Nowhere in Monaco is more well-policed than Casino Square, and yet it was here in the very centre of Monte-Carlo that a 35 year-old nursing auxiliary crashed her car just after midnight on October 1 last year.

She walked away unhurt, but her car was badly damaged when it hit a cast-iron fence bordering the gardens, local French-language daily Monaco Matin reported. The driver was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.88 mg/l after drinking several glasses of champagne between courses during a dinner with friends, Monaco’s Criminal Court was told.

Prosecuting counsel asked for a fine of 250 euros and a six-month driving ban. However, due to the level of intoxication of the defendant, she was given an eight-day suspended prison sentence, also taking into account a previous conviction for driving too fast.