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France mulls plan to tax foreign truck drivers
Will foreign truck drivers soon be charged to take to French roads? Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

France mulls plan to tax foreign truck drivers

France’s much-maligned eco-tax charge on lorries that was scrapped late last year, could make a return, this time targeting foreign truck drivers, who could be asked to pay up at the border or even forced through the country's motorway tolls. READ () »

Ex-France international Makélélé faces tax probe
Ex-France international Claude Makélélé, once of Chelsea and Real Madrid faces a tax probe in Switzerland. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Ex-France international Makélélé faces tax probe

French tax authorities have asked their Swiss counterparts to start a probe into former France international footballer Claude Makélélé, who played for English club Chelsea and Spain's Real Madrid among others. READ () »

France will stick to EU debt target, minister says
France will stick to EU deficit targets the country's finance minister promised this week. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

France will stick to EU debt target, minister says

The new French finance minister vowed this week that his country would stick to the tight deficit reduction targets set by Brussels and rubbished speculation that Paris were hoping to persuade the EU to give them more time. READ () »

Dylan hate charge thrown out by French court
Hate charges against Bob Dylan over comments he allegedly said about Croats have been dismissed by a French court. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP

Dylan hate charge thrown out by French court

A court in Paris has thrown out a case against US singer Bob Dylan on charges of incitement to hatred filed after he was quoted allegedly comparing Croats to Nazis, his lawyer said on Tuesday. READ () »

French slang: Everyday words you need to know
French slang - here's a list of words you need to know but perhaps should be careful about using. Photo: Shutterstock

French slang: Everyday words you need to know

As if learning French wasn't hard enough, the language of Molière has a wealth of informal slang words, that you should know as well - even if it's to avoid saying them in case you offend someone. Here we've picked some of the most common everyday words and translated them into French slang. READ () »

JobTalk France - Tax returns
French tax declarations: Key things to remember
What to remember when filling in your French tax declarations. Photo: Shutterstock

French tax declarations: Key things to remember

It's that time of the year again. The 2013 "Declarations des Revenues" forms will be popping through your letter boxes in the coming days so we have asked a French tax expert to let us know the most important things to remember when it comes to filing your tax returns. READ () »

British firm to shut French cigarette factory
One of France's iconic cigarette brands will soon mostly be made abroad. Photo: Der Wunderbare Mandarin/Flickr

British firm to shut French cigarette factory

A British tobacco company will close one of its factories in France that makes Gauloises cigarettes, meaning the signature French brand will be made almost exclusively abroad. READ () »

French MEP: EU means 'porn without borders'
A European Parliament from France sees 'porn without borders' as good thing in EU. Photo: M_Max/Flickr

French MEP: EU means 'porn without borders'

For a French member of European Parliament one of the key benefits of an EU without borders is easier access to porn movies, according to an interview he gave to a local newspaper. READ () »

French TV viewers resent needless use of English
French public are not happy about the over use of English on TV and radio. Photo: Patrick Herzog/AFP

French TV viewers resent needless use of English

In its annual report released this week French TV and radio regulators revealed that French language and culture regularly suffers as the sector expands and that viewers’ main cause for complaint is the unnecessary use of English. READ () »

French to help Britain treat nuclear waste
A French company is going to help Britain build a nuclear waste treatment facility. Photo: Avail/Flickr

French to help Britain treat nuclear waste

French nuclear power group Areva said on Tuesday it will help build a plant to treat radioactive waste at a facility in northwest England. READ () »

Features
Buying French property: Ten things to think about
Thinking of buying a house in France? Here's ten things to think about if you are. Photo: Shutterstock

Buying French property: Ten things to think about

Experts say now is a good time to follow your dream and buy a house in France. So to help you on your way The Local has put together a list of ten things to seriously think about when buying property in France. READ () »

Reader Rants
French and charity - why don't they go together?
Why don't the French do charity? Photo: Shutterstock

French and charity - why don't they go together?

In the latest of our Reader Rants series, in which we give you a chance to get something off your chest, Paris-based banker and serial fun-runner Gavin Doughty from the UK, laments the problems he has persuading the French to dip into the pockets for a good cause. READ () »

Despair and poverty turn French to far right
French far-right Front National party's president Marine Le Pen at a press conference near Paris. AFP Photo/Pierre Andrieu

Despair and poverty turn French to far right

The far right National Front (FN) party are making footholds across France with voters saying the economic recession has prompted them to switch over to more extreme parties in advance of the nationwide local elections. READ () »

The Local List
Ten new words that could join the French language
Ten new words that could join the French language. Photo: Tim Green/Flickr

Ten new words that could join the French language

This week French people were asked to submit and vote for their favourite newly-invented Gallic words, that in the future could find their place in a dictionary. The suggestions were both inventive and hilarious. We've selected ten of the best. READ () »

JobTalk France
The 'top ten' companies to work for in France
New study names top companies to work for in France. Work photo: Shutterstock

The 'top ten' companies to work for in France

A new standings table was released on Wednesday that ranks the best companies in France to work for. Although Anglo multi-nationals took many of the higher places, it was a French company with an aversion to meetings that grabbed the prestigious top spot. READ () »

More News
Paris cops told to ‘purge’ Roma from posh area
A Police in a posh Paris neighborhood have been ordered to 'purge' Roma people. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Paris cops told to ‘purge’ Roma from posh area

Police in Paris’s posh 6th arrondissement have been ordered to count up Roma people and “systematically purge” them from the area, media reports said on Tuesday. The public outrage prompted by the orders forced France's top cop to wade into the row. READ () »

'Dangerous' mascot eagle banned from stadium
The "dangerous" eagle in full flight before a Nice match this season. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

'Dangerous' mascot eagle banned from stadium

French authorities have barred Nice football club's pre-match ritual of flying an eagle before each match on health and safety grounds, claiming the club mascot is a danger to the public. Nice are refusing to abide by the decision. READ () »

Paris: Iconic Lutetia hotel closes for major revamp
The iconic Le Lutetia hotel in Paris, which will close for three years to be renovated. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

Paris: Iconic Lutetia hotel closes for major revamp

Another one of Paris's iconic luxury hotels has closed for major renovations. After the Ritz and the Crillon shut their doors for a makeover this week the famous Le Lutetia followed suit. READ () »

Lock of Napoleon's hair stolen from museum
An actor plays former French Emporer Napoleon at a recent reenactment in France. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

Lock of Napoleon's hair stolen from museum

A lock of Napoleon Bonaparte's hair and other "priceless" artefacts linked to the French emperor have been stolen from a museum in Australia, police said on Tuesday. READ () »

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials
French scientists said they have misplaced some deadly SARS virus. Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials

A routine inventory at the prestigious French research body Institut Pasteur in Paris revealed it has lost some 2,300 tubes containing samples of the potentially deadly SARS virus. READ () »

French hotels told to report Eastern Europeans
Police have told hotel owners in France to report Eastern Europeans. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

French hotels told to report Eastern Europeans

Police in southern France have been accused of racism after asking local hotel owners to report the arrival of Eastern European guests, in a bid to crackdown on certain crimes like pimping. "You have to be realistic" said a police union leader. READ () »

Paris bans Hitler auction after Jewish protest
A French Jewish group has objected to Adolf Hitler's personal effects going under the hammer next month. Photo: William West/AFP

Paris bans Hitler auction after Jewish protest

Authorities in France have scrapped a planned auction of personal effects belonging to Hitler and Hermann Goering after the country’s largest Jewish group, backed by the Culture Minister, lodged a complaint. READ () »

After 17 years France's 'mad cow' probe to close
A nearly two-decade French probe into "mad cow" disease has ended with no charges recommended. Photo: FromsandToglass/Flickr

After 17 years France's 'mad cow' probe to close

After nearly two decades of investigation, Paris prosecutors have recommended closing the probe into the spread of the deadly "mad cow" disease, advising that no charges should be brought. At least 27 people were killed in France by the disease at its height. READ () »

French, British leaders decry Ukraine violence
British Prime Minister Davide Cameron and French President Francois Hollande condemn Ukraine violence. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP

French, British leaders decry Ukraine violence

French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron have 'very firmly condemned' the violence in Ukraine between the government and pro-Russian separatist forces. Germany has also joined the fray.. READ () »

French ministers hand out €12m in bonuses
French ministers paid some €12 million in bonuses to their staff in 2013. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP

French ministers hand out €12m in bonuses

Top French government ministers doled out a total of €12 million in bonuses to some 450 staff members last year, new data has revealed. The sum is unlikely to go down well with voters already livid over a moribund economy and record high unemployment. READ () »

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From our other editions
Swiss teen killed during 'knife game' in Rome
Photo: AFP/File

Swiss teen killed during 'knife game' in Rome

A 16-year-old boy from Switzerland died during a school trip to Rome after reportedly being stabbed during a "knife game" with friends. READ () »

School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party
Photo: DPA

School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party

Dozens of school children at a “porno-themed” high school party were taken to hospital on Thursday for nausea and stomach aches. It was initially believed they were poisoned but no alcohol has been found. READ () »

The Local List
Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter
Having an 'Only in Spain' moment? You're not alone. Picture of angry expat woman: Shutterstock

Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter

Expats in Spain are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations about life in the country. Here The Local has selected some of the funniest and truest tweets. READ () »

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Mafia infiltration has reached Germany's Rhineland. Photo: Shengel/Wikipedia

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'

Italian mobsters have infiltrated “every sector in Germany”, according to investigators, with the Sicilian mafia particularly active in the Rhineland. READ () »

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach
Bjørn Frilund, 64, with his unusual catch. Photo: Anders Hagen, Åndalsnes Avis

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach

Bjørn Frilund was gutting a large cod he'd caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first found two semi-digested herrings. Then he pulled out a hefty orange vibrator. READ () »

Swedes pay $27 for 'bargain strawberries'

Swedes pay $27 for 'bargain strawberries'

The year's first batch of Swedish strawberries went under the hammer in Stockholm on Wednesday, with growers fetching 175 kronor ($27) per punnet. But the price was nothing compared to last year. READ () »

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