Hay fever sufferers on high alert

With temperatures reaching +20⁰C and blue skies across the region, we could be forgiven for thinking summer has already arrived on the French Riviera! There’s still a week to go until the spring equinox on 20th March, but the season’s plants are blooming and bringing with them a surge in pollen.Read more

New animal protection service in Nice

Nice has announced the opening of an animal charity in collaboration with the Association Association Contre la Discrimination Canine, the Groupe d’action pour l’amour des animaux et la Société protectrice des animaux (SPA Paris). The charitable association has been created by the L’Animal dans la Ville mission and aims to advise and listen to anyone who would like to report a case of animal maltreatment. Read more

Strikes hit the region’s rail networks

Ongoing strikes by French railway workers are having a knock-on effect across the south of France. The social action is mainly affecting train services in and around Marseille, but with their Italian counterparts also due to launch a strike on Wednesday 8th March, cross-border connections could too be feeling the strain in coming days.Read more

Storm Zeus in photographs

The day after Storm Zeus hit France - killing two and causing millions of euros worth of damage - the Côte d’Azur has returned to its usual bright and sunny self. With blue skies and warm temperatures with us today and forecast from the coming week, small puddles and a freshness in the air are the only physical reminders of yesterday’s storms. We’ve trailed Instagram to find the best and most dramatic photographs of Storm Zeus in the region.Read more

Pool police

The local tax authority in Marmande in south western France has come up with a novel technique of locating undeclared and illegal private swimming pools in the commune: surveillance via Google Earth. For officials in the small town, which has a population of around 18,000, the laborious task has paid off. Over 100,000€ has been collected by the services fiscaux in the last 24 months.Read more

Another beautiful shot from astronaut Thomas Pesquet

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has posted another wonderful shot of Nice and the Côte d’Azur, capturing a beautiful image of the waters off the coast. “Hello Nice! Too bad we can't see the carnival parades from up here ;),” the astronaut tweeted from space.Read more

Where's all the rain?

Don’t let the recent rains fool you, it’s been one of the driest starts to the year on record and 2016 had the least rainfall in a decade. Could the region be heading for a drought?Read more

Var claims two of France’s finest beaches

Travel content website TripAdvisor has released its 2017 rankings for the best beaches here in France and also around the world. Two French Riviera beaches - both of which are in the Var - have made the Top 10: Plage de L’Escalet in Ramatuelle and Plage de Pampelonne in Saint Tropez.Read more

New gondola to summit of Toulon's Mont Faron

The cable car to the top of 600-metre high Mont Faron in Toulon has received a mechanical and ecological upgrade. Re-adapted to be better suit the needs of elderly and disabled passengers hoping to soak up the glorious views of the Var and the Mediterranean, the new cabins set off on their 10-minute maiden voyages earlier this year. Read more

Valentine’s Day on the Côte d’Azur

The French love Valentine’s Day in the south of France! Both Cannes and Nice feature on the 2017 list of Top 10 destinations for Valentine’s Day according to research conducted by the hotel comparison website trivago.fr. Read more