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Louis Notari – the Father of Monegasque Literature

Louis Notari

Anywhere in the Principality you will probably hear English, French, Russian, Italian, and possibly more languages spoken. Monaco is truly a multi-national playground and its residents are multi-lingual. However, the Monaco constitution of 1962 stipulates French as its only official language. But if you stroll through the narrow streets of le Rocher, you may hear yet another language that is …

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Stranger than Fiction: the Real Lives that Inspired «Tender is the Night»


Behind the scenes and the characters that inspired one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best-selling novels. The glitz and the glamour were the flashy cover, but what lurked behind the enviable façade was the incandescent relationship between a narcissistic artist and his explosive muse. The audacious behaviour of Zelda Fitzgerald was the talk of the society papers, but her time on …

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Visits of French presidents to Monaco: from François Miterrand to François Hollande

François Miterrand

HelloMonaco continues its series of publications about the visits of the French presidents to the Principality of Monaco. After the visit of Charles de Gaulle in 1960, there was a lull in the visits of the leaders of the French Republic and the cooling of diplomatic relations between the countries. The first to arrive on a state visit was François …

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François and Marie Blanc: on a tricky path to the dream and prosperity


Gambling in Monaco was first authorized by Prince Florestan I. He signed the law legalizing gambling two months before his death, in April 1856. However, it didn’t become official until December of that year with the opening of the first gambling house in the Palais de la Condamine. It therefore had all started more than a century before the official …

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The Military History of Prince Louis II

Prince Albert II at Prince Louis II exhibition

In this article, HelloMonaco will share with you some history pages about the Prince of Monaco Louis II and his military service before he ascended to the throne of the Principality. Prince Louis II and the great war are both part of an exhibition in Jonchery-sur-Vesle, commemorating the centenary of the battle of Chemin des Dames.  Through historical documents, photographs …

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