Popular SE France tourist regions witness surge in Covid cases

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Provence and the Riviera in south-east France, along with the Mediterranean island of Corsica, all highly popular summer destinations for tourists, have declared emergency measures to deal with a surge in hospital admissions of Covid-19 cases, with medical staff reporting that the patient age-groups are notably younger than previously seen.

France appeals to EU neighbours over Riviera and Corsica fires

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It has requested two additional Canadair water bombers to add to the 19 aircraft currently battling the flames.

France tackles forest fires on Riviera and in Corsica

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Hundreds of homes were evacuated as a precaution as the island of Corsica, the town of Carros near Nice and Saint-Tropez were badly hit.  

French Riviera flooding UPDATE: 17 dead and 4 missing

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President François Hollande visited the region and expressed the 'solidarity of the nation' to those affected by the flooding tragedy.

Three French Riviera cities among world’s ‘least friendly’

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Travel magazine survey put Marseille, Cannes and Nice in the top 30 of the world’s least tourist-friendly destinations on the planet.

France’s ‘police of police’ whip up a storm on the Riviera


In 2013, the French police internal investigation agency, the IGPN, opened a branch in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera where an environment of organised crime, prostitution and drugs trafficking feeds accusations of corruption within the local police. But the actions of the IGPN branch, and notably the methods of its commander, have shaken the morale of officers and sparked an internal inquiry into what one drugs squad chief called “unspeakable and unjust procedures, bordering on harassment”. Hélène Constanty reports.

Unmasking the Mafia of the French Riviera


A book published earlier this month by Mediapart contributor Hélène Constanty, entitled Razzia sur la Riviera, focuses upon the hidden side of the Côte d’Azur region of south-east France, detailing the corruption, criminality and excesses behind the exotic image of the sun-soaked Riviera. One chapter deals with a problem that many in France ignore, namely the deep-rooted presence in the region of the Italian Mafia. The phenomenon is increasingly worrying Italian anti-Mafia investigators, in particular because they consider that the extent of the problem is insufficiently recognised by the French judiciary and police. Mediapart publishes here translated extracts from Constanty’s book detailing examples of the presence of the Italian crime syndicates, and in which Italy’s most senior anti-Mafia prosecutor, Franco Roberti, warns: “France doesn’t measure the gravity of the problem.”

French riviera: private beach clubs at risk under demolition plans

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Authorities are serving notice to owners of 'private beaches' on France's coastline that buildings must be pulled down once permit comes to an end.

Riviera lawyer faces third trial over alleged murder of Casino heiress

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Maurice Agnelet was acquitted in 1985 of murdering Agnès Le Roux, then freed by European Court of Human Rights after 2007 conviction.

French café starts charging extra to ‘rude customers’

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A coffee ordered with the phrase ‘bonjour, un café s’il vous plait’ will only cost €1.40, against €7 for just grunting 'un café' to staff at Nice café.