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Hollande meets Merkel to seek way out of crisis
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens on Monday. Photo: AFP

Hollande meets Merkel to seek way out of crisis

UPDATED: French president François Hollande was due to hold talks with Germany's Angela Merkel in Paris on Monday as the heads of the eurozone's two biggest economies seek a solution to the Greece crisis. READ  

Far left and far right herald Greece’s 'No' vote
Marine Le Pen was thrilled by Sunday's Greek referendum result. Photo: AFP

Far left and far right herald Greece’s 'No' vote

While France’s mainstream parties differ wildly over what to do with Greece, the country’s more extreme political groups on the far left and the far right have both hailed the referendum result. READ  

Tour de France stage hit by almighty crash
Race chief Christian Prudhomme signals that the race has been "neutralised" after the crash. Photo: AFP

Tour de France stage hit by almighty crash

Stage three of the 2015 Tour de France had to be temporarily stopped on Monday after an almighty crash left several riders injured. See the dramatic video here. READ  

Paris to welcome Game of Thrones exhibition
The exhibition includes Khaleesi's dragon eggs. Screengrab: YouTube

Paris to welcome Game of Thrones exhibition

Paris may be in the midst of a scorching heatwave, but for Game of Thrones fans in the city winter is certainly coming, with the upcoming arrival of an exhibition devoted to the blockbuster TV series. READ  

Army to patrol Tour de France rail crossings
An image of the the riders crossing the train tracks in the Paris-Roubaix race just before a TGV arrives. Photo: Screengrab Eurosport

Army to patrol Tour de France rail crossings

French soldiers will guard every train crossing on the route on the Tour de France to stop riders going under the barrier, the government said Monday. READ  

Belgians are the bad boys of French roads
The most common driving offence in France is speeding. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Belgians are the bad boys of French roads

Belgian drivers commit an average of 1,150 driving offences per day in France, far more than other European nations, according to statistics released by France's road safety agency. READ  

French teen shoots dead own twin by accident
Tragedy in eastern France as a bother accidentally shoots his twin dead.Photo: AFP

French teen shoots dead own twin by accident

A tragic accident in eastern France on Sunday saw a 14-year-old French boy accidentally shoot his twin brother dead during a family dinner. READ  

Wanted: 50,000 more French civil servants
In 2013 there were 5.6 million civil servants on France's payroll. Photo: Crowd.

Wanted: 50,000 more French civil servants

A whopping 20 percent of France’s working population is on the payroll of the state. But new figures reveal that there are still 50,000 posts that need to be filled. READ  

Fine French wines to mature in Atlantic Ocean
Is storing wine in the sea the future? Photo: Credit Agricole GC

Fine French wines to mature in Atlantic Ocean

Will wine lovers be storing their priciest plonk at the bottom of the sea in future, instead of in their basements? An experiment underway off the coast of western France could soon give us the answer. READ  

European heatwave
Heatwave not finished with France just yet
People enjoy the mist from a water sprayer at the entrance of the 27th Eurockeennes music festival site in Belfort on July 4th. Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Heatwave not finished with France just yet

The heatwave that has baked France for almost week continued to leave huge parts of the country on alert on Monday. READ  

Features
Stunning French villages you've never heard of
The tiny village of Eus. Photo: Les plus beaux villages de France

Stunning French villages you've never heard of

Right after France voted for its favourite village for 2015, we avoid the crowds and list the ten best French villages you've never heard of, with the help of some French people in the know. READ  

Paris Olympics 2024?
Can Paris win the bid for the 2024 Olympics?
Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo at the official launch of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics. Photo: AFP

Can Paris win the bid for the 2024 Olympics?

After officially announcing its bid, Paris has been installed as the front runner for the 2024 Olympics Games. But how does the French capital compare to the other cities in the hat and does it have a chance to win? READ  

Ten must-visit movie scene locations in Paris
The Inception Bridge also featured in Parks and Recreation. Photo: Deedle-Dee Productions

Ten must-visit movie scene locations in Paris

Fancy feeling like you're in a movie? Here's how to find the spots where ten of the most famous movie scenes in the French capital were set, put together by the folks at Set in Paris walking tours. READ  

Editor's blog
Lay off the French - They are not that rude
Surely the French aren't that rude to tourists. Photo: AFP

Lay off the French - They are not that rude

France's foreign minister and tourist chiefs think the renowned French rudeness to visitors is a problem that needs resolving but are they really unwelcoming and unfriendly to visitors? Surely it's time to put that cliché to bed, argues The Local's Ben McPartland. READ  

And the most beautiful square in France is...?
Can you spot which square in France this is? Photo: Carlos Martin/Flickr

And the most beautiful square in France is...?

From cities across France, here's a selection of the most stunning squares the country has to offer. But which one gets your vote? READ  

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Ten French Unesco sites you won't have heard of
Everyone knows Mont Saint-Michel but what about some of France's more unknown Unesco World Heritage sites? Photo: AFP/Unesco

Ten French Unesco sites you won't have heard of

After France was awarded two new World Heritage sites at the weekend The Local has dug up some of the country’s least known gems on a list that now boasts 41. How many of these have you heard of? READ  

'Political interventions before World Cup votes'
Fifa President Sepp Blatter. Photo: AFP

'Political interventions before World Cup votes'

According to Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, French and German presidents applied political pressure prior to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes READ  

Champagne awarded World Heritage status
A champagne vineyard in Villenauxe-la-Grande, near Epernay, eastern France. Photo: Alain Julien/AFP

Champagne awarded World Heritage status

The historic vineyards and wine cellars of the Champagne region, where the world's most famous sparkling wines are produced, as well as Burgundy vineyards were listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO on Saturday. READ  

Calais migrants' crisis
Migrants disrupt Channel Tunnel traffic in Calais
Migrants climbing into the back of a lorry in Calais, northern France. Photo: Philippe Huguen / AFP

Migrants disrupt Channel Tunnel traffic in Calais

Traffic along the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France was disrupted late Friday night when dozens of migrants attempted to enter restricted areas of the tunnel in Calais, officials said. READ  

Greece crisis
Varoufakis accuses creditors of 'terrorism'
Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: John Thys/AFP

Varoufakis accuses creditors of 'terrorism'

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused Athens' creditors of "terrorism" in an interview published on Saturday, a day before Greeks vote in a high-stakes referendum on their bailout. READ  

VIDEO
Paris opens parks 24h a day so locals can cool off
Photo: AFP

Paris opens parks 24h a day so locals can cool off

Authorities in Paris are to open parks at night to allow the the capital's residents to cool off, while one MP has proposed a new law allowing workers to go home when the mercury hits 35C. READ  

Guestblog - "J'aime McDo"
Why do the French love McDonald's so much?
Why do the French love McDonald's? Photo: AFP

Why do the French love McDonald's so much?

In the country that invented haute cuisine – Janine Marsh, editor of The Good Life France, asks "Just why are the French so-Mcdo-pro?" READ  

Uber suspends UberPop service in France
Taxi drivers called for an end to UberPop and they've got what they wanted, for now at least. Photo: AFP

Uber suspends UberPop service in France

Uber announced on Friday that it will be suspending its UberPop in France a week after the government and taxi drivers declared war on the controversial service. READ  

Travel warnings as France heads on holiday
Being stuck in a car or a train will not be pleasant this weekend. Photo: AFP

Travel warnings as France heads on holiday

It promises to be a hot weekend on roads around France and not just because of the heatwave. With the summer holidays about to start, warnings have been issued to motorists. READ  

Tour de France to take place amid tight security
Photo: AFP

Tour de France to take place amid tight security

The Tour de France, the world's most famous bike race gets underway on Saturday with French authorities promising security will be their top priority with the country on heightened terror alert. READ  

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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class
File photo: Larry D. Moore/Wikimedia

Teacher kills rabbits in front of class

Outraged parents and students from Horn, Lower Austria have called for a secondary school teacher to be sacked after he killed two rabbits in front of his class as part of a biology lesson. READ  

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated
Bathers swimming in the Rhine River in Basel, expected to be one of the hottest places in the country. Photo: Basel Tourismus

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated

Switzerland is preparing for the most intense heatwave in almost 12 years with weather experts predicting high temperatures above 35C for the first eight to ten days of July. READ  

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar
The Panther tank removed from a cellar in Kiel, with a prosecutors' evidence label attached to its barrel. Photo: DPA

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar

Police searched a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday and found a Second World War tank, a torpedo and other weaponry in the cellar. On Thursday they were still working on removing the tank. READ  

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship
Sam Mansour. Photo: Jeanne Kornum/Scanpix

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship

Sam Mansour, who has been dubbed ‘The Bookseller from Brønshøj’ and ‘al-Qaeda’s PR man in Denmark’, on Wednesday became the first ever Dane to have his citizenship revoked for illegal activity. READ  

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The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law
Spaniards have been protesting as the country's new "gag law" comes into force. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law

Its many detractors complain that the new "gag law" introduced today harks back to the repressive days of the Franco regime. Here are a list of its most controversial points. READ  

How to keep cool like an ancient Roman
A centurion crosses the road. Photo: Filippo Monteforte

How to keep cool like an ancient Roman

As the mercury rises in Italy and the days and nights get unbearable, we look to the ancient world for tips on staying cool. READ  

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease
A biopsy of a small bowel afflicted by coeliac disease. Photo: ToNToNi/Wikimedia Commons

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease

Norwegian scientists have discovered the cause of coeliac disease, the auto-immune disorder which causes gluten intolerance in about one in a hundred people READ  

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Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland
Visby, Gotland. Photo: Rodrigo Rivas/Imagebank Sweden

Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland

Gotland is in the national spotlight each summer during Sweden's annual politics forum, Almedalen. But here's why it is also one of the nation's favourite tourist spots. READ  

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