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Plane with 51 French on board 'crashes in Mali'
The latest map released by officials in Burkina Faso, showing the presumed site where the plane is believed to have come down. Photo: Airport of Ougadougou

Plane with 51 French on board 'crashes in Mali'

Aviation officials in Algeria have said the missing Air Algérie-operated flight carrying 110 passengers and six crew members has crashed in northern Mali. The airline has said there were 51 French passengers on board the plane. READ  

Tour de France: Italian Nibali tightens grip
Italian Vincenzo Nibali wins stage 18 to tighten grip on Tour de France title. Photo: AFP

Tour de France: Italian Nibali tightens grip

Italian Vincenzo Nibali won stage 18 of the Tour de France on Thursday to put him within touching distance of winning the overall race. By winning his fourth stage Nibali extended his lead over Frenchman Thibaut Pinot to more than seven minutes. READ  

French cops find arsenal on London-bound bus
French border police find an arsenal of weapons on board a Eurolines bus. Photo: Sludge Gulper/FLickr

French cops find arsenal on London-bound bus

French border police seized a small arsenal of firearms and ammunition they found stowed aboard a bus that was passing through France on its way to London, French media reported on Thursday. Officers are still looking for the owner of the weapons. READ  

France is among EU's biggest public spenders
France is one of Europe's biggest spenders, but its not getting great services. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

France is among EU's biggest public spenders

The French government is the third biggest public spender in Europe, yet the quality of the health, pension and education services its paying for are significantly lower than other EU countries. A new government study explains why. READ  

Gaza crisis
France to release €11m in aid for Palestinians
An injured Palestinian is rushed to hospital in Gaza for treatment. Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP

France to release €11m in aid for Palestinians

BREAKING NEWS: France is to hand over €11 million worth of aid for Palestinians in Gaza, President François Hollande announced on Thursday morning after meeting with several NG0s at the Elysée Palace. READ  

Report - Jobs for robots
'Half of jobs in France' under threat from robots
Half of the jobs in France could soon be carried out by robots. Better think about retraining. Shutterstock

'Half of jobs in France' under threat from robots

It might be a good time to think about a career change, because according to a report from a leading Brussels think-tank, half of the jobs currently being done in France could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years. READ  

Tête-à-tête - Part 2
'Foreigners pay taxes so they should get the vote'
"This is not about halal meat in schools, it's about democracy" Should non-EU foreigners get the right to vote in France? Photo: Marc Lagneau/Flickr

'Foreigners pay taxes so they should get the vote'

In the second part of our tête-a-tête on whether foreigners in France should be given the vote, we hear from one of the leaders of the campaign calling for it to happen, who insists "it's about democracy, not bringing in halal meals in schools". READ  

IN IMAGES: Paris protest in support of Palestinians
Members of a Jewish anti-zionist group joined protesters on Wednesday to call for an end to Israel's offensive in Gaza. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard

IN IMAGES: Paris protest in support of Palestinians

Up to 25,000 demonstrators marched through the streets of Paris on Wednesday to protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Here's a selection of images from the rally, that took place amid tight security. READ  

UBS bank 'charged with tax fraud' in France
UBS bank has been charged with tax fraud in France, sources say, for helping French nationals hide money in Swiss accounts. Photo: AFP

UBS bank 'charged with tax fraud' in France

Swiss bank UBS was on Wednesday charged with tax fraud in Paris for allegedly helping rich French clients to hide money in Switzerland, a judicial source said. READ  

Paris: Thousands march in pro-Palestinian demo
Thousands of protesters hit the streets of Paris to oppose Israel's Gaza incursion. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Paris: Thousands march in pro-Palestinian demo

Thousands marched through Paris on Wednesday to denounce Israel's ongoing assault on Gaza amid tight security. The demo passed off peacefully with many protesters expressing their anger with the French government for not doing enough to halt the bloodshed in the Middle East. READ  

Features
Driving in France: How to stay out of trouble
Here's how to avoid a ticket on French roads this summer. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Driving in France: How to stay out of trouble

Driving in France might seem simple, but foreign motorists, especially Anglos can get in plenty of trouble here, thanks in part to the unique or lesser-known rules of la route. We've put together a list of those you need to know to avoid a police fine (or a crash) this summer. READ  

Tête-a-tête - Service
'Give me a grumpy Paris waiter any day'
Is restaurant service better in the US than France? Joshua Melvin (left) says yes but Ben McPartland (right) says no. Photo: Jessie Acosta

'Give me a grumpy Paris waiter any day'

Would you rather have the brusque and serious Parisian 'serveur' or the tip-driven and smiley American waitress? The Local's Joshua Melvin (left) and Ben McPartland (right) battle it out here over whose service is better. READ  

The Local List
Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians
Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians, including standing in the middle of the Champs-Elysées to get a photo. Photo: Stan1ey/Flickr

Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians

Parisians get a bad name for their supposed unfriendly treatment of tourists, but what if us visitors are partly to blame for the that famed surly welcome from the locals? Here are 12 things tourists do that can wind up the French, according to our readers. READ  

JobTalk France - Anonymous CV
Will France finally bring in anonymous CVs?
Should France introduce obligatory anonymous CVs? CV photo: Shutterstock

Will France finally bring in anonymous CVs?

A French law that would oblige job applicants to submit CVs anonymously to big firms seemed like an enlightened idea at the time. But eight years on it has still never been enforced, but it could be finally set to see the light of day. READ  

Gallery - Travel
Ten French Unesco sites you won't have heard of
Everyone knows Mont Saint-Michel but what about some of France's more unknown Unesco World Heritage sites? Photo: AFP/Unesco

Ten French Unesco sites you won't have heard of

France was awarded a new World Heritage site this week. As it now boasts 39 Unesco sites, The Local decided to dig up some of the country’s least known gems on a list that includes the famous Mont Saint-Michel (photo). Here’s ten Unesco sites in France you (probably) haven't heard of. READ  

More News
Lawmakers back redrawn map of France
French lawmakers have approved a redrawn map of France. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Lawmakers back redrawn map of France

Legislation that would redraw the map of France won overwhelming support on Wednesday from the country's lower house, the National Assembly. It's part of a plan reduce France's costly and cumbersome bureaucracy. READ  

Paris: Security beefed up for pro-Palestinian demo
Riot police will be out in force on Wednesday for the pro-Palestinian protest. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Paris: Security beefed up for pro-Palestinian demo

Police chiefs in Paris are taking no chances on Wednesday with the latest pro-Palestinian rally taking place in the city. Hundreds of police are on duty to keep the peace. The Local will be tweeting live from the demo. READ  

Tête-à-tête - Part 1
'Giving foreigners vote is giving up sovereignty'
Should foreigners be able to vote in France's local elections? Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

'Giving foreigners vote is giving up sovereignty'

France's president reignited an age-old row recently when he vowed to fight to give foreigners the vote in France. In the first part of our tête-a-tête we hear from a French mayor; who says France would be abandoning part of its sovereignty if foreigners were able to cast ballots. READ  

'Disastrous' economy claim riles Hollande
French business leader Pierre Gattaz's glare at the French president tells a story. Photo: Philippe Wojazer/AFP

'Disastrous' economy claim riles Hollande

French president François Hollande has taken umbrage after the leading voice of France’s business community described the country’s economy as “disastrous” this week and called for an end to the flagship 35-hour week and 75 percent tax rate. READ  

Tour de France stage 17: Pole Rafal Majka wins
Stage 17 of the Tour de France will see some tought climbs for the riders. Photo: Screengrab LeTour.fr

Tour de France stage 17: Pole Rafal Majka wins

Stage 17 of the 2014 Tour de France was won by Rafal Majka on Wednesday after 124.5km punishing ride through the Pyrenees. Yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali extended his lead over his rivals. READ  

Immigration system
French test plan for long-term visa applicants
Anyone seeking a long-term visa in France in future will have to swat up on their French. Photo: Tim Green/Flickr

French test plan for long-term visa applicants

New legislation unveiled on Wednesday aims to shrink the bureaucratic hurdles foreigners who want to stay in France face and provide a glimmer of hope for asylum seekers languishing in limbo. But anyone wanting to get a ten-year visa would need to be able to read French. READ  

EU says Ryanair owes France €9.6 million
Ryanair has been ordered to refund millions in subsidies to local French authorities. Photo: Paolo Margari/Flickr

EU says Ryanair owes France €9.6 million

Low-cost airline Ryanair received nearly €10 million in illegal government aid and now must pay the money back, the European Commission said on Wednesday. It's another costly blow for Ryanair after a French court ordered it to stump up €9million in damages last year. READ  

VIDEO: Stuntman jumps onto moving Paris metro
A Paris stuntman's video of him jumping onto a moving train has gone global. Photo: Screengrab/YouTube

VIDEO: Stuntman jumps onto moving Paris metro

A video featuring a thrill-seeking acrobat named “Mister Puma” risking his life by jumping onto the roof of a moving metro train in Paris has proved a global hit. But it's just his latest crazy feat on the Metro. Watch some his death-defying stunts here. READ  

French court rules no halal meals in prison
A French prison will not be forced to serve up halal meals after all. Photo: John Moore/AFP

French court rules no halal meals in prison

A controversial ruling that ordered a French prison to serve up halal meals to inmates was overturned by a court in Lyon this week in the latest issue to pit the country's secular tradition against Islamic practice. READ  

The Mistral deal
France tells UK to put own house in order
"Stop pointing the finger at France and deal with London's Russian Oligarch's," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius tells the UK. Photo: Gali Tibbon/AFP

France tells UK to put own house in order

France lashed out at the UK on Tuesday with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius telling "British friends" to target the Russian oligarchs in London rather than Paris's controversial €1.2 billion warship deal with Moscow, which Washington also described as "completely inappropriate". READ  

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From our other editions:
It all began with a scoop of Tiramisu
A Zanoni & Zanoni ice cream bar in Vienna. Photo: Zanoni

It all began with a scoop of Tiramisu

After a month in Vienna one thing in particular stands out for American journalism student Gretchen Henderson, as she writes for The Local. READ  

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers
Foreign drivers have up to a year to exchange their licence. Photo: State Farm

Federal Court: no tests for expat car drivers

Foreigners living in Switzerland cannot be asked to pass a Swiss driving test in order to swap their foreign driving licence for a Swiss one, regardless of when they apply, the Federal Court has said. READ  

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty
Who was it then? Photo: DPA

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty

Germany’s long and rowdy World Cup celebrations did not just take a toll of fans and players – the trophy was also damaged on Sunday night at the afterparty in Brazil as the team celebrated victory over Argentina. READ  

Danish happiness is all in the genes: study
Photo: Jens Dresling/POLFOTO

Danish happiness is all in the genes: study

One international survey after the other has pointed to Denmark as the world's happiest country and now a researcher in England tells The Local that he may have discovered the reason why. READ  

Ancient graffiti proves Spain's Irish links
The ruins of numerous ancient Celtic settlements known as castros are still present in Galicia today. Photo: Castro de Baroña by Feans/Flickr

Ancient graffiti proves Spain's Irish links

An ancient inscription discovered on a 14th century church in Spain's Galicia region has been identified as Gaelic; the first written evidence of the northern region’s Irish and Scottish heritage. READ  

The Local List
Top 10 foreign films made in Italy
The famous vespa scene in 1953's Roman Holiday. Screengrab: YouTube

Top 10 foreign films made in Italy

From 1953’s Roman Holiday to The Talented Mr Ripley in 1999, Italy has long held an allure for foreign filmmakers. READ  

Norway terror warnings put nation on high alert
Top government officials in Oslo react to the terror alert. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB Scanpix

Norway terror warnings put nation on high alert

UPDATED: Norway’s security police have warned that people with connections to an extremist group in Syria intend to carry out a terror attack in Norway imminently. READ  

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden
Photo: TT

'First ever' heat warning issued for Sweden

Swedish weather agency SMHI has issued its first ever warning for high temperatures with the many areas set to bask in plus 30C heat. READ  

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