Italy welcomes new Monaco Ambassador

Monaco’s new Ambassador in Italy Anne Eastwood has been officially received at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome.

The accreditation ceremony was held on Monday 14th November with the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, followed by a private interview in the prestigious Studio alla

Vetrata, where political consultations were held only a few weeks ago in the formation of the new Italian government.

Also present on Monday were the president’s diplomatic advisers and the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Edmondo Cirielli.

Prince Albert recently made official visits to the former Grimaldi fiefdoms in Italy, while the municipality of Dolceacqua (province of Imperia) is set to be twinned with the Principality.

During the accreditation event, various issues of common interest were addressed including

Italian-Monegasque agreements in the areas of tax, economic and humanitarian actions.

“Both the Monegasque Ambassador and the Italian Head of State welcomed the

dynamism of bilateral relations and expressed the desire of both countries to further strengthen their dialogue and cooperation in the future, in all areas that generate synergies and particularly in the field of the environment where Monaco and Italy are already collaborating closely within the framework of Monegasque initiatives for the preservation of the marine environment in the Mediterranean,” said the Prince’s government in a statement.


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Take a trip to the Orient with Made in Japan

The Grimaldi Forum is welcoming back Made in Japan, a cultural event focusing on all things Japanese that brings a taste of the Orient to the shores of Monaco in more ways than one.

Following on from two successful editions, Made in Japan is returning to the Principality in December to give lovers of Japan a cultural snapshot of what life is like in the Land of the Rising Sun.  

Among this year’s highlights are dances, parades and a demonstration of dressing techniques by Kimono Beauty Japan, as well as a display of rakugo – a form of humorous Japanese story-telling – by French artist Cyril Coppini.  

Additionally, there will be several exhibitors who will be showcasing Japanese creativity, food, drinks and traditions. Teas and sake will be available, as will luxury handicrafts and products.

The event is being organised by Monaco Emu, a business that has been importing Japanese products to the Principality since 2019 and showcasing them at the Sakura boutique on the Rock. The company’s aim is to develop stronger links between Monaco and Japan through cultural exchange.  

The event takes place on 3rd December from 10am to 6pm, and 4th December from 10am to 5pm, in the Salle Diaghilev of the Grimaldi Forum. Tickets are 10 euros at the door. Don’t forget to visit the stunning Japanese gardens on Avenue Princesse Grace while you’re there!  

For more information, please click here.



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Irish international Josh Van der Flier elected player of the year at World Rugby Awards

Irish back-row player Josh Van der Flier won Rugby Player of the Year 2022 at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco while Ruahei Demant picked up the women’s award.

Stars of the game, both past and present gathered in the Salle des Étoiles on Sunday 20th November for the prestigious awards ceremony that was attended by Prince Albert II of Monaco, Princess Charlene and their daughter, Gabriella. Last year’s winner Antoine Dupont was hoping to collect the Men’s Player of the Year award for consecutive years, but it was Van der Flier who took home the trophy. The Irishman had a strong year, scoring six tries in the European Cup and two in the Six Nations.

He beat international team-mate Jonny Sexton, South African Lukhanyo An, as well as Dupont to collect the trophy for the first time in his career.

New Zealand Women’s World Cup triumph earlier this month was rewarded with two trophies on the night. Demant picked up the Best Women’s Player award while Wayne Smith, the ‘Black Ferns’ coach picked up Manager of the Year.

Italian Ange Capuozzo and New Zealand’s Ruby Tui won the Men’s and Women’s Breakthrough Player awards. Ireland’s Terry Kennedy and Australia’s Charlotte Caslick picked up the respective men’s and women’s awards for Rugby Sevens Player of the Year while Rodrigo Fernandez and Abby Dow were awarded with Best Tries of the Year – an award chosen by the voting public.


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10,000 participate in No Finish Line

10,000 participants, 251,700km covered and €251,700 raised: the 23rd edition of No Finish Line concluded on Sunday in the presence of Roca Team co-captain Yakuba Outtara. 

The 2022 edition was the first to take place in its original format since 2019. In 2020, the charitable event was cancelled altogether while last year’s event adopted a hybrid model of in-person and virtual participation. To celebrate its return, 10,000 people turned out over the course of the eight-day event in Fontvieille.

The two Covid-affected No Finish Line events have been bookended by victories for Daniele Juan Alimonti. Having won in 2019, he took home the Prince’s Cup on Sunday, having travelled 886km and raising €886. Robert Miorin came second with 884km and Cédric Chaudet 3rd with 770km.

The top-ranked woman, who also finished third in the overall classification, was Paola Coccato, who racked up 832km. In the team category, Barclays Monaco and Fight Aids finished joint-first having walked 13,211km, Céline finished second and Spécial Olympics Monaco third.

The money raised from the event will go towards financing around 20 projects to help sick and disadvantaged children.


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National Day in all its glory: Monaco celebrates tradition and culture

The Principality of Monaco celebrated its Fête Nationale over the weekend with plentiful glamour and fanfare, but also the important values of authenticity, tradition and family.

It was a momentous occasion. Free from the constraints of Covid regulations for the first time in three years and with Princess Charlene at the side of her husband, Prince Albert II, after a noticeable absence due to health concerns in 2021, the Princely family of Monaco was finally able to fully share its National Day celebrations with citizens and residents of the Principality on Saturday 19th November.

No one held back in their joyous tributes to the Monaco of today and years past, from the schoolchildren bedecked head-to-toe in the classic red and white of the Monegasque flag to the citizens who lined the streets, the sublimely coordinated military parade inside and outside the Palais Princier, and the iconic royal family, which was very well-represented.

Another layer of history was added to the day with 2022 marking the centenary of the death of Prince Albert I, a shining light in the story of Monaco.

Much of the day was live streamed to a global audience, giving this year’s edition a thoroughly modern and open air.

Te Deum mass and medals ceremony

The day began with the traditional early-morning Te Deum mass at the Cathédrale de Monaco, attended by the Princely family as well as key governmental, religious and public service personnel. The procession then made its way to the palace at 11am for a medal ceremony within the confines of the Cour d’Honneur.

The Saturday medals were preceded on Friday 18th November by a ceremony led by Princess Caroline of Monaco, who handed out the prestigious Order of Cultural Merit awards at the Salon Bleu of the palace, an event held annually within the framework of the National Day celebrations. This distinguished award “rewards people who have participated, through their works or their commitment, in the development of the arts, humanities and sciences in Monaco or [those] who, even abroad, have contributed to the intellectual influence of the Principality”.

Earlier in the week, Princess Charlene herself was awarded the Vermeil medal for sport and physical education. Prince Albert presented his former Olympic swimmer wife with the medal, which acknowledges her enduring commitment to sport within the Principality.

Side-by-side on Wednesday 16th November, the Princely couple also praised the work of the Monegasque branch of the Red Cross, awarding 41 individuals with a medal to recognise their exceptional benevolent efforts in Monaco and further afield. Click on the gallery below…

An iconic moment in Monaco

Following the more private ceremony inside the palace, a military parade and a brass band circled the Place du Palais, while the Grimaldi family headed to the balcony to wave to the crowds who had congregated on the square below. The crowds were particularly delighted to see the hereditary Prince Jacques – wearing the official habit of the Carabiniers for the first time alongside the Grand-Croix de l’Ordre des Grimaldi cross – and twin sister Gabriella giggling and joking with their parents. It recreated the happy annual image of the family; an iconic moment that marks the special day. Click on the gallery below…

Full to the rafters for the Damnation of Faust

National Day came to a genteel and enlightened close with a theatrical performance at the Grimaldi Forum of the Damnation of Faust in the evening. The award-winning events space was full to the rafters with Monaco’s well-to-do and best dressed, all there by personal invitation of the Prince. The exclusive nature of the night, however, was complimented by the generous decision to live stream the performance – a revisiting of Hector Berlioz’s work by Kazuki Yamada, the Artistic and Musical Director of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra – that allowed the whole world to join in with Monaco on its National Day. Click on the gallery below…



Photo credits: Palais Princier de Monaco

Interview: Krépin Diatta hopes to play starring role for Senegal after AFCON heartbreak

Krépin Diatta’s comeback trail was long and arduous, but having missed almost the entirety of last season, including Senegal’s AFCON triumph, he is ready to make his mark at the World Cup.

19th November 2021 was a bitter-sweet day for Diatta. It marked the day of his first Ligue 1 goal, but it was also the day that brought a swift and untimely end to the Senegalese forward’s debut season at AS Monaco.

Diatta went down in the first half, but soldiered on until half-time. It was only back in the dressing room that he began to understand the severity of what had just transpired.

“I was really angry with myself, asking how I could have done this because when I got injured, I continued playing,” he tells Monaco Life. “It was at half-time that I tried to get up and I realised my knee was moving. I told the doctor and he replied that the medical results probably won’t be good.”

The results weren’t good. Diatta had suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, and would likely miss the remainder of the season with Monaco. Not only that, he would miss the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, where Senegal would eventually prevail and become African champions.

The start of nine months of recovery

“Of course, it really hurt to miss the AFCON, especially since I had played in one when I was younger and it went really well for me personally. It was a shame we lost the final that year, but it was a good experience for me because I was the Young Player of the Tournament in this competition. It was a shame just one month out from the 2022 tournament [that I would] sustain my injury and miss it. I had played practically all the qualification matches and that hurt, but the most important thing is that we’re champions of Africa,” Diatta continues.

On the road to recovery, Diatta improved physically, as noted by his international teammate Sadio Mané, but also matured greatly.

“I think I have got more muscle. Often with injuries like that, you can gain a bit of weight, but that wasn’t the case with me. I was well accompanied by the club. I was basically told exactly what to eat, what I shouldn’t eat and I respected all of that. I often speak with Sadio, and he told me to be aware of what I eat during this period,” Diatta says. “When you have an injury like that, something clicks in your head, and you have to get past it. It’s true that for the first two months, I didn’t want to know anything. I told myself that if I stay in this mindset, [it] won’t help me. So I told myself that I had to stay positive. When I arrived here for recuperation, I saw the atmosphere, the group was doing well, the dynamic was good, we were winning matches and I think all of that helped me. I saw positive things here, so I told myself that I have to be positive too.”

By the time he returned to the Performance Centre in La Turbie, a familiar face was there to greet him. In January 2022, Philippe Clement took over from Niko Kovac at AS Monaco. Diatta knew the Belgian coach from their time spent together at Club Brugge.

“I know him from before and he knows me. From the start, he always came to speak to me, even though he knew I wouldn’t play before the end of the season. He would come and chat with me at the treatment table. All that made me want to fight to come back as quickly as possible,” says the Senegalese forward.

Making a mature decision to focus on wellbeing

Whilst Diatta was recovering well from his serious ACL injury, there was no chance of him returning before the end of the season. However, his international manager Aliou Cissé, who had invited Diatta to join the AFCON celebrations in the winter, wanted to re-integrate him into the squad over the summer. Diatta made the thoughtful and mature decision to reject that offer.

“He wanted to bring me back to the national team, but I told him I know how I feel. I felt that I had taken myself to the next level in my recovery. I said give me more time because I wanted to work more here and if I come back to the national team, I won’t be doing so at 110%. I said when I come back, I want to be at 100% then I can give you what you want from me. I’m not coming back to not be ready, and playing just the end of matches isn’t interesting. It is better for you to take a player that is really ready. So I refused. I said I wanted to continue working with AS Monaco, and that when I’m ready, I’ll tell you.”

Nine months after that fateful night at the Stade Louis II, Diatta finally returned to competitive Ligue 1 action at the start of August, marking his return with a goal in the opening game of the season against Strasbourg. He has since gone on to make 21 appearances in all competitions and has earned himself a seat on the plane to Qatar.

Diatta revealed that making the squad was an objective he had set for himself after his injury.

Senegal and the World Cup challenge

“The first [objective] was to bounce back well in pre-season and to start the season. I told myself that, for the World Cup, there was still time. But if I’m not coming back in pre-season and then not getting into the group, not starting matches at the start of the season, I don’t think I’ll be able to think about a World Cup. Today, the sacrifices I’ve made, and the club has helped me as well, have helped me realise my objective. I am back where I want to be.”

Although he wasn’t part of the Senegal squad for the AFCON triumph, Diatta admits that there is added pressure on the team going into the tournament.

“Of course, having won the AFCON, lots of people will have expectations,” he explains. “We can’t hide from that, but we are a humble team and we’re not going to say that the World Cup is ours for the taking. No, if we go into the tournament with that mindset with this state of mind, we’ll lose ourselves. We’re playing against huge teams that also have thoughts about winning it.”

Diatta describes his call-up as “a special feeling,” adding that “all kids grow up wanting to win the World Cup”. However, the Senegalese forward isn’t getting ahead of himself. Before even thinking of the knockout stages, Senegal have to navigate a difficult group that contains the Netherlands, Ecuador and host country Qatar. They will also have to do so without starman Mané, whose absence Diatta must now attempt to mitigate.

“Sometimes I hear people say that ours is an open group, that we should make it through. That’s what people on the outside will say, but we mustn’t fall into that. That’s the danger. I don’t think there is one easy group in a World Cup. Every team that is there got there somehow. Firstly, we need to put in the work in the first three matches and after that, we’ll see what we can do.”



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