Recent Articles

  • HSBC winds down in Monaco

    After a scandal-filled few years, HSBC is closing its Monegasque office and withdrawing from the Principality of Monaco, following similar departures by Crédit Suisse and Lloyds. CFM Indosuez Wealth Management will fill the gap, with HSBC transferring the majority of its private banking business to its competitor.

  • Expat focus: Tracy Leonetti

    Anyone who has lived in France will know how difficult it can be to get even the most simple of forms completed, let alone accepted. Tracy Leonetti, an English woman living in Vallauris, knows this better than most considering her perhaps unusual line of work. In between enjoying the sun and sea of the region, Tracy helps expats getting through the mounds of paperwork that could drive the calmest person into a frenzy of scribbles and frustration. Here she tells Riviera Insider where it all started and how she can help with your bureaucratic woes. 

  • A8 disruptions this week

    From 24th to 27th October, Vinci Autoroute will be carrying out major works at the exits for Antibes, Villeneuve-Loubet and Mandelieu-la-Napoule on the A8 motorway. The construction and renovation works will all take place between the hours of 9pm and 5am. 

  • US Presidential Election Day at the Hotel Negresco

    The Riviera Chapter of Democrats Abroad is hosting a live results event at the Hotel Negresco on 9th November. From the early hours until 11am, the group and its members will be glued to the screen as the polls come to a (hopefully) conclusive close.

  • Ban placed on shellfish from southern France

    The Prefecture of Hérault has decided to temporarily suspend the sale of shellfish from the Étang de Thau, saying the seafood is ‘improper for human consumption’. 

  • Mushrooms: where to find them and which to eat

    It's officially autumn and it's the perfect time to get out in the forests of the south of France and have a rummage through the undergrowth for seasonal mushrooms. Be careful which varieties you eat though… 87 people have already been taken ill in France for eating the wrong ones. 

  • Grande Braderie of Saint Tropez

    It’s the shopping event of the year for the French Riviera as its pearl of a village, Saint Tropez, plays host to the annual Grande Braderie. From 28th to 31st October, the boutiques of Saint Tropez take their stores outdoors and on to the streets with extremely reduced prices for the savvy shopper. Local shops and luxury, designer brands alike take part in this famous sale (all are open from 9am to 7pm), meaning that it presents an excellent opportunity to pick up quality goods from brands such as Chanel, Gucci and Prada at a fraction of the usual price.

  • Win family tickets to the Foire Attractions de Monaco

    There’s fun for the whole family at the annual Foire Attractions de Monaco, which runs until 19th November, with rides of all shapes and speeds, games, bumper cars, candy gloss and hotdogs. Riviera Insider has four sets of family tickets (two adults, two children) to give away and you have until 28th October to apply! The tickets allow one free go on a range of rides.