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Paris cops probed over rape of Canadian tourist
Four Paris police officers are accused of raping a Canadian tourist at police headquarters. Photo:AFP

Paris cops probed over rape of Canadian tourist

Four Paris police officers were under investigation on Friday after a Canadian tourist reported at least one of the men took her back to police headquarters in the capital's centre after a night of drinking and raped her, French media reported. READ () »

Normandy villages hit by freak violent hailstorms
This file photo shows the aftermath of a hailstorm in France in 2013. On the night of April 24, 2014 several Normandy villages were hit by a surprise hailstorm. Photo: screengrab WAT TV.

Normandy villages hit by freak violent hailstorms

Villages in Normandy, northern France were hit by freak hailstorms on Thursday night that left some houses partially buried in hail stones. Several families were forced to leave their homes. READ () »

Armstong: I'm a still a Tour de France champion
The disgraced Lance Armstrong insists he is still a Tour de France champion, despite admitting to being a drug cheat. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

Armstong: I'm a still a Tour de France champion

Disgraced drug cheat Lance Armstrong insists he is still a Tour de France champion despite being stripped of his seven titles after admitting taking performance enhancing drugs. READ () »

French rap star charged after feud turns violent
Rohff (left) pictured here by France's I-Tele being led off to prison where he remains in custody and rival French rap star Booba, who have been involved in a bitter feud. Photo: I-Tele/ AFP Guillaume

French rap star charged after feud turns violent

One of France's top rap stars was remanded in custody and charged with assaulting a sales assistant on Thursday, as a bitter feud with a rival performer turned violent this week. READ () »

France's Auchan sued over Bangladesh disaster
People wear funeral shrouds and lie on the ground as they take part in a protest marking the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza building disaster on April 24, 2014, in Paris. Photo: Lionel Bonaventur

France's Auchan sued over Bangladesh disaster

Three organizations said on Thursday they had filed a judicial complaint against French supermarket giant Auchan in the first such case in Europe in the wake of the deadly Bangladesh factory disaster a year ago. READ () »

Le Pen's unholy alliance hoping to destroy the EU
France's National Front party is trying to build a European far-right coalition. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

Le Pen's unholy alliance hoping to destroy the EU

France’s National Front party is trying to unite a multi-nation, far-right alliance ahead of next month’s crucial European elections. The distinctly anti-EU mob would include Nazi sympathisers, anti-Muslim leaders and fervent nationalists. We take a closer look. READ () »

Chinese crackdown hurts French booze sales
A Chinese crackdown on leaders posh gifts and lavish meals has hurt French booze sales. Photo: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP

Chinese crackdown hurts French booze sales

French booze sales in China have taken a hit after party leaders cracked down on extravagant gift-giving and sumptuous feasts in the wake of several stinging corruption scandals. READ () »

Blood on cloth didn't belong to King Louis XVI
A gourd said to hold the blood of France's last king, Louis XVI, in fact doesn't. Photo: File

Blood on cloth didn't belong to King Louis XVI

Scientists say a morbid souvenir from the execution of France's last king, a cloth dipped in his blood, is a fake. The long controversial keepsake has previously been verified as containing the blood of Louis XVI. READ () »

The view from La Rue
Parisians really are rude to tourists -  true or false?
Is the rude Parisian waiter more of a myth than a reality? We ask tourists visiting Paris to decide. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

Parisians really are rude to tourists - true or false?

Almost a year ago it seemed like stories of Parisians being rude to tourists would soon be a thing of the past, when city tourist chiefs published a guide on how to better welcome visitors. The Local took to the streets to see if tourists had noticed a difference. READ () »

France bids to cut EU's reliance on Russian gas
A view of the Russian gas giant Gazprom's recently built Adler thermal power plant. France wants to cut Europe's reliance on Russian gas. Photo: Yuri Kabodnov/AFP

France bids to cut EU's reliance on Russian gas

As the Ukraine crisis intensifes and threatens to divide Russia from the West, France and Poland made a joint call for a European-wide energy union that would help reduce dependence on Russian gas supplies. READ () »

Features
Buying French property: Ten things to think about
Thinking of buying a house in France? Here's ten things to think about if you are. Photo: Shutterstock

Buying French property: Ten things to think about

Experts say now is a good time to follow your dream and buy a house in France. So to help you on your way The Local has put together a list of ten things to seriously think about when buying property in France. READ () »

Reader Rants
French and charity - why don't they go together?
Why don't the French do charity? Photo: Shutterstock

French and charity - why don't they go together?

In the latest of our Reader Rants series, in which we give you a chance to get something off your chest, Paris-based banker and serial fun-runner Gavin Doughty from the UK, laments the problems he has persuading the French to dip into the pockets for a good cause. READ () »

Despair and poverty turn French to far right
French far-right Front National party's president Marine Le Pen at a press conference near Paris. AFP Photo/Pierre Andrieu

Despair and poverty turn French to far right

The far right National Front (FN) party are making footholds across France with voters saying the economic recession has prompted them to switch over to more extreme parties in advance of the nationwide local elections. READ () »

The Local List
Ten new words that could join the French language
Ten new words that could join the French language. Photo: Tim Green/Flickr

Ten new words that could join the French language

This week French people were asked to submit and vote for their favourite newly-invented Gallic words, that in the future could find their place in a dictionary. The suggestions were both inventive and hilarious. We've selected ten of the best. READ () »

JobTalk France
The 'top ten' companies to work for in France
New study names top companies to work for in France. Work photo: Shutterstock

The 'top ten' companies to work for in France

A new standings table was released on Wednesday that ranks the best companies in France to work for. Although Anglo multi-nationals took many of the higher places, it was a French company with an aversion to meetings that grabbed the prestigious top spot. READ () »

More News
Family pretend to be French to rob jewellers
Pretending to be French to rob a jewellers. That's a new one. Photo: Shutterstock

Family pretend to be French to rob jewellers

A family managed to steal €180,000 worth of jewellery from a plush shop in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo. Their modus operandi: pretending to be French to give off an air of sophistication. READ () »

Neo-Nazi Hitler party shocks French village
Scores of neo-Nazis descended on a tranquil French village. The local mayor had no idea what he had let himself in for. Photo: Scott Olsen/AFP

Neo-Nazi Hitler party shocks French village

The mayor of a small village in eastern France was forced to explain this week how he ended up giving the green light for a neo-Nazi party commemorating the 125th anniversiary of Hitler’s birth. The mayor said he presumed it was just going to be an ordinary birthday party. READ () »

French taxi wars: New plan to end bitter feud
A new proposal seeks to end the French taxi war. Photo: Patrick Kovarik/AFP

French taxi wars: New plan to end bitter feud

An eagerly awaited series of proposed reforms were due out on Thursday aimed at ending the ongoing war between highly regulated taxi drivers and private hire car firms, which has wrought havoc on French roads. The proposals seek to make the rules fairer for both sides. READ () »

Ukraine crisis
France to send fighter jets to patrol Baltics
France is to send four fighter jets to patrol over the Baltics, in a show of solidarity as tension mounts of Russia's agression i nthe Ukraine. Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP

France to send fighter jets to patrol Baltics

France is sending four of its fighter jets to patrol over the Baltic states in a symbolic show of solidarity amid growing anxiety in the region over Russia's intervention in Ukraine. President François Hollande is also set to pay a visit to Georgia in the coming weeks. READ () »

French minister Royal denies ban on cleavage
Ségolène Royal has reportedly banned women in her ministry from wearing low cut tops at work. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP

French minister Royal denies ban on cleavage

Ségolène Royal, France’s new minister for the environment has been forced to deny reports on Thursday that she had introduced some strict new rules for her staff, including a ban on women wearing low cut tops at work. READ () »

France and Canada renew feud over islands
St Pierre in the French archipelago of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, off the coast of Canada, which disputes France's claim on the island. Photo: Jean-Christophe L'Espagnol

France and Canada renew feud over islands

A longstanding feud over two French islands near Canada's Atlantic Coast was rekindled this week, when Ottawa contested Paris's request that the UN recognize its control of waters around Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon READ () »

Marijuana: 'Young adults risk fatal heart problems'
A study by French researchers concluded that young adults who smoke marijuana may increase risk of heart problems. Robyn Beck/AFP

Marijuana: 'Young adults risk fatal heart problems'

Young adults who smoke marijuana may be at risk of serious or even fatal heart problems, according to a study by French researchers published this week. The findings raise new concerns about the safety of marijuana. READ () »

Syrian refugees set up home in Paris park
Syrian refugees children and women sit on April 21, 2014 in the Edouard Vaillant parc in Saint-Ouen, north of Paris. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

Syrian refugees set up home in Paris park

Around 150 Syria refugees are living a desperate existence in a small park to the north of Paris. NGOs and France's Green party are urging authorities to do more to help the families while they wait for their asylum requests to be processed. READ () »

Foot fetishist jailed for attack on elderly woman
A French foot fetishist has been jailed for an attack on an elderly woman. Photo: Shutterstock

Foot fetishist jailed for attack on elderly woman

A French fetishist was so smitten with an elderly lady’s feet he burst into the terrified woman's home and proceeded to sniff, lick and rub them as she lay helpless. The lewd act cost him 18 months behind bars. READ () »

Wolves continue their advance on Paris
Wolves are getting closer to Paris, but they won't be biting Parisians anytime soon. Hopefully. Photo ErranAT/flickr

Wolves continue their advance on Paris

The contentious issue of wolves in France was once again in the spotlight this week after one of the predators was captured on camera for the first time within 250 km of Paris. An expert says they will come even closer but thankfully "they won't be biting Parisians". READ () »

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Mega diamond to be auctioned in Geneva
A Sotheby's employee poses for pictures with the "Graff Vivid Yellow," at 100.09 carats one of the rarest yellow diamonds of its size. Photo: Andrew Cowie/AFP

Mega diamond to be auctioned in Geneva

One of the world's largest yellow diamonds will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the Sotheby's auction house hoping to rake in up to $25 million for the gem. READ () »

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire
Nane, with her father and a picture of the cartridge-laden wood. Photo: DPA

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire

Two 12-year-old German girls found live ammunition lodged into a branch in an Easter bonfire. It was due to be lit the next day, potentially igniting the cartridges and causing disaster. READ () »

Spain rated world's most gay-friendly country
Spain was the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Spain rated world's most gay-friendly country

A new international 'morality poll' looking at 40 nations has revealed that Spanish people earn top marks in terms of acceptance of homosexuality. READ () »

We did not rule baptism a crime: court
Baptism photo: Shutterstock

We did not rule baptism a crime: court

A European court has dismissed as untrue a story that claimed baptizing newborn children without permission from both parents "violates their freedom". READ () »

Norway and China hold secret Oslo talks: NRK
A demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Oslo in 2010 against the detention of Liu Xiaobo. Photo: Greg Rødland Buick/Amnesty International|Flickr

Norway and China hold secret Oslo talks: NRK

China has begun secret negotiations with Norway over ending the diplomatic freeze triggered by the award of the Nobel Peace Price to a leading Chinese dissident four years ago, NRK has reported. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

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