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Top 10 stories of the week about Monaco

Want to know what happened in the Principality over the last week? Here we selected for you 10 most interesting stories to keep you updated.

1. Monaco launches world’s fastest internet

Las week marked the launch of a major advance: the first mobile commercial network at 1Gb/s. With this innovation, Monaco Telecom is continuing its commitment to combine performance and quality. The 4G at 1Gb/s is 21 times faster than 3G.

2. Café de Paris to be opened in Macau


An exciting new Asian partnership is developing for SBM in Macau with the Galaxy Group. Further possible projects are on the horizon as well. CEO of SBM, Jean-Luc Masurel, provides further details of this intriguing venture to bring the SBM brand to gaming in new frontiers.

3. Cannes 2017: Monica Bellucci to be the Mistress of Ceremonies

Monica Bellucci

Cannes welcomes the 70th Cinema Festival on May 17, and the Mistress of Ceremony will be Monica Bellucci. The Italian beauty was honoured to open and to close the annual awards ceremony. From 17 to 28 May 2017, the Festival will have the well-known Italian actress Monica Bellucci as the mistress of opening and closing ceremonies.

4. Monaco Grand Prix: “The best marshals in the world

Marshals Grand Prix

The 56 new marshals for the ePrix and the Grand Prix were inducted last week, after a large safety meeting.

“The group of marshals at Monaco’s Grand Prix is recognized and reputed to be the best in the whole world,” declared Patrice Cellario, advisor to the Government-Minister of the Interior. Here, we aim for excellence from any point of view. To achieve this, the volunteers train before each edition.  The experienced ones receive a refresher course, newcomers complete training for the first time. “We are the only Grand Prix to do these internships each year…”

5. Border Security: Nice customs threaten to go on strike

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A customs syndicate union is threatening to go on strike. The issue: the new Levante DF33 in Nice. Agents claim that the Cote d’Azur will no longer be monitored by customs for at least one month per year.

6. Gilles Tonelli talks about Monaco’s aid to Mali

Gilles Tonelli
Laying the foundation stone at the cardiac catheterisation centre in Mali, in the presence of the Minister of Public Health and Hygiene and François Bourlon, paediatric cardiologist at the Monaco Cardiothoracic Centre. Source:

Fourteen million euros, or twenty million by 2020, is the budget allocated by the state each year. A sum spent on world aid via the Directorate of International Cooperation, which works against poverty and helps access to health and education. Twelve countries are supported by Monaco every year: Mauritania, Senegal, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Tunisia, Morocco, Mongolia, South Africa, Lebanon, Niger. And Mali, which was recently visited by Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, in early April.

7. Monaco added to Italy’s ‘White List’

taxation agreement

In early April 2017, an important taxation agreement between Monaco and Italy came into force…

As a direct result, Monaco now appears on the Italian ‘White List’ of tax compliant jurisdictions. The Agreement creates both opportunities and challenges for companies or individuals that fall within its scope, and is an important change for those who are tax residents in Italy or Monaco with economic interests in the other jurisdiction.

8. Top 5 Monaco Princely News: Art Exhibitions and Royal Twins

Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the opening of the Art Monte-Carlo 2017. Source:

Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Hanover attended the opening of the Art Monte-Carlo 2017 exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. Art Monte-Carlo is a new art exhibition, which aims to establish an artistic platform on the French Riviera (Côte d’Azur).

9. Presentation on MonacoTech on the Occasion of the Diplomatic Conference


A presentation on the MonacoTech project was made by Fabrice Marquet, its Director, on the occasion of the Diplomatic Conference, at which the Ambassadors of Monaco abroad gathered for two days.

10. Tête de Chien: Monegasque officials are looking at their options

Serge Telle at Tete de Chien

Offices? A cable car? What will become of the Tête de Chien, recently acquired by the Principality?

On 25th April, Tuesday morning, Serge Telle, Minister of State, visited the Tête de Chien for the first time since its purchase by the Principality in July 2016.

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