Category Archives: The Seamy Underbelly

A Guantanamo Detainee Starts Over in Nice

After 7 horrific years in Guantanamo, how do you start over? After his questionable arrest in Bosnia in 2002 and subsequent transfer to Guantanamo, his wife and daughters fled to Nice to be with her family;  7 years later, when … Continue reading

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Man Dead for 4 Years in His Nice Apartment

To the horror of the neighbors, it turns out that Henri has been sitting in his apartment, dead, for the last 4 years. Granted, nobody had seen him for awhile; he didn’t go out much anyway and largely kept to … Continue reading

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It’s Catching: Another Victim Whomps Attacker

It must be catching:  Wednesday night a couple of Italian tourists gave a lesson in vigilante justice to a couple of local punks.  The Italians were driving through the Port around midnight, when two punks on a scooter attempted a vol à la portière:  the Nice … Continue reading

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Crime in Nice: Local Thug Beaten by Angry Granny

Two stories on crime in Nice caught my eye in this morning’s Nice-Matin, one funny, one not: After trading insults, a local man was surrounded by a couple of neighborhood thugs who started to give him a beating… in front of … Continue reading

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Celebrity Victim of ‘Vol à la Portière’ Attempt

Thursday around 7:30pm on the Prom, he was sitting in his parked car, probably with briefcase and phone sitting on the passenger seat, when his car was spotted by two young n’er-do-wells, looking for an easy mark. They pulled their … Continue reading

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All that Glitters is not Gold: The Gold Ring Scam – Crime in Nice

Photo: www.bloggersbase.com The gold ring scam is back, with reports of a man working this well-worn ruse on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice last weekend. Here’s how the gold ring scam works:  A helpful passerby alerts you that you’ve lost something, and … Continue reading

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Crime in Nice: Up with your Hands!

Riviera armed robberies doubled last year, from 70 to 140.   The spectacular jewel heists make the news, but the real increase in crime in Nice was in the much less glamorous variety of corner store hold-ups perpetrated by down-on-their-luck losers.   … Continue reading

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Crime in Nice: Really Bad Karma

As if the ordinary juvenile delinquents on the Cote d’Azur were not enough, during the holidays we also get the big-city kind that come here for their vacation.   One such 17-year-old Parisian, here for the holidays to visit his girlfriend, decided the … Continue reading

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Petition Scam: Sign the Petition, Lose your Wallet

Have you noticed the clean, nicely dressed kids, politely but silently pushing a petition at you?   It’s for a supposed deaf-mute center, but they get a lot more than a signature. Posing as earnest deaf-mutes, they are actually… Romanian pickpocket … Continue reading

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