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Top 10 stories of the week about Monaco

This week in the Principality is all about tennis, but a lot of other important events took place last week as well. Here we selected for you 10 most interesting stories to keep you updated.

1. Jenson Button to replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren in Monaco Grand Prix

Jenson Button will make a one-off return to Formula 1 racing for this year’s Grand Prix in Monaco as a stand-in for the former team mate Fernando Alonso at McLaren.

Alonso is missing this year’s race in the Principality in order to race a McLaren-entered car in the Indianapolis 500, which takes place on the same day as F1‘s most glamorous event.

2. Nadal or Djokovic the King of Clay in Monte-Carlo?

Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, predicts the Spaniard will win his tenth title in the Principality. An exceptional longevity explained in details.

How do you explain the longevity of Nadal on clay?

Already, he is a multiple winner of the Grand Slam, on all surfaces, which demonstrates his qualities. Then he has the profile of a clay player. A combination that explains that he has almost been unbeatable on this surface for a decade. It is unique, but coherent for his qualities.

3. Driver killed in the car crash on highway to Antibes

Easter weekend is one of the deadliest for France’s roads and highways. This time was no exception, when yet another fatal accident occurred. A driver, Russian, in his forties, died while driving on the A8 highway close to la Brague bridge in Antibes. Severely injured, the passenger was rushed to the Pasteur hospital in Nice.

4. The Monegasque Red Cross fights for Africa

Red Cross

The Monegasque Red Cross has made a call for solidarity to help put an end to one of the worst food crises currently taking place in Africa. In South Sudan one in three homes is in urgent need of food. In Nigeria, specifically the Borno region, 300,000 children will suffer from malnutrition in the next 12 months.

5. Monaco Stamp Office releases new stamps to mark 5th anniversary of Princess Charlene Foundation

Stamp Charlene 0,71€ stamp.
0,71€ stamp. Photo: Luci/Palais Princier

Two new stamps have been released by the Monaco Stamp Office to mark the fifth anniversary of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

Of the two stamps, one has a face value of 0,71€ (£0.60 or $0.75), and the other has a value of 0,85€ (£0.82 or $0.90). Both images on the stamps feature Her Serene Highness teaching children water safety and swimming.

6. La Condamine Sculptures: continuing the walk

Sainte Devote
Sainte Devote

Nestled amongst the flowerbeds in-between the entrance to the Monaco train station and the Church of Sainte Devote, there is another intriguing sculpture. It is a graceful representation of the iconic figure of Sainte Devote created by artist Cyril de La Patellière.

7. New record of the #WhiteCard сampaign 2017


Peace and Sport, the politically-neutral organisation dedicated to promoting the peace through sport movement, has hailed the success of its annual #WhiteCard campaign, which this year has reached more than 43 million people worldwide.

8. Top 4 Monaco Princely News: Prince Albert II explores environmental and dental technology in Monaco

Prince Albert at Ever
Prince Albert at Ever. Source:

The Sovereign, who is known to be particularly interested in clean technology and automobiles, attended an event that combines both. During his visit, he went behind the wheel of several vehicles: SUV Kia, the Toyota Prius hybrid and the BMW i8 coupe. The Bavarian manufacturer presented the Monegasque head of state a book portraying 100 of the brand’s automobile innovations. Beyond the test drives, it was also an opportunity for the Sovereign to discover surprising inventions.

9. Top Marques Monaco 2017: Flying cars and drone races

AeroMobil World Premiere 2017
AeroMobil World Premiere 2017. Source:

It’s the fourth biggest event in the Principality after the Monaco Grand Prix, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the Yacht Show: the Top Marques Show runs every year, displaying the world of supercars and luxury.  Cars, boats, and other futuristic innovations will be presented at this year’s fair.

10. Martial Arts: Monegasques win second place at French championships

Shorinji Kempo Monaco club
Monaco’s Stéphane Gastaldy and Junichi Muraki won second place at the French Shorinji Kempo Championships. Source:

To mark their return to competition, the Shorinji Kempo Monaco club did not take any half measures on Saturday 1 April in Paris, Porte de Versailles.

Absent from the tatami mats since 2015, Monegasque practitioners of the martial art of self-defense, the most prized martial art in Japan, climbed directly to the second step of the podium at the French championships, keeping the position they acquired in 2013. A superb entry for Stéphane Gastaldy and Junichi Muraki who were participating in their first competition.

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