April 17, 2024

Is it all over for Julian Alaphilippe and Marion Rousse?

Unlike most of his fellow cyclists, Julian Alaphilippe didn’t try to escape on vacation. He spent most of his time in Andorra with Marion Rousse and their little Nino, before joining his team-mates for a training camp in Spain. So he was in his little village of La Massana when a historic demonstration took place in the streets of Andorra la Vella on October 31. The reason for th…

Unlike most of his fellow cyclists, Julian Alaphilippe didn’t try to escape on vacation. He spent most of his time in Andorra with Marion Rousse and their little Nino, before joining his team-mates for a training camp in Spain. So he was in his little village of La Massana when a historic demonstration took place in the streets of Andorra la Vella on October 31. The reason for the demonstration? The feeling among Andorrans that their rights have been trampled underfoot since the arrival of many newcomers.

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Tax advantages are obviously a major factor in Andorra’s appeal. Julian Alaphilippe also moved there because of its altitude. But the situation is set to change, and entry conditions are set to be drastically tightened, with a 30-hour course in Catalan, the official language, required to obtain or renew residency in the principality.

The law could also change with regard to residence permits. To obtain residency