Suddenly announced UK election

UK data releases are in pretty short supply this week, so everyone returned from the Easter break assuming that sterling movement would be fairly minimal.

As it happened, PM Theresa May unexpectedly put a cat among the pigeons and inspired some of the pound’s best gains since the EU referendum last year.

PM May had previously asserted that there would be no election before 2020 so her sudden turnaround was surprising to say the least.

She stated: ‘Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country. So we need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin.’

At this time it is expected that the election will see PM May gain a larger majority in parliament – an outcome which would improve the government’s ability to follow through with the aims of its Brexit negotiations.

The pound sterling to euros surged from 1.17 to 1.19 today.  There were also surges in the pound against US$ and other currencies.

If you’re thinking of making a transfer please contact me, Jackie Pressman, and I will ensure you get the best and safest transfer.

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2017 Cannes Film Festival Poster

When you live here, the Film Festival is an exciting time for spectators and to be present is wonderful.  Contact me, Jackie Pressman, to find your perfect vacation home on the French Riviera.


The poster for the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival features Italian acting legend Claudia Cardinale.

A dancing, laughing, skirt-swirling Claudia Cardinale graces the official poster for the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes unveiled its official poster Wednesday, which celebrates the Italian actress and social activist in red-and-gold glory.  The 70th Cannes Festival runs Wednesday May 17th to Sunday 28th.

‘I am honoured and proud to be flying the flag for the 70th Festival de Cannes,’ said Claudia Cardinale in a statement, ‘and delighted with this choice of photo. It’s the image I myself have of the Festival, of an event that illuminates everything around. That dance on the rooftops of Rome was back in 1959. No one remembers the photographer’s name… I’ve also forgotten it. But this photo reminds me of my origins, and of a time when I never dreamed of climbing the steps of the world’s most famous cinema hall. Happy anniversary!’  On April 15th this year Claudia Cardinale will be 79!!

The poster was designed by Bronx agency in Paris with Philippe Savoir of Filifox creating the image’s visual identity.

Pedro Almodovar will preside over this year’s Cannes Festival jury, and Italian-French actress Monica Bellucci will serve as master of ceremonies. Cannes’ full competition lineup will be announced April 13.

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The UK will withdraw from the EU today by actioning their article 50

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, will provide notification for the withdrawal from the EU in the next few hours. A historic day in British politics is set to unravel and the two-year window for negotiations will start.

It’s difficult to predict which way the exchange rates will move however increased market volatility is clear.

We advise all International clients out of the euro zone buying or selling currency in the coming days/weeks should talk with a currency exchange specialist for optimization of funds and information about latest market movements.  We can recommend a good, safe, reliable and leading exchange rate specialist and you MUST use them instead of a bank.  The reasons are:

  1. You save up to 4% compared to your local major bank.
  2. You have a dedicated foreign exchange expert to guide you and to transfer your money at the optimal moment.
  3. You can arrange for forward contract with fixed exchange rates for up to two years – this protects you from adverse currency movements.
  4. You can limit your order and target a rate of exchange with your dedicated dealer.
  5. There is a 24-hour monitoring servicing enabling you to trade at the most advantageous rate of exchange.
  6. You can take control of the exchange rate offered – major banks often do not provide rates and market expertise.

So ask me, Jackie Pressman, at Jackie@FrenchRivieraPropertySearch.com, for a reliable and safe currency exchange company who does wonderful transfers in either direction for our clients.

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EasyJet teams up with French Tourism Development Agency

Jackie Pressman of French Riviera Property Search says “all of the people visiting the cote d’azur love it here and some of them will want to find a vacation home so they and their families can come back whenever they want”.  Did you know that Cannes is a convention town with about 1 convention every month.  You can rent out your apartment for additional income whilst you’re not here.  Contact me to assist you in your search for your next home”

We learn some interesting facts today which will bring more people to this beautiful area of France:

EasyJet is to promote tourism to France from the rest of Europe with an “inspirational” promotional push.

A three-year partnership with Atout France, the French Tourism Development Agency, will start in the UK.  The campaign will focus on promoting Paris and the Cote d’Azur, including Nice and the surrounding region, in the UK.

The multi-media advertising and experiential marketing campaign will have a spend of around €1 million and kicks off in March.  Activity will include outdoor advertising as well as digital advertising, social media support and an experiential event for members of the public.

The UK-based budget carrier is the second largest airline in France, with almost 17 million passengers in total, of which more than one million fly between the UK and Paris every year.  The airline is also the largest airline at Nice airport, carrying more than three million passengers a year to and from the region with more than 220 flights a week.

The airline’s digital and marketing director, James Millett, said: “France is such an important market and remains popular with our UK customers.  This inspirational campaign will seek to show everything France has to offer from a city break in Paris to a holiday in the French Riviera.”

Gwenaelle Maret-Delos, managing director for Atout France in the UK, added: “Atout France is delighted to partner with easyJet for this campaign and together continue to welcome more than 10 million British tourists to France.

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Advice for teenagers – The best (and worst) French chat-up lines

When someone is looking for a home here on the Riviera, often their teenagers ask me for some advice.  So these are good French phrases for them to learn. Meanwhile, for your place on the Riviera – large or small – contact me, Jackie Pressman, and I will find you your perfect property.  Go to my website www.FrenchRivieraPropertySearch.com and just look at my references!

These are some of my favourite French chat-up lines which will make you both laugh and cringe! But I must tell them to be careful who they try them out on…

Est-ce que tu as un plan? Je me suis perdu dans tes yeux.
Do you have a map? I got lost in your eyes.

Tu n’as pas eu mal quand tu es tombé du ciel?
Didn’t you get hurt when you fell from heaven?

Est-ce que ton père a été un voleur? Parce qu’il a volé les étoiles du ciel pour les mettre dans tes yeux
Is your dad a thief? Because he stole the stars from the heavens to put them in your eyes.

Tu dois être fatiguée parce que tu as trotté dans ma tête toute la journée.
You must be tired, because you’ve been running through my head all day.

Si le verbe aimer n’existait pas, je l’aurais inventé en te voyant.
If the verb ‘to love’ didn’t exist, I would have invented it upon seeing you.

Tu t’appelles Google ? Parce que je trouve en toi tout ce que je recherche.
Is your name Google? Because I find in you everything that I’m looking for.

La seule chose que tes yeux ne me disent pas, c’est ton nom.
The only thing your eyes don’t tell me is your name.

These are my favourites:

Vous ressemblez beaucoup à mon prochain petit ami
You look a lot like my next boyfriend/girlfriend.

Excuse-moi, j’ai perdu mon numero de telephone. Est-ce que je peux emprunter le tien?Excuse me, I lost my phone number. Can I borrow yours?

Est-ce que tu crois au coup de foudre au premier regard ou est-ce que je dois repasser?
Do you believe in love at first sight? Or should I walk by again?

Je viens d’arriver dans ta ville. Est-ce- que tu pourrais m’indiquer le chemin jusqu’à ton appartement?
I’ve just arrived in the city. Could you tell me how to get to your apartment?

Si je t’aide à apprendre l’anglais, est-ce que tu m’apprendras comment embrasser à la française?
If I help you learn English, will you teach me how to French kiss?

Comment dit on “I love you” en francais?
How does one say “I love you” in French? (Feel free to reply Je t’aime aussi (I love you too) when they tell you the answer!)

Excuse-moi. Est-ce que tu embrasses les inconnus ? Non ? Donc, je me présente.
Excuse me, do you kiss strangers? No? Then let me introduce myself.

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Happy New Year

Whatever you have been celebrating and wherever you are, I wish you a wonderful, healthy and successful New Year of 2017.

Jackie Pressman, French Riviera Property Search SARL

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Cannes Film Festival Poster. Contact me for your own apartment in Cannes

Film

 

This is the poster which has been chosen to promote the 69th Cannes Film Festival this year.  The image is designed using stills from Jean-Luc Godard’s film ‘Contempt’.

It’s all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man’s ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image it is reminiscent of a timeless quote by Michel Mourlet used at the beginning of ‘Contempt’ (Le Mépris) : “Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires”.   But never mind all this glorious high-minded description – to me it is evocative of the opening of all films shown at the festival – with a staircase through the sea to the music of Saint-Saens’ Aquarium from the Carnival of the animals.

This year the Festival runs from Wednesday 11th May to Sunday 22nd May and the Head of the jury is Australian director George Miller.  The opening film on the 11th (where all the members of the Jury are introduced) is not in competition and is Woody Allen’s new film “Cafe Society”.  The film is set in the 1930s Hollywood.

So contact me, Jackie Pressman of French Riviera Property Search SARL, and I will find you a lovely apartment within 10 mins easy walk of the Palais des Festivals.  You can rent for all the conventions (about 1 a month) and use your apartment when not rented.

Join us in Cannes for a wonderful life on the Riviera.

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The Cannes Film Festival – Wednesday May 11th to Sunday May 22nd 2016

We are advised today that the Film Festival will be opened with a Woody Allen film entitled “Cafe Society”.  This is a new film of his starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart.  This is the 3rd time that a Woody Allen film has opened the Cannes festival – he is much loved in France!

Apartments in Cannes are getting very high rental prices for these big international conventions.  Speak to me – Jackie Pressman of French Riviera Property Search SARL – to buy your dream apartment in Cannes within 10 minutes walk of the Palais des Festivals and rent it out for all the conventions (about 1 a month) and use yourself when not rented.

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Christmas and New Year in Cannes, south of France

It is building to be an exciting time in Cannes.  Everywhere the lights, decorations and the shops are gearing up with the season.  The terrible times of the early October floods and the Paris 13th November tragedy seems to be largely forgotten, but our amazing and much appreciated security forces stay on high alert for our protection.

The markets are wonderful with early Mimosa, holly, mistletoe, Christmas roses and many wonderful things to eat.  It is a joy to buy there.  We give a bottle of wine to all our favourite and much frequented  traders and they, in return, put something extra in our shopping bags – extra lemons, bunches of fresh and sweetly smelling herbs, marrons glaces, etc. and the Scandinavian shop with it’s range of smoked salmons and vodkas provides all the shoppers with wonderful hot glüg.

The Christmas Village has attractions for children of all ages and lots of little stands selling everything you need for last-minute presents.

At midnight on New Year’s Eve – this year on Thursday – the Mayor of Cannes provides a great firework show in the bay of Cannes best seen from the middle Croisette.  This year it features the topical theme of Star Wars.  It is a pyrotechnic show not to be missed and  will feature the most famous soundtracks of the films.

Enjoy your time here – and of course the weather!  Did you know that the French Riviera used to be a winter resort for all those nationalities fleeing from the cold weather in the north.  So we will be having lunch on the beach with friends on New Year’s day – what an amazing way to see in the new year.

Our best wishes to all for a peaceful, joyful and successful 2016.

Jackie Pressman, French Riviera Property Search – acting for buyers right through from finding properties to specification and budget, advising on prices and offers, introducing professionals who speak your language, taking the purchase through to it’s final stage and, most importantly, advising on the French taxes and legal procedures to protect you and your family.

 

 

 

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Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald on the French Riviera in the Art Deco age (1920s)

Long article about the Fitzgerald couple in the art deco age – but fascinating for anyone living, or wanting to live, on the Cote d’Azur.  Read this and then contact me, Jackie Pressman of French Riviera Property Search to find your perfect property in your perfect location. +33 (0)493 38 22 24 and +33 (0)698 12 89 00.

Taken from an article in the American ‘Wall Street Journal’:

SOME THINGS just don’t change. The Riviera, described nearly a century ago by F. Scott Fitzgerald as a “playground” with a “fairy blue” sea, is still coasting on its mythic allure. Every summer, the palm-fringed stretch from Monaco to St. Raphaël is the place where the whole world descends “to forget or rejoice, to hide its face or have its fling,” as the writer aptly observed.

But when Fitzgerald set sail across the Atlantic with his wife and daughter in 1924, his plan was to escape to a place where they could “live on practically nothing a year.” Having unwittingly become the spokesman for the Jazz Age with “This Side of Paradise” (1920), Fitzgerald could no longer afford the extravagant lifestyle that came with it. He and Zelda decided to flee their hectic social life in New York, where continuous partying prevented the writer from concentrating on his third novel, “The Great Gatsby.”

Back then, with sunbathing not yet in vogue, the Riviera in the summer was dirt cheap and deserted—”like going to Palm Beach for July,” as Fitzgerald put it. The couple rented a villa on a lush hillside in St. Raphaël, “a little red town built close to the sea, with gay red-roofed houses and an air of repressed carnival about it,” where Fitzgerald worked on “Gatsby.”

Much has changed since he penned one of the most defining novels of the 20th century—whose fourth incarnation on the silver screen hits European cinemas beginning May 15—but you can still enjoy the excesses of Fitzgerald’s “hot sweet south of France.”

Start your tour, à la “Winter Dreams” (1922), on the golf course. Just a stone’s throw from the Fitzgeralds’ Villa Marie in St. Raphaël, the pine-shaded Valescure Golf Club is known for its short, narrow fairways, difficult roughs and a splendid Old English-style clubhouse. €75 a round; 725 avenue des Golfs, St. Raphaël; golfdevalescure.com

On your way out of town, stop for a cool drink at the seafront Hotel Excelsior, and imagine Fitzgerald puffing away on a Chesterfield at one of St. Raphaël’s oldest watering holes after a hard day’s work. Promenade du Président René Coty; excelsior-hotel.com

From here, follow the Fitzgeralds in their little blue Renault down the winding coastal road—the red rocks of the Esterel and turquoise shallows are still spectacular—to the Cap d’Antibes. Scott and Zelda came here regularly to visit their friends Gerald and Sara Murphy. Gerald, an heir to the Mark Cross leather-goods company and visionary painter of proto-Pop Art, and Sara, a beauty known for her joie de vivre (she became Picasso’s secret muse), were the Riviera’s original trendsetters.

Their charismatic style still shines brightly at the outset of “Tender is the Night” (1934), as Dick and Nicole Diver—modeled on the Murphys—take over the curved sandy beach at La Garoupe with elaborate picnics and illustrious friends. Off the page, Sara elegantly “sunned” her strand of pearls on the tiny cove, while Gerald played the latest jazz records on his portable phonograph. Fitzgerald preferred to lie in the shade, nursing a bottle of gin. Zelda, as the Murphys’ daughter, Honoria, later recalled, was “a strikingly beautiful woman—blond and soft and tanned,” who always had a peony in her hair or pinned to her dress.

Today, at the far corner of La Garoupe, the bronzed and the beautiful flock to La Plage Keller. Follow them for a toes-in-the-sand languorous lunch washed down with Champagne. The Mediterranean-style dishes range from petits farcis and fried squid to lobster and truffle ravioli. Lunch from about €60; chemin de la Garoupe, Antibes; restaurant-plage-cesar-antibes.fr

Or, in the spirit of the Murphys’ caviar-and Champagne-parties, head for the hills of Vence to the Château Saint-Martin & Spa for an extravagant La Prairie massage, with rich caviar cream. From €120; 2490 avenue des Templiers, Vence; chateau-st-martin.com

When the Murphys first discovered the pink seaside Hôtel du Cap—the Hotel des Etrangers in “Tender is the Night”—hidden away on a lush mini-peninsula, they immediately fell in love with it, persuading the owner to keep it open during the summer. While their new home, the Villa America, was being built, the hotel became their private headquarters to entertain their friends: the Count and Countess Étienne de Beaumont, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso and his first wife Olga Khokhlova, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Rudolph Valentino and, of course, the Fitzgeralds.

Scott and Zelda would probably not feel out of place with the glitzy Bellini-sipping crowd that now lounges on the Hôtel du Cap’s pool terrace. Rooms from €800; blvd. JF Kennedy, BP 29, Antibes; hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com

Their alcohol-fueled antics, however—smashing handblown wineglasses and lobbing ashtrays—would likely not play out so well today. As self-avowed “excitement eaters,” the couple would liven up the evenings at the hotel by diving off 11-meter-high rocks into the pitch-dark sea. One night, Zelda took off her black lace panties and tossed them to her hosts, prompting others to strip down and skinny-dip in the pool. “One could get away with more on the summer Riviera, and whatever happened seemed to have something to do with art,” Fitzgerald wrote to his editor, Maxwell Perkins.

Take a dip of your own into the Jazz Age at L’Antiquaire et la Mode. This Cannes store is a treasure trove of rare vintage threads, from sequined dresses to jewelry and shoes. 8 rue Hélène Vagliono, Cannes; +33-493-99-13-08

For something more modern, try the St. James boutique in Nice. Their striped Marinière jerseys are as fashionable (and ubiquitous) today as they were in the ’20s, after Murphy and Picasso made them de rigueur among the Riviera set. 11 place Ile de Beauté, Nice; saint-james.fr

You’ll wish you were in spats or a flapper dress when you step into les années folles at Eilenroc, the Belle Epoque villa and vast rose gardens on the Cap d’Antibes where Scott and Zelda were frequently spotted swanning about, hobnobbing with European royalty. Once owned by the Count and Countess de Beaumont, it is now a restored landmark, replete with their original furnishings. antibes-juanlespins.com

To take home your own piece of Art Deco, head to Nice’s antique district at the port. At Achille Antiquités, you’ll find sculpted wood armchairs and desks with elaborate inlays, plus chandeliers, mirrors and Lalique objets d’art all from the 1920s. 13 rue Emmanuel Philibert, Nice; achille-antiquites.com

The Fitzgeralds reveled—and rowed—in equally sumptuous evenings at La Colombe d’Or, in St.-Paul de Vence. When it came to restaurants, the Fitzgeralds avoided elaborate French cuisine. Even in the finest restaurants, Fitzgerald would often dismiss the waiter in poorly pronounced French and order a club sandwich. But they weren’t at La Colombe d’Or for the food. The artists’ haunt was the place to be seen. It still is. Dine on the star-packed leafy terrace, surrounded by original works by Miró, Braque, Picasso and Chagall. Dinner from about €60; 1 place General de Gaulle, St.-Paul de Vence; la-colombe-dor.com

Monte Carlo was another surefire place for excitement. The Fitzgeralds would take the scenic Grande Corniche “through the twilight with the whole French Riviera twinkling below” for an evening at the casino. The Garnier-designed Monte-Carlo Casino, steeped in Old World glamour, remains the place for “excitement eaters” with money to burn. For a nightcap, order Fitzgerald’s favorites—a gin fizz or mint julep—at the Bar Américain inside the gilded splendor of the Hôtel de Paris. Drinks, €24; place du Casino, Monaco; hoteldeparismontecarlo.com

‘One could get away with more on the summer Riviera, and whatever happened seemed to have something to do with art.’

In 1926, with “Gatsby” a roaring critical success, the Fitzgeralds returned to the Riveria. renting the Villa St-Louis in Juan-les-Pins. Fitzgerald boasted to friends in New York that he’d found a big house on the shore with a private beach, near the casino.

The villa was later transformed into a small, family-run Art Deco gem, Hôtel Belles Rives, with one of the best terrace restaurants on the Riviera. Its furnishings, frescoes and fumoir have all been meticulously preserved by the current owner, Marianne Chauvin-Estène. “My favorite story is when Scott lured a local band inside the villa, then locked them in a bedroom upstairs,” says Ms. Chauvin-Estène. “He tossed away the key, forced them to play dance music all night for his guests and wouldn’t let them leave until sunrise.” Rooms from €175; 33 blvd. Edouard Baudoin, Juan-les-Pins; bellesrives.com

Ever since then, Juan-les-Pins has had jazz in its blood. You can get into the groove each July at Jazz à Juan, a festival featuring top-notch artists in a starlit seaside setting under the pines near the Fitzgeralds’ former digs. July 12-21; tickets from €19, jazzajuan.com

The couple spent their last summer spree on the Côte d’Azur in 1929 in a less-fashionable part of Cannes. By then the stock market had crashed and the mood had soured. The Fitgeralds now avoided the celebrity circus at the Hôtel du Cap.

By the time “Tender is the Night” was published five years later, the Fitzgeralds and the Murphys had long since returned to America. Tragic events would mar their happiness, but the golden glow of those Riviera summers remained. As Sara Murphy later said: “It was like a great fair, and everybody was so young.”

So, contact me, Jackie Pressman of French Riviera Property Search, to find your perfect property in your perfect location.  +33 (0)493 38 22 24 and +33 (0)698 12 89 00.

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