|Queen Beatrix passes the scepter|
|Willem-Alexander, Maxima and children|
|Vieux Port entre Flammes et Flots|
The "Vieux Port Entre Flammes et Flots" festival drew 400,000 visitors who spread across the main Esplanade (with Norman Foster's popular "Ombrière") and the closed-to-traffic boulevards flanking the port like a slowly moving human carpet. The 160-meter-long pontoon bridge, designed to carry 4000 people at a time, was particularly appreciated and soon had waiting lines of over an hour. But nobody seemed to mind and those who made it across called it well worth the wait.
|And the winner is...|
Further evidence of Berlusconi's influence can be found in the fact that Enrico Letta's first act was to scrap the IMU housing tax instituted by Mario Monti, which Berlusconi had vowed to nullify.
Score one for Berlusconi − and a loss to the government of 8 billion euros a year.