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French towns allowed to welcome Baby Jesus
The Christian tradition of putting up an exhibition of the birth of Jesus Christ angers strict secularists in France. Photo: Joe Raedle/AFP

French towns allowed to welcome Baby Jesus

Traditionalists won another victory on Monday in France's annual nativity wars as a court allowed a town hall south of Paris to keep its display on the birth of Jesus Christ that has angered secularists. READ  

French pensioner spends six days stuck in bath
A French pensioner spent six days stuck in the bath until a postal worker came to her aid. Photo: Dream24seven/flickr

French pensioner spends six days stuck in bath

An inquisitive postal worker in southern France has saved a woman in her eighties who was trapped in her bathtub for six long days. READ  

Terrorist attacks?
French driver's rampage 'not an act of terrorism'
France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve speaks to the press in Dijon. Photo: jean-Philippe Ksiazek

French driver's rampage 'not an act of terrorism'

UPDATED: President François Hollande has called for the 'utmost vigilance' after two random attacks over the weekend, including one which saw a driver mow down 13 people in the city of Dijon. Prosecutors have concluded however that it wasn't a terrorist act. READ  

France - weather
Year 2014 in France will be warmest since 1900
France is set for its warmest year since 1900. But it may not be time to celebrate. Photo: Shutterstock

Year 2014 in France will be warmest since 1900

Barring an unlikely Arctic weather snap to end the year, France will record its hottest year since 1900 with average temperatures in 2014 1.2 °C higher on than they've been for over a century. READ  

Ten dishes that make a French Christmas feast
Le Reveillon - the traditional Christmas eve "awakening" dinner in France. Bring your Gaviscon or Rennie indigestion tablets.

Ten dishes that make a French Christmas feast

Christmas Eve marks the culinary highlight of the year for French families, when they settle down for "Le Reveillon", a marathon feast fit for kings (as long as they're not vegetarians) which often begins AFTER midnight mass. See what they will be gorging on in the early hours of Christmas Day. READ  

France's only kosher vineyard fights its corner
Sartene's vineyard is the only one in Europe to produce wine that's 100 percent kosher. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

France's only kosher vineyard fights its corner

It was a visit to Jerusalem that inspired Frenchman Alexandre Sartene to start the world's third kosher vineyard outside Israel which, despite a rocky start, now exports as far as Brazil. READ  

France's Amazon strike puts pressure on Santa
Amazon workers in the company warehouses in France “walk up to 22 kilometres a day according to calculations with a pedometer”. Photo: Andrew Yates/AFP

France's Amazon strike puts pressure on Santa

A major French trade union has called on Amazon workers to go on strike on Monday to demand a salary hike and better working conditions, a decision likely to have an effect on anyone in France hoping to buy last minute Christmas gifts on the online shopping portal. READ  

Ligue 1 round-up
Marseille win to ensure top spot at Christmas
Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa celebrates after his team scores against Lille on Sunday. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Marseille win to ensure top spot at Christmas

Marseille will end the year on top of Ligue 1 after beating Lille on Sunday. Marcelo Bielsa's team finish the first half of the season three points ahead of rivals PSG and two ahead of Lyon. Here's a round-up of all the latest action from Ligue 1 READ  

France braces for doctors' Christmas strike
ER doctors are due to kick off the protest on Monday. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

France braces for doctors' Christmas strike

France is bracing for a major strike over the Christmas period by overworked doctors, including casualty staff and specialists, unhappy about a new health bill. READ  

Driver yelling 'Allahu Akbar' rams pedestrians
Police examine evidence after a driver ploughed into pedestrians in Dijon. Photo: Arnaud Finistre/AFP

Driver yelling 'Allahu Akbar' rams pedestrians

A driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") ploughed into pedestrians in eastern France Sunday, injuring 11 of them, just a day after a man yelling the same words was killed in an attack on police officers. READ  

Features
Named and shamed: The French who bash France
Who are the biggest French bashers of France? Photo: AFP

Named and shamed: The French who bash France

Finance Minister Michel Sapin recently told The Local that what hurts the most is French-bashing by the French themselves. So we've identified some of the main Gallic culprits of French-bashing that will be on Sapin's watch list. READ  

12 'French' things that aren't actually French
So many things are labelled as French but aren't actually French at all.

12 'French' things that aren't actually French

Does "French Kissing" really come from France? Here The Local looks at 12 things that sound very French in name but actually have nothing to do with France. READ  

Debunking myths
11 things you (wrongly) presumed about France
Still think there's nothing more intrinsically French than all-things cheesy? Photo of woman eating cheese: Shutterstock

11 things you (wrongly) presumed about France

Are the French really the world's leading cheese-eating, red wine guzzling, sex obsessed 'surrender monkeys' they are so often made out to be? Here The Local debunks some of the myths surrounding the French by finding ways other countries beat France at their own game, so to speak. READ  

IN IMAGES: Lyon lights up for Fête des Lumières
The festival of Lights in Lyon. Photo: Pezner/Twitter

IN IMAGES: Lyon lights up for Fête des Lumières

Lyon is serving up a spectacular light and candle show for its annual Fête des Lumières. Here's a selection of the best images from a festival that was born out of coincidence and dates as far back as 1852. READ  

Festive Face-off
Who does Christmas better? French vs Anglos
It's a simple question? France for Christmas or home? Photo: FLickr/ David Pursehouse/THomas Claveirole

Who does Christmas better? French vs Anglos

Agonising over whether to go home for Christmas this year? To make it easier for you we've put together this festive face-off to decide once and for all who does Christmas better, the French or the Anglos. READ  

More News
French favour end of force-fed foie gras
Photo: Kevorks Djansezian/Getty Images/ AFP

French favour end of force-fed foie gras

Almost one out of every two French people now favour banning the force-feeding of geese and ducks to produce the national delicacy, foie gras, a survey showed. READ  

Journo sparks outcry with 'insular Muslim' jibe
Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP

Journo sparks outcry with 'insular Muslim' jibe

Prominent French journalist Eric Zemmour was back in the spotlight Saturday after being barred by a news channel for saying Muslims were elbowing French people out of the suburbs. READ  

Russia warns France over Mistral delay
Photo: Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP

Russia warns France over Mistral delay

Russia will gladly take back the money it paid for French Mistral-class warships whose handover has been delayed by concerns over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, a deputy defence minister said Saturday. READ  

French cardinal named as papal back up
Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

French cardinal named as papal back up

Pope Francis on Saturday named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, charged with temporarily taking over the pontiff's duties if he resigns or dies. READ  

French police shoot dead 'Allahu Akbar' attacker
Photo: Guillaume Souvant/AFP

French police shoot dead 'Allahu Akbar' attacker

French police on Saturday shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife in a police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great" in Arabic), a source said. READ  

French bus driver faked assault in paid leave ploy
The town hall in Goussainville. Photo: P.Poschadel/Wikimedia

French bus driver faked assault in paid leave ploy

A 23-year-old bus driver in suburban Paris was handed a six month suspended prison sentence Friday for staging his own assault in a ploy to obtain paid sick leave. READ  

French fishmonger nabbed in naked display
A French fishmonger (unrelated to the story). File photo: Pascal Pochard Casabianca/AFP

French fishmonger nabbed in naked display

A French fishmonger in women's lingerie was left with a lot of explaining to do after being arrested for exposing himself to holiday shoppers through his store window. READ  

EasyJet strike grounds France Xmas flights
Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

EasyJet strike grounds France Xmas flights

EasyJet flight attendants, angry over scheduling and pay, announced Friday a strike expected to force the low-cost carrier to cancel about half its flights in France the day after Christmas. READ  

French ex-airline boss: Missing MH370 a cover up
Photo: Shutterstock

French ex-airline boss: Missing MH370 a cover up

A former airline boss is making waves in France after he claimed that the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March had been covered up, and that the aircraft was likely hijacked by a hacker and possibly shot down by the US. READ  

French mayor wins battle to keep nativity scene
The mayor of Beziers, supported by the French far-right National Front party (FN), Robert Menard, looks at a nativity scene displayed at the Beziers city hall. Photo: Pascal Guyot

French mayor wins battle to keep nativity scene

As the annual Christmas battle over nativity scenes rages in France, it was a victory for the traditionalists in southern Montpellier on Friday as a court refused to order the removal of a town hall creche. READ  

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Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'
Sabina (L) and Samra (R). Photo: APA/Interpol

Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'

According to David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED), one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria in Spring to join the jihad has been killed in fighting. READ  

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope
Photo: David Geisser

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope

Although better known today for their colourful uniforms than their centuries-old reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards remain a powerful symbol of the Vatican. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes.
 READ  

Opinion
What does Dresden have against Muslims?
The baroque skyline of Dresden Photo: DPA

What does Dresden have against Muslims?

The Pegida movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) was unknown three months ago. Now it's making Dresden famous - for all the wrong reasons. READ  

Denmark passes dual citizenship bill
American expat Larry Feinberg and Anne Marie Dalgaard of Danes Worldwide in the Danish parliament just prior to the vote on dual citizenship. Photo: David S. Miller

Denmark passes dual citizenship bill

Thursday marked "a great day for expats" as the Danish parliament agreed to implement dual citizenship. The Local spoke to supporters and detractors of dual citizenship about the change. READ  

Fugitive killer mocks judges from Caribbean

Fugitive killer mocks judges from Caribbean

In a story that could come straight from Hollywood, a man facing 20 years in prison in Spain for murder has been sending postcards to his trial judge from the Caribbean, despite there being an international warrant for his arrest. READ  

Eritrean migrant gives birth on Italian Navy ship
Aloniab Nahom was born at around 2.00am this morning on board the Etna vessel. Photo: Marina Militare

Eritrean migrant gives birth on Italian Navy ship

A baby boy was born on board an Italian Navy ship on Tuesday to an Eritrean mother, one of 430 boat migrants saved this morning off the coast of Sicily. READ  

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court
Oslo District Court. Photo: Mahlun

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court

A prostitute won a landmark victory against police in an Oslo court on Wednesday, when it ruled that police were wrong to claim taxes for the money she had made selling sex in the Norwegian capital. READ  

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed
Mikhail Vanin, Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen. Photo: TT

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed

Russia's ambassador to Denmark has made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis. READ  

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