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Friday, 28 November 2014 9:03 | Author: Ian Brodie

CMB scores first place

MONACO CHARITIES, MONACO BANKING: A team from Compagnie Monegasque de Banque again took part in the annual No Finish Line charity event on Port Hercule, with a total of 8,000 kilometres covered. Funds raised by the event go to local charity Children & Future...

Friday, 28 November 2014 9:00

Government issues storm warning

MONACO WEATHER: The Government this morning issued a storm warning: "The attention of residents and users is drawn to the forecast by Météo-France for the days of Friday 28 November and Saturday 29 November, with wind gusts up to 65 km / h. Although the forecast wind direction is either east or north-east, there is a possibility of sudden changes in wind direction. Also, the Monaco Government recommends taking precautions to prevent accidents from falling objects or flying equipment or materials."

Friday, 28 November 2014 8:44

Kermesse takes place December 6

MONACO EVENTS, MONACO CHARITIES: The eagerly awaited annual Ecumenical Kermesse will be held in the Fontvieille Chapiteau  on Saturday December 6. Entry is free and the doors open at 10:00, lasting until 18:00...

Thursday, 27 November 2014 23:29

Ballet lauded in Madrid

MONACO ARTS: The Company of the Monte Carlo Ballet was in Madrid and Pamplona (Spain) from November 20 to 26, and for the first time, with LAC, choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot…

Thursday, 27 November 2014 22:08

Monaco at food summit

MONACO NEWS: A Monegasque delegation attended the secondnd International Conference on Nutrition (CIN2), jointly organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) held in Rome from 19 to 21 November…

Thursday, 27 November 2014 9:10

Great interest in AMAF talk

MONACO FINANCE: For the last luncheon of the Association Monaco Financial Activities (AMAF) of 2014, its President, Mr Etienne Franzi, invited Mr Edouard Fernandez-Bollo, Secretary General of the Authority ol and Resolution (ACPR) to speak before an audience of more a hundred members of AMAF, accountants and insurers - on the theme "The impact of European and international developments in supervision in Monaco…"

Thursday, 27 November 2014 9:09 | Author: Victoria Thompson

Frankie turns 17 at Stars

MONACO CHARITIES: Two hundred of "Les Enfants de Frankie" celebrated on Wednesday the 17th birthday of the Monaco charity created by Francien Giraudi in 1997. The Association helps children throughout the region who are ailing, handicapped or underprivileged and who cannot always participate in the social, sportive or cultural activities that luckier children take for granted...

Thursday, 27 November 2014 8:44 | Author: Jeff Daniels

A week of taste and flavours

MONACO LIFESTYLE: Monaco’s schoolchildren will enjoy Taste of the Week next week, with a number of restaurant visits and other events. Organised by the Directorate of Education, Youth and Sports, in close collaboration with the Association "Monaco Taste and Flavours," the week runs in the primary schools of the Principality from next Monday, December 1...

Thursday, 27 November 2014 8:18

Monaco defy pundits, win 1-0

MONACO SPORT, ASM: Lucas Ocampos' tap-in guided Monaco to a 1-0 Champions League victory at Bayer Leverkusen to ensure Group C is wide open, espnfc.com reports. The Argentine winger latched onto Nabil Dirar's cross to cap a fine counter-attack that allowed Monaco to frustrate the hosts, who dominated territory and possession…

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:38 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Moutinho on the move - reports

MONACO SPORT, ASM: According to France’s sports daily L’Equipe, midfielder João Moutinho has handed in a transfer request at AS Monaco, just 17 months after arriving. With 13 Ligue 1 appearances this season, things haven’t gone as expected. With the lofty hopes following the injection of money by new owner Dimitry Rybolovlev, Monaco finished second in the league last season and qualified for the Champions League...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:25

Magic in Monte-Carlo

MONACO EVENTS, SBM: Two months after the release of his latest film, Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen returns to the Riviera and will perform live on stage at the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo, on Monday December 29, for a very special show…

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 21:54

Positive year for economic council

MONACO NEWS: The Chairman of the Economic and Social Council, André Garino, on Monday gathered together many personalities of the Principality, including HE the Minister of State and several Government Ministers, to discuss the positive results of the past year…

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:30 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Orange weather alert for Monaco

PREMIUM - MONACO NEWS: The French meteological office has issued an orange alert for the Var and the Alpes Maritimes, until 06:00 tomorrow, Wednesday...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 8:59 | Author: Ian Brodie

Thermal Baths reopen after major refit

SBM, MONACO LIFESTYLE: The Thermal Baths of Monte-Carlo have reopened, in the presence of Prince Albert, after a total refit lasting eight months. A total of seven million euros was spent on the facelift, the first in 20 years. The director of the Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo, Frederic Carnet, said that the Baths are one of the most beautiful spas on the planet…

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 8:58 | Author: Ian Brodie

Monaco and OECD topic addressed

MONACO FINANCE: The next Monaco Life Business Leaders Lunch will be on the topic ‘Monaco and the OECD tax treaty’ and the guest speaker will be Georgios Soulis, an international asset management advisor...

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 8:52 | Author: Ian Brodie

Young business pioneers rewarded

MONACO BUSINESS: Monaco’s Junior Chamber of Commerce held its 19th edition of its entrepreneurship contest with thirty entries to choose from. Minister of State Michel Roger praised the event, describing the JCE as a real partner for businesses in Monaco, contributing much to the vitality of Monaco…

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 8:46 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Battered wife forgives husband

MONACO CRIME: A German resident has been sentenced to two months in jail, suspended, after being found guilty of assaulting his much younger wife. The man, in his fifties, had been drinking heavily on the night in question, the court was told…

Monday, 24 November 2014 8:58

New heliport plan for Nice

PREMIUM - MONACO TRAVEL, FRENCH NEWS: A new heliport facility is to be built at Nice Airport as part of a major modernisation plan. A total of 100 million euros will be made available in funding by the European Investment Bank, part of which will go towards the heliport development…

Saturday, 22 November 2014 22:43

Home draw for Monaco

MONACO SPORT, ASM: Despite an opening goal from Imorou just five minutes into the home game, Monaco looked set to lose the French Ligue I match against Caen on Saturday evening. The visitors scored in the 50th and 59th minutes, and it wasn’t until the 75th minute that Moutinho found the back of the neck to equalise…

Saturday, 22 November 2014 17:43 | Author: Rhys Hughes

42-gun salute for twins

MONACO NEWS: The Palace has decided that on the birth of twins to Princess Charlene and Prince Albert, a 42-gun salute will announce the news. Tradition has dictated a 101-gun salute for a boy, 21 for a girl, so the 42-gun salute will keep the populace in suspense for even longer…

Handel's Messiah: The Monaco Chamber Music Association is presenting G.F. Handel's oratorio "Messiah" on Saturday 29 November 2014 at 20:00, in association with conductor Errol Girdlestone, his vocal ensemble Ristretto and the orchestra of the same name. The concert will take place at St Paul's Anglican Church in Monaco. Further information:  06 43 91 67 43. www.musique-de-chambre.org, info@musique-de-chambre.org

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Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, at the Salon Bellevue of the Cafe de Paris in Monte-Carlo, a two-day conference of professionals serving the HNW and UHNW sectors. Distinguished speakers from around the world will address the major issues of the moment. Organised by the publishers of monacolife.net in association with Boyarkin & Partners. More info: http://www.monacolife.net/index.php?action=show&id=3564

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 0:10

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FURNITURE: Moving apartments.  Must sell- Lovely furniture items, excellent shape, including Italian design couch, for quick sale, now only €1200; Danish design desk, asking now only €500; special French chest of drawers, asking now only €1450. High end loudspeakers, Avance Signature 8 Mk2, only €800. Will consider all reasonable offers as we must sell. For full information, including photos, and additional description, please contact stacy@living-excellence.com.

FOR SALE (Monaco plates): SAAB 9-3 Cabrio SE, year 06/2001, 110k km, grey metallic, gasoline ecopower engine 2.0l turbo 150hp (fiscal cat 10). The car is in a very good condition, low mileage, with spotless 2014 Controle Technique  SAAB 9-3 Cabrio SE, year 06/2001, 110k km, grey metallic, gasoline ecopower engine 2.0l turbo 150hp (fiscal cat 10) , manual transmission (5 gears), 4 full adult seats, dark grey leather interior, climatronic, electric roof, windows and mirrors, central lock, ABS, dual airbags, anti-fog lights, cruise control, aluminium wheels. New complete clutch (2013). Clean technical certificate. Bonus: + 4 winter tires on aluminium wheels. Asking Price: €8000

FOR RENT: Very large furnished  1 bed-room apartment  for short-term rent (21st Nov 2014-21st Jan 2015) available including very friendly cat, who will stay. Apartment is on top floor of Bourgeois building overlooking the palace, within walking distance to port, shops, restaurants, etc. For full information, including photos, description and price, please contact   g.niems@libello.com

FOR SALE: Fletcher 19 Sportscruiser with 115 hp Mercury outboard. Year 2000, one owner and regularly serviced from new. Dry berthed near Cannes and berth available. End season reduced price €4,500. Tel. 06 78 63 73 56.

SERVICE: Computers, IT, Internet, BBC reception - Philip - 06 1542 3824

FOR SALE: We have one blank 40 inch dome and 1 Seatel 4003 VSAT with cross pol and Co pol and a 6 watt Buc , 2003 model.
Material in storage in Antibes for collection by buyer , all offers considered. Contact lorraine@cochlias.com

FOR RENT:  3 Bed / 3 Bathroom beautiful modern townhouse in the centre of St Jean Cap Ferrat's fishing village. Approx floor space 90m2 over 3 floors. Patio 16m2. On street parking. Air-con/heating throughout. Priced at €3000 PCM +33 6 01 43 55 89 

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 0:02
Author: Louise Simpson

Monaco Foodie...



Lazy Lunches

The Mediterranean quest for a healthy diet dates back to the ancient Greeks. Homer wrote about wild herbs growing in the countryside, while his philosophical compatriots sought a panacea (named after the goddess of Universal remedy) to cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. Coast-hugging ancient Greek communities ate plenty of fish, yet little meat as domestic animals were eaten as part of a sacrifice to God. They grew many grains, vegetables and fruit including olives, figs and grapes. Herbs such as thyme, sage and garlic were used to flavor foods. The preponderance of fruit and vegetables was further underlined by the ancient Greek religions of Orphism and Pythagoreanism that both advocated a vegetarian diet. Over the centuries, Mediterranean coastal regions from Southern Italy to Spain developed their own versions of this healthy olive-rich fare. During the 20th century, the Mediterranean diet (that conveniently includes a daily glass of red wine) became famed for its health-giving properties in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Yet this much-hailed diet is fast disappearing from the region that created it. With the Mediterranean now boasting the highest child obesity rates in Europe, I wonder what went wrong. With daily fruit and vegetables and twice-a-week fish beyond many pockets, modern-day consumers often seek cheap comfort in pre-packaged foods. More than that, a faster-paced working environment has taken its toll as lunchtime snacks at the desk have become the norm. In previous generations, lunch was a more important meal than dinner and digestion was aided by an afternoon siesta. The traditional lunchtime closure, where shopkeepers and other businesses would shut up shop and return home for a home-cooked meal and a little rest, has diminished in the face of international pressure for a frenetic 24-hour pace.

With this in mind, here are some places where you can laze over lunch for under 20 euros:

At My Way 2 (7 rue du Berceau; +377 97 70 21 38) near the Novotel, you’ll be won over by the full-bodied red wines by the glass at shop prices that accompany the simple daily-changing menu (main courses around 13 euros).

In the Galerie du Park Palace, no-nonsense Italian Valentin (27 avenue de la Costa; +377 93 50 60 00) serves a lunch menu including main course, water and coffee for 17 to 19 euros.

At Mozza (11 rue du Portier; +377 97 77 03 04) near Larvotto Beach, you can opt for the lunch menu with a starter, fish of the day and a glass of wine for just 18 euros or choose from myriad mozzarella varieties for the same price.

Louise Simpson is a food and travel writer based in Monaco. Since studying French literature at Cambridge University, Louise has written for The FT, The Times, Condé Nast and The Independent in the UK and for Zagat, Google and Frommer’s in the US. Her new Frommer’s travel guide to France is out this month: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Frommers-France-Color-Complete-Guide/dp/1628871520/ref=la_B0034OTN6Q_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411415964&sr=1-7

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 8:38

Letters to the Editor

Seeking memories of Diana...

Dear Sir,
 
I am putting together a professional scrap-book of pictures and articles from all my many film mags and books about Diana Dors. Plus a Memories and Tributes section about her in the second half of my book.
 
I wondered if anybody has any memories of Diana Dors coming to Monaco during her life and career, which spanned the late 1940s right up to the early 1980s. She sadly died in 1984, after a brave fight with cancer. Did you meet or see her at a fete or shop opening, perhaps you saw her from a distance in the Principality, or at a show in the area or even met her backstage somewhere? If so, I wondered if anybody would like to share/add any of these memories/anecdotes into my non-commercial professional scrap-book? This book will be donated to various Library Archives around the country, where Diana lived and worked, her birthplace town of Swindon being one of a few.
 
I prefer Diana Dors serious roles in acting and in particular her role as the condemned woman in YIELD TO THE NIGHT [1956] and I have had a contribution from her co-star in that film, Michael Craig. It is true to say that YIELD TO THE NIGHT helped to abolish the death penalty in the UK during the 1960s.
 
There is no doubt in my mind she was one of the most loved and diverse entertainers Britain produced during the 20th century and she certainly earned that status all her life. She was the precursor of the modern day celebrity in every way. She could put her mind to serious and comedic studies on TV, in film and on stage. In 1960 Diana even started a singing career, which eventually produced her SWINGIN’ DORS album, still available on CD I’m told.
 
In essence I am hoping my project will be one of the most comprehensive collection of Memories relating to Diana Dors’ life and career to date. I look forward to any memories your readers may have
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Best wishes, Ian Payne


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Incomparably curvaceous...

Sir John Gaul, a Monaco resident, made a gift of this unique Delahaye classic to Diana Dors when she was just 17. The car has since won several concours competitions in Europe and the US and was sold to a private collector for $3.3 million by RM Auctions in 2010. The young actress’s motoring career continued with a gift of a Rolls-Royce when she was 20, although she didn’t hold a driving licence.

PHOTO: The magnificent 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster   paulfrasercollectibles.com

 

A regular reader comments on the operation escargot in mid-September

Dear Sir, I was myself caught up in the loathsome  “Operation Snail” as I tried to make my way painfully into Monaco on Monday. The VTC drivers managed to slow us all down and thereby miss important meetings. They also managed to convey their objection (of which I had no knowledge). I might have had some sympathy with them, had they not engaged in “Operation Snail”. Given however that they resort deliberately to buggering up our day I hope the miserable and wholly nominal tariff they are subjected to is greatly increased from 1,800€ to a much higher figure, and we should all campaign for the Government to impose a higher figure in light of this primitive and damaging protest.
 
We do not wish to be subject on our borders to the selfish actions of hooligans in smart cars and ill-fitting uniforms
 
Are your readers, like me, asking that we wage our own contest against these people since they thought fit to ruin our day? It is time we ruined theirs, I believe.

Sincerely, Anon (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..

Monaco Events, Announcements

Handel's Messiah: The Monaco Chamber Music Association is presenting G.F. Handel's oratorio "Messiah" on Saturday 29 November 2014 at 20:00, in association with conductor Errol Girdlestone, his vocal ensemble Ristretto and the orchestra of the same name. The concert will take place at St Paul's Anglican Church in Monaco. Further information:  06 43 91 67 43. www.musique-de-chambre.org, info@musique-de-chambre.org

Marta Grigorieva, painter and art historian, is giving workshops for children every Friday at the Munchkins Club 4:30 – 5:30 pm, age 5+. More info: www.mcmunchkinsclub.com. Additionally, Marta is offering Art Group lessons offered every Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. For more information  +33 (0)7 60 97 59 98, email mgpaintings@gmail.com, www.MartaGrigorieva.com.

The Tasting Room would like to invite you to come and enjoy the “Last Taste of Sporting D’Hiver” before sadly it closes later this year. La Maison D’Ecosse has taken the opportunity of using this beautiful space in one of the world’s most prestigious locations, to allow you to taste and buy exquisite whisky. La Maison D'Ecosse, Galerie Sporting D'Hiver, Place du Casino. T: +33 (0)6 43 91 27 00 E: info@lamaisondecosse.com

Tuesday to Saturday from 15:00 to 21:00 or by Appointment - Centre of Excellence for Rare and Collectable Whisky - Taste and Buy Exceptional Whisky - Meet the Experts and Book a Master Class - Private Whisky Tastings - Whisky Gifts. Taste the original Monaco Blend - Whisky Apero
Tuesday to Friday from 18:00 to 20:00. Our selection from €10 to €2000 per glass.

Global High Net Worth Conference: Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, at the Salon Bellevue of the Cafe de Paris in Monte-Carlo, a two-day conference of professionals serving the HNW and UHNW sectors. Distinguished speakers from around the world will address the major issues of the moment. Organised by the publishers of monacolife.net. Visit www.globalhighnetworth.org for more details.

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NO FINISH LINE: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21 - The annual No Finish Line charity walk around Port Hercule will set a new record for the number of participants, with 11,900 taking part. By Thursday evening, participants had raised more than 203,000 euros for Children & Future.

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Monte-Carlo Diary

Fearing the worst

Living as one does 50 metres on the French side of the border, one never knows what’s going to happen next. When I returned late in the evening last week after several weeks of R&R in eastern Europe I noticed a sign stuck to the door of the Art Deco building in which I live. My heart stopped. Surely this must be a summons to call in at the local police station, in Menton, to assist enquiries into crimes against humanity, unspecified. Or at least a reminder about an unpaid parking ticket even though I don’t drive a car. It was getting dark and I was so tired by this time I decided to wait until the morning to read the details.

Instead, I switched on the television and was glued to the leather sofa by a three hour programme about motorcycle cops in Paris. I noticed that 85 percent of the bad-doers, as the French like to call them, had suntans of one degree or another. I can’t help but think that such a depiction of France’s minorities plays into the hands of people like Marine Le Pen, who says the country is swamped by immigrants. Surely the producers of the programme could have looked for and provided a certain ethnic balance, otherwise we might all turn to the far right.

I stumbled down to the front door at dawn’s crack, or soon afterwards. No-one in the building is French. But the lingua franca is the local tongue, of course. The sign on the door said. “Would residents please not open the door by putting their hands on the glass!”
Another narrow escape.

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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MOSCOW: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted. The Russian president reportedly made the threat to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis.
Mr Putin told Jose Manuel Barroso: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks,” Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reported, implying this could be the result if the EU stepped up sanctions against Russia.

His comments, relayed by Mr Barroso to colleagues at last weekend’s EU summit, emerged as Nato announced it would build a new “spearhead” rapid reaction force of up to 4,000 troops that can be flown into eastern Europe in 48 hours to respond to possible Russian aggression.. SOURCE: Daily Telegraph, La Repubblica

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Pushed to the Max

SATURDAY, JUNE 21: There will always be tensions when a large crowd of people are crammed into small spaces, especially when they take an instant dislike to each other or harbour long-term differences. I am not talking about the long-running opening ceremony of the splendid new Monaco Yacht Club attended by le tout Monaco - a splendid affair - but the lingering impact of the lengthy and tedious French rail strike.

Tasked with taking my youngest son to Nice for a Saturday rendez-vous with a schoolmate, I squeezed with him onto the 16:43 from Monaco - delayed for 18 minutes in Menton while the frazzled French border police sifted out the usual suspects, young Somalian males who, having crossed the inhospitable Sahara, are trying in considerable numbers to make their way to the economic paradise that is France. Or possibly the UK.

Most people were eminently sensible and moved down the train to occupy every available space to allow yet more frazzled and luggage-laden bemused first-and-last-time tourists onto the only TER regional express to visit Monaco for the previous three hours.
Someone sitting down said something to me. I assumed he was offering me a space to sit. I bent down to hear better. Translated from the French, what he said was: “Can you get your arse out of my face!”

To say I was astonished hardly covers it. A number of responses flashed through my hot head: “I am surprised you are bothered about my arse, since it resembles so closely your face,” was the most polite. I wanted physically to strangle him, and since I was standing up and he was sitting down I sure as hell had a good shot at it.

My nine year-old restrained me. “He’s an idiot Dad, don’t take any notice,” he said in a French that can only be described as impeccable. At the next available jolt in the tracks he managed to more or less fall onto the idiot’s mobile phone he was holding high in the air while playing what looked like patience, and make it look like an accident.

You can mess with me, but you can’t mess with Max.

Jeff Daniels

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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


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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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