French Riviera

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10 Dead as Cannes Gets 2 Months' Rain in Hours

6 more missing with 'little hope' after flash floods hit Riviera

(Newser) - Sudden heavy rains around the French Riviera have killed at least 10, including some trapped in cars, a campsite and a retirement home, and left six missing. Helicopters patrolled the region to look for other victims and 27,000 homes were without electricity Sunday after the Brague River overflowed its... More »

19 Dead in French Flash Floods

Worst flooding in 200 years

(Newser) - The worst flash floods since Napoleon's day have killed at least 19 people in southeastern France. The equivalent of 6 months of rainfall fell within hours, turning roads into rivers and forcing many residents to seek shelter on top of their homes. Many of the dead were caught in their... More »

Cannes Prepares for a Quieter Festival

Economic woes put the breaks on Croisette craziness

(Newser) - The Cannes Film Festival opens tomorrow with a screening of the new Pixar film Up, but this year the glitzy two-week movie fest on the French Riviera may be a low-key affair, writes the Hollywood Reporter. Yachts have gone unrented, Vanity Fair has canceled its annual party, and movie execs... More »

France Will Battle US for Madoff Chateau

Rival prosecutors preparing to grab Riviera pad

(Newser) - A legal tug-of-war is getting underway over the Madoffs' Riviera chateau, reports the New York Post. Bernard and Ruth Madoff's $1 million French pad is among the assets US federal prosecutors want the couple to forfeit to help reimburse scammed investors, but French authorities—who have opened a criminal inquiry... More »

Madoff Was Livin' Large in Lap of Luxury

High-roller owns yacht, jets, and properties up and down East Coast

(Newser) - If disgraced money-man Bernard Madoff felt any guilt about his Ponzi-scheme hedge fund, you'd never know it. Now that he's under house arrest, his "lifestyle of the rich and infamous" is somewhat limited, but in a fitting tribute to a man who just fleeced investors of $50 billion, CNN... More »

Pitt, Jolie Foil Tabloids With Baby Scoop

French daily gets inside track

(Newser) - In a style befitting a couple of action-movie stars, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt outfoxed the tabloids by allowing a local newspaper to break the story of their twins’ birth, the AP reports. The daily Nice-Matin got a heads-up before the big event, the scoop that the delivery was  moved... More »

Brangelina Twins Weeks Away

Doctor says Jolie doing well in hospital

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie's doctor says her twins may take a few more weeks to arrive. Dr. Michael Sussmann says the 33-year-old actress, who is in a hospital on the French Riviera, is doing fine. Asked when Jolie is expected to have her twins, Sussmann replied, "I can't give you a... More »

Brangelina Hole Up in France

Couple, with kids and entourage, staying at Microsoft co-founder's sea-view villa

(Newser) - Brad Pitt and pregnant Angelina Jolie have decamped to the French Riviera for “a stay of long duration,” a source reveals to People. The impossibly famous pair—plus kids—is staying in a historic villa overlooking the Mediterranean owned by Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen; they'll remain... More »

Saddam's Love Boat Sets Sale

Iraqi ruler had a thing for luxurious, bulletproof cruise ships

(Newser) - Saddam Hussein’s secret pleasure super-yacht can be yours—yes, yours!—for just $34 million. Moored off the French Riviera, away from the pesky bombers that destroyed the late dictator's other yacht, the Ocean Breeze was put up for sale last week by a British brokerage firm, the New ... More »

After 30 Years, Riviera Murder Case Ends in Conviction

Ex-boyfriend, now 69, draws 20-year sentence

(Newser) - Thirty years after his girlfriend disappeared, a onetime playboy lawyer was convicted of her murder yesterday, ending a tangled tale of seduction and bribery that has long fascinated the French Riviera. Although the body of casino heiress Agnes Le Roux was never found, Jean-Maurice Agnelet, 69, was sentenced to 20... More »

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