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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 8:29 | Author: Ian Brodie

Strong words outside court

Monaco Prosecutor Jean-Pierre Dreno has been acquitted of charges that he leaked information to the press during a judicial enquiry. The case had been brought by the two men originally taken to court for allegedly infringing the privacy of Monegasque citizens by ordering a public opinion poll, a case that dates back to 2012 and continues...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 7:53 | Author: Martina Brodie

Grand Prix for de luxe services

MONACO, IUM: An assignment for the students of the International University of Monaco Masters course in Luxury to create an original luxury service business turned into a well-attended competition yesterday at the Yacht Club de Monaco where seven finalist teams presented their passions backed up by detailed business plans. All in front of a jury, presided over by Eric Althaus of Althaus Yachting and notable personalities from the Government, the Yacht Club, SBM and the luxury sector in Monaco...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 6:53 | Author: Ian Brodie

Vasily Klyukin 'In the Spotlight'

MONACO: Vasily Klyukin, the Russian businessman and banker, was 'In the Spotlight' last night at his Art House in Monaco. Vasily, now a Monaco resident, related to moderator Martina Brodie how he became involved in the world of Russian banking, starting as a first-year university student...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 6:11 | Author: Ian Brodie

EU training for senior officials

MONACO: The Development Office of the College of Europe is organizing a professional ‘Training seminar on EU institutions and negotiations for civil servants from Monaco’ from May 5 to 6 and from May 13 to 15. The courses will take place in the Principality...

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 8:41 | Author: Ian Brodie

Multi-family offices take step forward

MONACO FINANCE: The multi-family office has taken an important step forward with the support of the elected National Council. The commission on finance and the economy is proposing a law on multi-family offices that would give such bodies full legal status in Monaco. The draft law is likely to be debated in June...

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 6:39

IUM and IMAF train professionals

MONACO FINANCE, IUM: Monaco has been willing to set the highest standards in order to continue to develop its financial industry in a responsible, sustainable manner and to meet clients’ high expectations. Such professional requirements affirm Monaco’s position as a dynamic financial centre. AMAF, Monaco’s Finance Association, certification is Monaco’s official professional certification required for finance professionals...

Monday, 14 April 2014 22:02

Patients' rights in focus at CHPG

MONACO: The first annual event devoted to Patients' Rights will take place on Friday, April 18. The Princess Grace Hospital is organizing a day given over to the rights of patients, for both the general public and for professionals, with the participation of patients' associations…

Monday, 14 April 2014 21:48

Statistical declarations welcomed online

MONACO BUSINESS, MONACO FINANCE: As of April 14, 2014 , the online approach for declaring information necessary for calculating GDP is again available to economic agents in the Principality of Monaco...

Monday, 14 April 2014 21:17 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess at charity tennis event

PRINCESS CHARLENE, MONACO CHARITIES: Princess Charlene was invited by Natalia Vodianova to attend a tennis tournament in the framework of the Love Ball, which was held in Monaco in July...

Monday, 14 April 2014 7:29 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Pensioners keyed residents' cars

MONACO: Two pensioners have appeared in court in Monaco charged with damaging vehicles parked in their buildings. The avocat-general, the aptly-named Michael Bonnet, said that if he did not believe in the coincidence of the calendar "I'd end up believing that a gang of pensioners is on the loose in the Principality to scratch cars in the car parks." The first defendant, a Monegasque of 76, keyed an Aston Martin on January 11. After pulling up alongside the luxury car, he looked around, saw no-one and then dragged his car key along the door and bonnet of the car on the left-hand side…

Sunday, 13 April 2014 13:31 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Tennis tickets still obtainable

MONACO EVENTS, MONACO SPORT: The Rolex Masters Tennis Championships may be more accessible than might be imagined, as the organizers have made sure that tickets are available to buy at the start of each day. Zeljko Franulovic, the event's director, said: "It's important for local people to be able to access the tournament. Most tickets are sold in advance earlier and earlier each year…"

Sunday, 13 April 2014 9:59 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Road users switch to two-wheelers

MONACO TRAVEL: There has been a sharp drop in the number of new car registrations over the past few years in the neigbouring Alpes-Maritimes, and an equally sharp increase in the number of new two-wheeler registrations, according to a report on today's French daily Nice Matin...

Saturday, 12 April 2014 22:06 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Away win for AS Monaco

MONACO SPORT, ASM: AS Monaco won away tonight to Rennes, 1-0, with the goal coming 10 minutes into the second half from Riviere. Although not a glorious win for Monaco, against a side 10 places below ASM in France's Ligue 1, the away win does deny Paris Saint Germain the pleasure of assuming top place at the end of the season, now only six matches away…

Saturday, 12 April 2014 9:15 | Author: Martina Brodie

Luxury Symposium a great success

MONACO BUSINESS, IUM, SBM: The International University of Monaco held a very successful debut edition of its Monaco Symposium on Luxury on Thursday and Friday. The first day was devoted to academic discussion, and yesterday to expert speakers. Claudia D'Arpizio of Bain & Company said that last year's global luxury market grew by six percent, led by top hotels - nine percent, and luxury wines and spirits, up eight percent. The Chinese remain top spenders, despite deceleration in domestic consumption. She went on to say that the luxury sector is becoming more challenging, and companies that lag behind on strategic imperatives will lose momentum…

Saturday, 12 April 2014 7:50 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Standing ovation for Lac in London

MONACO ARTS: The Ballets de Monte-Carlo are currently in London at the London Coliseum, one of the largest and most prestigious theatres in the city.  A total of five performances of Jean-Christophe Maillot's Lac are being performed, with the last one tonight...

Friday, 11 April 2014 14:52 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Trains back to normal this pm

MONACO TRAVEL: Traffic on the Vingtimille-Nice rail route has returned to normal this afternoon following a lightning strike by rail workers this morning...

Friday, 11 April 2014 8:32 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Ranieri 'going nowhere' - ASM

MONACO SPORT, ASM: AS Monaco's vice president Vadim Vasilyev has reacted strongly to intent reports that the club is about to fire head coach Claudio Ranieri. "It amazes me," he said on the club's official website. "I have already said Claudio Ranieri is under contract until June 2015. He works extremely hard with all his staff to achieve the objectives set at the beginning of the season. These rumours are not justified…"

Friday, 11 April 2014 7:37 | Author: Ian Brodie

Banque Havilland expands operations

MONACO BANKING: The Bank Francaise and Banque Havilland announced yesterday the signing of a strategic partnership whose terms provide for the transfer of the private bank in Bank Francaise, based in Luxembourg, to Banque Havilland. This transfer will be effective at the end of May 2014. All assets and accounts currently under management will be entrusted to Banque Havilland while the Bank Francaise will continue to provide discretionary management mandates...

Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:42 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Train figures a work of fiction

MONACO TRAVEL: Jeff Daniels writes: According to official figures, 17 percent of local trains in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur arrived late in 2013. If this figure is to be believed, it is still the highest rate in France, although many regular travelers would dispute the figure as a work of fiction. Of course, there is a French public body responsible for the figure, the AQST, the Authority for the Quality of Service in Transport. But this doesn't make the figures any more believable…

Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:32 | Author: Martina Brodie

Finishing touches by nature

MONACO ARTS: The vernissage of the artwork of Christina Oiticica tonight at la Maison de l'Amerique Latine introduced her signature technique which includes "planting" her paintings in the ground in various places in the world and retrieving them again after nine months (the pregnancy cycle) or a year (the seasonal cycle)...


The courts start to fill up for yesterday's matches at the Rolex Masters event at the Monte-Carlo Country Club - PHOTO: Ian Brodie


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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 0:01

Monaco Events & Announcements

NICK DANZIGER Renowned photographer, author, film-maker and artist, at Monaco Fine Arts, photographic exhibition, The British, from April 3 until April 18. Palais de la Scala, 4th Floor, Suite 1177. By invitation only., Info:

CARFAX INTENSIVE COURSES: Carfax Education Monaco will run an Intensive SAT course on Tuesday 22nd April to Friday 25th April. The course will include an SAT diagnostic test, an analysis of the pupil’s strengths and weaknesses, strategies to improve math and verbal SAT scores and effective time-management techniques.  The price for the intensive SAT preparation is 1,975 euros TTC for 28 hours. Customized programmes also available. For more information please contact Carfax on + 377 98 80 11 80 or visit

OPEN MIKE: The STARDECK  at STARSNBARS will host an OPEN MIKE NIGHT AND CONCERT on Tuesday April 22 to showcase local residents who love to sing but don’t often have an opportunity to perform on stage in a professional setting. The evening will be animated by  American singer and musician FAT CAT HACKETT, well known locally for his distinctive R’n’B style and entertaining “cool” stage presence. The StarDeck bar will open at 18h00 with Happy Hour prices 18:00-20:00. The live performances, including numbers by Fat Cat himself, will continue throughout the evening, followed by dinner and dancing.

CONCERT - MAY 2: Maestro Errol Girdlestone and his choir "Ristretto" will offer a choral concert on Friday, May 2, at 20:00. in Saint Paul's Church. The concert will feature a performance of Frank Martin's remarkable a cappella "Messe pour Double Choeur" (Mass for a double choir, or 8 voices). Two motets will also be offered:J. S. Bach's "Komm Jesu, Komm" and Johannes Brahms' "Fest und Gedenksprüche". This concert is offered for the benefit of Saint Paul's Church to help cover the cost in offering concerts in the church. A free-will offering will be collected.

HISTORIC GRAND PRIX: During three days (Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May) some of the world’s most precious and amazing cars will compete in 7 different race categories ranging from pre war voiturettes and Grand Prix cars to Formula1 3.2 litres from 1974 to 1978, in the 9th Monaco Historic Grand Prix 9th to 11th May 2014. All cars racing in the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco have participated in International races and the participants are selected with outmost care and according to strict regulations.
Monaco Star Events invite you to take part in this fun and action-filled event right in the heart of the action. Our VIP Historic Lounge is located right above the Paddock area with full views of the cars parked below, only a short walk from your premium Grand Stand and with possible Paddock walks throughout the weekend.
Take advantage of a 10% discount to get your tickets to the VIP Historic Lounge for Saturday 10th of May by calling us on +377 93 50 07 35 with the reference of Monaco Today.

CONTINUES - Andy Warhol at Ribolzi Gallery: The exhibition of art and artifacts of Andy Warhol The American Dream continues at the Adriano Ribolzi Gallery, next to the Hotel Hermitage, until April 26.


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Monday, 10 February 2014 0:02
Author: Louise Simpson

Monaco Foodie...

Buy local or bye local

I passed a sign at a farmer’s market in the UK recently that said: “Buy local or bye local.” As a farm-bred girl, I endorse the philosophy of buying local. Indeed, I hanker back to the halcyon days of my youth when my family lived a self-sufficient utopia with an organic vegetable garden, a chicken coop, bee hives, and fields where a local farmer grazed his sheep and paid us annual rent in half a lamb for our freezer.  My sisters and I spent our days hunting for blackberries, and canoeing and swimming in the muddy river at the bottom of our garden. At least that’s how I remember it, but the rose-tinted spectacles of nostalgia probably make it sound a lot more Swallows and Amazons than it was...


Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:38

Letters to the Editor

A bemused reader in Beaulieu-sur-mer speculates about the air traffic controllers' strike and President Hollande and his runabout.

Dear Sir, More travel misery – that’s why Trierweiler was flying back home from India yesterday; the whole trip was planned round the air traffic controllers' strike programme.

The only answer for these disruptive strikers is to delocalize the whole French ATC sector to Bangalore. The Aiguilleurs du ciel never see a plane anyway, just their computer screens, so no problem putting the images offshore. As has been done with the military radar on Mont Agel – all the screens are manned in Lyon so only a few maintainers are left in BA943 above Monaco, a good nuclear target, but don’t tell the buyers flocking to settle in the tax haven just below, in the fall-out zone.

As for the Elysée, nobody has asked who the owner is of that Paris apt, home to Valerie. She says it is “in his name”; but his Declaration de Patrimoine ( no mention of it – only the Mougins house and two small apts in Cannes.  Nor of any liquid capital to buy a large Paris apt.  So he keeps below the threshold for the ISF.  There's work for investigative journalists.

My main gripe about the President is he rides a foreign scooter – an Italian Piaggio, whereas I have just done my best to save France by buying not only a new Peugeot scooter, but also a ditto car (Peugeot 107).  Why does he not buy French, like me? Earlier civilizations were run by specially treated men, called Castrati, who were also in demand as singers. Not too late to apply this in the Elysée – though some high-profile ladies might not appreciate it.

Peter, Beaulieu-sur-mer (name and address supplied)

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Sunday, 11 August 2013 10:17
Author: Ian Brodie

Iceberg rescues Titanic*

MONACO MEDIA: The media world has been stunned this week by news that the founder of Amazon - the online shop - has bought the iconic Washington Post newspaper at what seems to be a knockdown price. The $250 million Jeff Bezos paid is just a little over one percent of his personal wealth of $23 billion, making a very small dent indeed in his bank account. Never mind that since its founding Amazon has lost money more than it has made, making Bezos a virtual billionaire in charge of a virtual empire. Perhaps he bought the Post because he yearned for something real.

To decry the sale of the Post is not just to indulge in unworldly sentimentality. Its disposal marks another milestone on the way to the cemetery for printed newspapers as we have known them for the centuries since the Times of London first appeared in 1785 as the Daily Universal Register, changing its name three years later. In the ever-evolving world of media, print is in its death throes.

If it's almost all over for ink except the burials, and the standouts are disappearing fast, should we be surprised? No. Disappointed, sorry? Yes. The great newspapers of the past, including the Post, the New York Times, the Times, the UK's Daily Telegraph, are empty imitations of their former selves thanks to cost-cutting. The greatest loss as these titles decline and disappear is the quality of the journalism that called them home..


GARDENERS STRIKE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 -  Monaco's public gardeners downed tools again yesterday morning in protest at what they called a lack of communication from the government in answer to their grievances, centred on their terms of service and lower working hours.




NEW YORK: TUESDAY, APRIL 15  The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden.

The award, announced in New York on Monday, comes 10 months after the Guardian published the first report based on the leaks from Snowden, revealing the agency’s bulk collection of US citizens’ phone records.

In the series of articles that ensued, teams of journalists at the Guardian and the Washington Post published the most substantial disclosures of US government secrets since the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam war in 1971.

The Pulitzer committee praised the Guardian for its "revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy".

SOURCES: BBC, Guardian, France24



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Monte-Carlo Diary -

Under the table

TUESDAY, APRIL 8: When I woke up at 7:30 my family was under the table. I stood in the doorway, obedient to the rules of earthquake survival. It was LA, one day in the 80s. Earthquakes were common enough, and at least in the city we no longer lived 50 feet from the San Andreas fault in Kern County, a geological break that ran long the creek bed below the house. I called in the story as soon as I knew the possible toll. Three dead. One worker buried by a trench he was digging, a heart attack, and a student flattened by a prefabricated concrete slab falling from a high-rise car park on a campus in Pasadena. Her sister with her unscathed.

Fleet Street wasn't satisfied. "Hundreds flee as LA burns," the headline read. Someone else's name was on the story, a common trick. I called in to Independent Radio News, knowing at least my voice would be heard from Brighton to the Western Isles and I'd get the thrill of signing off, "Jeff Daniels, Los Angeles."

I was on the phone to my eldest son last night at 21:26 when my chair started rocking. I told him this was more usual than our phone calls. Maybe they were connected. Excusing myself, I went through to the living room. My wife looked a little startled. "The sofa was shaking. As if Bruiser (the chihuahua) were wagging his tail, but he wasn't with me."

Our teenager in the bedroom hadn't noticed a thing, listening to U2. "Where was the dog," I asked. "Under the table," she said.

Jeff Daniels

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monte-Carlo Diary

6/6 for effort

I can hardly put into words how welcome some sunny weather will be. Every school day we trudge to the train station and from Nice Riquier to the school with our nine year-old genius. When it's raining, as it has been, we have to take a change of clothes, although I have greatly benefited by the recent purchase of sailing boots for the teenager. I have to wear three pairs of socks to stop them sliding off.

Monaco, so I am told, turned down the offer of an alternative private school, so it migrated west. Perhaps the Principality was too keen on its position at the top of the exam league tables to want anything more adventurous than a standard French school with its strict and orthodox adherence to 'the system.' We are very happy with Nice. The school, that is.

George is doing very well. He knows all about the pyramids and the solar system, although I have to admit to a nagging nervousness over his numeracy. Last week he showed me his sums. 0/6. Bearing in mind the need for constant praise and encouragement, I wished him better luck next time, as if he were a gambler at the Monte-Carlo Casino. "Ah, but Dad," he said, "I did much better than Michel. He got 0/0."

"Merde!" I said. "No Dad, not merde, merrde." His French is brilliant.

Jeff Daniels

The Jeff Daniels column is published in the interests of editorial diversity, and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the publishers.

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Christmas tips from Ruth Tongue

Don’t beat yourself up this festive season – but do keep an eye on the waist band! Our new in-house nutritionist and Pilates specialist Ruth Tongue shares her tips on how to start 2014 feeling fresh, energised and motivated - rather than sluggish and carrying a few unwanted extra pounds.

Everyone likes to indulge a little (ok, a lot) over Christmas and the New Year – and that’s normal. But there’s nothing worse than getting to the second day of January feeling heavy, tired and like you want to hibernate until your skinny jeans fit again! Follow these tips to ensure you enjoy the party season without feeling the effects when 2014 rings in...


Welcome, Mr President...

What on earth is the French President doing in Monaco? Well, there are a few things to see, such as the Oceanographic and Monaco's Scientific Centre. And a few bits of paper to sign. Lunch at the Palace should be good, and will not disappoint the Socialist President's champagne tastes. Otherwise, not much will be going on and the visit will be marked by an inconvenience to road traffic. That will be its high point, since it seems that the President won't be meeting any of the remaining 8,000 French residents - whose families have lived here for generations - to discuss the fact that they have to meet the high cost of living in Monaco while paying French taxes, an arrangement inherited from the treaty with France into which Prince Rainier was famously coerced in 1963.

If I were a Frenchman, or woman, I would wonder what my President was doing in Monaco. Perhaps he has come to open a bank account. Switzerland is certainly less attractive than it was for French savers. Or perhaps I would conclude that Mr Hollande fancied a day away from the office and a very unattractive in-tray.

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels reviews

Mayhem in Monte Carlo

Long-term Monaco resident and former ad-man Mike Ferrier's second book in a trilogy, Mayhem in Monte Carlo, is at first sight a mixed bag of intelligent insight and mundane stereotyping. And as many new writers do, Mike has cut out the middleman. The book can be ordered on Amazon, to be read on a tablet or consumed in book form, a modern form of buying novels that appeals to some more than others...

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