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The price of cigarettes will change from May 15 in France and in Monaco. This is a consequence of the tax increase on the cheapest cigarettes and tobacco packs announced in mid-March.
The objective of the latest increase is to force the hand of manufacturers, who had chosen at the beginning of the year not to hike cigarettes prices despite tax hikes decided at the end of 2016 by the French government.
Packs of Lucky Strike red and Winfield blue go from €6.50 to €6.60. However, the price of Marlboro, the best-selling brand, remains at €7. There is some good news for smokers: Camel's are due to drop in price from €7 to €6.90.
[caption id="attachment_13394" align="aligncenter" width="984"] Serge Telle, Minister of State, and Georges-François Leclerc, prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes. Photo Manuel Vitali / Communications Department[/caption]
The Franco-Monegasque cross-border commission met on Friday, March 3, at the Palais de la Préfecture in Nice. Established in 2005, this committee is regularly held alternately in Nice or Monaco and its aim is to deal with practical neighbourhood issues.
The Commission noted the improvement of transport to the Principality. One example was the signing of the financial commitment to reopen an exit ramp from the A8 motorway in Beausoleil. Other road access was also discussed.
Concerning rail transport, a point was made on the projects in progress that will improve the TER service to Monaco, such as the extension of the platforms at Nice-Riquier station to allow the circulation of larger capacity trains.
In addition, the Commission referred to the challenges of development and the environment in Monaco and in the neighbouring French communes. The Principality informed the French delegation of progress regarding the project to extend the Anse du Portier into the sea and the Monegasque cable car project between Jardin Exotique and Fontvieille.
The future of the La Cruella quarry site in La Turbie, the concession of which will expire in 2024, waste treatment from the Principality and bordering French communes, and other projects were also discussed.
The Commission also made a preliminary assessment of the implementation of the Franco-Monegasque agreement on teleworking, which now involves some160 French employees in the Principality, and is likely to be extended, creating jobs and improving quality of life. The question of funding for housing in France for French employees in the Principality was also raised.
The work of the local cross-border Commission made it possible to address several issues in the spirit of friendship and cooperation prevailing in Franco-Monegasque relations.
The Franco-Monegasque Cooperation Committee will meet in Monaco on April 11.