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Top 10 stories of the week about Monaco

Though many news this week were related to sustainable development, it’s not the only topic talked about in the Principality. So here are 10 most interesting stories to keep you updated.

1. Yvan Griboval terminates at Monaco his around the world ​expedition

On Friday, 2 June, at 10h00, HSH Prince Sovereign Albert II of Monaco held out the mooring ropes to navigator Yvan Griboval who arrived at the pontoon of honour of the Yacht Club of Monaco on board the OceanoScientific Explorer “Boogaloo” (a 16-meter / 52.5-foot high-performance mono-hull sailboat), at the end of 152 days of a single-handed round-the-world tour, over a total distance of 35,230 nautical miles (65,246 km). Having set off from this very quayside, the navigator – explorer was determined to return to the point of departure. He had entrusted his mooring ropes to the Sovereign Prince on November 17 at the same place, underlining his wish to return to his starting point: the Monegasque club whose flag he flies.

2. Key Figures: results of the Monaco census


Census statistics results in the Principality of Monaco were presented recently at the City Hall of Monaco by Mayor Georges Marsan and Lionel Galfré, director of the IMSEE.

The figures of the census of the Principality carried out in 2016 have just been released. According to estimates by the Monegasque Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (IMSEE), 37,308 people resided in the Principality on 7 June 2016. This corresponds to 5.5% more than in 2008, at the time of the last census. Or an overall increase of 10,000 inhabitants in three decades.

3. Top 7 Monaco Princely News: Riviera Water Bike Challenge in aid of Princess’s Charlene Foundation


Princess Charlene presented awards to RWBC winners

Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco were at “Riviera Water Bike Challenge” (RWBC) held at Monaco Yacht Club on June 4, 2017. RWBC is a 21 km relay race between Nice and Monaco and held for the first time this year. Prince Albert joined the race as a contester. Princess Charlene could not join the race because of a light injury in her wrist, she watched the race and presented awards to the winners.

4. Emergency food aid: Monaco takes action

food aid

Faced with an unprecedented food crisis threatening 20 million people in Africa, the Prince’s Government recently released almost EUR 500,000 in response to several emergency appeals.

Promenade des Anglais
Promenade des Anglais. This picture taken on July 15, 2016, shows the site where a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on the Promenade des Anglais seafront near the Negresco Hotel in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016. Source:

In this special edition article, we give you details of the most exciting upcoming summer music events and performances from all styles of music. Truly, “Music is the answer!” Last August, they were thousands chanting “Music is the answer” at Cannes Electronic Beaches, a few days after the truck attack on the Promenade des Anglais. People were not even afraid! People wanted to live and to live life to the fullest, with their ears full of music. The message remains current. The summer season 2017 is sure to deliver: the Côte d’Azur has lost neither its artistic vitality nor its attractiveness. On the contrary. A year after this disastrous 14 July that put the region in mourning, but also sparked a wave of economic and tourism slump, the summer of festivals looks grand. A vintage year to toast to life, in music.

6. The Audiovisual Archives of Monaco tell their story


Since their creation in 1997, the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco has accumulated a very rich collection of professional and amateur films, photographs and audio files, coming from local and international institutions and Monegasque families.

World No Tobacco Day

In 1988, the World Health Organization organized World No Tobacco Day, which takes place every 31 May. An opportunity to focus on tobacco control in Monaco. Dr. Mohamed Mouhssine, a tobacco scientist at the Princess Grace Hospital, gave us an update.

Prince Albert II vs Trump
American withdrawal from Paris Agreement: “a grave historical error”. Source:

A decision by Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement has caused a flood of reactions, including one from Prince Albert II. Even before the Prince’s Palace published an official statement in which the Sovereign expressed himself without compromise, entrusted us with his analysis: “It is a very grave historical error and a very bad sign for the international community. When a large country retreats on a commitment it has made at the highest international level, it is very serious.”

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr performing in 1965. Source:

A man who gained worldwide fame as a member of the biggest, most iconic boy band in the history lived in Monaco for many years of his life – Ringo Starr.

Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) first rose to fame in the early 1960’s as the drummer for the legendary rock groupThe Beatles, and to this day is still the richest drummer of all time. As well as playing the drums, Starr was also a talented singer and songwriter for the band, occasionally singing lead vocals, in songs such as “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Yellow Submarine”, as well as writing the songs “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden”.

10. Monaco launches transoceanic exploration vessel

The Yersin
The Yersin is a 75-metre ship that will embark on a three-year exploration journey. Source:

The Principality of Monaco has launched a transoceanic exploration vessel that will traverse the world’s oceans while providing a research platform for dozens of scientists who try to gain a deeper understanding of the blue planet.

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