Call it Easter or spring, but celebrate: it’s a Swiss long holiday weekend!

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Weather outlook for 29 March-1 April: some are calling it an April Fool’s joke Don’t forget to change your clocks GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – First, the weather, mostly lousy, with occasional sunshine and unseasonably low temperatures. Throughout Switzerland, from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April, the weather forecast is for rain or snow every day, […]

How to learn French in a hurry: drink Swiss wine

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – I’ve been following Ta-Nehisi Coates’s rollercoaster ride to speaking perfect French – he writes for The Atlantic, and I’m an old fan of the magazine. I suddenly realized he was going to be spending four days in Montreux, a serious crash course to maitriser la langue even though my sense of Montreux […]

Drug addict who died in police car: heart attack or asphyixiation

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 41-year-old Italian man who died in a patrol car while being taken in for questioning, 11 January in Montreux, most likely died from reflex cardiac arrest or asphyixiation, preliminary autopsy results show. The man swallowed a plastic bag with cocaine that he managed to grab, while in the car, from police […]

Tickets on sale for Claude Nobs farewell concert

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Details are out for the public farewell evening in memory of Claude Nobs, head of the Montreux Jazz Festival, who died 10 January. “Claude Nobs—Le Montreusien” event is Friday 8 February at the Montreux Music and Convention Center in Montreux. Tickets are free, but the number available is limited: first come, first […]

Man dies in Montreux police car after swallowing drugs sack

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police in canton Vaud say a 41-year-old Italian man died while being taken in for questioning, after swallowing a plastic bag. Police officers called to a building on the Avenue des Alpes at 22:15 Friday 11 January to check on ;the suspicious behaviour of a person who appeared to be trying to […]

MJF boss Claude Nobs hospitalized, prognosis awaited

Claude Nobs Montreux Jazz Festival founder - Photo MJF ©Lionel Flusin

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – The Foundation Board of the Montreux Jazz Festival says founder Claude Nobs is currently hospitalized and in grave condition. According to a press release sent on 7 January, Nobs, one of the most recognized names in music worldwide, is in a “state of unconsciousness” since the Christmas break. The Montreux Jazz Festival communicates that during […]

Alcazar Theatre in Montreux roof blaze: bright night, detours

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The roof of the Alcazar Theatre in the centre of Montreux suddenly burst into flames Thursday evening shortly after 21:00, for reasons that are not yet clear. Firefighters were quickly on the scene and there were no injuries, but police set up detours in the area while the fire was doused. The […]

Montreux police say dead man was Swiss, driving Russian car (update)

Dead man appeared menacing, with hunting rifle, but took no shots LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The circumstances remain murky for now, surrounding the high-speed chase and death by shooting of a man near the casino in Montreux in the early hours of Thursday. Police said at a press conference late in the morning that the person […]

Armed man shot to death by police in Montreux

Police will be holding press conference to provide details later this morning LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – An armed man was shot to death in the early hours of Thursday 20 September in an exchange of gunfire with police in Montreux. The shootout in the city centre took place after a high speed car chase that began […]

Montreux Jazz Festival: Martha Wash and Marc Cerrone kick off FREAK OUT! Dance Party

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – Remember “It’s Rainin’ Men” and “Everybody Dance”? Well, Martha Wash got Stravinsky Hall going tonight, 13 July with her unforgettable dance standards, forever imprinted on our cerebral cortex. Disco Daddy, Marc Cerrone and friends followed close behind, putting the hall into a tail – as in booty – spin. It’s getting hot […]