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French Riviera kidnapping, dark rooms and poisoned mushrooms

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The kidnapping of the 76-year-old businesswoman Jacqueline Veyrac was this week’s the hottest news on the French Riviera. You may think ’76 years? ” but in itself it is not surprising that you are still working on the Cote Azur after your retirement age. I know several 70-something persons who are very active and  in business. These people are the beautiful counterparts of the famous Dutch proverb ‘sitting behind the geraniums watching life go by’. Jacqueline Veyrac is certainly a familiar face in Cannes’ nightlife and very successful with her five-star Grand Hotel Cannes on the Croisette. The hotel was bought in the 50s with her now deceased husband. She also governs another legendary restaurant in Nice: La Reserve which stands on a particular spot in the harbor. In 2013, she was almost kidnapped once. By screaming, onlookers could help to set her free. Three years later she stood this week in front of her garage in Nice and was kidnapped after all by three men wearing balaclavas.

French Riviera kidnapping, dark rooms and poisoned mushrooms

A day later, her son Gerard received a phone call. A man’s voice speaking in poor English: “Jeuh hef to paj for our mudder’. The son thought he recognized the voice as the former Italian manager of La Reserve, but he was not certain. Fortunately, thanks to observant neighbors, the local police could raid within 48 hours at an address in Nice where a suspicious car was parked with bent plates. No, that is not noticeable. Jacqueline Veyrac was freed and is in a good health condition. Nine people are arrested, including … the former manager. You can make a bad Italian mafia film about this, in which obviously a Smart will play a large role.

Statistics of the National Police shows that the Smart is the most stolen car on the Côte d’Azur. Did you expect that? On the second place stands the Land Rover followed by Ford Fiesta. Not really a VIP car list, but cars are most stolen on Cote d’Azur (behind Paris).

Visitors shopping at Polygone Riviera in Cagnes sur Mer did not had to be afraid their car was stolen this Wednesday; the power fell out in the parking garages and all gates remained closed. Panic started as mobile phones did not work either. Above ground the Primark shop was cleared in haste; customers stood naked in the fitting rooms and had to be accompanied with torches to go outside, while other people screamed about an attack. It was fortunately just an electricity failure. Modern technology is nice, as long as it works.

Then you’d better really far out the city and go to the forest; after all this is the season to pick mushrooms. A growing trend in this outdoor activity made that this month 87 people ended up in hospital after eating poisonous mushrooms. Prince Albert does a better job in the outside country; he bought in Philadelpia for $ 775,000 a great country house. Not just a house, but the house where his mother Princess Grace of Monaco grew up. Aaaah, sweet huh. Prince Albert will use the house as a museum or maybe an office for the Grace Kelly Foundation. If you are you looking to buy a nice small cottage on the French Riviera, we invite you to meet us.


For the next week the French Riviera offers again lots of activities. The complete events calendar can be installed on your mobile via the French Riviera Lifestyle App. We show two tips where we could be find.

We wish you again a great week!

Ab and Jo


C’est pas classique 

For three days, you can enjoy more than 50 free concerts in Nice Acropolis. Film music, Beethoven and an homage to David Bowie by Cannes orchestra.

4 to 6 november 2016

From 14.00 to 23.00


Nice Acropolis

1 Esplanade John Fitzgerald Kennedy

06000 Nice



A party of honey in Cannes Palm Beach. The red carpet is rolled out for anyone who loves good food. The art of enjoyment is the  central theme and you can be part of that for 5 euros. Ten euros more brings you behind the scenes of famous cuisine masters and princesses.

4 to 7 november 2016

From 10.00 – 20.00


Palm Beach

Place Franklin Roosevelt

06400 Cannes

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Ab Kuijer

Experienced communicator and marketeer. Former radio, TV and advertising producer in Amsterdam. Author of ‘Think Small, Grow Big’ that explains why advertising is dead. Owner of an international marketing agency specialised in real estate. Lives in the South of France since 2006 for obvious reasons: sun, sea, wine and healthy food. Became on the Cote d'Azur the first Dutch President of the British Chamber of Commerce, later rebranded the Riviera Business Club. Happily married to Jojo. Ab reads and writes 2000 words per day about different topics.Living on the Côte d'Azur is the first real estate portal with a personal service. A daily fresh collection of more than 1400 high-value luxury properties and new construction projects along the French Riviera; from Menton to Saint Tropez. Clients recommend us for being responsive, professional, honest and accurate.With local multi-lingual teams, Living on the Côte d'Azur provides a 'Good old Dutch' Service for foreign buyers, helping them on the journey from a long-list selection towards visiting the short-list. We explain how French real estate law works, and guide the buyers through the impressive French paperwork and are finally present at the notary for the final deed.