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The trials and tribulations of moving to rural France
Movingto rural rural France is not all rosé and cheese. Photo: Philippe Rouzet/Flickr

Moving to rural France can be a dream come true, but it doesn't always work out as planned.

French unions to switch protests to electricity supplies
Photo: AFP

Are things about to get a lot worse for the French public?

France starts using strategic reserves as fuel runs dry
Photos: AFP

French police are clearing the barricades around fuel depots but the shortages of petrol and diesel continue to hamper drivers and has forced the government to start using reserves.

How French rail services will be hit by this week's strike
Photo: AFP

Another tricky couple of days for rail travel lie ahead this week.

Who is to blame for the fuel crisis in France?
CGT union's workers block with burning tires the access to the refinery of Fos-sur-Mer, southeastern France. Photo: AFP

With petrol stations quickly running empty and the protests set to rumble on, who can be held responsible for the growing crisis?

Features
The Local Recipes
How to make a traditional French cassoulet
The finished dish. All photos: Paul Oatway

Riviera-based food blogger Laura Tobin shares her recipe for a delicious French cassoulet.

Paris: Here's how to find French cinema in English
The audience at one of Lost in Frenchlation's screenings. Photo: Lost in Frenchlation

Want to watch French movies in Paris but can't understand them? Look no further.

How to say 'OUCH' in French (and ten other sounds)
OUCH! Photo: Richard Gillin/Flickr

Here's how to kiss, hush, cry and slap in French. And much more.

Eight ways the French are different to Parisians
Photo: Blazej Stanisz/Flickr, coquijac/Flickr

Sometimes it’s hard to believe they are from the same country.

This is by far the most important word in French
Photo: Faks87/Flickr

“When you think you’ve said it too much, you’re probably saying it just enough.”

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Paris unveils first stretch of 'bicycle highway'
Photo: AFP

Could Paris be on the way to becoming the new Amsterdam for bikes?

French air traffic control unions call for June strikes
Photo: AFP

Air traffic controllers and thousands of other workers could be set for a three day strike at the beginning of June.

French labour reforms not going deep enough, says IMF
Photo: AFP

The International Monetary Fund has warned France to go beyond its already hotly contested job market reforms.

Dordogne named among the 'best places in Europe'
Photo: Dale Musselman/Flickr

Travel company the Lonely Planet calls the Dordogne "France's foodiest region".

French fuel crisis: 'A quarter' of petrol stations run dry
Workers on strike block the access to the harbour of Saint-Nazaire, western France to protest against the government's planned labour law reforms. Photo: AFP

UPDATED: Over 3,200 petrol stations are now reportedly empty or running dry.

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From our other editions
A gift for Euroskeptics?
A choice between green and blue at the ballot. Photo: Monusco Photos/Wikimedia

Austria's presidential runoff, which could see a far-right candidate grab power this Sunday, is a test for the European Union as it battles the rise of eurosceptic and populist parties across the continent.

Swiss court vetoes wedding of couple with 50-year age gap
File photo: Abhishek Jacob

The 71-year-old Swiss great-grandmother and her 21-year-old Tunisian fiancé had their marriage application refused.

The Local List
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
Photo: DPA

Leaving Munich can be a heart-wrenching experience. No German city rivals it for extremities of kitsch, good taste, beauty, and unabashed pride in its roots.

Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger
DF's 'Our Denmark' campaign as seen at Nørreport Station. Photo: Justin Cremer

UPDATED: The heated debate surrounding an advertising campaign by the Danish People’s Party has now ripped open old wounds about the n-word and may result in a lawsuit – over a font.

Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
Photo: Don McCullough/Flickr

The plane was attempting to land at Bilbao airport in the Basque Country.

Society
Opinion: Why the French are absolutely right to go on strike
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Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
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Here's why both sides despise France's labour reforms
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Who is really to blame for the fuel crisis in France?
How to avoid running out of fuel if you're coming to France
National
Here are the parts of France hardest hit by the fuel shortages
Travel
It will soon be time to say 'au revoir' to the Paris Metro ticket
Culture
Revealed: The ultimate sex map of France
National
Migrants at Calais camp given dignity in death
International
How good is security at Charles de Gaulle airport?
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How to make a traditional French cassoulet
Culture
IN PICS: Commuter trains in Paris get royal makeover
International
Terror attack 'likeliest cause' of missing EgyptAir plane
International
Who was on board the missing EgyptAir flight from Paris?
Lifestyle
New map reveals Paris flat prices by Metro station
Culture
Paris: Here's how to find French cinema in English
Culture
How to say 'OUCH' in French (and ten other sounds)
National
Get ready: France to be hit by week of transport strikes
Culture
France readies for first national 'motorway party'
National
Is this the eco-solution to France's wild-peeing plague?
Sport
Paris mayor wants Seine to be 'swimmable' before Olympics
National
IN PICTURES: Police car torched in Paris protests
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Why there's another rail strike in France and more to come
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Why does 'everyone in France hate the police'?
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