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Brexit referendum
Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
Photo: AFP

British expats did not turn their backs on the UK, they took advantage of Britain being in the EU and it's a travesty many of them won't get a say in whether it leaves.

Protesters clash with police over France's new labour laws
Protesters burn a Porsche in Nantes, western France. Photo: AFP

Over 20 police officers were injured and 124 people were arrested as protesters clashed police across France.

Parisians paying dearly for their bad 'parking'
Some of the parking efforts are atrocious... Photo: Tejvan Pettinger/Flickr

The atrocious parking efforts in Paris are bringing in some whopping earnings.

Drunk English men booted off Ryanair flight in France
A Ryanair flight at Limoges airport. Photo: AFP

A flight from England to Spain had to make and an emergency landing in central France on Thursday after two men began fighting on board.

French church hit by new paedophile priest scandal
Photo: Margaret/Flickr

Another French priest has been accused of paedophilia as the Catholic church comes under more pressure.

Brexit
Expats lose bid to scrap 15-year rule for EU referendum
Photo: D Smith/Flickr

Long term British expats face being locked out of Brexit referendum after high court ruling on Thursday.

Austria returns Nazi stolen art to French heirs
Jeanne Pontillon à la capeline by Berthe Morisot. Photo: Museum der Moderne Salzburg

A painting stolen by the Nazis after the invasion of France during the Second World War has been returned to it’s rightful owner by authorities in Salzburg.

'We'll call you': France tackles racial discrimination in jobs
See you tomorrow, if you're white, if not "sorry we are not looking for anyone". Photo: Labour Minister

France's bold campaign to highlight racial discrimination may not have quite had the desired effect.

Earthquake hits west coast of France
Photo: Renass

An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale has hit the west coast of France.

Features
Meet France's newest major city and its best kept secret
Place Stanislas. Dominik "Dome"/Flickr

It's the newest and probably least known metropolis in France - and here's why you should visit, or even think about living there.

Secrets and lies: The life of an au pair in France
Photo: Evil Erin/Flickr

Want the plain, unvarnished truth about being an au pair in France? Read this.

Nine of the quirkiest things you can see in Paris
Photo: AFP

Take a closer look at the more unusual side of Paris.

VIDEO: Did you know all these stars spoke great French?
US actor Bradley Cooper. Photo: AFP

There are famous people out there who can speak pretty good French.

Queen's 90th Birthday
Queen Elizabeth at 90: Is she really fluent in French?
President François Hollande and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo (right) seem delighted with the Queen's level of French. Photo: AFP

There are not many Brits out there who can speak French at the age of 90, but Queen Elizabeth is one of them. But how good is her lingo really?

More news
New strikes hit flights and trains in Paris
RER B one of the train lines hit by Thursday's protests. All Photos: AFP

Flights cancelled and train services cut due to the latest strike in France.

'Justice is on its way': Abdeslam charged in France
Salah Abdeslam is escorted to prison in France. Photo: AFP

Families of Paris terror attacks hail extradition and indictment of Salah Abdeslam.

Baguettiquette: Weird things the French do with bread
Photo: Serious Lunch

Some of the things the French do with their favorite form of sustenance are baffling to foreigners.

Is it really safe to come to France for Euro 2016?
All photos: AFP

Football fans around Europe will be asking whether it is really safe to come France this summer.

Paris to get 'gift' of another mega art gallery
The Bourse de Commerce, soon to be Paris' newest art museum. Photo: Eric Feferburg/AFP

Paris is hardly short on art galleries, but there'll soon be a new kid on the block.

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From our other editions
Teen confesses to gang rape attack in Vienna
CHRISTIAN BRUNA/EPA

Teenager admits to being involved in an alleged gang rape attack on a student in a public toilet in Vienna.

Zurich rents are most expensive in Switzerland
File photo: The Local

But you get more for your money than in Geneva.

The Local List
Germany's most bizarre May 1st traditions
Locals from Ruhpolding, Bavaria ride a stolen Maibaum down the street. Photo: DPA.

May 1st brings out weird and wonderful traditions in Germany, from mountain-top witch parties to day-drinking and dancing. Something wicked this way comes...

Could Danes face a 'red meat tax' to help climate?
The council said that consumers should be prompted to eat less meat through a tax. Photo: Bjarke Bo Olsen/Scanpix

“Danes are ethically obligated to change their eating habits," the Danish Council on Ethics said in suggesting a tax on meat.

Couple caught on camera having sex on metro platform
Screen grab: Krroks/YouTube

The hunt is on for a couple filmed getting a bit too frisky on a metro platform in Barcelona on Saturday night.

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Why this man could become the next president of France
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VIDEO: Jewellers in southern France raided by... swarm of bees
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Why are more and more people dying on French roads?
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VIDEO: Mass street brawl erupts at Paris migrant camp
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Film 'Chocolat' highlights taboo of race problem in French cinema
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British people have been urged to come to France... and to get naked
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15 reasons Clermont-Ferrand is the best place in France
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Steven Spielberg and Jodie Foster top star-studded Cannes cast
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