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Angry French doctors to close surgeries en masse
A scene from an earlier demonstration against the reforms, in Lyon. Photo: AFP

Angry French doctors to close surgeries en masse

With a parliamentary debate on controversial health reforms kicking off on Tuesday, doctors around the country are due to close their surgeries to show their disgust at a new system they say will cripple France's healthcare service. READ  

French law set to target prostitutes over clients
Sex workers at a protest in Paris are against the new bill. Photo: AFP

French law set to target prostitutes over clients

French lawmakers have scrapped a plan to hit clients of prostitutes with hefty fines and instead reinstated a controversial law that sees the sex-workers themselves liable to financial penalties and prison sentences if they are caught selling sex. READ  

The Iron Lady's birthday
12 facts you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower turns 126 on Tuesday. Here are 12 facts you might not know about it. Photo: Terrazzo/Flickr

12 facts you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower

The grand old Iron Lady of Paris celebrates its 126th birthday on Tuesday. To celebrate the Eiffel Tower’s big day here are 12 facts about the famous monument that you might not know, as well as a look at some famous replicas around the world. READ  

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists
Manuel Valls can expect a torrid time in question time in the French parliament on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists

French PM Manuel Valls has ditched a planned trip to Germany on Tuesday, preferring instead to meet with Socialist MPs after the party took a hammering in Sunday's local elections. READ  

More French pensioners head abroad to settle
Many French pensioners are heading to sunny Portugal. But not just for the weather. Photo: Shutterstock

More French pensioners head abroad to settle

While many expats dream of retiring in France, the French themselves are more and more likely to leave home and enjoy their twilight years abroad, partly due to the sunnier financial climes on offer. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Co-pilot had been treated for 'suicidal tendencies'
Andreas Lubitz had received treatment after showing suicidal tendencies. Photo: DPA

Co-pilot had been treated for 'suicidal tendencies'

Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old co-pilot believed to have deliberately downed the Germanwings plane in the French Alps last week had demonstrated suicidal tendencies in the past, but not in recent years German prosecutors said on Monday. READ  

Paris reveals City of Light's best baguette
And the best baguette in the French capital is? Photo: Alex/Flickr

Paris reveals City of Light's best baguette

Paris has named the best baguette in town, with the winner in the city's 18th arrondissement set to bake a fresh batch for the president every morning for the next year. READ  

French job seeker given 26,000 years to pay €3k
Photo: AFP

French job seeker given 26,000 years to pay €3k

France's national employment agency Pôle Emploi has made a bizarre repayment request, asking a Frenchman to cough up 1 centime a month for the next 26,126 years. READ  

Body of British man washed up on Riviera
Photo: The village of Eze on the Côte d'Azur, where the body of a British man was washed up. Photo: Jim MacDougall/Flickr

Body of British man washed up on Riviera

Police in the south of France are investigating after it emerged on Monday that the body of a British man was washed up on the Côte d'Azur. READ  

French drunk gives kiss of life to 'dying' dinghy
The inflatable boat in this picture is not the one that underwent CPR in the story. Photo: Rootology/Wikimedia Commons

French drunk gives kiss of life to 'dying' dinghy

A good (but very drunk) Samaritan spent the night in prison after police found the Frenchman trying to breathe life into an inflatable boat in Brittany, western France. READ  

Features
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'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English
Smartsubs only translates complicated words and expressions in the subtitles. Screengrab: Smartsubs/YouTube

'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English

Two young French entrepreneurs think they've come up with the smart solution to help their compatriots improve their English as well as enjoy the influx of popular TV series from across the Atlantic. READ  

Property in France
The areas of France the Brits do and don't go
Certain parts of France are pretty much ignored by British expats. Photo: AFP

The areas of France the Brits do and don't go

With the euro wobbling against the pound, Brits are once again lining up to buy property in France. But they are not willing to head anywhere in "La France profonde", and there remain some no-go zones for British expats. READ  

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods
Where did the humble croissant finish on the list? Photo: Claudio Brisighello/Flickr

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods

With the whole world preparing to celebrate France's famed gastronomy on Thursday we reveal the most loved French foods across the globe, according to social media channel Instagram - the home of so-called 'food porn'. READ  

Blog: Student life in Paris
Adapting to life as a foreign student in Paris
Students in at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Photo: AmitLev/Flickr

Adapting to life as a foreign student in Paris

Paris is said to be the best city in the world to study in, but that doesn't mean everything is plain sailing for international students. Erasmus student Deirdre McAteer shares her observations on life at a French university. READ  

Paris People
VIDEO: Meet the football magician of Montmartre
Iya Traoré at Montmartre. Photo: Patrick Müller/Flickr

VIDEO: Meet the football magician of Montmartre

Anyone who's been to Montmartre in Paris would have seen a footballer drawing crowds as he juggles a football, while swinging from a lamppost. The Local chats to the man who played for PSG youth teams, is a world-record holder, and has shared the stage with Shakira. READ  

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French local elections 2015
French local elections: Who won and who lost
Should Marine Le Pen be feeling disappointed after Sunday's election results? Photo: AFP

French local elections: Who won and who lost

Even though only half of the French people turned out to vote, Sunday's local elections could have a significant impact on the country's political landscape with the next presidential election almost within sight. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
The story of the doomed Germanwings flight
An emergency worker combs the mountainside after the Germanwings crash. Photo: AFP

The story of the doomed Germanwings flight

More details from the black box recordings from the crashed Germanwings jet have revealed how everything seemed ordinary as the flight took off but it ended with the horror of the pilot screaming "open the damn door". READ  

Bond legend in racism row with French mag
Roger Moore is in a row with a French magazine over an interview in which he talked about the possibility of a future black James Bond. Photo: AFP

Bond legend in racism row with French mag

James Bond legend Roger Moore insisted Saturday he had said nothing racist about fellow British actor Idris Elba -- tipped to play the superspy next -- in a French magazine interview. READ  

Local elections
French socialists take a beating in local elections
Nicolas Sarkozy hailed the victory of his centre-right alliance that routed the Socialists in the local elections. Photo: AFP

French socialists take a beating in local elections

France's ruling Socialists lost out to the right in the country's local elections on Sunday as Nicolas Sarkozy said the French public had massively rejected the Hollande government. Reports said the National Front failed to take control of a council. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
DNA from 78 crash victims found
A police officer carries DNA samples of victims of the Germanwings air crash to be tested at a mobile laboratory. Photo: AFP

DNA from 78 crash victims found

Forensic teams have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts recovered from the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Crash co-pilot told ex 'all will know my name'
Emergency workers near the scene of the crash. Photo: AFP

Crash co-pilot told ex 'all will know my name'

The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, told his ex-girlfriend that "one day everyone will know my name", according to German newspaper Bild. READ  

Gay support for National Front on the rise
Gay rights leader Sebastien Chenu with Marine Le Pen. Photo: AFP

Gay support for National Front on the rise

A recent survey shows gay support for the National Front is rising. Some gays say the far-right party is more open to minorities than France’s mainstream parties, despite a history of homophobia. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Co-pilot 'hid sick leave note' for day of crash
Details about the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz began emerging on Friday, including the fact he had been signed off sick for the day of the crash.

Co-pilot 'hid sick leave note' for day of crash

German prosecutors revealed on Friday that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who is believed to have deliberately crashed the Germanwings plane in the Alps, had a sick leave note from his doctor for the day of the crash, but hid his illness from his employers. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings co-pilot 'obsessed' with Alps
A memorial in the town of Vernet, near the scene of the crash. Photo: AFP

Germanwings co-pilot 'obsessed' with Alps

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who is believed to have deliberately killed 150 people when he flew a passenger plane into the Alps, was "obsessed" with the French mountain region, one of his peers said on Friday. READ  

IN PICTURES
Harrowing search at Alps plane crash site goes on
The search continues in the French Alps. Photo: French Interior Ministry/Twitter

Harrowing search at Alps plane crash site goes on

UPDATED: French authorities are yet to find any intact bodies as they continue the painstaking search for victim body parts among the wreckage of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps. Investigators are also hunting for the second black box. READ  

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Doctor (71) sentenced for Holocaust denial
The Mauthausen Memorial site. Photo: APA/Rubra

Doctor (71) sentenced for Holocaust denial

A 71-year-old doctor from Upper Austria has been sentenced to one year’s house arrest for Holocaust denial. READ  

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral
Photo: DPA

Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral

A Facebook post describing how a Germanwings pilot personally reassured his passengers of their safety on a flight on Wednesday has received over quarter of a million likes. READ  

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

If you or your family members have been issued a Danish passport since February, it may include a vital mistake that makes it invalid for international travel. READ  

Alps plane crash
No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'
Photo: AFP

No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'

Claudia Vásquez was meant to be on board doomed Germanwings flight 4U9525 but a twist of fate meant that she is alive today. READ  

Meredith Kercher murder case
Judges burn midnight oil mulling Knox fate
Amanda Knox is said to be "very worried" about possible extradition procedures. Photo: Mario Laporta/AFP

Judges burn midnight oil mulling Knox fate

UPDATED: Judges at Italy's top court worked into the evening on Friday mulling whether to uphold the murder conviction of Amanda Knox in what could be the final act of an eight-year legal drama. READ  

Extra jail for pair who drowned toddler on MSN
The entrance to Oslo's Appeals Court. Photo: Anne-Sophie Ofrim/WIkimedia

Extra jail for pair who drowned toddler on MSN

A Norwegian appeals court on Tuesday added an extra six and seven years to the jail sentences faced by a Norwegian woman who drowned her toddler and her British lover, who goaded her on through a web cam. READ  

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast
An SU-27 fighter jet. Photo: TT

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast

UPDATED: Swedish military identified and followed four Russian fighter plane near Gotland and Bornholm, off the country's east coast on Tuesday morning. READ  

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