Back-to-school finance support for parents

The Caisse d’Allocations Familiales has announced that their back-to-school benefit will be transferred to parents from 18th August. Over 2.8 million families receive this allowance, which helps them cope with the costs that the start of a new school year brings.Read more

Round-up of today's flight cancellations

Due to an ongoing strike by Air France flight attendants, flight timetables are once again disrupted today. The strike has been caused by disputes over the failure to renew a collective labor accord on rules, pay and promotions, and has seen 13,600 flight attendants refuse to work since last Wednesday. Departures and arrivals at Nice airport today remain mostly undisrupted, with those flying to and from Paris Orly facing the most difficulties throughout the day.Read more

Explosion causes Marseille ferry evacuation

A Corsica Linea ferry docked in the port of Marseille had to evacuate all 77 of its passengers and crew after an explosion was felt on board on Sunday morning. The incident, which happened aboard the Jean Nicoli ferry due to depart for Corsica at 9am, is now under investigation.Read more

Becoming a reader and where to find Riviera Insider

Riviera Insider is a long-established publication - formerly The Riviera Times - and is a current affairs and lifestyle magazine published bi-monthly across the Côte d’Azur, Principality of Monaco and the Italian Riviera. Read more

49,000 euros raised for Bastille Day victims

Despite only two weeks having passed since the tragic Bastille Day attack in Nice, donations in support of the victims and their families have already reached 49,000 euros. Mayor of Nice Philippe Pradal and President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Christian Estrosi have recently released a joint statement expressing the gratitude they have towards everyone who has already donated.Read more

Bullfighting cut from heritage list

In a decisive move, the French Council of State has maintained its position to remove bullfighting – La Corrida – from France’s intangible heritage list. The practice, which was controversially added to the list in 2011, is supported by pro-bullfighting organisations l’Observatoire national des cultures taurines and l’Union des villes taurine. Despite appeals from these two organisations, it was those who campaign for animal rights who were victorious when the decision was made.Read more

Normandy attack causes Nice cathedral closure

Due to safety concerns following the brutal murder of a priest in Normandy, the Saint Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Nice has decided to shut its doors to the general public. Until further notice, only the practicing Orthodox members of the parish will have access to the cathedral and its grounds.Read more

A night for shooting stars

Cast your eye south to the equator and Aquarius tonight and you may just see the meteors of the Delta Aquarids. It’s peak season for the cosmic phenomenon and the conditions couldn’t be more perfect…Read more

Traffic warnings for busy travel weekend

Bison Futé, the public road information service in France, has issued warnings about attempts to travel this weekend, advising that Saturday will be one of the most difficult days to travel over the whole summer period.  The traffic this weekend is due to be particularly heavy due to the crossover between July and August holiday makers.Read more

Safety measures in Cannes upgraded in wake of Bastille Day attack

After the tragic events that took place in Nice on Bastille Day, Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard has decided to implement new measures to improve Cannes’ safety. The new measures focus on keep people in Cannes safer not only during big events, but also during their daily activities.Read more