The devastating collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa last week was not only a great tragedy for those who lost their lives (the death toll has now surpassed 40), but it had initially caused a serious disruption for travel between France and Italy.
As the end of the summer approaches, a recent report from Santé Publique France (SPF), France’s Public Health association, shows a considerable increase in the number of drownings for 2018, compared to 2015. Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is the second region in France for the number of drownings this year.
In light of the recent collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Cannes and Nice Mayors David Lisnard and Christian Estrosi have issued statements offering the Italian government and the Liguria region all their emotional and material support.
The gourmet food scene in Nice is perhaps the most exciting on the Côte d’Azur. No longer can restaurants rely on a historic name or excellent address to get guests through their doors (although many great examples still remain). The city is being opened up for opportunity, and the owners of La Langouste saw just that when this vast restaurant space became available little over two years ago.
“When describing the principality, most young people will talk about the casinos, the cars, the yachts and the palace,” says David Gamba.“Barely anyone will mention the sea, other than it being something for the boats to float on!” For this passionate, young fisherman, it’s something of a travesty: “Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost a huge amount of our maritime heritage.”
Beyond the speedboats and motor yachts, the waters off the coast of Monaco are home to a rich marine ecosystem in which many thousands of dolphins, whales and tuna flourish. At least they do today: 30 years ago they had all but left and by 2050, experts warn that our seas could void of life.
During the 10th century, the Château Grimaldi was built by a Count of Ventimiglia to protect the burgeoning community against the Saracens. The castle, which is one of France’s oldest existing battlements, still stands, as does the town’s famous olive tree. It was already more than 1,000 years old when the fortress was first erected, but is dwarfed in terms of history by the sabretooth tiger teeth and stone tools that were discovered in the town’s Vallonnet Cave. These date back one million years.
Following the enactment of the Loi NOTre (Nouvelle Organisation Territoriale de la République), in the summer of 2015, a whole raft of powers was decentralised from the French state and transferred to its départements.