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Broadband and international air links make possible new careers

Perfume industry thrives because of focus on intellectual capital

Playground in need of a makeover

The FT reports on efforts to create a modern, sustainable economy that will be as famous for its laboratories as it is for its super-rich inhabitants

Politics: Sarkozy confident of support in the south

Hugh Carnegy on the backing the president has from the mayor of Nice

solar panels

SAED: Well placed to make a power play

The company has developed a new way of harnessing solar energy, says Pierre Tran

Economy: A sunbelt location for sunrise industries

Ross Tieman reports on the region’s attempt to create a 21st-century nirvana

Sophia Antipolis

High-tech: Science park seeks a fresh vision

Pierre Tran on plans to revitalise ‘Cambridge on the Côte d’Azur’

Tourism: Cannes eyes an extension to its red carpet

Scheherazade Daneshkhu reports on moves to introduce year-round attractions

Eco-Vallée: Grand plans start to take real shape

Hugh Carnegy reports on the start of regional regeneration

Villa Léopolda in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Property: Sales recover down on the corniche

Scheherazade Daneshkhu finds few distressed sellers among the super-rich

Grasse: Perfume cluster permeates the globe

Ross Tieman on an ancient craft that has adapted to modern times