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Saturday, 22 November 2014 22:43

Home draw for Monaco

MONACO SPORT, ASM: Despite an opening goal from Imorou just five minutes into the home game, Monaco looked set to lose the French Ligue I match against Caen on Saturday evening. The visitors scored in the 50th and 59th minutes, and it wasn’t until the 75th minute that Moutinho found the back of the neck to equalise…

Saturday, 22 November 2014 22:40 | Author: Jeff Daniels

New heliport for Nice

MONACO TRAVEL, FRENCH NEWS: A new heliport facility is to be built at Nice Airport as part of a major modernisation plan. A total of 100 million euros will be made available in funding by the European Investment Bank, part of which will go towards the heliport development…

Saturday, 22 November 2014 17:43 | Author: Rhys Hughes

42-gun salute for twins

MONACO NEWS: The Palace has decided that on the birth of twins to Princess Charlene and Prince Albert, a 42-gun salute will announce the news. Tradition has dictated a 101-gun salute for a boy, 21 for a girl, so the 42-gun salute will keep the populace in suspense for even longer…

Friday, 21 November 2014 7:54 | Author: Ian Brodie

Adriano Ribolzi celebrates 40 years

MONACO ARTS: Adriano Ribolzi, owner of the gallery that bears his name next to the Hotel Hermitage, is celebrating 40 years in the Principality. When he first started out in 1974, taking the lease of a shop on ave. des Beaux Arts, he knew he was taking a gamble. Good luck came to his aid when the Sothebys auction house opened across the street, and Monte-Carlo became a venue renowned for its fine art…

Friday, 21 November 2014 7:42

Richelmi ready for Abu Dhabi

MONACO SPORT: Monegasque Stéphane Richelmi is ready to face the last three-day round of the GP2 championship on the Abu Dhabi circuit, starting on Friday. After three seasons spent in the antechamber of the Formula 1 series with excellent results, Richelmi is now considering the prospects for his future career…

Thursday, 20 November 2014 23:01

Banque Havilland expands to Bahamas

PREMIUM - MONACO BANKING: Banque Havilland, the independent private banking group, has further extended its service offering for Ultra High Net Worth clients through the acquisition of Pasche Bank & Trust Limited in Nassau, Bahamas...

Thursday, 20 November 2014 22:50

Self-hypnosis in focus at PWN

MONACO NEWS: The Professional Women’s Network Nice Cote d’Azur dived into self-hypnosis during this month's roundtable...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 22:02 | Author: Ian Brodie

Will he or won't he come?

PREMIUM - MONACO NEWS: Will he or won’t he? The crisis in Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea, Moscow’s continued support for Assad in Syria and other inconveniences have made Vladimir Putin unpopular in most of Europe, but although no other western nation is putting out the welcome mat, Monaco remains on friendly terms with the Kremlin and President Putin…

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:50



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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:44 | Author: Ian Brodie

Prince clarifies EU position

PREMIUM - MONACO NEWS, PRINCE ALBERT:  Prince Albert has stressed that Monaco has no ambitions to join the European Union. This is something that was never going to happen, he said, adding that a future accord with Europe is about to be negotiated...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:08 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Happy couple wave to the crowds

MONACO NEWS: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene wave to the crowds from the balcony of the Palace during today's National Day celebrations, following this morning's service at the Cathedral of Monaco...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:19 | Author: Ian Brodie

Prince Albert prefers a surprise

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Prince Albert has told local French daily Monaco Matin that he prefers not to know the sex of the babies before their birth. However, he said that Princess Charlene does know their gender and by mutual consent is keeping it a secret. The babies are expected before the end of the year…

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 9:41 | Author: Victoria Thompson

MonacoUSA celebrates National Day

MONACOUSA: Members of MonacoUSA oohed and ahh'd at Tuesday night's amazing fireworks seen from the panoramic viewpoint atop the barracks of Monaco's Carabiniers. The event honoured the contribution of Monaco's Palace Guard to the positive image of the principality and also recognised the Orchestre des Carabiniers for their concerts during the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of of Monaco….

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 9:02 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Prince, Princess give gifts to pensioners

PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCESS STEPHANIE: The Monaco Red Cross is a charity with a global reach, but it never forgets its local commitments. On Monday,Prince Albert and Princess Stephanie carried on the tradition of giving food parcels to senior citizens, a gourmand package including white wine and Monegasque specialities. About one hundred seniors received the parcels in person from the Prince and Princess, and in total 500 were handed out across the Principality…

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 8:48 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Princess Charlene's parents on hand

PRINCESS CHARLENE: As the birth of the Monegasque royal twins draws closer, Princess Charlene's father has spoken of his and wife Lynette's excitement, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. The couple have taken up temporary residence in Monaco. Mike Wittstock told French publication Point de vue that they already have two grandchildren already. “Our son Sean, who lives in South Africa, is the father of a 10-month-old child and yesterday it was the first birthday of our granddaughter,” he said…

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 6:35

Monaco leads the way in Quito

MONACO NEWS: Monaco is again at the forefront of efforts to help endangered species. On the occasion of the 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), which was held in Quito from November 4 to 9, the three resolutions proposed by Monaco were unanimously adopted…

Monday, 17 November 2014 8:15 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Napoleon's hat sold for £1.5 million

MONACO NEWS: Napoleon Bonaparte's two-pointed hat has fetched £1.5 million at an auction of the French Emperor's belongings by the Monaco royal family, the winning bid was placed by a South Korean at the sale in Fontainebleau near Paris at the weekend…

Sunday, 16 November 2014 8:47

Big spender Sir Tom gives a million

MONACO PEOPLE: Scots billionaire Sir Tom Hunter has donated one million pounds to Children in Need, Scotland’s Daily Record reports. The Glasgow born entrepreneur who first made his fortune selling retail brand Sports Division to JJB Sports for £290m in 1998, matched all the top donations raised for Chris Evans’ Children in Need Auction Packages, which included a luxury break in Monaco, billed as 'go mad in Monaco', a golf trip and the chance to drive a Ferrari...

Sunday, 16 November 2014 7:45 | Author: Ian Brodie

Economy grows 9.3 percent

MONACO NEWS: Monaco’s economy grew by an astonishing 9.3 percent in 2013, with GDP totalling 4.94 billion euros over 4.48 billion in 2012. The final figures published by IMSEE (Monegasque Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies) said that real estate and the construction sector were largely responsible for the sudden spurt…

Sunday, 16 November 2014 7:36 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Sports media week in Monaco

MONACO SPORT: A workshop for young professionals in the broadcasting and media industry has opened in Monaco and will run until November 23., Monaco-based IAAF reports. The workshop, entitled “Broadcasting athletics – creating content and new media”, offers young journalists, radio and TV reporters and content producers the opportunity to learn and experience more about the world of athletics…

At the Palace window on National Day: HRH Princess Caroline, her daughter Alexandra, and grandson Sacha with his mother, Tatiana  Claudia Albuquerque


Fireworks light up Port Hercule, showing yachts in the harbour, on the eve of Monaco's National Day. The photo was taken from the roof of the barracks of the Prince's Guard on blvd. de Belgique  Ian Brodie



Monaco Life Events


Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, at the Salon Bellevue of the Cafe de Paris in Monte-Carlo, a two-day conference of professionals serving the HNW and UHNW sectors. Distinguished speakers from around the world will address the major issues of the moment. Organised by the publishers of in association with Boyarkin & Partners. More info:


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Thursday, 20 November 2014 0:10


FURNITURE: Moving apartments.  Must sell- Lovely furniture items, excellent shape, including Italian design couch, for quick sale, now only €1200; Danish design desk, asking now only €500; special French chest of drawers, asking now only €1450. High end loudspeakers, Avance Signature 8 Mk2, only €800. Will consider all reasonable offers as we must sell. For full information, including photos, and additional description, please contact

FOR SALE (Monaco plates): SAAB 9-3 Cabrio SE, year 06/2001, 110k km, grey metallic, gasoline ecopower engine 2.0l turbo 150hp (fiscal cat 10). The car is in a very good condition, low mileage, with spotless 2014 Controle Technique  SAAB 9-3 Cabrio SE, year 06/2001, 110k km, grey metallic, gasoline ecopower engine 2.0l turbo 150hp (fiscal cat 10) , manual transmission (5 gears), 4 full adult seats, dark grey leather interior, climatronic, electric roof, windows and mirrors, central lock, ABS, dual airbags, anti-fog lights, cruise control, aluminium wheels. New complete clutch (2013). Clean technical certificate. Bonus: + 4 winter tires on aluminium wheels. Asking Price: €8000

FOR RENT: Very large furnished  1 bed-room apartment  for short-term rent (21st Nov 2014-21st Jan 2015) available including very friendly cat, who will stay. Apartment is on top floor of Bourgeois building overlooking the palace, within walking distance to port, shops, restaurants, etc. For full information, including photos, description and price, please contact

FOR SALE: Fletcher 19 Sportscruiser with 115 hp Mercury outboard. Year 2000, one owner and regularly serviced from new. Dry berthed near Cannes and berth available. End season reduced price €4,500. Tel. 06 78 63 73 56.

SERVICE: Computers, IT, Internet, BBC reception - Philip - 06 1542 3824

FOR SALE: We have one blank 40 inch dome and 1 Seatel 4003 VSAT with cross pol and Co pol and a 6 watt Buc , 2003 model.
Material in storage in Antibes for collection by buyer , all offers considered. Contact

FOR RENT:  3 Bed / 3 Bathroom beautiful modern townhouse in the centre of St Jean Cap Ferrat's fishing village. Approx floor space 90m2 over 3 floors. Patio 16m2. On street parking. Air-con/heating throughout. Priced at €3000 PCM +33 6 01 43 55 89 

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 0:02
Author: Louise Simpson

Monaco Foodie...

Lazy Lunches

The Mediterranean quest for a healthy diet dates back to the ancient Greeks. Homer wrote about wild herbs growing in the countryside, while his philosophical compatriots sought a panacea (named after the goddess of Universal remedy) to cure all diseases and prolong life indefinitely. Coast-hugging ancient Greek communities ate plenty of fish, yet little meat as domestic animals were eaten as part of a sacrifice to God. They grew many grains, vegetables and fruit including olives, figs and grapes. Herbs such as thyme, sage and garlic were used to flavor foods. The preponderance of fruit and vegetables was further underlined by the ancient Greek religions of Orphism and Pythagoreanism that both advocated a vegetarian diet. Over the centuries, Mediterranean coastal regions from Southern Italy to Spain developed their own versions of this healthy olive-rich fare. During the 20th century, the Mediterranean diet (that conveniently includes a daily glass of red wine) became famed for its health-giving properties in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Yet this much-hailed diet is fast disappearing from the region that created it. With the Mediterranean now boasting the highest child obesity rates in Europe, I wonder what went wrong. With daily fruit and vegetables and twice-a-week fish beyond many pockets, modern-day consumers often seek cheap comfort in pre-packaged foods. More than that, a faster-paced working environment has taken its toll as lunchtime snacks at the desk have become the norm. In previous generations, lunch was a more important meal than dinner and digestion was aided by an afternoon siesta. The traditional lunchtime closure, where shopkeepers and other businesses would shut up shop and return home for a home-cooked meal and a little rest, has diminished in the face of international pressure for a frenetic 24-hour pace.

With this in mind, here are some places where you can laze over lunch for under 20 euros:

At My Way 2 (7 rue du Berceau; +377 97 70 21 38) near the Novotel, you’ll be won over by the full-bodied red wines by the glass at shop prices that accompany the simple daily-changing menu (main courses around 13 euros).

In the Galerie du Park Palace, no-nonsense Italian Valentin (27 avenue de la Costa; +377 93 50 60 00) serves a lunch menu including main course, water and coffee for 17 to 19 euros.

At Mozza (11 rue du Portier; +377 97 77 03 04) near Larvotto Beach, you can opt for the lunch menu with a starter, fish of the day and a glass of wine for just 18 euros or choose from myriad mozzarella varieties for the same price.

Louise Simpson is a food and travel writer based in Monaco. Since studying French literature at Cambridge University, Louise has written for The FT, The Times, Condé Nast and The Independent in the UK and for Zagat, Google and Frommer’s in the US. Her new Frommer’s travel guide to France is out this month:

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 8:38

Letters to the Editor

Seeking memories of Diana...

Dear Sir,
I am putting together a professional scrap-book of pictures and articles from all my many film mags and books about Diana Dors. Plus a Memories and Tributes section about her in the second half of my book.
I wondered if anybody has any memories of Diana Dors coming to Monaco during her life and career, which spanned the late 1940s right up to the early 1980s. She sadly died in 1984, after a brave fight with cancer. Did you meet or see her at a fete or shop opening, perhaps you saw her from a distance in the Principality, or at a show in the area or even met her backstage somewhere? If so, I wondered if anybody would like to share/add any of these memories/anecdotes into my non-commercial professional scrap-book? This book will be donated to various Library Archives around the country, where Diana lived and worked, her birthplace town of Swindon being one of a few.
I prefer Diana Dors serious roles in acting and in particular her role as the condemned woman in YIELD TO THE NIGHT [1956] and I have had a contribution from her co-star in that film, Michael Craig. It is true to say that YIELD TO THE NIGHT helped to abolish the death penalty in the UK during the 1960s.
There is no doubt in my mind she was one of the most loved and diverse entertainers Britain produced during the 20th century and she certainly earned that status all her life. She was the precursor of the modern day celebrity in every way. She could put her mind to serious and comedic studies on TV, in film and on stage. In 1960 Diana even started a singing career, which eventually produced her SWINGIN’ DORS album, still available on CD I’m told.
In essence I am hoping my project will be one of the most comprehensive collection of Memories relating to Diana Dors’ life and career to date. I look forward to any memories your readers may have
Best wishes, Ian Payne

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Incomparably curvaceous...

Sir John Gaul, a Monaco resident, made a gift of this unique Delahaye classic to Diana Dors when she was just 17. The car has since won several concours competitions in Europe and the US and was sold to a private collector for $3.3 million by RM Auctions in 2010. The young actress’s motoring career continued with a gift of a Rolls-Royce when she was 20, although she didn’t hold a driving licence.

PHOTO: The magnificent 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster


A regular reader comments on the operation escargot in mid-September

Dear Sir, I was myself caught up in the loathsome  “Operation Snail” as I tried to make my way painfully into Monaco on Monday. The VTC drivers managed to slow us all down and thereby miss important meetings. They also managed to convey their objection (of which I had no knowledge). I might have had some sympathy with them, had they not engaged in “Operation Snail”. Given however that they resort deliberately to buggering up our day I hope the miserable and wholly nominal tariff they are subjected to is greatly increased from 1,800€ to a much higher figure, and we should all campaign for the Government to impose a higher figure in light of this primitive and damaging protest.
We do not wish to be subject on our borders to the selfish actions of hooligans in smart cars and ill-fitting uniforms
Are your readers, like me, asking that we wage our own contest against these people since they thought fit to ruin our day? It is time we ruined theirs, I believe.

Sincerely, Anon (name and address supplied)


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Sunday, 11 August 2013 10:17
Author: Ian Brodie

Iceberg rescues Titanic*

MONACO MEDIA: The media world has been stunned this week by news that the founder of Amazon - the online shop - has bought the iconic Washington Post newspaper at what seems to be a knockdown price. The $250 million Jeff Bezos paid is just a little over one percent of his personal wealth of $23 billion, making a very small dent indeed in his bank account. Never mind that since its founding Amazon has lost money more than it has made, making Bezos a virtual billionaire in charge of a virtual empire. Perhaps he bought the Post because he yearned for something real.

To decry the sale of the Post is not just to indulge in unworldly sentimentality. Its disposal marks another milestone on the way to the cemetery for printed newspapers as we have known them for the centuries since the Times of London first appeared in 1785 as the Daily Universal Register, changing its name three years later. In the ever-evolving world of media, print is in its death throes.

If it's almost all over for ink except the burials, and the standouts are disappearing fast, should we be surprised? No. Disappointed, sorry? Yes. The great newspapers of the past, including the Post, the New York Times, the Times, the UK's Daily Telegraph, are empty imitations of their former selves thanks to cost-cutting. The greatest loss as these titles decline and disappear is the quality of the journalism that called them home..

NO FINISH LINE: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21 - The annual No Finish Line charity walk around Port Hercule will set a new record for the number of participants, with 11,900 taking part. By Thursday evening, participants had raised more than 203,000 euros for Children & Future.


Monaco Events, Announcements

Handel's Messiah: The Monaco Chamber Music Association is presenting G.F. Handel's oratorio "Messiah" on Saturday 29 November 2014 at 20:00, in association with conductor Errol Girdlestone, his vocal ensemble Ristretto and the orchestra of the same name. The concert will take place at St Paul's Anglican Church in Monaco. Further information:  06 43 91 67 43.,

Marta Grigorieva, painter and art historian, is giving workshops for children every Friday at the Munchkins Club 4:30 – 5:30 pm, age 5+. More info: Additionally, Marta is offering Art Group lessons offered every Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, 5:00 - 6:30 pm. For more information  +33 (0)7 60 97 59 98, email,

The Tasting Room would like to invite you to come and enjoy the “Last Taste of Sporting D’Hiver” before sadly it closes later this year. La Maison D’Ecosse has taken the opportunity of using this beautiful space in one of the world’s most prestigious locations, to allow you to taste and buy exquisite whisky. La Maison D'Ecosse, Galerie Sporting D'Hiver, Place du Casino. T: +33 (0)6 43 91 27 00 E:

Tuesday to Saturday from 15:00 to 21:00 or by Appointment - Centre of Excellence for Rare and Collectable Whisky - Taste and Buy Exceptional Whisky - Meet the Experts and Book a Master Class - Private Whisky Tastings - Whisky Gifts. Taste the original Monaco Blend - Whisky Apero
Tuesday to Friday from 18:00 to 20:00. Our selection from €10 to €2000 per glass.

Monte Carlo Whisky Conference: Friday, November 21, 2014 and Saturday, November 22, Oceanographic Museum - St. Andrews gala dinner, Saturday November 22, Salle Belle Époque, Hermitage Hotel, The Monaco blend after party, Friday, November 21, Cafe de Paris -  Murrays fish and Chip, Street Party, Culture of Scotland, Friday, November 21, Place de Casino. MORE DETAILS:

Thursday 20th November: Murrays fish and chips arrives at Stars n bars, from Scotland. 5:30 pm till late, Fish supper 20 euros

Friday 21st November: The Monte Carlo Whisky Conference, Oceanographic museum,iIn the presence of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco. By invitation only 3pm.. Apply for an invitation

Friday 21st November: Whisky Master Classes with the Experts, Monte Carlo, 5pm. Tickets from €90

Friday 21st November: The Monaco Blend Party, Cafe de Paris, Scottish dinner and dance. Opening 6pm. Whisky kiss 8pm till late
Tickets from 90 euros

Friday 21st November: Murrays fish and chip van, Casino Square Monte Carlo, 5:30pm till late, Fish supper 20 euro

Saturday 22nd November: Book signing by author Charles Maclean, The Tasting Room 11am till 12 noon

Saturday 22nd November: La Maison D'Ecosse, The auction of rare and collectable whisky, Salle Excelsior, Hotel Hermitage. Apply for an invitation

Saturday 22nd November: The St. Andrews Gala Banquet and silent auction in aid of HSH Prince Albert II foundation, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert, Salle Belle Époque, Hotel Hermitage. 7 pm. Table of 10 persons €6000.

Annual Christmas Sale: The eagerly awaited  annual Ecumenical Kermesse will be held in the Fontvieille Chapiteau  on Saturday 6 December 2014. Entry is free and the doors open at 10:00 until 18:00. There are over  25 stalls including clothes, books, CD's, DVD's, antiques, Christmas decorations, Monegasque, Greek and Spanish speciality stands plus books, DVD’s, household items, clothes, shoes, bags, gifts and novelties.

This year’s Tombola has over 40 exciting prizes and tickets are just €2 each. The ‘Snack Bar’ is open from 10 o’clock to 6 o’clock with a wide selection of delicious and inexpensive food and drinks. Please note the delivery times for Saint Paul’s. For more information, especially if you would like to donate any items, please call Merville on Monaco 93 15 02 89. We gladly accept your  donations which can be delivered at the following locations St. Paul’s Anglican Church - avenue de Grande Bretagne, Monaco, Monday December 1st, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd December from noon until 6 pm. Directly to the  Chapiteau de Fontvieille  Thursday  4 & Friday  5 décembre  from 10 am until 5.

Global High Net Worth Conference: Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13, at the Salon Bellevue of the Cafe de Paris in Monte-Carlo, a two-day conference of professionals serving the HNW and UHNW sectors. Distinguished speakers from around the world will address the major issues of the moment. Organised by the publishers of Visit for more details.

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Monte-Carlo Diary

Fearing the worst

Living as one does 50 metres on the French side of the border, one never knows what’s going to happen next. When I returned late in the evening last week after several weeks of R&R in eastern Europe I noticed a sign stuck to the door of the Art Deco building in which I live. My heart stopped. Surely this must be a summons to call in at the local police station, in Menton, to assist enquiries into crimes against humanity, unspecified. Or at least a reminder about an unpaid parking ticket even though I don’t drive a car. It was getting dark and I was so tired by this time I decided to wait until the morning to read the details.

Instead, I switched on the television and was glued to the leather sofa by a three hour programme about motorcycle cops in Paris. I noticed that 85 percent of the bad-doers, as the French like to call them, had suntans of one degree or another. I can’t help but think that such a depiction of France’s minorities plays into the hands of people like Marine Le Pen, who says the country is swamped by immigrants. Surely the producers of the programme could have looked for and provided a certain ethnic balance, otherwise we might all turn to the far right.

I stumbled down to the front door at dawn’s crack, or soon afterwards. No-one in the building is French. But the lingua franca is the local tongue, of course. The sign on the door said. “Would residents please not open the door by putting their hands on the glass!”
Another narrow escape.

Jeff Daniels

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MOSCOW: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted. The Russian president reportedly made the threat to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis.
Mr Putin told Jose Manuel Barroso: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks,” Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper reported, implying this could be the result if the EU stepped up sanctions against Russia.

His comments, relayed by Mr Barroso to colleagues at last weekend’s EU summit, emerged as Nato announced it would build a new “spearhead” rapid reaction force of up to 4,000 troops that can be flown into eastern Europe in 48 hours to respond to possible Russian aggression.. SOURCE: Daily Telegraph, La Repubblica


Monte-Carlo Diary

Pushed to the Max

SATURDAY, JUNE 21: There will always be tensions when a large crowd of people are crammed into small spaces, especially when they take an instant dislike to each other or harbour long-term differences. I am not talking about the long-running opening ceremony of the splendid new Monaco Yacht Club attended by le tout Monaco - a splendid affair - but the lingering impact of the lengthy and tedious French rail strike.

Tasked with taking my youngest son to Nice for a Saturday rendez-vous with a schoolmate, I squeezed with him onto the 16:43 from Monaco - delayed for 18 minutes in Menton while the frazzled French border police sifted out the usual suspects, young Somalian males who, having crossed the inhospitable Sahara, are trying in considerable numbers to make their way to the economic paradise that is France. Or possibly the UK.

Most people were eminently sensible and moved down the train to occupy every available space to allow yet more frazzled and luggage-laden bemused first-and-last-time tourists onto the only TER regional express to visit Monaco for the previous three hours.
Someone sitting down said something to me. I assumed he was offering me a space to sit. I bent down to hear better. Translated from the French, what he said was: “Can you get your arse out of my face!”

To say I was astonished hardly covers it. A number of responses flashed through my hot head: “I am surprised you are bothered about my arse, since it resembles so closely your face,” was the most polite. I wanted physically to strangle him, and since I was standing up and he was sitting down I sure as hell had a good shot at it.

My nine year-old restrained me. “He’s an idiot Dad, don’t take any notice,” he said in a French that can only be described as impeccable. At the next available jolt in the tracks he managed to more or less fall onto the idiot’s mobile phone he was holding high in the air while playing what looked like patience, and make it look like an accident.

You can mess with me, but you can’t mess with Max.

Jeff Daniels

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Welcome, Mr President...

What on earth is the French President doing in Monaco? Well, there are a few things to see, such as the Oceanographic and Monaco's Scientific Centre. And a few bits of paper to sign. Lunch at the Palace should be good, and will not disappoint the Socialist President's champagne tastes. Otherwise, not much will be going on and the visit will be marked by an inconvenience to road traffic. That will be its high point, since it seems that the President won't be meeting any of the remaining 8,000 French residents - whose families have lived here for generations - to discuss the fact that they have to meet the high cost of living in Monaco while paying French taxes, an arrangement inherited from the treaty with France into which Prince Rainier was famously coerced in 1963.

If I were a Frenchman, or woman, I would wonder what my President was doing in Monaco. Perhaps he has come to open a bank account. Switzerland is certainly less attractive than it was for French savers. Or perhaps I would conclude that Mr Hollande fancied a day away from the office and a very unattractive in-tray.

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels reviews

Mayhem in Monte Carlo

Long-term Monaco resident and former ad-man Mike Ferrier's second book in a trilogy, Mayhem in Monte Carlo, is at first sight a mixed bag of intelligent insight and mundane stereotyping. And as many new writers do, Mike has cut out the middleman. The book can be ordered on Amazon, to be read on a tablet or consumed in book form, a modern form of buying novels that appeals to some more than others...

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