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The honour of Monaco’s national dish goes undisputedly to the tasty Barbagiuan, but socca, the chickpea-based street food strongly associated with the town of Nice, is still a typical treat in the Principality, and its future had been cast in doubt until this weekend.
The covered market at La Condamine has been a popular place to taste socca, but Chez Roger, the stall specialising in Monegasque food, had to close six months ago due to ill health. In response, the Facebook group “SOS Socca” launched a petition, calling on the Town Hall to bring back the socca.
“All the fans of this typical, delicious and convivial dish are desperate, and some of them have lapsed into depression,” the campaigners say. “We call on the Town Hall to organise the reopening of this mythical place, find a replacement or a temporary solution to avoid family dramas. The elderly and small children are starting to show alarming signs of deprivation …”
Hundreds of Facebook users joined the campaign and on Sunday, January 8, it was announced the Chez Roger will reopen February 2.
“I want to thank all the people who have supported Roger. We would like to send sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Monaco Town Hall, thank you for your support, patience and listening during this period.”
The architecturally exciting new home of the International University of Monaco has been officially inaugurated by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and National Council President Stéphane Valeri.
A new photo book paying tribute to the 126 people who work behind the scenes at the Prince’s Palace and his private home, Roc Agel, has been released.
Prince Albert has joined a gathering of the entire Red Cross Movement in Geneva for a conference under the theme: ‘Acting today to shape the world of tomorrow’.
Monaco now has four new Ambassadors from Belarus, Malayia, Mali and the European Union.
In his first full day in office as President of France, Emmanuel Macron has named the Deputy Mayor of Le Havre, Edouard Philippe, as his prime minister. The 46-year-old new head of government has been a strong supporter of conservative Alain Juppé, but his first foray into politics was as a Socialist. More recently he famously declined to give details of the value of his apartment in Paris and a house in Seine-Maritime. “No idea,” was his answer to enquiries from the High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP). Born in Rouen to two French teacher parents, Mr Philippe’s credentials as a product of the highest echelons of the Parisian educational system are impeccable. He graduated at Sciences Po-Paris in 1992 and then at ENA, the École nationale d'administration. After working alongside Alain Juppe during the fictitious jobs crisis of 2004, Mr Phillipe joined a law firm. He later became Director of Public Affairs at Areva. His own public political career was launched in June 2010, when he took over from Antoine Rufenacht at the Le Havre town hall. Further appointments by president Macron during the next few days will be watched closely. (Feature image President Macron: Facebook Élysée – Présidence de la République française)