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French MPs poised to get powers to sack president
President may soon face a new threat in France. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

French MPs poised to get powers to sack president

As if President François Hollande didn’t have enough to worry about, French lawmakers backed a measure this week that would allow them to legally sack the president in case of a “serious breach of duties”. READ  

Transparency: 'France lags far behind UK, US'
There is a certain lack of transparency in France compared to other countries, says Transparency International. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

Transparency: 'France lags far behind UK, US'

A new study out this week slammed France for totally inadequate controls on lobbyists. The president of the group behind the report tells The Local how France is lagging in transparency and is playing catch up with other nations. READ  

IN PICTURES
French property face-off: The Vendée vs Limousin
The old barn or the old mill? What would you spend your money on? Photo: Leggett

French property face-off: The Vendée vs Limousin

Would you prefer a converted mill in the Vendée or a renovated barn in the Limousin region of France? Take a look at these two very different revamped properties in France that are on the market and decide what would you rather spend your money on. READ  

'Sixty French lawmakers file suspect tax returns'
French lawmakers could be in big trouble with the taxman. Photo: AFP

'Sixty French lawmakers file suspect tax returns'

In what could end up a major tax scandal in France some 60 French lawmakers are in trouble with the taxman after their financial disclosures to the public didn’t quite match up with what they’d declared to authorities, according to media reports. READ  

Tour de France 2015: Five crucial stages
The 2015 Tour de France route. Image: Le Tour.fr

Tour de France 2015: Five crucial stages

Here's a look at the key stages in the 2015 Tour de France after the route was unveiled in Paris on Wednesday. Look out for the Alpe d'Huez on the penultimate day. READ  

Discover the route of the 2015 Tour de France
The famous Alpe de Huez climb, which will be climbed on the penultimate stage of the 2015 race. Photo: AFP

Discover the route of the 2015 Tour de France

The route of the 2015 Tour de France was unveiled on Wednesday with one of the major surprises being the penultimate day of racing, which will see the peloton climb the mythical Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps. READ  

French Socialist party rift breaks into war of words
President François Hollande's first government feel a long time ago, with ousted ministers now in an open war of words with Socialist Party chiefs. Photo: AFP

French Socialist party rift breaks into war of words

Splits plaguing France's ruling party came to the fore on Wednesday as ousted ministers and allies of embattled President Francois Hollande engaged in a very public war of words. READ  

Paris Opera lays down rules over Muslim veils
Paris Opera has reminded staff not to allow anyone enter the building if their face is covered. Photo: Panoramas/Flickr - Miguel Medina/AFP

Paris Opera lays down rules over Muslim veils

The management at Paris Opera have issued a memo to staff not to allow entry to anyone whose face is covered. It comes after a Muslim woman was asked to leave a performance of La Traviata earlier this month after she was spotted wearing a niqab face veil. READ  

Calais: Mass migrant fight leaves dozens hurt
The migrant crisis in Calais is becoming increasingly violent and disruptive. Photo: AFP

Calais: Mass migrant fight leaves dozens hurt

Tensions were high in Calais on Tuesday night after police were forced to seal off a district in the port town after a mass brawl between migrants from Ethiopia and Eritrea, left dozens injured. READ  

Paris: Luxury hotel staff strike for better pay
A protester joins members of the CGT union gathering on October 7, 2014 in front of the Royal Monceau hotel. Photo: Joel SAget

Paris: Luxury hotel staff strike for better pay

A rebellion among hotel workers at some of Paris's luxury hotels continued this week with staff at the deluxe Royal Monceau-Raffles - where the presidential suite costs €25,000 a night - staging a walk-out to protest over their low wages. READ  

Features
The Local List
Strip bars to fires: Travel warnings about France
From strip joints to forest fires - what foreign countries warn about visiting France. Photo: AFP

Strip bars to fires: Travel warnings about France

The safety warnings foreign governments issue to their citizens when visiting France can appear to be excessively alarming. Although we don't want to be scaremongers, here are a few of the most severe from governments around the world. READ  

Paris tourism
IN IMAGES: Eiffel Tower unveils glass floor
The Eiffel Tower has a new way for visitors to look down - a glass floor, 57 metres up. Photo: Anne Hidalgo/Twitter

IN IMAGES: Eiffel Tower unveils glass floor

UPDATED: The Eiffel Tower - Paris's most visited tourist site - unveiled its new attraction on Monday that allows visitors to look down through a solid glass floor to the 57 square metres below. READ  

Readers' views
'France is finished? LOL! England's a disgrace'
The Local readers weren't big fans of British execs 'French bashing.' Photo: Oli Black/Flickr

'France is finished? LOL! England's a disgrace'

The “France is finished” comments from John Lewis exec Andy Street drew a harsh response from our readers, who took the opportunity to defend France and told the managing exec of the retail giant that things were not too rosy in the UK. READ  

The Local List
What the French find weird about Anglos
Here's what the French think is odd about Anglos. Photo: Man eating: Shutterstock

What the French find weird about Anglos

What passes for normal behaviour and customs among Anglos can look pretty alien to the French at times. Here’s our list of the things the French find weird about us. What else would you add? READ  

Top 15 French words reinvented in English
Here are 15 French words Anglos have redefined. Panther, lingerie and alley: Shutterstock

Top 15 French words reinvented in English

The French are well known for lending words from the English language but Anglos have proven just as willing to adopt Gallic words and have even reinvented a few. Here are 15 'French' words in English that the French themselves may not quite understand. READ  

More News
Champions League
Cavani rescues PSG with later winner in Cyprus
Edinson Cavani rescues PSG with a late winner in Cyprus on Tuesday. Photo: Jack Guez/AFP

Cavani rescues PSG with later winner in Cyprus

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani rescued Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday as his solo strike with three minutes remaining was enough to defeat Apoel Nicosia 1-0 after the Cypriots dominated for large periods of the match. READ  

Profile
French suicide: 'Racist' author taps into malaise
A French right-wing author's new book is selling lots and lots of copies, but why? Photo: Pierre Verdy/AFP

French suicide: 'Racist' author taps into malaise

A controversial new book by French polemicist Eric Zemmour is flying off the shelves and shows no sign of stopping. The notorious right-wing writer and polemicist appears to have struck a chord with a French public feeling disillusioned and "lost". READ  

'We need to tell migrants the UK is not El Dorado'
UK Ambassador to France Sir Peter Ricketts with Queen Elizabeth at a garden party in Paris this summer. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP

'We need to tell migrants the UK is not El Dorado'

The UK Ambassador to France Sir Peter Ricketts has weighed into the ongoing Calais migrants crisis by saying “Migrants need to be told that Britain is not El Dorado." READ  

CEO's plane crash due to 'criminal negligence'
Images taken from a 3D video reconstruction of the plane crash by Russian media Life News.

CEO's plane crash due to 'criminal negligence'

The Moscow air crash that killed Total's CEO Christophe de Margerie was caused by "criminal negligence" on the part of senior airport officials, Russian investigators said on Tuesday. Initial reports said the driver of a snow plough that collided with the plane had been drunk. READ  

France's Socialist rebels refuse to back budget
Rebels in France's Socialist Party have refused to back the government's 2015 budget in a parliamentary vote. Photo: AFP

France's Socialist rebels refuse to back budget

A group of rebels in France’s ruling Socialist Party flexed their muscles on Tuesday by refusing to back the government’s 2015 budget in a parliamentary vote. It's another sign of a growing split in President François Hollande's party. READ  

French docs develop 'high speed' Ebola test
French doctors say they have created a Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

French docs develop 'high speed' Ebola test

As fears over Ebola continue to grow, French researchers announced on Tuesday they have developed a simple test that could detect the deadly disease in 15 minutes. READ  

How France could make learning French easier
How learning French could be so much easier. Photo: Shutterstock

How France could make learning French easier

Let's imagine for a moment France decided to make learning French easier for Anglos in a bid to get more people speaking their language. What could the language guardians at the Académie Français do to make it simpler for us? Here's ten ideas. READ  

Movie monster 'Alien Queen' moves to France
The "Queen Alien" from US movie series is shown with the Frenchman who rescued her from ruin. Photo: Philippe Merle/AFP

Movie monster 'Alien Queen' moves to France

The alien queen at the heart of the American "Alien" film saga was forgotten until being rescued by a Frenchman who restored her to all her terrifying glory. Her faithful followers are now flocking to see her in a museum in Lyon. READ  

Profile - Christophe de Margerie
Total's 'Big Moustache': Not your average oil exec
France's Christophe de Margerie, the CEO of Total, was not your average oil executive. Photo: Carl Court/AFP

Total's 'Big Moustache': Not your average oil exec

Christophe de Margerie, the French CEO of Total, who was killed in a freak plane crash in Moscow on Tuesday, stood out among top executives for his love of a joke, his big bushy moustache and the fact he spent his whole career at one company. READ  

France and Germany to draw up growth plan
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (L) and French Finance Minister Michel Sapin address a joint press conference in Berlin. Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

France and Germany to draw up growth plan

Although France didn't persuade Germany to invest €50 billion in the eurozone's flagging economy Paris and Berlin did agree to draw up an action plan for exactly what was needed to boost growth. READ  

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From our other editions:
Missing Vienna teen appears in Isis video
Screenshot from Youtube showing the teenager believed to be Oliver N.

Missing Vienna teen appears in Isis video

A 16-year-old Viennese student who was reported as missing by Interpol has appeared in a video on the internet calling on Muslims to “kill infidels” and join Islamic State (Isis) militants. READ  

Expat disputes 'unjust' citizenship rejection
Irving Dunn has lived in Switzerland for 43 years. Photo: SRF

Expat disputes 'unjust' citizenship rejection

A 75-year-old American denied Swiss citizenship earlier this week, despite having lived in the country for 43 years, told The Local on Thursday that he is hoping for a “second chance” with the authorities who rejected his application. READ  

German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight
Photo: Facebook/Screenshot

German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight

Members of a German motorcycle gang have travelled to Syria to join Kurds fighting against Islamic extremists (Isis), raising the prospect of Germans fighting Germans in Syria and Iraq. READ  

Denmark's central bank to stop producing money
The outsourcing of banknote and coin production will result in 100 million kroner in savings, the bank said. Photo: Colourbox

Denmark's central bank to stop producing money

With more and more people paying with credit cards and their smartphones, Denmark’s central bank Nationalbanken says it no longer pays to print banknotes or mint coins. READ  

Wild weather
Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands
The autumn storm saw businesses and garages flooded while landslides caused road closures. Screen grab: YouTube/Agustin Cabeza

Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands

Heavy rain caused chaos in the Canary Island city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Sunday with one woman dying after she found herself trapped underneath a parked car during flash flooding. READ  

The Local List
Where's the best place to live in Italy?

Where's the best place to live in Italy?

Want to know which Italian region has the best and worst healthcare? Or the highest and lowest incomes? And what about housing quality? Read on to discover the best (and worst) that Italy's regions have to offer. READ  

Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List
Norway's richest man Kjell Inge Røkke. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List

A list of Norway' highest taxed of 2013 was published by the government on Friday, showing businessman Kjell Inge Røkke and a 19-year-old are the top richest people in the country. READ  

Stockholm 'Russian sub' alert
Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat
Commanding officer Jonas Wikström holds a press conference after reports of foreign underwater activity in Stockholm Archipelago. Photo: Anders Wiklund

Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat

UPDATED: Sweden's military has deployed planes and ships in the Stockholm Archipelago against what it says is a foreign threat in the waters, with the size of the operation unchanged overnight. READ  

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