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Nice after the Attack

I’ve tried to write something each day since the horrendous truck attack in Nice, but my words seemed so inadequate I couldn’t bring myself to post them. Today marks a week since a deranged psychopath purposely drove a truck into the Bastille … Continue reading

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Discover France: 5 Bloggers Share Their Insider Tips

Travel website GoEuro hand-picked a diverse group of travel bloggers to share their insider tips on the Cote d’Azur, and the result is Discover France: Insider Tips to Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur, a great overview for anyone planning a trip to the … Continue reading

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Big Benefits for Bilingual Brains

Bonne nouvelle, ex-pats!   Those embarrassing gaffes and awkward efforts to master French will ultimately pay off in ways you never expected… with a lean, mean brain that can even ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s!   A raft of new studies are showing that … Continue reading

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Ten Ways Sarko has Changed France for the Better

With the French Presidential Elections coming up on Sunday, the ink is madly flowing on everything that everyone hates about Sarkozy, so I won’t bother with that list…  But in all fairness, here are 10 Sarkozy initiatives that are major positive steps for … Continue reading

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Six Things You Might Not Know About Sarkozy and Hollande

The first round of the French Presidential Elections has just ended, narrowing the field down to just Francois Hollande and President Nicolas Sarkozy.   With the run-off election in just two weeks, here are a few interesting tidbits that you might not … Continue reading

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Thanks DSK: The end of Mademoiselle

It’s an ironic byproduct of the sordid DSK affair: the title Mademoiselle is being quietly phased out. DSK unwittingly unleashed a major feminist “click” moment:  The debacle with the hotel maid was bad enough, but watching the French male establishment … Continue reading

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Art Heist in Nice: The FBI made me do it!

It was a calm August Sunday in 2007 like any other at the Museum Cherét Beaux Arts in Nice… until 7 masked men, armed with pistols and Chechen hand-grenades, burst through the door and ordered everyone to hit the ground. … Continue reading

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Presidential Caprices of the G-20 Summit in Cannes

Tomorrow I’ll be reporting from the big anti-G20 demonstrations in Nice, but today, here is a little bit on the arrangements taking place in Cannes and a few things to watch for. If you are stuck at the airport while … Continue reading

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Nice goes from 12 to #1 on Gay Friendly

With Apollo, the gayest statue on the Riviera, now reigning over Place Massena (…and looking out on to plastic statues of nude men glowing in pastel colors!), is it any wonder that in just two years, Nice has rocketed from 12th place to … Continue reading

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The WWII Liberation of Nice: What really happened

The summer of 1944 was a scorcher, in every sense.  The beaches of Nice were peppered with mines and covered with barbed wire and anti-aircraft weapons: a German precaution in case the Allied forces had any ideas of debarking on the Promenade.  The buildings lining the … Continue reading

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WWII Spy Makes Her Final Escape

Last August, a story in the Nice-Matin about an 86-year-old woman who miraculously survived 3 nights after falling into a ravine near her Levens home, caught the eye of Lord Ashdown.   He had been searching for Suzanne Leglise, the only surviving member of an … Continue reading

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