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HSH Prince Albert will be visiting Longjumeau, a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, later this year.
The announcement was made by the mayor, Sandrine Gelot, on Friday, January 12, during her official New Year’s address. The Prince has a strong connection with the town, since among his many titles he is also Count Longjumeau. The visit will take place in June.
The town has recently joined the Association of Historic Grimaldi sites, a network created in 2015 to link the ancient fiefdoms of the Grimaldi family in both France and Italy.
"The Prince has expressed his willingness to visit these sites," said the city council, which sees in this opportunity the opportunity to "talk about Longjumeau differently, through its history."
Among Prince Albert’s other titles, he is Marquis de Chilly and Duke of Mazarin.
Monaco’s overall crime rate fell sharply in 2017 from 2016, but within the overall figures are some notable exceptions.
According to the annual crime figures released on Tuesday, January 16, the number of enquiries into money laundering increased over the 12 months to a total of 188, compared to 127 in 2016, an increase of almost 50 percent.
The number of enquiries launched by SICCFIN, the body that investigates money laundering and other major financial crimes increased from 220 in 2016 to 293 in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of thefts through the criminal use of bank cards fell from 25 in the previous year to just eight in 2017.
The only other area in which there was a major jump in delinquency was possession of drugs, which went from 64 cases in 2016 to 121 in 2017. Drug dealing cases remained more or less stable, with five enquiries in 2017 compared to six in 2016.
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The celebrations of Monaco’s patron saint, Sainte Devote, will take place on Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27.
As one of the oldest traditions of the Principality, the marking of the saint’s day has permeated Monaco’s national culture in fields as diverse as religion, folklore, popular beliefs, history, literature, arts, painting, music, numismatics and philately.
The legend of Saint Devote stems from a medieval document, and is a tradition holding a very special place in the heart of Monegasques and permanently attested to over the centuries in the history of the city.
According to the legend, Devota (Devote), a young Christian native of Corsica, was martyred by the prefect Barbarus under the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian on a date that could be 303 or 304. Her body, stolen the following night by the faithful, was put in a boat, brought to Monaco and buried in a chapel of the valley called "Gaumates", near the port, on January 27 of the same year.
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Under Honoré II, in the seventeenth century, Sainte Devote became patron saint of Monaco. The tradition has been celebrated every year since 1874: as the most significant part of the reeanactment, a small boat is burned in the presence of the Sovereign and the Princely Family, accompanied by Monegasque personalities. Once the boat is burned, a fireworks display is held at Port Hercule.
On January 27, the feast day, a solemn Mass is celebrated in the Cathedral by the Archbishop of the Diocese. The Princely Family, the Prince's Government, the elected assemblies and the constituted bodies as well as many faithful attend this ceremony. A procession takes the direction of the Prince's Palace with the shrine containing the relics escorted by the Carabiniers du Prince.
The procession stops on the Place du Palais, where an Honour Guard and the orchestra of the Carabiniers du Prince pay tribute. A celebrant then blesses the Princely Family with the relics. The procession proceeds to the ramparts, where another celebrant blesses Monaco and its population. Finally, back in front of the Cathedral, a last celebrant blesses the sea and fishermen.
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Sunday 23 July at 9.30 p.m., Palais Princier - Cour d'Honneur:
Symphonic concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tomàš Netopil with Julian Rachlin, violin. On the programme: Zdeněk Fibich, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Antonin Dvořák.
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