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Valls' government firmly survives confidence vote
France's government faces a key vote of confidence on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Valls' government firmly survives confidence vote

France's embattled government clawed its way to victory in a do-or-die vote of confidence on Tuesday, but it's unclear if this success will serve as a turning point for President François Hollande. READ  

Mayor begs president to stop town's car torchers
One French mayor thinks the president needs to intervene against car torchers in his town (not shown here). Photo: Niall62/Flickr

Mayor begs president to stop town's car torchers

The mayor of a small French town has made a dramatic appeal to President François Hollande to do something to stop a wave of car-burning he says has made his town look like Beirut at the height of Lebanon's civil war. The damage toll so far? Seventeen vehicles. READ  

Five things to know: French Senate elections
A silent, but important democratic ritual is about to take place. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Five things to know: French Senate elections

An important but subdued ritual in French democracy takes place in less than two weeks when nearly half of the seats in the Senate will be up for election. Here are five things you should know about this unusual vote. READ  

Coke and marijuana in Vatican car in France
An official Vatican car was caught smuggling drugs through France. Photo: AFP

Coke and marijuana in Vatican car in France

Two men are in French jail after they allegedly used an official Vatican vehicle to try to smuggle several kilos of cocaine and cannabis through France, according to media reports. READ  

'French anti-Semitism spike threatens society'
France's Chief Rabbi says the recent rise in anti-Semitism is a danger to all. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

'French anti-Semitism spike threatens society'

French youths radicalised by Islamists are a major threat to France's Jews, who are already subjected to a surge in anti-Semitism, says the country's new Chief Rabbi. But he insists that the 500,000-strong community can trust the state to do all it can to protect them. READ  

French rail company charged in crash deaths
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French rail company charged in crash deaths

The state-owned company that manages France's railway infrastructure was charged with manslaughter on Tuesday for the derailment in the Paris suburbs that killed seven people in 2013. The same fate is expected later this week for France's train operator SNCF. READ  

Air France strike: Most flights grounded
Air France's pilot strike is continuing for a second day. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Air France strike: Most flights grounded

Angry Air France pilots continued their strike on Tuesday, with some 60 percent of the company's flights expected to be cancelled. The pilots have threatened to stay off the job until Friday. READ  

Designer Gaultier 'retires' from clothes business
Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Designer Gaultier 'retires' from clothes business

After four decades of shocking and wowing the fashion world, French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier has announded he's going to stop creating ready-to-wear clothes and will focus on artsier haute couture creations. READ  

French Indian summer could mean great wine
France's white grape harvest is looking good so far. Photo: François Nacimbeni/AFP

French Indian summer could mean great wine

France's Indian summer weather could undo some of the damage done by its cold, wet summer and thus produce some great wines. Experts are particularly hopeful about the white grape varities. READ  

French paper Libération to fire third of its workers
Legendary leftist French daily Libération plans to shed a third of its workers. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

French paper Libération to fire third of its workers

The stalwart leftist daily in France, Libération, announced on Monday it will let go a third of its staff in an effort to keep the newspaper founded by Jean-Paul Satre from folding for good. READ  

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Tourism in France
The ten tourist traps in France to avoid
Some places in France are best avoided. Patrick Kovarick/AFP

The ten tourist traps in France to avoid

Here's the 10 tourist traps you should avoid on your next trip in France. They're the places that are so expensive, so cheesy or so crowded it feels like all of the country's 84 million annual tourists are there at the same time. READ  

Ask The Experts - Job Hunting
Six quick tips for finding a job in France
Ask the experts: Six quick tips for landing a job in France. Photo: Shutterstock

Six quick tips for finding a job in France

What it takes to find work in France is a bit different than back home, so The Local has gathered six quick tips from a French recruitment expert on what Anglos need to do to land that job. READ  

15 French 'false friends' you need to watch out for
FIfteen false friends that could get you into trouble when speaking French. Photo: Shutterstock

15 French 'false friends' you need to watch out for

When struggling for the right word in French, it can be tempting just to use an English word said in a French accent. Unfortunately, French is littered with pesky "false friends" that have very different meanings. Here's 15 to avoid. READ  

Investing in Paris
12 reasons to invest in Paris and 7 to think twice
Why do investors come to Paris? And what they complain about. Photo: Shutterstock

12 reasons to invest in Paris and 7 to think twice

Chiara Corazza, whose job it is to attract foreign investors to Paris, lists the reasons why international companies should back ventures in the French capital despite the country's economic woes. She also tells us about the things they complain about. READ  

Investing in France
'France's image is bad but the reality is different'
"France gets a bad image from the foreign press, the reality is investors will make money", says the woman whose job it is to attract them. Photo: Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

'France's image is bad but the reality is different'

Enticing foreign investors to France appears a thankless task right now given all the economic doom and gloom, but the woman whose job is to do just that, insists the image presented by the Anglo media is far from the reality. READ  

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Jilted Frenchman tells cops wife's a jihadist
A Frenchman thought jihad was great way to get back at his estranged wife (not pictured here). Photo: Mohamed Abed/AFP

Jilted Frenchman tells cops wife's a jihadist

An angry Frenchman tried to get back at his wife after she left him by telling police an apparently fabricated story of how she'd recently been radicalized and was planning to become a jihadist in Syria. READ  

Secret talks open in Paris on Ukraine crisis
Secret talks opened in Paris about the Ukraine crisis. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Secret talks open in Paris on Ukraine crisis

France, Germany and Russia held secret talks in Paris about the Ukraine crisis on Monday, but have declined to reveal any details about the discusions, which come over a week after a ceasefire began in the war-ravaged country. READ  

Overcrowded French university shuts down
University leaders shut down a school in southern France because there were too many students. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Overcrowded French university shuts down

Youngsters turning up for their very first day at university got a rude shock when the overcrowded college in Toulouse told them to go home and come back in a week. READ  

Unions furious at plans to scrap bank holidays
France's bosses union has sparked outrage with a plan to fix the country's economy. Photo: AFP

Unions furious at plans to scrap bank holidays

France's top business owners have a plan to fix the country's moribund economy: cut bank holidays, pay under the minimum wage, skirt the sacred 35-hour work week and allow shops to open on Sundays. In response one outraged union leader questioned if child labour was also under consideration. READ  

Frenchman's suicide rope sent to his wife
The rope a Frenchman used to kill himself was sent to his wife. Photo: Rope: Shutterstock

Frenchman's suicide rope sent to his wife

A Frenchman’s former employer sent the rope he used to hang himself with while on the job to his widow and called it an accident. The wife has a different theory. READ  

Obama 'irritated' by French hostage ransoms
US President Barack Obama isn't too happy about France's hostage ransom payments. Photo: AFP

Obama 'irritated' by French hostage ransoms

France has signed up to the US-led international coalition to fight ISIS jihadis but that has not stopped President Obama from criticising his French counterpart for allegedly paying ransoms for the release of kidnapped French citizens READ  

Paris summit: France urges swift action on ISIS
World leaders were in Paris to discuss how to stop ISIS militants. Photo: Etienne Laurent/AFP

Paris summit: France urges swift action on ISIS

France's top leaders urged 'swift action' at meeting in Paris on Monday for an international strategy summit on how best to combat the extemist ISIS militants who have seized large swathes of territory and beheaded western aid workers and journalists. READ  

Air France pilots' strike expected to get worse
An Air France pilot strike was causing chaos on Monday. Photo: AFP

Air France pilots' strike expected to get worse

Sixty percent of Air France's flights are slated to be cancelled on Tuesday, up from 50 percent on Monday, due to a pilots' strike that is expected to continue until at least Friday. Stranded passengers were already stacking up at airports. READ  

France launches recon missions in Iraq
Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP

France launches recon missions in Iraq

The French air force is flying reconnaisance missions in Iraq as part of the US bombing campaign targeting ISIS militants who have been operating in the war-torn zone between Syria and Iraq. READ  

Abbas to meet Hollande in Paris Friday

Abbas to meet Hollande in Paris Friday

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on Friday, ahead of a key address to the United Nations, his spokesman said. READ  

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Austria bans Isis terror symbols
Fighters from Isis near the border between Syria and Iraq. Photo: EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT

Austria bans Isis terror symbols

Following closely on the heels of Germany, Austria has announced a forthcoming ban on terrorism-related symbols, specifically starting with the Isis flag, reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA) on Friday evening. [Updated to reflect comments from HC Strache over the weekend.] READ  

EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row
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EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row

Police in Geneva arrested an Italian woman over a spat about the size of her hand luggage when boarding an easyJet flight from the Swiss city to Venice, according to a media report. READ  

Germany officially bans terror group Isis
Isis fighters (l) and Thomas de Mazière (r) Photo: DPA/EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

Germany officially bans terror group Isis

UPDATE: Germany on Friday officially banned Islamic terror group Isis from any activities in the country, warning that the jihadists, who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, also posed a threat to Europe. READ  

One dead, one injured in Copenhagen shooting
The shooting took place on a side street to Copenhagen's Town Hall Square. Photo: Simon Skipper/Scanpix

One dead, one injured in Copenhagen shooting

Two victims were hit by shots from a sawed-off shotgun on Tuesday morning. One has died and the other is in critical condition. READ  

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe
The photo was shared by family members of the deceased but town hall officials described the act as "silliness". Photo: Twitter

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe

A cemetery worker in a town in southern Spain has been suspended after a photo of him posing with an exhumed corpse went viral on social media. READ  

'Italian priest was held with James Foley'
Paolo Dall'Oglio was kidnapped in Syria more than a year ago. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

'Italian priest was held with James Foley'

An Italian priest who has been missing in Syria for more than a year was held with James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants last month, a Syrian dissident has said. READ  

Ships without crew set for the seas
In the near-future merchant ships may sail with the aid of technology, not humans. Photo: Luigi Cotrufo / Scanpix

Ships without crew set for the seas

Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew. READ  

Elections 2014
ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis

The Local blogged live throughout Sunday night as our reporters watched Reinfeldt resign as prime minister, Löfven declare he was ready to lead the red-greens and the Sweden Democrats celebrate becoming Sweden's third largest party. READ  

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