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Nice Jazz Festival 2010 Line-up announced  Nice Matin 31 Mar 10  Gerard Drouot presented yesterday his third - and perhaps last – Cimiez jazz festival programme. The festival will take place July 17- 24, (with Jazz in Juan from 14 - 25,) and has a €2.4 m budget of whch around €800,000 is being spent on the acts. Artists set to appear include; Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Jarreau, Ornette Coleman (pictured,) Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Among the surprises: the sons of Frank Zappa and Sting. Also booked are Keane and the return of Pink Martini. Franck Leclerc.

Monaco: neutralisation of Second World War shell  marine-marchande.com 31 Mar 10 Divers from the French navy’s Med-GPD neutralised a French mortar shell dating from World War II Wednesday afternoon in the Port of Monaco. The object 30 cm in length and 10 cm in diameter, lay at a depth of 5 meters along a pier and was recovered Tuesday in the nets of a fishing vessel flying the French flag. The operation was conducted at the request of the Principality of Monaco. AFP.

Jurist Michel Roger sworn in as Monaco’s new Minister of State  rivieratimes.com 31 Mar 10 When Monaco’s Prince Rainier III passed away in Apr 05 he had already chosen a Minister of State, the former Paris police prefect Jean-Paul Proust, to take his Principality into the future. Five years on and his son Prince Albert II has made his own decision in selecting the jurist Michel Roger who was sworn in Monday days after Mr Proust, 70, officially retired. It marks another step in the new Sovereign’s journey at the head of a Principality which had been so clearly defined by his late father Prince Rainier and mother Princess Grace for over half a century. Claire Lathbury.

Tesla Sweeps Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally  marketwatch.com 29 Mar 10 A Tesla Roadster has become the first electric vehicle to win the Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally and the first to win an FIA-sanctioned competition. Driven by Formula One driver Erik Comas, the Roadster beat 96 competitors in range, efficiency and performance. The Roadster's victory in the three-day, nearly 1,000-kilometer challenge also marks the first time an electric vehicle has dominated a certified Federation Internationale de l'Automobile competition.The course, which ended Sunday, covers highways, two-lane back roads, mountain passes and sprints on the Monaco F1 track. Globalnewswire/COMTEX.

Monaco thwart Auxerre hopes of top spot   Google 30 Mar 10 Auxerre' hopes of going top of the French championship were dashed on Monday after they were held 0-0 away at Monaco. Auxerre moved alongside champions and leaders Bordeaux as well as Montpellier on 56 points, but are third because of a poorer goal difference and like Montpellier have played two more matches than Bordeaux - for Monaco it was their fourth successive match without scoring and they remain in ninth spot. Pirate Irwin / AFP.

Federer snubs Monte Carlo for Estoril  indiatimes.com 28 Mar 10 Roger Federer has opted to skip next month's prestigious Monte Carlo Masters and begin his preparations for the defence of his French Open title in the more modest surroundings of Estoril in Portugal. The 28-year-old world number one, who won his first Roland Garros title in 2009, wants to get his timing for the claycourt Grand Slam just right especially with Rafael Nadal desperate to reclaim the trophy he held for the four previous years. "Monaco is not a mandatory event anymore, that gives us a bit of an option. There are a lot of points there to go get, but it's really early in the season."

Woman in wheelchair is ejected from EasyJet flight  France 24 27 Mar 10 A paraplegic woman was ordered off an EasyJet flight last Sunday because she was unaccompanied. Marie-Patricia Hoarau from Frejus was able to check in, proceed through departure and board the aircraft at a Paris airport before she was told she could not remain on the aircraft. Ms Hoarau, had made the flight to Paris from Nice without any incident. In a statement Easyjet said it was “sincerely sorry” that Ms Hoarau had been removed from the flight. However, the UK-based budget airline added that it had to conform to European regulations stating that airlines must be able to evacuate an aircraft in 90 seconds, and that as a result “passengers in wheelchairs have to be accompanied.”

EBICA open new Secondary School in Sophia Antipolis  Press Release 26 Mar 10 The newest arrival amongst the private schools of Sophia Antipolis has widened its intake of students to include the years 5eme through to 3eme. Marc Daunis, Senator Mayor of Valbonne-Sophia Antipolis & Mrs. Lafforgue, President EBICA, officially opened the new premises Fri 19 Mar 10. Located in the heart of Sophia Antipolis, the school accepts children from the age of 3 years (Maternelle, Preschool, Reception) to 14 years old (3e, year 10, 9th Grade) and offers them a bilingual education in both French and English curriculum. EBICA is a secular private independent school. It uses Montessori methods and early reading in Preschool. Next Open Day Sat 24 Apr 10 at 12.30pm.

Video Rachid Taha headlined Moroccan night at Monaco's Rose Ball  RLTV 26 Mar 10  The 2010 edition of the Rose Ball took place Sat 27 Mar 10 at Monaco's Sporting Club under the Presidency of HSH Albert II and HRH the Princess of Hanover. The prestigious event benefits the Princess Grace Foundation. Morocco was the theme with world renowned artist, Rachid Taha  and his crossover mix of rai, rock, electro and song.  MD / Press Release.

Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle At Ever Monaco 2010  theautochannel.com 25 Mar 10 Nissan will display its all-electric LEAF hatchback at the EVER Monaco 2010 automotive show devoted to Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies. The annual expo, sponsored by Nissan, is dedicated to all forms of transport powered by fuels offering a real ecological benefit. This year’s show is open to the public from March 25-28. Nissan LEAF will be the first affordable, purposed-designed zero emission vehicle from a major automaker to be mass marketed around the world. The car goes on sale in US, Japan & select markets in Europe late 2010, before global mass marketing in 2012. Last March, Monaco signed a comprehensive partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to bring zero emission mobility to the Principality. As part of that agreement, Nissan will supply Nissan LEAF to Monaco in 2011, making Monaco one of the first markets in the world to be supplied with electric vehicles from the Alliance.

Monaco and Lens complete French Cup semi-final line-up  France24 24 Mar 10 Monaco twice fought back from a goal down to beat Sochaux 4-3 after extra-time and take their place in the semi-finals of the French Cup following a topsy-turvy encounter on Wed. Sochaux are currently six places behind Monaco in 14th place in France's top division. "Everyone thought it was over at 3-2, but the boys were strong mentally," said Monaco coach Guy Lacombe, who enjoyed a successful spell as Sochaux handler guiding them to two League Cup finals, winning it in 2004. "Teams are forged in moments like that. It bodes well for the future." Monaco join Paris Saint-Germain, Championnat de France Amateurs (fourth division) side Quevilly and Lens in the last four. AFP.

Video Wide-ranging strike on pension reform hits trains and schools  France 24 23 Mar 10 French trains and schools faced massive disruption Tuesday after unions called for strikes to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy’s policies on jobs, pensions and the economy. Tuesday’s strike affects transportation and postal services as well as schools, where there will be a reduced staff attendance. The industrial action comes in the wake of the (right-wing) ruling UMP party’s huge losses in regional elections Sunday, in which the Socialist Party finished with a clear lead.Sarkozy ran his 2007 campaign on a platform of economic reform. But the French president is under mounting pressure from France’s powerful unions over job cuts, falling purchasing power and a controversial pension reform package that could increase the retirement age.

France invites Sudan, not Bashir, to Nice summit  Reuters.com 22 Mar 10 French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked Sudan to take part in a Franco-African summit in Nice this May, but has made it clear that Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir should not attend. Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court last year for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur, and could be arrested if he stepped foot in France, which is a staunch supporter of the ICC. The summit had originally been set to take place in Egypt but France was concerned that Cairo would invite Bashir in person so reached a deal to switch the meeting to the French Riviera city of Nice, leaving Paris in charge of invitations. Yann Le Guernigou / Crispian Balmer.

FN score biggest share, Left retains PACA  in regional elections Sunday  RLTV 22 Mar 10 In a national sweep where the left won all but two regions with 49% of the national vote, the Left coalition retained the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (PACA) region whilst the far right Front National (FN) scored it’s biggest share here. Turnout in the PACA region was 47.79%. Out of  3,347,144 registered voters, 1,747,397 participated of which 1,694,159 expressed a choice. Michel Vauzelle (PS-ES-FG) totalled 747,297 votes (44.31%), or 72 seats. Thierry Mariani (UMP-NC) accounted for 559,381 (32.83%), or 30 seats. Jean-Marie Le Pen (FN) totalled 387 481 (22.85%), or 21 seats. Corsica, which has been ruled by the right since 2004, was also won by the left Sunday.

Hayman's decision to go to Toulon a 'close call'  stuff.co.nz 22 Mar 10 Carl Hayman's decision to play rugby for French club Toulon, instead of returning to New Zealand in time for next year's World Cup was a close call, says the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU). Hayman's decision to opt for Toulon "came down to the wire" and he made his final decision only in the "last day or two", NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said today. Regarded as one of the world's premier tighthead props, Hayman, 30, had said earlier that he was torn over whether to remain with English club Newcastle. He joined Newcastle after the All Blacks' failed World Cup campaign in 2007. NZPA.

1800 take to the streets of Monaco for Half Marathon and 10Km  iaaf.org 21 Mar 10 Dennis Mehlfeld of Germany and Heidi Freitag of the USA were the winners of the men’s and women’s races at the Half Marathon of Monaco Sunday. Mehlfeld clocked 1:08:56 to win over Frenchmen Anthony Caveriviere (1:13:27) and Jean-Sebastien Koch (1:14:35) from nearby Menton. Freitag jumped to the lead early, reaching the line in 1:25:32. Mariana Weber of Monaco was second in 1:26:50. Due to the French regional elections, the Fédération Monégasque d’Athlétisme was unable to organise a full marathon race this year. More than 1800 runners from 39 countries participated in the Half Marathon and the 7th annual 10Km of Monte-Carlo. Stephane Merlino.

Monaco's ejected trade ban 'sounds death knell' for bluefin  smh.co.au 20 Mar 10 Fishing nations have voted down environmentalists, with a US-backed proposal to ban export of the Atlantic bluefin tuna overwhelmingly rejected at a UN wildlife meeting. The decision has been described as the end for the species. The US and European Union, which had backed the ban, expressed regret at the decision in Qatar as environmental groups issued dire forecasts of annihilation for the costly fish. Patrick Van Klaveren, head of the Monaco delegation that submitted the ban proposal, said the UN body had sounded the death knell for bluefin tuna. ''It will not be [the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species] that is the ruin of professional [fisheries],'' he said. ''It will be nature that lays down the sanction, and it will be beyond appeal.'' Japan won over scores of poorer nations with a campaign that played on fears a ban would devastate their economies. Tokyo also raised doubts that such a radical move was scientifically sound. Michael Casey with Andrew Darby & agencies.

Milan-San Remo 2010: Spain's Oscar Freire wins in sprint finish  Telegraph.co.uk 20 Mar 10 Spain's Oscar Freire won the Milan-San Remo Classic on Saturday for the third time in a dramatic sprint finish. Freire (Rabobank) timed his bid for the line to perfection, winning by two bike lengths from Belgium's Tom Boonen (Quick Step) and Italy's Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre). Mark Cavendish (HTC Columbia) won in sensational fashion 12 months ago, but the Briton was short of form following off-season dental problems and was never in contention, while Team Sky's best-placed rider was Spain's Juan Antonio Flecha in 18th.

Painting sold at Cannes auction for 10 times less than €3million value  FT.com 20 Mar 10  A small painting, showing an owl perched on a moonlit branch, was put up for sale at Azur Enchères in Cannes on the French Riviera. It was catalogued as “late 19th century” and estimated at just €80-€100, but thanks to the internet, at least two dealers recognised the painting as probably the work of the renowned, and hugely sought-after, German artist Caspar David Friedrich. Bertrand Talabardon of the Parisian gallery Talabardon & Gautier had to wait three hours for the painting to appear and, when another bidder went after the picture too, he was forced to pay €350,000 to bag it. However, the story may not be finished, as the vendors are trying to have the sale cancelled. (The painting has been valued at up to €3m.) Georgina Adam.

F1: Monaco Grand Prix, the 'Portier Curve' changes name  adnkronos.com 19 Mar 10 The Automobile Club of Monaco has renamed the most famous curve in the world of Formula One. Formerly known as the 'Loews Curve' or the 'Portier Curve', it will now be known as the 'Fairmont Hairpin'. The Monaco circuit was the second after Silverstone to host a Formula 1 race. The track, despite having undergone several transformations over the years, is almost identical to the original. Its length has increased from 3.18 km in the '50s to the present 3.34 km. Its most famous curve is where  in 1973 the Loews Hotel was built, creating the famous tunnel. In 2004 the Loews became the Fairmont Monte Carlo.

The Pirate of the night is gone and the carelessness of the coast with him  Nice Matin 17 Mar 10 Charles Viale, known as ‘Robert the Pirate’, has died aged 88. And with him a golden era of Riviera nightlife disappears. Viale was an inimitable host, and evenings in his Cap Martin restaurant 'Le Pirate' made the press world-wide. Celebrities who partied at 'The Pirate' included Frank Sinatra. Onassis brought Callas, Alain Delon dined with Jane Fonda and Bridget Bardot with Gunter Sachs. Prince Rainier went there with Grace Kelly. Other star guests included Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, Nat King Cole, Gina Lollobrigida, Kirk Douglas, Claude François, Serge Gainsbourg, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Cocteau & Jacques Brel. Olivier Poisson.

Non EU (i.e. Monaco) expat Britons lose pensions appeal  Guardian.co.uk 16 Mar 10 More than half a million Britons who retired abroad will not have their pensions increased in line with inflation after a test case was rejected by a European court. Judges in Strasbourg dismissed an appeal by 13 expatriates who had argued that the UK government's refusal to uprate their pay outs each year breached their human rights. The group had been leading a campaign to overturn rules which they say result in 540,000 expat pensioners receiving lower state pensions than their counterparts residing in Britain and some other (EU) countries. The verdict prompted claims that many of these pensioners will now be left "facing the possibility of destitution".

Air-collision near miss over Golfe-Juan: the Prefect looks into bringing charges  Nice Matin 16 Mar 10 The Alpes-Maritimes prefect has appointed a prosecutor to bring charges at the Nice Tribunal after a near miss between a private aircraft and an Air France Airbus over Golfe-Juan last Wed. The decision was taken "in the wake of what appears to be an infringement of air traffic regulations that was likely to endanger safety and the lives of passengers. " At 15.00 last Wed, a Milan bound Swiss owned Cessna found itself in the path of an Air France Airbus, forcing it to perform a dangerous avoidance manoeuvre. The Cessna had flown over Cap d'Antibes after take off from Nice, which is prohibited. 135 passengers were aboard the AF flight bound for Paris.

Cathy Guetta brings mega open-air club 'Unighted' to Nice  webtimesmedias.com 16 Mar 10 After two editions at the Stade de France, which will bring together more than 75 000 clubbers, Cathy Guetta will bring her show "Unighted, to Nice 07 Aug 10 at the Stade Charles Erhmann. 40 000 people are expected to dance all night in the open air to the rhythms of four of the best DJs on the planet: David Guetta, Martin Solveig, Laidback Luke and Tiesto. Cathy Guetta also has several surprises and special effects for the spectators, such as robots. Emmanuel Maumon.

Socialists triumph while National Front makes headway  France 24 15 Mar 10 Amid record voter apathy, France's Socialist Party have triumphed over the ruling right-wing UMP party in regional elections. The far-right National Front made significant headway while the centrist MoDem party suffered a spectacular defeat. The first round of France’s regional elections was marked by huge voter apathy, with 53.65 percent of voters not bothering to cast their ballot. This far surpasses the previous record of 42.3 percent in the 1998 regional elections. Taking into account all elections in which French voters have taken part, only the 2009 European elections saw greater voter apathy, at 59.37 percent.

French far-right jubilant over strong election showing  expatica.com 14 Mar 10 The French far-right National Front made a surprisingly strong showing in first round regional elections Sunday prompting leader Jean Marie Le Pen to declare that his party's popularity was on the rise. The National Front picked up close to 12 percent in the vote to elect councils in France's 26 regions, and even garnered a hefty 20 percent in the southern Provence and Riviera region. The 81-year-old leader, appeared jubilant on national television late Sunday, holding a party poster proclaiming "No to Islamism" that was declared offensive in a court ruling a few days ago. A 10-percent score for the National Front kept it in the running for the second round next Sunday.

Contador notches up second Paris-Nice overall victory  bikeworldnews.com 14 Mar 10 Sunday’s 119 km final stage started and finished in Nice. The course followed a u-shaped trace and climbed the Col de la Porte, La Turbie, and Col d’Eze. The race finished on the Promenade des Anglais. Alberto Contador (Astana) secured his second overall Paris-Nice victory but had to fight for it all the way. Alessandro Valverde’s Caisse d’Epargne team took turns attacking Contador on the final ascent of the Col d’Eze and even on the downhill run to Nice. His even-keeled approach let Contador celebrate the overall victory in Nice, just as he did in 2007. Amaël Moinard (Cofidis) was the surprise stage winner. Timothy O’Connor.

Air crash near miss in the south of France  lexpress.fr 13 Mar 10 An Air France Airbus A 319 and a small plane dangerously crossed paths over the Côte d'Azur Wednesday, reported the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Saturday. In a communique, the DGCA gives details of the incident revealed by the Journal du dimanche newspaper. The incident occurred Wednesday at 16h38 above Nice between an Air France Airbus A 319 and a private Cessna. According to the Journal du Dimanche, the Air France was carrying 135 passengers and was heading towards Orly, near Paris. Registered in Switzerland, the Cessna was traveling to Milan, Italy. Reuters.

A walk on the Cote d'Azur's wild side  guardian.co.uk 13 Mar 10 Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, regular visitors to the south of France, used to refer to the sleepy fishing village of Cassis as "Bloomsbury-on-Méditerranée". Had Virginia owned a sturdy pair of walking boots, she might have discovered the real secret of this bit of Provence: the wilderness on its doorstep. The 10-mile stretch of coast between Cassis and the city of Marseille features not only France's highest sea cliffs, but also a series of calanques: fjord-like inlets carved into the white limestone. Philip Oltermann.

Defending champion Bordeaux continues to struggle, draws 0-0 at Monaco  The Canadian Press 13 Mar 10 Defending champion Bordeaux's poor form continued when it was held to a 0-0 draw Saturday away to Monaco. Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc sought to shake his team up by leaving top scorer Marouane Chamakh and France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff on the bench, but even when they came on Bordeaux could not break down Monaco's defence. Bordeaux stayed top because second-place Montpellier drew 1-1 at home with third-place Auxerre. Bordeaux has won only one of its last six league games, and the pressure is on Blanc's team ahead of next week's match against Olympiakos in the return leg of the Champions League last 16. Jerome Pugmire.

Nice to play PSG game behind closed doors  dailytimes.co.pk 12 Mar 10 Nice will be forced to play Paris Saint-Germain behind closed doors in their Ligue 1 encounter later this month, March, the French League of Professional Football (LFP) said Thursday. LFP officials said that fans would be barred from the game scheduled to take place against PSG on Saturday 20 March as a punishment for crowd trouble at Nice’s away game at Monaco last January. AFP.

Poll predicts Vauzelle winner in 2nd round of regional elections  France 24 10 Mar 10 The outgoing PACA President Michel Vauzelle (PS), would win the 2nd round of regional elections, according to a TNS Sofres/Logica poll published Wed. Vauzele’s main opponent is UMP candidate Thierry Mariani. In the the 3 way race between the UMP, FN and the union list of Michel Vauzelle (PS-PCF-Left Party-Europe Ecology), the poll predicts Vauzelle will obtain 51%, up 2 points from a poll conducted 8-9 Feb for France Televisions, Radio France and Le Monde. Thierry Mariani would total 36% (-1), while that of Jean-Marie Le Pen would get 13% (-1). In the first round, however, Michel Vauzelle, polls 27% (-3 points) behind Thierry Mariani (29%, stable). AFP.

Monaco's Bluefin tuna trade ban gains European Union backing  BBC.co.uk 10 Mar 10 EU nations have decided to support a ban on international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna until stocks recover. The bloc has agreed to back a motion for a ban during next week's meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The US has already given its support, but Japan - where most bluefin is eaten - may opt out of CITES controls. The EU is backing exemptions for traditional fishers, and deferring the ban for a year. Malta was reportedly the only EU member to vote against supporting the ban proposal, which was originally lodged by Monaco last year. Richard Black.

Princess Caroline's husband fined for assault on hotel manager 10 years ago  timesonline.co.uk 10 Mar 10 Prince Ernst August of Hanover, husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, was fined €200,000 in Germany yesterday for assaulting a hotel manager a decade ago. A judge in the western town of Hildesheim halved the fine from a first trial in 2004 at which the 56-year-old Prince was convicted of grievous bodily harm against Josef Brunlehner at his hotel on the Kenyan island of Lamu. Prince Ernst August, whose temper has earned him headlines several times since his 1999 Monaco marriage, was granted a second trial after his wife corroborated his version of the hotel incident.Charles Bremner.

Monte Carlo Casino moves to Sporting d’Ete during renovation  Nice Matin 09 Mar 10 The Monte Carlo Casino will temporarily close its doors Sat 22 May 10 evening for a comprehensive renovation of the 144 year old building. 6 000 m2 will be refurbished over eight months. In the meantime, the table games will move to the Palm Room at the Sporting d’Ete. During the summer months, some tables will be installed outdoors permitting smoking whilst playing. "Last year, the three outside tables totalled 60% of turnover, this year we will install seven" announced the Director-General of the SBM, Bernard Lambert. Cedric Verany.

Robert De Niro inaugurates exhibition of his father's paintings in Nice  Nice Matin 08 Mar 10 "Thank you, I am very honored to be here. Thank you for your attention to the beautiful work of my father ..." It was with those few words that Robert de Niro Monday morning expressed his gratitude to the Matisse Museum and the city of Nice. The museum exhibits until 31 May 10 the work of Robert de Niro Sr. (pictured) who died in 1993, recognized painter and father of the American superstar. "Robert De Niro Junior" was greeted by a swarm of photographers. The actor will visit the Cinémathèque de Nice Tue 09 Mar 10 at 19.30 to present a masterclass. The event which is sold out will be followed by a screening of De Niro’s 1993 directorial debut, ‘A Bronx Tale’.

Toulon fury as Shane Williams deal is torpedoed  Wales Online 05 Mar 10 Toulon’s million-pound bid to prise Shane Williams from Welsh rugby has been blown out of the water by Ospreys chiefs. And it has also led to acrimony, with the agent working for the money-bags French club hitting out after negotiations fell through. Mourad Boudjellal, the multi-millionaire president of the ambitious Cote d’Azur outfit, was understood to be furious after learning Williams was contracted to the Ospreys until the end of next season. Laurent Quaglia, the agent acting for Toulon and who brokered the big-money deal which took England World Cup winning hero Jonny Wilkinson to the south of France last summer, vented his anger. Gareth Griffiths.

Marina Berlusconi’s dogs poisoned at Grasse villa  branchez-vous.com 05 Mar 10 Marina Berlusconi’s guard dogs at her Grasse villa were the victims of poisoning. Marina is the eldest daughter of Silvio Berlusconi. The Grasse gendarmerie have opened an investigation, according to Le Point. This is not the first time that there has been an attempt to kill the dogs at the villa located in Chateauneuf de Grasse. A first attempt took place last January 28 and the second Thursday. The dogs survived the poisoning. Nice Matin reported that the product used could be rat poison. Emmanuelle Froment.

Monaco supports disabled and orphans in Kon Tum  nhandancom.vn 05 Mar 10 Monaco’s ‘For the mission of children’ organisation has sponsored VND 505 million in non-refundable aid to support the disabled and orphans in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum. The money, which was handed over to Kon Tum’s association for the protection of the disabled and orphans on March 4, will be used to build two preschool classes at a cost of over VND 400 million in Truong Chinh and Nguyen Trai wards in Kon Tum city within 60 days. The remaining will be spent to buy cows to help improve the livelihoods of 20 disabled people in Dak Ha district. VNA.

Video ‘Tsunami’ kills two off Marseilles  thesun.co.uk 04 Mar 10 The moment a killer wave that swept two people to their deaths hit a cruise ship has been caught on camera. The shocking video clip shows the giant wave - feared to be from a tsunami - crash through a window and flood the ship when it was off the coast of France. The two holidaymakers - a German and an Italian - were killed as at least three walls of water 30ft high crashed over the liner Louis Majesty. The ship was sailing from the Spanish city of Barcelona to Genoa in Italy with 1,350 passengers and crew when it was battered in the Med off the French Riviera.  Neil Syson.

Monaco eatery Yoshi snaps up Michelin star  Japantimes.co.jp 04 Mar 10 A Japanese restaurant run by Joel Robuchon, the noted French cook, won the prestigious one-star status in the latest version of the famous Michelin guidebook of restaurants, which hits shelves in France on Thursday. Takeo Yamazaki, 40, is serving as a cochef of the restaurant Yoshi in Monte Carlo. Yamazaki, a Japanese citizen, has worked under Robuchon for 15 years. Yoshi serves "orthodox Japanese cuisine" that suits tastes of non-Japanese gastronomes, according to Robuchon, who has been greatly interested in Japanese foods and runs six French restaurants in Japan. The Japanese word "yoshi" means "good" or "virtue."

US supports Monaco’s trade ban on bluefin tuna  csmonitor.com 03 Mar 10 The US government announced Wednesday that it would support a proposed ban on international commercial trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna, whose succulent flesh has made it a delicacy worldwide, commanding tens of thousands of dollars per fish – and putting it at threat of extinction. By supporting a trade ban without conditions, the United States takes a leadership role alongside tiny Monaco at a major international conference later this month. It is a crucial step that could conceivably result in giving Atlantic bluefin tuna the status of elephant ivory, whose international trade is also banned. Mark Clayton.

Italy and Cameroon draw 0-0 in international friendly in Monaco  Canadian Press/AP 03 Mar 10 Italy and Cameroon, both sides playing experimental teams ahead of the World Cup, played out a lacklustre scoreless draw in Monaco. Neither side appeared willing to take the initiative in a match that drifted to an anticlimactic finish on Wednesday. Italy coach Marcello Lippi gave debuts to defender Leonardo Bucci and Andrea Cossu, but neither took the opportunity to push their case for inclusion in the defending champion's squad for South Africa.

The other Tory tax exile peer: Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay  The Times 02 Mar 10 Lord Ashcroft is not the first wealthy peer to fall foul after being less than transparent over his non-domiciled tax status. In 2007 the Scottish Tory Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay was forced to take extended leave of absence from Westminster after it emerged he had failed to keep a promise to become a UK tax resident but remained in tax exile in Monaco. The House of Lords Appointment Commission (HoLAC) said that he promised during his vetting process that he would pay UK tax in future, but did not do so. Jenny Booth.

The Michelin Guide 2010 Awards Local Restuarants  MidiLibre.com 01 Mar 10 The 2010 Michelin guide, published its 101st France edition at 11.45 today, against a background of crisis and a return to local products. The Red Guide awarded the best 500 restaurants in France, one, two or three stars. The Red Guide 2010 awarded ten new two stars (out of 77 total) and 47 new one star (out of 455 total). Awarded two stars locally are; Château Saint-Martin & Spa, Vence; Du Castellet, Le Castellet & Résidence de la Pinède, Saint-Tropez. One star went to Le Figuier de Saint-Esprit, Antibes; Le Moulin de Mougins, Mougins; Le Pavillon, Antibes/Cap d'Antibes; Le Park, Cannes; Aphrodite, Nice and L'Aromate, Nice.

Menton Starts Spring with a Zest Fest for Lemon Lovers  Jaunted.com 26 Feb 10 It must smell amazing in Menton, France, right now. The city in the French Riviera is holding its 77th annual Lemon Festival, which pays homage to the lemon, through March 3. According to the Menton Office of Tourism, the festival attracts more than 250,000 lemon lovers every year. The highlight of the citrus celebration is the Parade of Golden Fruit, a series of Sunday parades, the last of which is February 28. Huge floats made of oranges and lemons travel down the streets of the city. The fest's theme this year is cinema, so you'll see a lot of references to that in the fruity floats. Jennifer Kester.

Shane Williams may sign for Toulon NewsWales.co.uk 25 Feb 10 Shane Williams aims to create more history in the Six Nations on Friday by breaking Gareth Edwards's try-scoring record for Wales. And Williams, out of contract at the end of the 2011 season, admits he is flattered by the interest of big-spending Toulon. The cash-rich French club have made an audacious bid for the former IRB World Player of the Year. Williams confirmed Toulon have held talks with his representatives and has refused to rule out linking up with England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson in the south of France.

Johnny Depp prefers Provence home over Hollywood  Yahoo! 25 Feb 10  Johnny Depp prefers his French home over Hollywood and admits that he only leaves the house to check his vegetables. The 'Alice in Wonderland' actor admits he prefers his existence in France, Daily Mirror reported. We have a great place in the South of France. It's a little hamlet (Plan de la Tour in the Var) - only about 45 acres - and I don't do anything. I've not left the property for three months at a time. I literally just wake up, go out, check the garden and see the vegetables growing. It's a pristine existence in terms of simplicity," Depp said.

Clean up begins for 'oil slick' off Cap d'Ail  Nice Matin 24 Feb 10 The Coastguard have been alerted by the Italian authorities that an 'oil' slick is drifting parallel the French Riviera coast. It is located at 7 nautical miles (14 km) off Cap d'Ail and is 300m wide and 10km long. The pollution is linked to the collision between a container ship the "Strauss" carrying mining waste and an Italian tug, which occurred at the exit to the port of Genoa 19 Feb 10. French and Italian anti-pollution teams are working to clear up the slick that consists of hydrocarbon waste.

Monaco’s Winter Olympics tradition continues  Dentonrc.com 22 Feb 10 Patrice Servelle piloted the Monaco sled to a 19th-place finish on Sunday in his third Olympics. He finished 12th as a driver in 2006 and 22nd as a brakeman in 2002. Servelle, 35, learned the sport from Prince Albert of Monaco, who drove a sled in five straight Winter Olympics before passing the torch to Servelle, who was a member of his crew. Servelle and brakeman Sebastien Gattuso are two of three current Winter Olympians from Monaco. “He had a lot of background and we learned a lot from him. Now he’s supporting us, and that means a lot,” said Servelle, who lives in Monte Carlo. Todd Jorgenson.

Woman driver dug through 18ft of snow with her bare hands to save three men from Alps avalanche  Daily Mail 22 Feb 10 A woman driver whose car was hit by an avalanche dug herself out with her bare hands and helped rescue her three passengers.The drama unfolded on Friday evening when her VW Golf was hit by a huge downpour of snow and ice close to the mountain village of Villard-d’Abbas, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department of south-east France. All four occupants, including a 36-year-old Englishman named by police solely as Roy, had finished a week-long skiing holiday when they ignored safety warnings to drive home during a storm. Peter Allen.

Wild Weather hits Riviera  RLTV 22 Feb 10 High winds and freak waves caused severe damage to beach front properties Friday, especially beach bars and restaurants. Cagnes sur Mer and Juans les Pins were hit badly, as was the Italian Riviera resort of Bordighera. The Island of Corsica was particularly badly hit with winds in the North gusting up to 170km/h. One eyewitness in Cagnes sur Mer reported the sea swelling up between 2 & 4pm Friday culminating in a single giant wave around 6pm taking out walls, windows and a section of the promenade. In Italy on Sunday a freak hailstorm caused a motorway pile up involving 30 vehicles near the Arma di Taggia motorway exit, on the east side of San Remo direction France. Motorists were confronted by a wall of hail stones reducing visibility to zero as they exited a tunnel. Seven people were slightly injured with the section of motorway being shut for most of Sunday afternoon. MD.

Two motorists seriously injured in the Alpes-Maritimes by falling rock  AFP 21 Feb 10 Two motorists were seriously injured late Sunday morning in the Cians gorge in Rigaud (Alpes-Maritimes), after a falling rock struck their car. Major emergency resources were mobilized to rescue the wounded from their car. The victims, a couple in their forties whose origin has not been disclosed, suffered multiple injuries and were evacuated to Nice. Traffic on the road to the ski resort of Valberg was disrupted for the duration of the rescue. The hinterland of Nice was hit by heavy rains in recent days.

Café Llorca to replace Karement in Monaco  RLTV 20 Feb 10 The Grimaldi Forum Monaco is to replace the popular Karement discothèque with a new café/restaurant by celebrity chef Alain Llorca of Negresco Hotel & Moulins de Mougins fame. The controversial closure of the Karement club is according to the Grimaldi Forum management because “the location does not lend itself to the concept of a night club.” The Café Llorca will open for breakfast and lunch, and will open in the evening only for private parties. The new restaurant should open after renovation work has been completed by this autumn. Service Presse – Direction du Tourisme et des Congrès.

FR3 Video Isola 2000 Snowboarder Tony Ramoin wins Olympic bronze  RLTV 17 Feb 10 At 21 years old, Tony Ramoin, the Cannes born freestyle snowboarder from Isola 2000 won a Winter Olympics bronze medal in the Snowboardcross discipline yesterday. He is the first competitor from the region to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. Two other locals, Sébastien Attuso and Patrice Servelle are representing Monaco in the Bobsleigh. Their exploits can be followed at the Monaco Olympic Commitee's web-site. 21 year old Natasha Noens from Nice competes in the Women's slalom. MD.

Car Crash in Rock Tunnel Disrupts Monaco Traffic  Nice Rendezvous 17 Feb 10 The Monegasque authorities say they will learn from the accident in the tunnel under the Rock of the Palace 15 Feb10 that caused major traffic problems. A car used for maintenance of CCTV cameras crashed 23.00 Monday night, leading to closure of the tunnel. The only way to enter and leave the district of Fontvieille remained Avenue de Fontvieille, causing major traffic problems early Tuesday morning. The crashed car could not be moved until a specialist arrived and the tunnel eventually re-opened 10.30am. Jean-Luc Van Klaveren, DG of the Department of Infrastructure said, "We regret the exceptional incident which created a major traffic embarrassment . We will do our best if such a situation occurs again to have emergency measures prepared.” VW

Ten ‘Lists’ to compete in 1st Round of Regional Elections Nice Matin 16 Feb 10 Ten lists will be represented Sun 14 Mar 10 in the 1st round of the regional elections in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur (PACA). The elections take place over two rounds 14 & 21 Mar 10. Candidates had until noon yesterday to formally declare. According to polls: Vauzelle (PS), Mariani (UMP), Le Pen (FN) and Vichnievsky could get more than 10% to qualify for the 2nd round. Behind them, the fight is fierce to exceed the 5% figure above which costs will be reimbursed. It also opens the possibility of merging with a qualified list for the 2nd round. Michel Vauzelle (pictured) seems to be the front-runner for the 2nd round.

Susan Boyle Opened the 60th San Remo Song Festival  RLTV 16 Feb 10 Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle was the international guest star at the opening night of the 60th San Remo Song Festival Tuesday night (16 Feb 10.) Watched by millions of Italians on RAI UNO, it is a contest for Italian singers that takes place at the Ariston Theatre in Corso Matteoti. Other international guests lined up are Queen Rania of Jordan, Michelle Rodriguez and the Moulin Rouge Dancers Wednesday; Jennifer Lopez, Tokio Hotel and Bob Sinclair Friday and  and the dancers from the doomed Michael Jackson 'This Is It' tour for the finale Saturday night. MD.

Nice is nice - and keen to celebrate 150 years of Frenchness  Earthtimes.com 16 Feb 10 Celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Nice's cession to France are set to continue throughout 2010. "It is to be a festival of community spirit and one for local citizens as well," announced Christian Estrosi as he unveiled 150 individual projects. The celebrations are designed to galvanise 350,000 city dwellers to spruce up their districts. Other ideas include establishing networks to help disadvantaged citizens or improving the environment and boosting ecological sustainability. The official agenda reaches its climax in June with a range of cultural and sports events. DPA.

Police scour French Riviera for killer of Carol Hagues  The Times 15 Feb 10  Police on the French Riviera are hunting for the killer of a 65-year-old Carol Hagues who was knifed to death last Thursday in her flat near Nice. Police initially detained her young boyfriend, who reported finding her in a pool of blood, but he was released after questioning. Jean-Louis Moreau, deputy prosecutor for the area, said that Mrs Hagues's companion had been held from Thursday to Saturday as a suspect. "We concluded that there was not sufficient proof so he was released. The inquiry is continuing. We are looking at people emotionally close to the deceased," Mr Moreau told The Times. Charles Bremner.

Skier Killed by Snow Slide in Foux d'Allos  ledauphine.com 15 Feb 10 A professional skier died Monday afternoon after being swept away by a snow slide while he skied off-piste near the Foux d’Allos resort in the Hautes Alpes. The 27 year old man man from the region, skied with three other professional skiers from Foux d'Allos. The four, who were not at work, were ski-ing off-piste when one was taken away by a snow slide . His three companions were rescued immediately and tried in vain to revive him. Meteo-France renewed its call for caution Monday afternoon, assessing the risk of avalanche as 3 out of 5.

Angelina buys Brad Valentine tree from Valbonne's English Garden Centre  mytelus.com 15 Feb 10 Daily News reports that actress Angelina Jolie gave her partner, Brad Pitt, a 200-year old olive tree worth $18,500 for Valentine's Day. It will be planted on their $60 million estate in the south of France. A source says, "Ange bought it from a nursery called The English Garden Centre in Valbonne, near their house. It's a very special tree and cost her a fortune." The olive tree is a symbol for peace.

Poll predicts Socialist Michel Vauzelle winner in second round  lepoint.fr 15 Feb 10 A TNS-Sofres Logica poll predicts a second round win in the regional elections for the outgoing president of the PACA region, the Socialist Michel Vauzelle. The survey gives Vauzelle a ten point lead ahead of the UMP candidate Thierry Mariani. In the second ballot, the list PS / PC / PRG / Ecology Europe totals 49% of voting intentions, against 37% for the UMP-list New Center and 14% for that of John Marie Le Pen (FN), according to the survey conducted for Le Monde, Radio France and France Televisions. AFP.

Monte Carlo-based fan last roll of dice for Pompey  People.co.uk 14 Feb 10 Portsmouth are in talks with a mystery Monte Carlo-based fan in a desperate bid to stave off liquidation - with the Premier League split on bailing them out.The crisis club are now clinging to the hope that they can find new finance in the next few days before giving their survival plan to the High Court on March 1. And Pompey need that cash - as much as £12million - in a hurry because fellow top-flight clubs may vote against them being given a hand-out. Alan Nixon.

Nice Carnival Kicks Off with Blue Planet theme  FR3 12 Feb 10 The Nice Carnival attracts each year more and more visitors. It is undoubtedly the most famous French Carnival and offers a wonderful spectacle over two weeks. The floats, giant heads and battle of flowers have gained a worldwide reputation. Each year the theme changes and varies mostly according to political moods or sporting events ... In 2010, the theme is "King of the Blue Planet", in relation to everything that happens on our planet such as pollution, global warming and the actions of man. 12 - 28 Feb 10 Check the Nice Carnival website for details. Traffic restrictions along the Promenade des Anglais will be in place during carnival events.

Italy and France disagree over Monaco's tuna proposals  FT.com 12 Feb 10 Italy and France, two of the largest Mediterranean fishing powers, have failed to reach a common agreement on the future of the bluefin tuna, complicating EU efforts to reach a common position ahead of a meeting next month in Doha where Monaco will propose an international trade ban. Antonio Buonfiglio, Italy’s chief fisheries official, said on Friday that his brief meeting in Paris on Thursday with Bruno Le Maire, French agriculture minister, did not succeed in bridging all differences although they were “90 per cent” in agreement. Guy Dinmore.

Group wants to seize Nice Russian Cathedral for century old debts  Kingston Whig Standard 10 Feb 10 French holders of Tsarist bonds, who say Russia owes them an estimated $137.1 billion, have filed a suit to seize an orthodox cathedral that France has handed to Russia. Last month, Russia was handed the Orthodox St. Nicholas Cathedral in Nice in a major legal coup. AFIPER, a group representing French holders of Tsarist bonds issued in 1906 is appealing this decision. The bonds were disavowed by Soviet authorities after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, leaving thousands of holders with worthless pieces of paper. Reuters.

Giant Palm causes traffic chaos in Cannes  Nice Matin 10 Feb 10 A giant palm tree that fell across the junction of Boulevard Carnot and the Voie Rapide in Cannes caused traffic chaos Tuesday morning. The tree was being moved to a nursery in Mougins during road works, before being eventually replanted, fell off the lorry transporting it as it made an awkward three point turn in the early hours of Tuesday. Traffic backed up all the way up Bvd. Carnot to the motorway exit. The tree which weighs 26 tonnes and is 17m high was eventually removed late morning. Pic: Nice Matin.

Autoroute of the sea to unclog the A8  Webtimemedias.com 09 Feb 10 The CCI Nice Cote d'Azur has presented the results of a study it commissioned to see if there are real Motorways of the Sea to relieve the heavy traffic that now clogs the A8 motorway. The project includes a stronger link between Barcelona and Genoa, with vessels leaving every 4 or 5 hours. For Bernard Nicoletti, head of the Planning Committee, the plan is to encourage a large part of the 660 000 trucks that each year use the A8, to sail instead.

Mayor of Beausoleil released on bail  nouvelobs.com 09 Feb 10 The Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal has agreed to release Gérard Spinelli, the rightist mayor of Beausoleil, on a bail of €100,000. Spinelli remains under investigation for "influence peddling and bribery". He has been detained since 26 Nov 09 as part of an investigation conducted in Marseilles by Judge Charles Duchaine, for alleged misuse of funds related to the 170m high Odeon Tower project currently under construction in Monaco. The 64 year old entrepreneur Lino Alberti, who was indicted for "active corruption and money laundering" was released 11 Dec 09. He is accused of having paid a bribe to Gérard Spinelli, a charge contested by the Mayor of Beausoleil. AP.

France Bleu Azur  is the region’s fastest growing radio station  Nice Premium 08 Feb 10 Daily listening grew from 26 100 in 2008 to 41 900 according to Médiamétrie statistics for the period Sep-Dec 2009. In the accumulated audience figures (weekly listening,) France Bleu Azur is the 4th most listened to station on the Cote d’Azur behind RMC Info, France Info and France Inter. Listening has been increasing since Emmanuel Delattre took control of the station in April 2008 when it was in 17th place. France Bleu Azur can be heard on 103.8 in Nice, Antibes/Juans les Pins; 100.7 in Cannes & Grasse; 94.8 in Menton and 103 in Vence. Audrey Bollaro.

Gadget Show’s Suzi Switches to Monaco  Daily Mail 08 Feb 10 The Gadget Show's glamorous Suzi Perry has just returned from her three-week honeymoon in South Africa to some great news - she has sold her three-bedroom house after less than two months on the market. But Perry, 39, who also presents the BBC's Moto GP coverage, isn't planning to stay in the country. She is relocating to the French Riviera near Monaco with her new husband, Bastien Boosten, and will commute from Nice for her television work. Rachel Reilly.

2 Dead in Alpes Maritimes avalanches le Parisien 07 Feb 10 A level 4 avalanche warning is in force for the Southern Alps. Off-piste skiing is discouraged. In the resort of La Foux-d'Allos, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, five skiers aged 30–40, were in an off-piste area when three of them were swept away by a snow slide. Two were rescued unharmed, while one man died. At Isola 2000, Alpes-Maritimes, a 26 year old man who skied off-piste has been found dead, buried under snow. Ten CRS, a dog, ten trackers and a helicopter was raised for the search. "By going to the scene, one of our trackers was swept away by a wind plaque (a plate formed by the wind), but was rescued immediately," said Director of the ski slope, Michael Tessard. AFP.

Airport conman Andrew Gradon on the run  Sunday Sun 07 Feb 10 Trickster Andrew Gradon, of County Durham, has been conning scores of flight passengers out of cash since 2002 and investigators believe he could be making as much as £15,000 a month through his brazen hustle. Chris Jackson and the BBC’s Inside Out team journey to Nice on the French Riviera, where Gradon is believed to have been recently targeting plane passengers. He meets journalist Mike Meade, who runs a blog on the Riviera Reporter website, and ran a story about the so-called airport scam. Coreena Ford.

Saint Etienne halt Monaco's winning streak  ESPN 07 Feb 10 Fifth-placed Monaco, unbeaten in Ligue 1 since Dec. 16, had no answer to the pressure from Saint Etienne, who had not won at home in the championship since October. Goals by Blaise Matuidi in the 13th minute, Argentine striker Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio a quarter of an hour from the end and Emmanuel Riviere just before the finish lifted St Etienne to 16th place in the table. Reuters.

Alpes-Maritimes: A septuagenarian kills women and himself  LeMonde.fr 03 Feb 10 A septuagenarian killed his former girlfriend in the village of Gilette (Alpes-Maritimes) Wednesday morning, before turning the weapon against himself and killing himself. The incident occurred in the street of the post office around 6:30. The woman, a 53 year old mother of a girl aged 16, was hit in the face. The couple had been separated for several months. The man, aged 72, lived in a caravan in the nearby village of Roquestéron. The hilltop village of Gilette has a thousand inhabitants. AFP.

Bruni quits San Remo contest over song insulting Sarkozy  Independent.co.uk 02 Feb 10 Carla Bruni's surprise withdrawal from Italy's San Remo music contest has been blamed on a song in the competition that mocks her husband, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The news has caused tongues to wag, set one European nation against another, and possibly laid the groundwork for a minor diplomatic incident. Ms Bruni's decision to withdraw from the festival, which will run from 16 to 21 February, was revealed by the TV presenter Massimo Giletti on the state channel Rai Uno, which broadcasts the event each year. Michael Day.

It's all Rosé for Provence wine growers  Guardian Weekly 02 Feb 10 I live in Vidauban, a little town in the heart of Provence, France’s oldest wine region. This is rosé wine country, with many spectacular vineyards belonging to domaines (wine estates) or private winegrowers. Grenache, cinsault, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon and are the main varieties of grapes grown here, all thriving beautifully in abundant sunshine, growing amid the exceptional climate and soils of Provence. Alice Alech.

France to support Prince Albert's bluefin tuna trade ban plan Reuters 01 Feb 10 France will support a ban on global trade in bluefin tuna, but in exchange wants to be granted an exclusive fishing zone for line-caught tuna as well as aid to retrain laid-off fishermen. Monaco has proposed protecting bluefin tuna, much beloved by sushi fans in Japan and around the world. France's policy change could be decisive at the next CITES meeting in Qatar in March, after Italy already said last week it would back a ban. Sophie Hardach.

Snow in Cannes Sunday  Nice Matin 01 Feb 10 Snow fell early Sunday morning in Cannes and its region, creating a postcard scene for nearly two hours. Without warning, shortly after nine o'clock, the flakes appeared, timidly at first, then heavily. Soon the Croisette was covered in a white coat. Locals took snowy pictures, had snowball fights and made snowmen.  In Mandelieu, the Chateau de La Napoule resembled a mountain fortress whilst in Théoule, Sunday morning cyclists deserted the cornice. Two hours later, the return of warm weather melted the snow as if nothing had happened. Pic: Pat Denton, Revelation Studios, Cannes.

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