesson. The need to spend on text books, notebooks, transport, school-canteen, sports equipment, insurance... The list is long and parents know it by heart.  The School Year Allocation (ARS) arrives today in the bank accounts of the families concerned. It represents an average of €300 per child.  Only low-income households are entitled to receive it. In the Alpes-Maritimes, 37,402 families representing 54,140 children aged 6 to 16 years are concerned, for a total of nearly €16 million. The amount of the allowance increased 1.5% compared to 2010 however consumer associations say that the actual cost has risen over 6% in the past year. Catherine Aubry.

Vendages begins 22 August in Provence, the harvest looks good  leparisien.fr 18 Aug 11 The Vendages (grape harvest) of Provence AOC (88% rosé) starts Mon 22 Aug 11, four days earlier than 2010, with favorable weather for a good harvest, says the Interprofessional Wine Provence. "The quality is very good due to weather that was not hot but windy," said François Millo, Director of the Board of Wines of Provence. "The Mistral is a godsend because it dries the vines and wards off disease, so much less pesticide treatments are needed." Volumes should be "slightly above average, which is a good thing for us, as our stocks are low." Provence is the first region in France producing rosé AOC with 38% of domestic production. It provides about 8% of the world’s rosé. AFP.

Tiara Yaktsa Theoule-sur-Mer gets a fifth star  tourmag.com 18 Aug 11 Located on the edge of the Esterel Massif and overlooking the Mediterranean, Tiara Yaktsa, Theoule-sur-Mer, in the Alpes Maritimes, is described as "the most romantic hotel in Europe". The establishment has just won a fifth star, well deserved, as a "jewel" of the collection of hotels and resorts group Tiara. Situated between Cannes and Saint Tropez, it has 21 rooms and suites decorated with a Mediterranean inspiration. The restaurant l'Or Blue, maintains the same style with a blend of hints of distant lands and local flavours. Particularly appreciated also is the heated swimming pool overlooking the sea with views of the Mediterranean and the Esterel.

Picasso and beach culture: a cocktail of sand and sensuality  guardian.co.uk 18 Aug 11 If French 19th-century artists such as Degas defined the traditional seaside, it was Picasso in the 1920s who gave a visual form to the modern hedonism of sand and sensuality sur la plage. It was in that decade that the French Riviera became the image of sultry decadence. Picasso had money by then, and decamped to the south of France every summer. The 20s Riviera inspired great paintings, as Picasso mythologised the new beach culture in works that go far beyond the elegance of impressionist marine painting. Two Women Running On the Beach, painted in the summer of 1922, is a monument to the new freedoms that swept the world after the first world war. Jonathan Jones.

Paris court rules against blogger attacking Monaco  albawaba.com 17 Aug 11 For the past few years, Robert Eringer has been running an anti-Monaco blog. The man (who claims to have been Prince Albert's 'spymaster' Ed.) was introduced to Prince Albert in the 1980s. According to sources from the Principality, Eringer's blog "is a libelous and defamatory work." Sources claim that Eringer tried to blackmail the Principality to stop blogging against the Prince. Eringer has been found guilty by Paris courts of publishing "false information" on Monaco and local key personalities.  Following the court's ruling, Mr. Eringer removed stories from his blog but has so far refused to make any payment for damages. In a June 14 2011 ruling he was ordered to pay €20,000 damages plus €7,000 legal fees.

Le Cannet opens Pierre Bonnard museum  lemonde.fr 17 Aug 11 The painter Pierre Bonnard (1867 -1947) discovered the small town of Le Cannet in 1922. In 1927 he bought a house there. It was preserved by his heirs, donated to the state in 1947 and has been a listed monument since 2007. However, the house is too small to open to visitors. In 1998, the town acquired one of the last Belle Epoque villas that had not been defaced or destroyed by real estate speculation, the hotel Saint-Vianney. After two years of work, the Musée Bonnard was inaugurated there on 25 Jun 11. The opening exhibition brings together forty paintings, drawings and books. Among these works, a 1927 view overlooking Le Cannet. Philippe Degan.

Park Chu-young stuck with Monaco as military service looms  chosun.com 17 Aug 11 With just two weeks to go before the transfer window closes for Europe's football leagues on 31 Aug 11, Korea captain Park Chu-young may find himself stranded at AS Monaco as the young striker still has not found a new club. Several teams, including Newcastle in the English Premier League and Bordeaux in France's Ligue 1, have reportedly expressed interest in Park in recent months, but no firm offer has materialised. One of the biggest obstacles for Park to navigate is his obligation to join the military. All able-bodied Korean men are required to perform two years' conscription.

Segolene Royal will test her popularity in Nice Thursday  nicematin.com 16 Aug 11 Segolene Royal is expected Thursday in the Alpes-Maritimes department where the (regional) Socialist leader, Patrick German, has chosen to support the candidate Francois Hollande (Royal’s former partner – Ed) in the socialist's presidential primary. Segolene Royal will be in Nice and Saint-Laurent-du-Var. The meeting with the people of Nice will take place from 10.00 at the market Charles Ehrmann, in the district of Moulins. She will then meet activists, supporters and trade unions, this time in Room Roger Ferrière, on the esplanade du Levant to promote her own candidacy in the socialist presidential primaries.

Barbie Collector Series unveils Grace Kelly dolls  wwd.com 16 Aug 11 Prince Albert’s bride, Charlene Wittstock, is the newest member to Monaco’s royal family, but his late mother Grace Kelly is the one who has been deemed a real doll. As part of its Barbie Collector series, Mattel is lionizing the Hollywood leading lady-turned-princess with three collectible dolls. The “To Catch a Thief”…The Grace Kelly bride doll…The Romance doll — an ensemble that replicates what the Philadelphia native was wearing when she met the prince at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. A percentage of sales of each doll, which retail from $35 to $175, will benefit the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, which helps up-and-coming artists in theatre, dance and film through scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships.

Charlotte Casiraghi covers French Vogue's September issue  huffingtonpost.com 15 Aug 11 Vogue Paris is focussing its attention on one royal whose stylishness is undeniable: Charlotte Casiraghi. The 25-year-old shows off her fabulous genes on the cover of French Vogue's September issue, her windswept hair and smoldering eyes captured by photographer Mario Testino. It's a seriously sexy turn for the royal, whose lineage includes her mother, Princess Caroline of Monaco; her grandmother, Grace Kelly; and her uncle and aunt, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene. Now editor-in-chief Emanuelle Alt has gone the royal route, glamming up the preppy Casiraghi for French Vogue's all-important September issue. Ellie Krupnick.

AS Monaco loses 2-1 at home to Reims  lefigaro.fr 15 Aug 11 Reims 2-1 away win against Monaco at the Stade Louis II Monday night, see them join Bastia at the top of League 2. Still without a win this season, AS Monaco are 17th in League 2 following draws in their previous first two matches of the season.

Italian austerity measures will see Province of Imperia & village town halls disappear  RLTV 15 Aug 11 The emergency fiscal austerity measures planned by the Italian government of Silvio Berlusconi would cancel any province with less than 300,000 inhabitants and village town halls of less than 1,000 residents in an effort to cut Italy's burgeoning budget deficit. This will see the Province of Imperia (population 222,648) merge with either Savona or Cuneo. On the Italian Riviera, many villages will lose their local town hall and mayor at the next due elections. These would include Seborga (pop.319), Perinaldo (886), Apricale (582), Isolabona (720), Airole (497), Bajardo (342), Molini di Triora (699), Triora (398), Castelvittorio (350), Olivetta San Michele (240), and Latte (124). MD.

Russian Extravaganza “Bal des Fleurs” on Côte d’Azur  hauteliving.com 15 Aug 11 The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (Cap Ferrat) played host to the elegant ‘Bal de Fleurs’ which has been held annually near Monaco since 2003. Every year the international jet-set gather for this fabulous event during the Russian high season on the French Riviera. Glitterati from the world of Russian business and fashion attended, as well as European celebrities including Italian film star Ornella Muti. Greeted by beautiful flower-clad girls, all invitees received an exclusive keep-sake (floral bracelets for the ladies and boutonnieres for gentlemen), designed by Tatiana Tridvornova. Maria Sapozhnikova.

Weird, Wild Watches at auction in Only Watch Monaco  wsj.com 13 Aug 11  Collectors of the world's most prestigious watches will descend upon Monaco for the biennial charity auction Only Watch at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. 40 of the most formidable timepiece makers—from Patek Philippe to Vacheron Constantin—will create one-of-a-kind designs, all going to the highest bidders. Typically, the pieces sell for no less than €10,000, but plenty reach into six figures, and a few edge toward the €1 million mark. Only Watch is the brainchild of Luc Pettavino, a Monaco resident whose son suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the fatal disease that affects young people. Proceeds from the auction benefit Mr. Pettavino's charity, the Monaco Association Against DMD, which received close to €7 million from the three previous auctions. Micahel Clerizo.

American stripped of her jewellery in highway robbery on A8 motorway  leparisien.fr 12 Aug 11 An American, who made an emergency stop on the A8 motorway in her BMW convertible between Antibes and Villeneuve-Loubet, had jewellery worth €141,000 stolen by two robbers. The fifty year old wife stopped in the emergency lane Wednesday afternoon with a flat tyre. She was waiting for assistance when the criminals took advantage of her being distracted while she was talking on her mobile phone. The two men with their faces concealed by scarves dragged her out of the vehicle before stripping her of a Cartier necklace, a bracelet, a ring and a Rolex watch. Investigators have appealed for witnesses, but so far no one has come forward.

Sarkozy to welcome home aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in Toulon  varmatin.com 12 Aug 11 Nicolas Sarkozy will welcome home the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle Friday, to its home port of Toulon after more than four months off the coast of Libya. The visit  will be "subject to weather conditions," with the Defence Minister Gerard Longuet also present. The Head of State is due to arrive on the aircraft carrier between 12:00 - 12:30 to deliver a speech to the crew, before having lunch with them. The Charles de Gaulle, with 1,800 men aboard, is returning for ‘human and technical reasons’ and should remain in port for several weeks.

27-year Italian hiker missing in the Mercantour since Saturday  letelegramme.com 11 Aug 11 A 27 year old Italian student has disappeared since Saturday while he was hiking in the Mercantour national park. An intensive search by local police has so far failed to trace him. Mattia Tondelli from Parma spent Friday night in the shelter of Vens. The next day, hikers say they encountered him on a hiking trail around 9am. Since then, the young man has not been seen. He was reported missing Saturday afternoon by his employer who was waiting at the Rabuons shelter. Four helicopters patrolled the area this week, three lakes were explored by divers and forty gendarmes participated in a search on foot. The search continues in a 60 sq km area 2,300 meters above sea level.

Pete Doherty to perform concert in Monaco’s Salle Garnier  concertlive.fr 11 Aug 11 Recently released from prison, the controversial rocker Pete Doherty will be able to enjoy the splendor of Monaco this fall. A concert by the former Libertines member is scheduled for Friday 30 Sept 11 at the Opera Garnier de Monte-Carlo. The gilding of the wonderful setting of the Monte Carlo opera will collide with the nihilistic, dark universe of Peter Doherty's music. The audience should pray that the singer is not barred from his own concert: dress code, jacket required! Bookings are already open. Tickets: €40, reservations on +377 98 06 36 36.

Man arrested in Nice charged with violent assault on Swedish tourist  nicematin.com 11 Aug 11 A young Swedish tourist was the victim of a brutal attempted rape, a week ago on the Avenue Jean Medecin in central Nice. The case was kept secret until now for the purposes of the investigation. A suspect is now in custody. The incident took place Wed 03 Aug 11 around 2 am. A 21 year old Swedish woman, on holiday with a friend, returned to her lodgings. She did not notice that a young man was following her. He rushed her in the lobby of the building. After a violent assault, the man ran off when a resident of the building intervened. The man had stolen her purse and with the help of CCTV images, a suspect in possession of the girl’s identity document was arrested on Tuesday. A 21 year old Romanian man has been charged with attempted rape. The girl was hospitalised where she received two stitches on her forehead.

Anger after the shooting of Gréolières mascot Tito the deer  lefigaro.fr 10 Aug 11 Tito the deer was the mascot of Gréolières-les-Neiges, a small ski resort near Cannes in the Alpes-Maritimes. Five days after the discovery of the body of this tame  deer who was shot twice, the locals have been expressing their anger. "Who is the infamous bastard who killed Tito" asks Patrick Leoni, a resident quoted by the daily local newspaper Nice Matin. An  investigation has so far not been able to determine who shot the deer.

Veteran Giuly returns to AS Monaco  AFP 09 Aug 11 Veteran winger Ludovic Giuly rejoined former club Monaco, now in Ligue 2, on a two-year deal. The 35-year-old had been a free agent after being released by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, but has been training with the principality club since July 21. Monaco had been told by the DNCG, who monitor the accounts of all professional clubs in France, that they would have to offload a player before they could sign Giuly. However, with Dieumerci Mbokani leaving for Belgian giants Anderlecht, Monaco were able to make their move. Giuly enjoyed a successful spell at the club between 1998 and 2004, winning the Ligue 1 title in 2000 and the League Cup in 2003 before captaining the team to the final of the Champions League in 2004.

Nice smile, you’ve been fined for double parking!  nicematin.com 09 Aug 11 Until now, double parking offenders who have been blocking the streets of Nice have just received just warnings. Now, a brand new electronic eye will be recording offenders, who will then be fined. Seven additional boulevards will be equipped with video device's leading to motorists who park two abreast to receive fines. The first experiment on three strategic Nice streets began in November 2010 with fines of €35 being. Owners of commercial goods vehicles who say that they need to unload their goods close to shops have complained about the scheme, whilst many drivers who have to navigate blocked roads have welcomed the scheme.

Fine art heads to the South of France for the summer  monstersandcritics.com 09 Aug 11 When  Paris takes a long summer holiday, galleries in the south of France compete for the attention of art connoisseurs. This is a time of major retrospectives. The French Riviera is celebrating 60 years of contemporary art and the anniversary is being marked by an unusual spectrum of exhibitions which links more than 300 artists at 50 locations. The galleries taking part include the Chagall Museum in Nice, which is showcasing what it terms 'The other style of painting', as well as the Picasso Museum in Antibes, which features an installation by the female French artist Aicha Hamu (pic). Since the end of June, the Musee Pierre Bonnard at Le Cannet has been open to the public. DPA.

Riviera political giant Charles Ehrmann dies aged 99  france3.fr 08 Aug 11 Charles Ehrmann, one of the leading figures in Riviera politics over four decades, has died aged 99. Deputy Mayor of Nice, UDF parliamentary deputy, he also served on the regional Conseil Generale. Ehrmann begun his career under Nice mayor Jacques Médecin. He retired from politics in 2002. He was a geography teacher at Nice's Lycée Masséna for 40 years. His students included former Nice mayor  Jacques Peyrat. He was responsible for sports in Nice for 18 years under Jacques Médecin. Nice's Stade Ehrmann was named after him. Charles Ehrmann was born in Paris, October 7, 1911 of Alsatian ancestry. His family came to France in 1871. His father died in the Battle of the Marne in 1914. Yves Lebaratoux.

Teen discovers a grenade at the water's edge in Cagnes-sur-Mer  mcetv.fr 08 Aug 11 Two beaches in Cagnes-sur-Mer were evacuated yesterday following the discovery of a grenade at the water's edge. While swimming with a mask to watch the fish, a young 14-year old from Lyon found a strange object on the sea bed. "At first I thought it was a pebble. Then I saw as a kind of red rectangle on one side that looked like a grenade, so I picked up the object. But when I took it out of the water and saw that it was really a grenade, I threw it back in the sea ", explained Aurélien.  The boy and his father immediately alerted the lifeguard who raised the red flag. Although crowded, the beaches were evacuated. A security team were called to remove the grenade.

Teenager drowns after jumping into the sea at Cap Martin  lexpress.fr 08 Aug 11 A 14-year-old died Monday after jumping into the sea from a cliff at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. The victim was rescued by divers in rough seas after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was transported to a hospital in Monaco but could not be revived. "Witnesses on the coastal path saw two teenagers jump and in trouble in the water. They assisted one of the teenagers but the other disappeared," said Thomas Fraioli, a captain in the Mediterranean Maritime Prefecture. They alerted the authorities and the second teenager was eventually recovered. The teenager who died lived in Menton. Leaping into the sea from the rocky headland is a popular practice among teenagers on the Cote d'Azur. AFP.

Summer rainfall up 120% on the French Riviera  meteoconsult.fr 08 Aug 11 The drought that France experienced between March and early June, with a rainfall deficit around 60%, has been replaced by above average rainfall. Since the beginning of July there has been a net excess of 20 to 30% in most regions. It even reached 120% above average on the Riviera, unaccustomed to seeing so much rain in summer. Corsica is experiencing a great summer, hot and dry, but rainfall was excessive this spring. Over the next few days, the sun will temporarily return. Unfortunately, we can expect a further deterioration from the west next weekend, with cooler temperatures.

Road fatalities rise sharply in the Alpes-Maritimes  nicematin.com 08 Aug 11 The number of road accidents in the Alpes-Maritimes are on the rise with four killed in July. The victims were three motor-bikers and a pedestrian. This is an increase of one over the same month in 2010. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a total of 39 deaths, a 44.4%  increase over the first seven months of the previous year. Again, pedestrians and motorcyclists paid a heavy price with, 13 killed in each category. One small consolation, the number of accidents is down (1263 against 1382 in 2010), as well as those injured (1502 against 1692). Philippe Fiammetta.

Prince and Princess of Monaco host annual Rose Ball  examiner.com 06 Aug 11 TSH the Prince and Princess of Monaco were grinning from ear to ear as they walked in with HSH Princess Stephanie and HRH Princess Caroline to the annual Rose Ball.  The 63rd annual event is a major social event within the principality and is held each year at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo to raise money for the Red Cross. Princess Charlene wore a striking fuchsia gown highlighted by a custom-made Van Cleef & Arpels necklace.  The necklace was a gift from Prince Albert and is so striking it can also be worn as a tiara.  Each guest paid €1000 to mingle with royalty and watch singer Joe Cocker sing.  The total haul for the Monegasque Red Cross was about €400,000. Megan Knight.

Monaco draw again at Troyes in Division 2  monacomatin.mc 06 Aug 11 AS Monaco has had a sluggish start in Division 2. On Saturday the club of the Principality drew against Troyes (1-1). Monaco has taken just two points out of six possible in their first two matches. Monaco opened the scoring through a Nimani goal (16th minute), but home side Troyes finally equalized with a Bettiol goal (69th minute) after being denied a number of times by the Monaco goalkeepe, Chabbert. AS Monaco will play Reims at the Stade Louis-II in the third match of the championship on August 12.

1st training radar installed in the Alpes-Maritimes  france3.fr 06 Aug 11 The training radar is a new tool for road safety with the first installation in the Alpes Maritimes at Cagnes-sur-Mer and on  the A8 motorway at the entrance of the tunnel of Las Planas in Nice. 2,200 of them will be installed in France by the end of the year. They indicate speed and will replace the simple signs that warn of the presence of a  conventional radar. The Alpes Maritimes has 13 fixed speed cameras, and a dozen educational signs will be installed in the coming months. In the Var, seven training radars will be installed by the end of the year. Eventually, they will replace the 18 signs warning of speed cameras. Yves Lebaratoux.

French runners free to run after Monaco brawl  timeslive.co.za 05 Aug 11 The French athletics federation has cleared middle-distance runners Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad to compete in the world championships. Baala and Mekhissi-Benabbad had been provisionally suspended by the FFA after trading punches at the end of the 1,500-meter race during last month’s Herculis meeting in Monaco. The FFA’s disciplinary committee met on Thursday and gave both a 10-month suspension — with five months as suspended — from all European Athletics and IAAF track meets. But the FFA says the punishments “do not prevent the parties concerned from being selected in the France team” for the worlds. The worlds in Daegu, South Korea, start on Aug. 27. Sapa/AP.

Pedophile images found on Belgian pensioner's computer in Fayence  nicematin.com 05 Aug 11 A 69 year old Belgian pensioner from Fayence appeared before the Criminal Court of Draguignan after the discovery of hundreds of child pornography images on his computers and computer storage devices. He was detained pending a hearing before the criminal court on August 25. A former company director, he has previously been prosecuted for similar offenses in Belgium. He vehemently denies being a pedophile. The discovery of discarded computer hardware at a rubbish tip near Grasse lead investigators from Nice to the man.

Exhibition on the royal wedding in Monaco: 100,000 visitors in less than a month  lexpress.fr 04 Aug 11 Less than a month after it opened to the public, the exhibition "The History of the royal wedding" received its 100,000th visitor Thursday afternoon , announced the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, who hosts the exhibition until November 22. The museum reserved a special welcome to the 100,000th visitor and his family, coming from Loir-et-Cher, by organizing a "VIP tour" of the premises, as well as the aquariums. The family received gifts, including coffee mugs bearing the image of the royal wedding and a case of official champagne. AFP.

A man suspected of assaulting a 17 year old Scottish tourist arrested in Nice  nouvelobs.com 04 Aug 11 An Algerrian tourist suspected of sexually assaulting a 17 year old Scottish tourist was arrested in the old town of Nice on Tuesday. The assault took place Saturday night/Sunday morning in the Jardin Albert 1er in Nice. The girl who was with a group of friends was isolated by a man who had approached the group and was then assaulted. The assailant then fled after stealing the victim’s mobile phone. The man arrested had the girl’s phone in his possession and was positively identified by the victim.

Chef Pascal Bardet leaves Louis XV for the Hôtel Belles Rives  nicerendezvous.com 03 Aug 11 The young chef Pascal Bardet (36) has been appointed head chef of La Passagère restaurant, Hôtel Belles Rives Antibes-Juans les Pins. Currently deputy chef under Alain Ducasse at the Louis XV restaurant in Monaco’s Hôtel de Paris, Bardet replaces Guillaume Anor who will leave at the end of the season to join Ducasse’s Plaza Athénée restaurant in Paris. Bardet, who worked alongside chef Franck Cerutti at the three Michelin star Louis XV, hails from the south-west of France and will assume his new post in October. Previously he was head chef at the Bar & Bouef restaurant in Monaco. S.G.

Princess Caroline's husband Ernst leaves hospital  hellomagazine.com 02 Aug 11 Looking thin, but otherwise alright, Prince Ernst of Hanover is pictured for the first time since he was rushed to hospital in Ibiza with pancreatitis last week. The colourful royal was seen boarding a boat with a group of friends. For the past two years Ernst has effectively been separated from his wife Princess Caroline, the sister of Monaco's Prince Albert – though no official statement has ever been given saying that the marriage has ended.He did not attend the recent royal wedding in Monte Carlo. And Caroline has been nowhere to be seen on his annual Spanish break.

Charity match in Monaco: 'Man Utd Players' against Marseille  nicematin.com 02 Aug 11 Marseille played a team of Manchester United players in a charity match at the Stade Louis II, Monaco Tuesday. Whilst not an official Man Utd squad, seven players under contract to the team including Patrice Evra and Ji-Sung Park played and were coached by Sir Alex Ferguson. The match which kicked off at 20.45 benefited the ‘Un sourire, un espoir pour la vie.’ (A smile, a hope for life) charity of former Marseilles goalkeeper Pascal Olmeta that helps children with cancer realise their dreams. Fabien Barthez was in goal for the Man Utd players team. Also playing were Ludovic Giuly, David Ginola and singer Matt Pokora who is a Marseilles fan. Marseilles won the match 8-2.

Chateau Eza, luxury hotel on the Cote d'Azur renovated  luxurytravelmagazine.com 02 Aug 11 The luxury boutique hotel, Chateau Eza, has re-opened this season after a total renovation. Maintaining the original structure, the renovation pays homage to the history of the building while tastefully incorporating modern amenities. A former residence to a Swedish Prince, many of the 10 rooms and suites of this 400 year old Chateau, offer stunning seascape views. The renovation incorporated modern luxuries such as in-floor heating, and restoration practices maintained exposed ancient wooden beams and rare parquet hardwood floors. From Chateau Eza's Michelin-starred restaurant, the view is exhilarating and on a clear day you can see from Cap Ferrat to St. Tropez.

Philippe Starck opens seafood shack…on the French Riviera!  travelandleisure.com 01 Aug 11 Although well-known to locals, the 1.2-mile Sentier du Littoral pathway leading from Cap d’Ail on the Riviera to Monaco remains relatively obscure to visitors. That is set to change this summer, with the recent opening of A’Trego, product designer Philippe Starck’s haute take on a humble fishing hut. This three-level fantasia, which sits on its own isle 100 feet offshore, is where chef Laurent Sturbois whips up traditional cuisine with a dash of extravagance, but what’s even more likely to make it a hot address are the venue’s two bars, one on the terrace and the other for members only. Tina Issac.

Diver claims shark encounter in Saint-Tropez harbour  nicematin.com 01 Aug 11 Is a shark lurking in the harbour of St. Tropez? The mystery arose Saturday when diver Nicolas Faucon claimed that he came face to face with a shark, three times in the space of only twenty-four hours. It all started Saturday morning around 11.30. As usual, Nicolas, a maritime worker, plied his trade by diving to the bottom of the port of Saint-Tropez to untangle boat anchors. At the small boat yard of Villanova, he dived to six meters. "A shark was 50cm in front of me. I am 100% sure. It was over two meters. It did not look aggressive. He looked at me and changed direction." His wife said that when Faucon surfaced he was visibly shaken.

Suicide of policewoman in Cagnes "No fault of the hierarchy"  nicematin.com 01 Aug 11 Despite leaving a suicide note claiming ‘work conditions’ as a motive, a police report has found that the police hierarchy was not responsible for the suicide of Cagnes-sur Mer policewoman Nelly Bardaine (39) who commited suicide on 04 Jul 11 at 08.30, when she shot herself through the heart with her police gun. In a hand-written letter Bardaine stated police reforms and work pressure had contributed to her being ‘sick of this awful life’. The police investigation said it found 'no dysfunctionality in the Cagnes police department that could have lead to the suicide of Nelly.’ Stéphanie Gasiglia.

Monaco stalls at start of season in League 2  eurosport.fr 01 Aug 11 For their first game in Ligue 2 for 35 years, AS Monaco disappointed by conceding a nil-nil draw at home to Boulogne-sur-Mer. Laurent Banide’s Monaco team will have to battle if they hope to regain a place in League 1 next year. After the slap received from Sedan (4-1) in the League Cup last week, Monaco played better but it was not enough to win the three points. For their next match, Monaco travel to Troyes.

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