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Paris: Why you should avoid Michelin restaurants
Unless €1,000 is nothing to you then diners in Paris should shun the restuarants recommended by Michelin. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP

Paris: Why you should avoid Michelin restaurants

One the eve of the release of the new Michelin guide, a renowned Paris restaurant critic, who shelled out over €7,000 to review all the capital's three-star venues, tells The Local why diners should steer well clear of the "overblown and least exciting" eateries. READ  

Frenchmen held for nude pics at Angkor temple
The male tourists were discovered inside the Banteay Kdei temple. Photo: Leon petrosyan/Wikicommons

Frenchmen held for nude pics at Angkor temple

Three French tourists have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking nude photos of each other inside the country's famed Angkor temple complex, officials said on Friday. READ  

The DSK Affair
DSK's orgies: France set for trial of the year
Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaving the Paris courthouse after attending a hearing regarding his seizure request of the new book by Marcela Iacub. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

DSK's orgies: France set for trial of the year

Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose sexual proclivities cost him his job and a shot at the French presidency, goes on trial Monday for "pimping" over his alleged role in a prostitution ring. READ  

France vs Netflix, Amazon and Google
France may tax US giants to boost film sector
France wants to tax Netflix and Amazon to boost its own film and TV industry. Photo: Netflix

France may tax US giants to boost film sector

France is looking to decide this year on how it might tax US online giants Google, Amazon and Netflix to help fund its heavily subsidised film and television sector in response to changes brought on by Internet video streaming. READ  

Paris: Relief as RER service returns to normal
Services returned to normal on the Paris RER A on Friday. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Paris: Relief as RER service returns to normal

There was relief for commuters in Paris on Friday morning after transport authorities announce a return to normal service on the RER A, a day after a cripling wildcat strike caused travel chaos. READ  

Paris Terror Attacks
France: What you can't say post-terror attacks
People hold placards reading "Je suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) during a Unity rally “Marche Republicaine” on January 11, 2015 in Paris. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP

France: What you can't say post-terror attacks

Since the Paris shootings numerous people have been hauled before a judge or spoken to by police for expressing support for the terrorists, often in a drunken state. From an eight-year-old boy to an outspoken comic, here's a look at how they fell foul of the law READ  

SNCF launches unlimited travel pass
A TGV train in France. Photo: eldelinux/Flickr

SNCF launches unlimited travel pass

If you haven’t had the chance to explore all of France's little corners, French rail operator SNCF has just released a new travel pass offering unlimited travel for just €60 per month. READ  

IN PICTURES
Paris commuters face chaos as strike goes on
No room on the escalator at Châtelet Metro station during Thursday's chaos.

Paris commuters face chaos as strike goes on

UPDATED: Commuters in Paris faced continued travel chaos on Thursday after train drivers on the RER held a wildcat strike following a violent attack on one of their colleagues. Drivers said they will not return to work meaning more bedlam for workers heading home after work. READ  

Flu epidemic hits France as jab fails to work
The number of registered flu cases has doubled within the last week. Image: Screengrab Bien Public

Flu epidemic hits France as jab fails to work

A flu epidemic has taken hold in France after the number of infections increased sharply over the past two weeks and will continue to rise. The spread of the virus has been aided by the inefficiency of this year's flu jab. READ  

Opinion - Freedom of speech
France hit by 'hysteria' as police grill 8-year-old
Has it gone too far? French police question eight-year-old over alleged pro-terrorist comments. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

France hit by 'hysteria' as police grill 8-year-old

After a school pupil, aged just eight, was reported to police for allegedly praising the Paris gunmen, Human Rights League, a French civil liberties group, tells The Local that France is in danger of giving the terrorists exactly what they wanted. READ  

Features
Studying in France: what you need to know
France is home to 300,000 foreign students. Photo: Simone Ramella/Flickr

Studying in France: what you need to know

France is one of the most popular study destinations in the world, with nearly 300,000 foreign students. Relatively low tuition fees and the chance to live in France are certainly appealing, but France’s confusing higher education system can be frustrating to navigate. READ  

The French baby names the law wouldn't allow
Not everyone was "Happy" about some of these French baby names. Photo: Loren Javier/Flickr

The French baby names the law wouldn't allow

As parents in France have been told that they can't name their kids "Nutella" or "Strawberry" (fraise), The Local takes a look at some other baby names that have fallen foul of the law over the years. READ  

Ten French words you'll never hear in France
Ten French words that you'll never hear in France. Photo: Shutterstock

Ten French words you'll never hear in France

Ever heard someone say "Tiggy-doo?" in France? It's French (actually spelled Tiguidou) and it's just one example of a long list of Gallic words that you'll never come across in France. READ  

The Local List
The ten 'real' no-go zones in Paris
There are no-go zones in the City of Light after all. Photo: AFP

The ten 'real' no-go zones in Paris

Fox News came under fire recently for listing areas in Paris they claimed were "no-go zones". But what do they know? We've listed the real places in the City of Light that you'd want to avoid. Although they're more "don't-go" zones than "no-go". READ  

Paris Terror Attacks
'It feels like I'm in a warzone': Paris tourist
Armed forces protect Paris' most famous landmark. Photo: AFP

'It feels like I'm in a warzone': Paris tourist

French officials have ramped up security in Paris after last week's terror attack, including around major tourist sites. The Local talks to tourists around the city, one of whom compares the French capital to a war zone. READ  

More News
Guest blog - Myth of French lovers
The myths that make French lovers disappoint
Not to say that actor Louis Garrel disappoints, but he does look a bit like the stereotypical French lover. Photo: mmatins/Flickr

The myths that make French lovers disappoint

After regularly having to lend an ear to her Anglo friends left disappointed by the failure of their French lovers to live up to expectations, blogger Muriel Jacques, who runs the site "French Yummy Mummy" clears up a few common myths about Frenchmen. READ  

France unveils plan to cut police suicides
These new graduates at the French Prefecture de Police will be given greater psychological support to prevent suicides. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

France unveils plan to cut police suicides

France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has unveiled a new plan to tackle the taboo subject of suicides in the police force after a sharp rise in the number of officers taking their own lives. READ  

Nordics outshine French at culinary world cup
Norwegian chef Orjan Johannessen (C) holds a Norwegian flag as he celebrates with coach Odd Ivar Solvold (C-L) and teammate Jimmy Oien (R) after winning the Bocuse d'Or. Photo: AFP

Nordics outshine French at culinary world cup

Despite the so-called 'world cup for chefs' being held on home soil in Lyon, France failed to pick up the Bocuse d’Or this year as Nordic and American chefs took the podium places. READ  

France seeks to bar 'hated' US pick-up coach
By Wednesday morning the petition had over 6,000 signatures. Screen grab: YouTube

France seeks to bar 'hated' US pick-up coach

A petition to stop the controversial US seduction coach and pick-up artist Julien Blanc from coming to France later this year as part of his European tour has already garnered thousands of signatures. READ  

Angouleme comic festival
French comic festival opens amid tight security
French right-wing UMP party Mayor of Angouleme Xavier Bonnefont (L) claps as a banner is unveiled on the facade of the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) of Angouleme, eastern France, on January 28, 2015, in

French comic festival opens amid tight security

The world's leading comics festival was set to open in France on Thursday under a tight net of security as it dedicated this year's event to the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. READ  

Animals have feelings, French parliament rules
Animals in France do have feelings, says French parliament. Photo: Petras Gagilas/Flickr

Animals have feelings, French parliament rules

There was a significant victory for animal rights capaigners in France on Wednesday when the country's parliament officially recognised animals as "living, sentient beings" rather than just pieces of "furniture". READ  

French cops grill 8-year-old for 'glorifying terror'
Police were called out to a school to question an eight-year-old over comments he made allegedly supporting terrorists. Photo: AFP

French cops grill 8-year-old for 'glorifying terror'

France is suffering from a "colective hysteria" in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, according to an Islamaphobia watchdog, after it emerged an eight-year-old boy was grilled by police over comments he made at school allegedly praising the terrorists. READ  

Who is slaying France's rugby roosters?
Over 30 of the roosters have been killed in the last month. Photo: Jim Bahn/Flickr

Who is slaying France's rugby roosters?

A distraught farmer has been left scratching her head after over thirty of her famous roosters have been "murdered" in the last month. The farmers' 'coqs' are known for making appearances during French international rugby matches. READ  

Post Paris attacks: How the French are thinking
Gauging the mood of French public opinion in post-Paris attacks France. Photo: AFP

Post Paris attacks: How the French are thinking

A mammoth survey has been carried out to try and gauge the mood of the French nation in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. From the public's views towards Islam, Marine Le Pen and extremists the Le Monde/Europe1 poll sheds light on current opinion. READ  

IN PICTURES
Fancy a night hanging in an Alps cable car 'hotel'?
Fancy spending a night in a cable car above Courchevel? Photo: AirBnB.co.uk

Fancy a night hanging in an Alps cable car 'hotel'?

Ever dreamed of spending a night in a cable car high above a ski resort in the French Alps? No neither have we. But those thrill seekers out there who don't suffer from vertigo might want to read on. READ  

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Man leaves baby on U6 metro
File photo: Shutterstock

Man leaves baby on U6 metro

A desperate young father realized only after exiting the carriage of the U6 metro train that he'd left his baby on board. READ  

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust
Gareth Knott: "Thankfully design is a universal language." Photo: Handout

Anglo expats mine creativity to earn crust

Switzerland’s job market is appealingly lucrative but sometimes anglophones need to be creative to find a job in a country where English is not an official language, as The Local's Emily Mawson finds out. READ  

Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: DPA

Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal

More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall's fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany's 1990 "annexation" of East Germany as Moscow's answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. READ  

Video
Syrian refugees hand out free coffee to commuters
Mohammad Sharaa, Samih Alnakawah and other members of Syrian Touch at Aalborg's J.F. Kennedys Plads. Photo: Facebook

Syrian refugees hand out free coffee to commuters

A group of Syrian refugees in Denmark has started handing out free coffee to morning commuters to thank the country for the warm welcome they’ve received since escaping the ongoing civil war in their homeland. READ  

11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base
A Greek fighter jet crashes on takeoff at a military airbase in Spain while taking part in NATO exercises on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 16. Photo: Josema Moreno/AFP

11 dead as F-16 jet explodes at Spain base

Updated: Nine French and two Greek nationals were killed on Monday when a fighter jet crashed on takeoff at a military base in Spain housing a NATO training centre for elite pilots. READ  

Another nun gives birth in Italy
The nun was taken to the maternity ward, where her waters broke and she gave birth. Baby photo: Shutterstock

Another nun gives birth in Italy

A nun has given birth in Italy after going to hospital with a stomach ache, a year after a similar case in a country still strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. READ  

Norway's Jansrud takes Kitzbühel downhill crown
Jansrud during his victorious run on Saturday. Photo: SAMUEL KUBANI / AFP

Norway's Jansrud takes Kitzbühel downhill crown

Kjetil Jansrud of Norway joined the pantheon of greats to win the men's World Cup downhill at Kitzbühel on Saturday. READ  

The Local List
Ten ways talking in English baffles Swedes
A Viking - sometimes pronounced 'Wiking', in Sweden. Photo: Shutterstock

Ten ways talking in English baffles Swedes

While Swedes are among the world's best English speakers, there are a few common - and often charming - mistakes The Local's team has spotted while chatting to Swedes in their second language (because yes, of course, it is still better than our Swedish). READ  

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