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Le Pen red faced after backing 'neo-fascist rally'
Photo: Screengrab YouTube/Matteo Salvini

Le Pen red faced after backing 'neo-fascist rally'

Marine Le Pen, always so careful not to associate with the wrong kind of folk, had some explaining to do on Friday after sending a video message to a rally where neo-fascists and anti-Islam campaigners from Pegida were present. READ  

Ex-call girl turns 'charity pimp' for French disabled
Marcel Nuss, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and his wife Jill, who will launch a course for sexual assistants. Photo: Jill Nuss

Ex-call girl turns 'charity pimp' for French disabled

With a growing number of disabled people keen to pay for sexual services, one French former prostitute has launched a course for sex workers who are willing to help but don't know how. She tells The Local why she shouldn't be mistaken for a pimp. READ  

Video: Paris prankster rides Velib on Metro rails
The cyclist on the Metro tracks. Photo: YouTube (screenshot)

Video: Paris prankster rides Velib on Metro rails

A young Parisian prankster has landed in hot water for taking one of the capital's Velib bicycles and riding it on the Metro tracks. READ  

Facebook vs France
Facebook vagina row will be settled in France
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook vagina row will be settled in France

A Paris court passed a landmark ruling on Thursday after deciding it has jurisdiction to judge a case against US social networking site Facebook which blocked the account of a French teacher who posted an image of a vagina. READ  

Annecy Killings
Alps Murders: Mystery biker ruled out of killings
A mystery biker has been ruled out of any involvement in the quadruple murder. Photo: French police

Alps Murders: Mystery biker ruled out of killings

French police investigating the brutal murder of a British-Iraqi family in the French Alps have suffered another setback in the quest to find the killer. After finally managing to identify a mystery biker police have ruled him out of any involvement in the quadruple murder. READ  

Norway 'won't arrest' Paris bombing suspect
The scene after the bombing at the Chez Jo Godenberg restaurant in 1982 that left six people dead. Photo: AFP

Norway 'won't arrest' Paris bombing suspect

Norway is unlikely to extradite a citizen suspected of links to a 1982 attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris after France issued an arrest warrant for him, an official said Thursday. READ  

Burgers rival baguettes for French taste buds
French are falling in love with burgers, but are still faithful to their beloved ham baguette. Photo: Julian Menichini/Flickr

Burgers rival baguettes for French taste buds

The latest evidence of a shift in French culinary tastes came in a new report on Thursday which shows the French are chomping nearly as many burgers as their cherished ham baguette. READ  

Regional elections
Far-right National Front set to 'kidnap France'
Marine Le Pen pictured here at the Agricultural Fair in Paris last month has taken the bull by the horns as she continues to reinvent her party. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Far-right National Front set to 'kidnap France'

France's PM has warned Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front could "kidnap France" at this month's regional elections as "they are on their way to becoming the country's biggest party". READ  

L'entente culturelle
What's on: London's arts scene comes to Paris
David Bowie's Aladdin Album cover. Photo: Duffy Archive and The David Bowie Archive

What's on: London's arts scene comes to Paris

Paris and London are joining hands in solidarity, launching a new cross-country cultural exhibition that will see David Bowie, London's Philharmonic Orchestra, and much more on show in Paris. We take a closer look at what Parisians can expect. READ  

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees
Mobile phone use at airport. Photo: Shutterstock

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees

A decision by EU governments not to end roaming mobile charges until the end of 2018 has prompted anger from consumer groups and EU politicians who had wanted the fees ditched this year. READ  

Features
Opinion: Commuter misery
'Paris rail network is not fit for the 21st century'
Disgruntled commuters are aiming to take Paris transport chiefs to court for the delays and disruption they face on the RER. Photo: AFP

'Paris rail network is not fit for the 21st century'

A group of disgruntled commuters are launching an unprecedented bid to sue Paris transport chiefs because they can never get to work on time. The Parisian banker leading the charge tells The Local why things have to change. READ  

France's most disputed building projects
The ambitious Europa City shopping centre is just one of the projects that has provoked opposition from environmentalists. Photo: Europa City

France's most disputed building projects

They've provoked protests, violent riots and even deaths. From planes and trains to 1,000 cows, here's a look at some of the highly contentious engineering projects in France right now. READ  

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris
One of France's ultimate cool icons - Brigitte Bardot - sharing a hint on how to be cool. Photo: Laura Loveday/Flickr

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris

Speaking backwards, hanging out in hidden bars, and picking up a seriously unhealthy addiction. These are among the habits that young Parisians told The Local were the ultimate secrets to being cool in the City of Light. READ  

What's on in France: Ten things to do in March
The 2010 women snowboard boardercross finals at the Brits. Photo: Bob Bob/Flickr

What's on in France: Ten things to do in March

If your social calendar is looking a bit empty this March here are ten events across the country involving cheese, snowboarding, books and orchids, one of which is bound to get you interested. READ  

Guest blog - La Différence
The little things that make France so different
One thing that makes France different according to our guest blogger are the showers not attached to the wall. Photo: Shower photo

The little things that make France so different

How different really is France to your home country? Often it's the small things that matter. Our guest blogger Christopher Cooley, based in Bordeaux, has picked out a few of the things that have caught his eye, beyond the shape of the bread and the price of the wine. READ  

More News
Paris mayor announces plans for 'car-free' day
Imagine the Champs-Elysées without cars... Photo: Twitter/Anne Hidalgo

Paris mayor announces plans for 'car-free' day

The mayor of Paris took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that September 27th this year will be a "car-free day" for the French capital. Although exactly how "car-free" it will be remains unclear. READ  

France vs Facebook
Facebook vagina pic triggers landmark case
Is it time France can take Facebook to court? Photo: AFP

Facebook vagina pic triggers landmark case

A Paris court could set a legal precedent on Thursday when it rules on whether the US social media giant Facebook can be tried through French courts. The case was brought by a Frenchman who was incensed that his pic of a famous nude oil painting was taken offline by Facebook. READ  

French postman guilty of stealing 13,000 letters
All those letters that went missing might just turn up soon. Photo: AFP

French postman guilty of stealing 13,000 letters

A French postman, with a "compulsive hoarding disorder", was handed a prison sentence this week for stealing some 13,000 letters over a ten-year period. La Poste has promised to return all the correspondence that police found in his attic. READ  

Flu epidemic causes 8,500 extra fatalities
The flu epidemic has already affected more than two million people in France. Photo: AFP

Flu epidemic causes 8,500 extra fatalities

Since mid-January France has seen 8,500 more deaths than usual for this time of year, with the flu epidemic that has swept across the nation throughout winter believed to be the major factor. READ  

Foreign investors fall back in love with Paris
The La Défense business district of Paris, where much of the foreign investment is based. Photo: Trey Ratcliffe/Flickr

Foreign investors fall back in love with Paris

Two new studies have revealed that foreign investors are once again being charmed by Paris after having been turned off for a while. Although the City of Light will have to do some major flirting to match the kind of investment seen in London and Shanghai. READ  

English reigns in French TV series 'Versailles'
The gates of the Palace of Versailles which has been given a very Anglo makeover for a TV series. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

English reigns in French TV series 'Versailles'

The makers of what will be France's most-expensive TV series ever, "Versailles" have succumbed to the domination of the English language in the global TV industry, meaning the French King will in fact be British. READ  

IN PICTURES
Ancient tomb of Celtic prince found in France
The site of the dig where the ancient tomb of a Celtic prince has been unearthed. Photo: Inrap

Ancient tomb of Celtic prince found in France

An "exceptional" tomb from the fifth century BC, likely that of a Celtic prince, has been unearthed in a small French town, shedding light on Iron Age European trade, researchers said Wednesday. READ  

France to remain on high terror alert 'for months'
Ile-de-France and Alpes-Maritimes will remain on high alert for terror attacks for several months. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

France to remain on high terror alert 'for months'

France will remain on high terror alert for months, it emerged on Wednesday, despite the huge cost of the heightened security. It's not all bad news however, with the increased presence of the police and army prompting a drop in the number of burglaries and thefts. READ  

France to save €4b more to appease Brussels
The French finance ministry which must make further savings. Photo: AFP

France to save €4b more to appease Brussels

France's president has revealed plans to find €4 billion in a new "savings package", to meet demands from Brussels. The move will also please German Chancellor Angela Merkel who noted that France was "on the right track". READ  

Tête-à-tête - France and smacking children
'No one would ever say you can slap your wife'
France is in violation of a treaty because it doesn't fully ban smacking. Photo: Shutterstock

'No one would ever say you can slap your wife'

After human right's watchdog the Council of Europe declared that France should ban smacking completely, The Local talks to the UK charity whose complaint prompted the ruling and a French families organisation who are staunchly against outlawing corporal punishment. READ  

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UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case
Dmitry Rybolovlev with unidentified woman at Monaco football game last year. Photo: AFP

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case

A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. READ  

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine
Edathy in court on Monday. Photo: DPA

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine

A court has decided to fine former MP Sebastian Edathy €5,000 after he admitted on Monday to downloading child pornography images and video onto his official parliamentary laptop. READ  

Not even the Danes can understand Danish
Mumbly McGees Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Mads Mikkelsen from the film Mænd og Høns. Photo: Rolf Konow

Not even the Danes can understand Danish

Danish actors mumble so badly that Danes can't understand what they are saying, forcing movie theatres to run subtitles. READ  

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Anna Allen appearing on Spanish programme, Pasapalabra. Screen grab: YouTube/bogo xoer.

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory

The invented life of a Spanish actress has been revealed after Spanish media discovered she had not actually attended the Oscars, but used Photoshop to place herself on the red carpet. READ  

How Islamic college plan has split Italian town
Plans are underway to bring an Islamic University to Lecce, in Puglia. Photo: Lecce photo: Shutterstock

How Islamic college plan has split Italian town

Plans to build an Islamic university for 5,000 students in a small town in Italy's heel will help change attitudes towards Muslims, organizers say. But many locals are afraid that it will change the character of Lecce - and are asking who's paying for it. READ  

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty
Norwegian Chairman Bjørn Kise grilled by press ahead of Monday's emergency board meeting. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty

Norway’s pilot unions were braced on Monday for Norwegian Air Shuttle to bankrupt its local subsidiary in a strategy they decried as “outrageous union-busting”. READ  

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students
Photo: TT

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students

A secondary school in Malmö has been closed after the teachers' union declared that it is too dangerous a place for students and teachers to attend due to widespread violence and criminality. READ  

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