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Police evacuate France's oldest shanty town
Roma community members walk with their belongings after the forced evacuation of their camp on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Police evacuate France's oldest shanty town

11 hours ago

A 300-strong Roma population was evicted from a shanty town in the northern suburbs of Paris on Thursday, despite a strong call for the camp to remain.

French coach drivers to get forced breath tests
People waiting at the Gallieni international bus station and coach terminal in Bagnolet, east of Paris. Photo: Hugo Mathy/AFP

French coach drivers to get forced breath tests

12 hours ago

Coach drivers in France will be forced to have their blood-alcohol level tested via a breathalyzer before driving as part of a move to increase safety on the country’s growing coach industry.

France's Total sells North Sea gas assets
Tank trucks at French oil giant Total's La Mede refinery in Chateauneuf-les-Martigues. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

France's Total sells North Sea gas assets

13 hours ago

French oil giant Total announced on Thursday it had agreed to sell a North Sea gas terminal and two pipelines in a deal worth over $900 million in a move to help offset falling oil prices.

French police clear train after 'armed men joke'
The TGV train was evacuated in Nimes, southern France. File photo: AFP

French police clear train after 'armed men joke'

15 hours ago

In what might be the least funny "joke" of the year, a teenage girl sent her mother a text claiming there were two armed men aboard her train in southern France. Police weren't laughing.

Gunman at French camp shootout was drunk
Members of the gendarmes forensic unit set up a workspace on a road near a traveller camp. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Gunman at French camp shootout was drunk

18 hours ago

UPDATED: Investigators have revealed that a drunken man was behind the fatal shooting of four people at a traveller camp in northern France on Tuesday.

Journo 'tests' French rail security with fake gun
A Securail railway security agent stands on the platform at the Zuid-Midi railway station in Brussels. Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga/AFP

Journo 'tests' French rail security with fake gun

17 hours ago

A Belgian journalist has managed to travel on a French train with a fake machine gun just days after a terror attack was foiled on a Paris-bound train.

11-year-old boy survives six-storey fall in Paris

11-year-old boy survives six-storey fall in Paris

18 hours ago

Residents of a southern Paris apartment block have been left in shock after a young fell from the sixth floor of the building.

PSG's Lucas Digne seals Roma loan move
PSG's Lucas Digne has completed his loan move to AS Roma. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

PSG's Lucas Digne seals Roma loan move

19 hours ago

Serie A side Roma continued to shore up their defence on Wednesday with Paris Saint Germain French international left-back Lucas Digne completing his loan move to the capital club.

French woman wins grant for 'gadget allergy'
The woman claims to suffer an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets such as cellphones. Photo: gail/Flickr

French woman wins grant for 'gadget allergy'

1 day ago

A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as cellphones.

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The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris
Paris has its fair share of crazy cocktail bars. Photo: Dana Albers/Flickr

The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris

1 day ago

Paris has its fair share of outlandish bars. From Mexican wrestling to Siberian temperatures, there's something for all tastes.

Features
Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach
If you want to blend in, then get some decent sun block. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach

August 20, 2015

Wonder why everyone’s staring at you? If you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb on a beach in France, then read our list of ways to blend in.

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Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris
A recent subject on the Humans of Paris site. Photo: Humans of Paris

Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris

August 19, 2015

Marco Hazan runs "Humans of Paris", an incredibly popular photo-based Facebook page that aims to show the real side of Parisians. The Local chatted to the 18-year-old student to find out more.

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Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France
Fancy spending a night in a treehouse? Photo: www.lesalicourts.com

Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France

August 17, 2015

With the Palace of Versailles potentially soon set to open its doors to overnight guests, we take a look at some of the other unusual holiday accommodation options in France - from enormous bubbles to treetop hangouts.

FIVE reasons everyone should visit Calais
Calais' impressive Town Hall belfry is part of an Unesco World Heritage Site. Photo: kgyp/Flickr

FIVE reasons everyone should visit Calais

August 14, 2015

Calais is probably bottom of most people's lists for must-see places in France right now. But the embattled northern port city has more to offer than squalid camps and barbed wire. Here are five reasons to at least think about visiting.

Calais migrant crisis
Calais: A 'dying' city but not quite like Baghdad
Migrants' tents lined up alongside the water underneath the shadow of the Belfry. Photo: AFP

Calais: A 'dying' city but not quite like Baghdad

August 14, 2015

Historic Calais has been blighted by the ever-worsening migrant crisis in Europe, but while residents tell The Local the port city is dying a slow death, it's nowhere near as bad as the UK press make it out to be.

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French tourist attacked by brown bear in Russia
The woman was attacked in the face and legs by the bear. File photo: Scott Lowe/Flickr

French tourist attacked by brown bear in Russia

1 day ago

A French tourist has been left with serious injuries after she was attacked by a bear in eastern Russia.

'Sexist' Paris streets renamed in feminist stunt
A security worker talks to one of the feminist group members about their street sign stunt. Photo: The Local

'Sexist' Paris streets renamed in feminist stunt

1 day ago

A feminist organization has changed the street signs of a Paris neighbourhood so that they bear women's names instead, protesting the lack of streets in the city named after famous female figures.

Frenchwoman finds boa constrictor in living room
This is (probably) not the boa constrictor in the story. Photo: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Frenchwoman finds boa constrictor in living room

1 day ago

A woman in south west France got the fright of her life when she discovered a 1.5 metre long boa constrictor slithering around her living room, French media has reported.

Foiled train attack
EU ministers to talk train security at Paris meet
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve addresses journalists gathered outside the Interior Ministry after the train attack. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

EU ministers to talk train security at Paris meet

1 day ago

UPDATED: Interior and transport ministers from countries neighbouring France are to hold talks in Paris on Saturday to discuss security measures following last week's attack on a high-speed train that was foiled by passengers.

Foiled train attack
What happened on the Paris-bound terror train?
Photo: AFP

What happened on the Paris-bound terror train?

1 day ago

Prosecutors have revealed the chilling details of the foiled terror attack on a Paris-bound train, including how passengers jumped from the windows while the train was still moving.

Foiled train attack
Moroccan charged with French train attack
Paris chief prosecutor Francois Molins (R) delivers a speech in Paris during a press conference concerning Ayoub El-Khazzani. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Moroccan charged with French train attack

1 day ago

Prosecutors have charged a Moroccan man over last week's attack on a high-speed French train, accusing him of a "targeted and premeditated" jihadist assault that would have ended in carnage had passengers not intervened.

Four dead in traveller camp shootout in France
Members of the gendarmes forensic unit set up a workspace on a road near a traveller camp. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Four dead in traveller camp shootout in France

2 days ago

UPDATED: A man shot dead four people "in cold blood", including a baby and policeman, at a traveller camp in northern France on Tuesday, officials said.

Two men jailed after 'Charlie Hebdo 2' scare
The two men have been sentenced to prison for their threats. Photo: AFP

Two men jailed after 'Charlie Hebdo 2' scare

2 days ago

Two men have been sent to prison after their "joke" about kicking off a "second" Charlie Hebdo attack while on a train in France saw them arrested.

French sci-fi film may be made abroad over tax
French director Luc Besson speaks during a press conference in Taipei on August 19th, 2014. Photo: STR/AFP

French sci-fi film may be made abroad over tax

2 days ago

"Valerian", an upcoming big-budget French sci-fi movie, may have to be filmed outside of France because it will star American and British actors, its director, Luc Besson, said this week.

Frenchman stabs partner in row over steak dinner
File photo of a French ambulance: Rama/Wikicommons

Frenchman stabs partner in row over steak dinner

2 days ago

A homecooked dinner ended in bloodshed after a man in Lyon stabbed his partner for not cooking the steak to his taste.

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Despite quality of life Austria 'isn't friendly'
Have you found in hard to make friends? Photo: Vienna-Info

Despite quality of life Austria 'isn't friendly'

3 days ago

Austria has been ranked 11th in a new survey of top expat destinations - failing to make the top ten because almost a third of newcomers say Austrians are unfriendly to foreigners, and reported that it was hard to settle in and meet new people.

Swiss army ends 31-day cow rescue mission
Photo: Caroline Bishop

Swiss army ends 31-day cow rescue mission

August 21, 2015

The Swiss army has concluded its mission to airlift water to thirsty cows in the Jura and Vaud Alps after delivering 1,840 tons of water during the period of July 20th to August 19th, authorities have said.

Courgette stew kills pensioner in Heidelberg
Photo: MMChicago / Flickr Creative Commons.

Courgette stew kills pensioner in Heidelberg

August 21, 2015

The widow of a 79-year-old man killed by a courgette stew in southern Germany this week has described the fatal meal that led to her husband's death.

Denmark considers citizenship rule changes
Inger Støjberg said she is considering changes to Danish citizenship requirements. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

Denmark considers citizenship rule changes

2 days ago

The Danish government is considering changes to the nation’s citizenship laws that may make it harder to get citizenship in the future and pull the rug out from under 1,950 foreigners who have already satisfied the current requirements.

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table
The picnic bench was positioned on top of the ancient tomb. Stock photo: Michael Coghlan/Flickr

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table

1 day ago

Builders in a Galician village confused a neolithic tomb with a broken stone picnic table and replaced the 6,000-year-old artefact with a brand spanking new concrete bench.

Italy rescues 4,400 migrants in one day
Migrants on more than 20 boats (not the one pictured) have sent out distress calls. Photo: DPA/Italian Navy

Italy rescues 4,400 migrants in one day

August 22, 2015

UPDATE: Italy's coastguard coordinated the rescue of 4,400 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean in a single day on Saturday, officials said Sunday as three new rescue operations were launched.

Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn
Norway's Halden prison has been lauded as "the most humane prison in the world". Photo: Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix

Norway inmate hacks TV so can share porn

3 days ago

An inmate at Norway's Halden prison hacked the TV system so he could share pornographic films and secret messages with fellow prisoners.

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'Too big' Swedish model cheers global support
Swedish model Agnes Victoria Hedengård. Photo: Private/Instagram

'Too big' Swedish model cheers global support

2 days ago

UPDATED: A 19-year-old model from Sweden has told The Local she is thrilled to have raised concerns about the fashion industry, after using a video to reveal how agencies said she was "too big" despite her being underweight.

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