The French Riviera or Côte dAzur is the area of coastline from the Italian border to Saint Tropez. It includes Frances fifth largest city, Nice which has a population of around 360 thousand, many of whom are from the International Community. The main industries of the Cote dAzur are technology and tourism (around four million people visit Nice every year). The most recent census puts the foreign community at nearly 200 thousand people although the number of non-french nationals is thought to be much higher. The French Riviera surrounds the principality of Monaco with a total population of over two million. It also contains the seaside resorts of Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, Cannes, Fréjus, Sainte Maxime and Saint-Tropez, The area houses one of the worlds leading science parks, the technopole at Sophia-Antipolis (north of Antibes) and a research and technology centre at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. Nice also has a well respected International School.
We have been talking to parents from the International Community bin different parts of the French Riviera about their experiences with kids in all sorts of areas including education & services, activities & day-trips, where they shop, where they eat as well as their favourite beaches, parks & play-areas. We hope you find it useful!