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Audio: Doing art that sells vs. art that stirs

By Lara Bockenstedt: Talking with several artists of Nice, France, iei Media reporter Lara Bockenstedt delves into the adaptations artists embody in order to continue creating.          

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Eze facing trying year after Paris attacks

By Jonah Tuck: On a typical Monday 20 years ago, Marie-Claude Bidegainberry’s jewelry and keepsake shop would have a steady stream of wealthy American customers. Despite not having many domestic tourists, the area still did well largely due to the North American and Russian tourists, she said. Now, Mondays are different. Bidegainberry’s store, Pyrdecor, remains relatively empty. […]

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Euro Cup fans leave towns no extra time — or money

By Drew May: CAGNES-SUR-MER, France — Few people wander through a quiet Saturday morning market in Cagnes-sur-Mer, as a small group of boys play soccer in front of them. The sun is shinning, but business owners are spending time talking amongst themselves rather than with customers. Fifteen kilometres away in Nice, thousands of tourists have come to watch […]

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Tram project gives Nice headaches and hope

By Heather Botham: It’s not easy to ignore the roaring, screeching and clanging of the sky-high machinery echoing off buildings on Nice’s usually quiet Rue de France. The sounds are coming from the construction on the extension of the city’s tramway, a project that began about three months ago. The construction is part of a 20-year […]

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Cote d’Azur studio artists claim their independence

By Jean Strong: EZE, France — Paintings and collages of all colours, sizes and types fill every inch of space on the stone walls, skinny tables overflow with prints, smaller paintings and bookmarks with the same signature. Leaning against a desk is a folder containing nude sketches of every size, and palettes are visible hanging in […]

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Les Chaises Bleues: the symbol of relaxation in Nice

By Katie Bonnema: NICE, France – For more than 60 years Les Chaises Bleues have been a special place to meet, chat and enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea from the Promenade des Anglais. “Paris has the Eiffel Tower and Nice has the blue chairs,” said Sébastian Di Natale, a Niçois (a native of Nice) […]

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Henri Matisse’s art in Nice ‘Deceptively simple’ but difficult to imitate

By Zoë Kaler: NICE, France – For the last 13 years of his life, Henri Matisse sat in a wheelchair, cutting paper into simple forms like a child would. By the time he died in Nice in 1954 at age 84, Matisse was internationally recognized as one of the fathers of modern art. “When someone […]

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Video: Street performers define Nice culture on the Promenade

By Brian Sheridan: This video package is about the different kinds of street performers in Nice, France. From musicians to dancers to painters, all of them come to Promenade des Anglais at night to showcase their passion.

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Despite commercial challenges, the Côte d’Azur continues to inspire artists

By Isabelle Docto: NICE, France — Every morning at around 9, a man lays out his black stool, satchel and grocery bag. He props 8-10 canvases of his art against the wall of an old building on Rue de la Prefecture in Vieille Nice. The pieces are a mixture of photography and acrylic pigments layered on […]

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Slideshow: Chez Theresa and socca, traditional wood-fired food

By Claudia Cañedo Lou: NICE, France — At Chez Theresa, a socca restaurant provider in Old Nice, owner Ron Accord starts his day at 5 a.m. by making the mix for this popular chickpea pancake in a wood-fired oven. He pours this batter onto a large iron plaque where it bakes into a crispy golden crêpe. Simple ingredients and […]

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