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Football: Monaco can keep HQ in Monaco...for 50 million euros

Monaco have won the right to keep their head office in the Principality rather than in France but only after agreeing to pay France's professional football league (LFP) 50 million euros. Friday's agreement to the long running dispute means Monaco will escape France's new 75 percent super-rich tax rate. The LFP in March 2013 issued Monaco with an ultimatum -- telling the Ligue 1 side to move their registered company across the border into France by June 2014 or risk getting kicked out of the French league.

Controversial Grace Kelly movie to open Cannes festival

A controversial biographical film on Princess Grace of Monaco, which has been slammed by the former Hollywood star's children as "pure fiction", will open the Cannes film festival, the organisers said Friday. The world preview of "Grace of Monaco" will take place on May 14 in the out of competition category, a statement said. It will simultaneously be released in France and several cities around the world. The 67th Cannes film festival will run from May 14-25 in the southern France resort town.

Football: Monaco not budging in tax row

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has insisted that there is "no possibility" of the club adhering to French tax laws despite attempts by their rivals to force them to do so. The French league's ruling body, the LFP, ruled earlier this year that all professional clubs must be set up as French companies for tax purposes, a decision that was made targeting Monaco.

14 cats, dog rescued from Princess Grace's childhood home

By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The once-stately childhood home of American actress Grace Kelly, who starred in the 1950s films "Rear Window" and "High Society" and later became Princess of Monaco, was raided this week after animal welfare officials saw evidence of animal abuse. Law enforcement officials from the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized 14 cats and one dog from the home occupied by an elderly woman in Philadelphia's East Falls neighborhood. One dead cat was also found.

Nicole Kidman to star in Grace Kelly biopic

Culture Desk, Sep 17 (EFE).- Australian actress Nicole Kidman shines like a true princess in the first available images from "Grace of Monaco," the biopic about the Monegasque princess that will premiere in late December. In the first and very brief trailer - a scant one minute's worth - Grace Kelly (Kidman) at a gala dinner whispers in the ear of Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth), walks through the principality followed by the unmistakeable silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock (Roger Ashton-Griffiths), and ascends a magnificent palace staircase.

Football: Monaco left frustrated by stubborn Toulouse

Monaco dropped points for the first time in this Ligue 1 season as Claudio Ranieri's side played out a goalless draw against Toulouse on Friday. Having beaten Bordeaux 2-0 and then thumped Montpellier 4-1 in their opening two matches, the principality club would have been confident of extending their perfect start against a limited Toulouse outfit. However, they could not find a way through the visitors' well-marshalled defence and will be left to wonder how the game might have turned out had they had they been able to enjoy the backing of their own supporters.

Football: VIPs find way around Monaco stadium ban

Prince Albert of Monaco and France coach Didier Deschamps were at the Stade Louis II for the principality club's Ligue 1 game against Toulouse on Friday despite the match being played behind closed doors. Deschamps, who coached Monaco during their run to the Champions League final in 2004, confirmed to AFP that he was there on official duty as France coach, as he prepares to name his squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers in Georgia and Belarus.

Carlota Casiraghi's figure fuels speculation about possible pregnancy

Paris, Jul 1 (EFE).- The figure of Carlota Casiraghi, who on the weekend gave the impression of having a prominent abdomen underneath the loose-fitting clothing she wore at the Monte Carlo horse jumping competition, has sparked widespread speculation about whether the daughter of Monaco's Princess Caroline is pregnant. Casiraghi, who will turn 27 next month, showed up at the principality's traditional equestrian contest along with her mother and her uncle, Prince Albert II, though without her boyfriend, actor Gad Elmaleh.

Football: Monaco president announces Falcao signing

Monaco's billionaire Russian owner Dmitry Rybolovlev announced on Friday the signature of Colombia forward Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid in a deal believed to be worth around 60 million euros ($77 million). "I would like to officially announce that Falcao has signed his contract," Rybolovlev said through a French interpreter at an event celebrating Monaco's promotion to the French top flight next season with Prince Albert of Monaco and coach Claudio Ranieri also present.

Football: Monaco seal return to Ligue 1

Monaco clinched promotion back to Ligue 1 after two seasons in the second tier on Saturday thanks to a 1-0 win away to Nimes. The principality club had to win in Nimes to be certain of clinching promotion with two games to spare, and duly got the three points they needed thanks to a stoppage-time goal from substitute Ibrahima Toure. Claudio Ranieri's side have lost just one of their last 19 Ligue 2 games and are six points clear of Guingamp in second. They need just two more points from their remaining matches to win the title.
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