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Réunion's plane debris to be probed in France
Policeman and gendarmes with the piece of unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion. Photo: AFP

Réunion's plane debris to be probed in France

UPDATED: Plane wreckage that washed up on a tiny Indian Ocean island will be sent to France for investigation, as hopes mounted Thursday the mysterious object could unlock the riddle of missing flight MH370. READ  

Migrant dies in botched Eurotunnel crossing
Ten migrants have died at the Calais post in the past two months. Photo: AFP

Migrant dies in botched Eurotunnel crossing

French authorities said on Thursday that a migrant had died from head injuries suffered in a weekend attempt to cross the Channel into England, bringing the number of such deaths to ten since June. READ  

France's Réunion braces for volcano eruption
‘The Peak of the Furnace’ has been spewing out more gases than usual. Photo: Richard Bouhet /AFP

France's Réunion braces for volcano eruption

Le Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world and a main tourist attraction on the Réunion island, was evacuated Thursday as authorities warned of an imminent eruption. READ  

Ten things you didn't know about gay Paris
Do you know where to find penis-shaped bakery goods in Paris? Photo: Legay Choc/Facebook

Ten things you didn't know about gay Paris

There's a lot more to the gay scene in Paris than just the Marais - so we asked the experts at The Gay Locals to come up with a list of ten things you probably didn't know about Gay Paris. READ  

French mayor 'to force artists to mind kids'
The National Front mayor in Fréjus doesn’t feel the town hasn’t received enough in return from the artists. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP

French mayor 'to force artists to mind kids'

A far-right mayor in the southern town of Fréjus is allegedly considering making a group of local artists mind children in exchange for the rent subsidies they receive. READ  

British press bashes France over Calais crisis
The British press is blaming France for the situation in Calais. Photo: Philippe Huguen/ AFP

British press bashes France over Calais crisis

British tabloids combined two of their favourite themes in covering the Calais migrants controversy Thursday -- French bashing and railing against the government response to illegal immigration. READ  

French nuclear giant Areva to sell unit to EDF
The headquarters of the French nuclear group Areva in La Defense near ParisPhoto: AFP

French nuclear giant Areva to sell unit to EDF

Atomic energy giant Areva on Thursday agreed to sell a majority stake of its nuclear reactor unit to electricity group EDF as part of an awaited reconfiguration of the French sector. READ  

Ex-Sarkozy advisor charged in fraud probe
French former President Nicolas Sarkozy and Patrick Buisson. Photo: AFP

Ex-Sarkozy advisor charged in fraud probe

A one-time advisor to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was charged on Wednesday with abusing his position to profit from state funds, as part of an inquiry into alleged fraud in awarding contracts to opinion polling companies. READ  

French far right wants Le Pen senior gone
Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photo: AFP

French far right wants Le Pen senior gone

An overwhelming 94 percent of France's National Front (FN) members have voted in favour of stripping ex-leader Jean-Marie Le Pen of his title of honorary president, the far-right party announced Wednesday. READ  

France eyes boost to holiday leave rights
People enjoy the sun by the seaside on a beach in the French Mediterranean resort of Argeles-sur-Mer, southern France. Photo: AFP

France eyes boost to holiday leave rights

Most new employees at French firms have to work for at least a year before they can take paid holidays but that could be about to change if one group of MPs have their way. READ  

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The Bayonne festival: France's wildest party
Festival goers in Bayonne - a sea of red and white. Photo: AFP

The Bayonne festival: France's wildest party

One of France's most famous festivals kicks off on Wednesday and promises to be as wild and raucous as ever. We take a closer look at the Fêtes de Bayonne to find out why everyone needs to go at least once. READ  

What's on in France: Ten things to do in August
Dance a jig with the Celts in Brittany. Photo: AFP

What's on in France: Ten things to do in August

August in France - especially Paris - is deathly quiet as the locals shut up shop and head off on holidays. But there are still plenty of intriguing events across the country to keep you busy. READ  

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France
The ever-splendid Gorges du Verdon. Photo: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho/Flickr

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France

France opens its doors to over 80 million tourists a year, who enjoy everything from world-class museums to pristine natural wonders. But you can't please them all... READ  

Life may get easier for expats settling in France
The wall of Orly airport's south terminal reading "Welcome", not far from Paris. Photo: AFP

Life may get easier for expats settling in France

A French senator has put together a 49-strong list of proposals to make life easier for French expats returning home. She tells The Local that many of her proposals would also help smooth out the process for foreigners. READ  

Guest blog - French women
'What is this obsession with French women?'
French actresses Alice Isaaz (L) and Lola Le Lann (R). Time to end our obsession with French women? Photo: AFP

'What is this obsession with French women?'

An article in the British press on the "art of being a French woman" has irked many a Gallic female, many of whom it seems are fed up with the stereotypes written about them. One of them is blogger Muriel Demarcus, who penned this angry response. READ  

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Migrant electrocuted on Eurostar train in Paris
The man was electrocuted at the Gare du Nord station in Paris. Photo: Hugh Llewelyn/Flickr)

Migrant electrocuted on Eurostar train in Paris

A migrant was electrocuted on Wednesday while on the top of the roof of a London-bound Eurostar train at the Gare du Nord station in Paris. READ  

French firefighters called in for rogue python
The snake, a ball python, was taken away by the fire brigade. File photo: Batwrangler/Flickr

French firefighters called in for rogue python

Firefighters had to be called in to an apartment block in southern France after rattled residents found a python on the loose in the lobby. READ  

French dating sites 'not protecting client privacy'
Users of online dating sites hand over data on everything from political beliefs to sexual preferences. File photo: AFP

French dating sites 'not protecting client privacy'

French dating sites have been taken to task for not doing enough to protect "intimate" data provided by their clients. READ  

Calais migrants' crisis
Calais chaos sees France beef up police presence
Police and migrants in a standoff near the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais. Photo: AFP

Calais chaos sees France beef up police presence

After 1,500 desperate migrants tried to enter England through the Channel Tunnel on Tuesday night, French authorities have sent an extra 120 police officers to Calais. READ  

France and Iran
Hollande invites Iranian president to visit Paris
French president François Hollande seen here shaking hands with Hassan Rohani. Photo: AFP

Hollande invites Iranian president to visit Paris

French president François Hollande has invited his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to visit Paris in November in what would be an historic trip if the invitation is accepted. READ  

Birkin: 'Take my name off Hermes crocodile bag'
Jane Birkin and one of the Birkin Croco handbags. Photo: AFP

Birkin: 'Take my name off Hermes crocodile bag'

British singer Jane Birkin has asked the French luxury manufacturer Hermes to remove her name from its crocodile-skin handbag after learning of the "cruel" methods used to make the iconic accessory. READ  

Disneyland Paris rejects overcharging claims
Taking the Mickey? Does Disneyland overcharge foreign customers? Photo: CetusCetus/Flickr

Disneyland Paris rejects overcharging claims

UPDATED: Disneyland Paris on Wednesday denied allegations that it overcharges customers from certain countries a day after the European Commission said it had launched a probe. READ  

Nazi tombstone stolen from Normandy cemetery
The grave of Nazi SS tank commander Michael Wittmann at La Cambe cemetery. Photo: David Zelden / Wikimedia Commons.

Nazi tombstone stolen from Normandy cemetery

The gravestone of a formidable Nazi SS tank commander has been stolen from a German cemetery in the small Normandy town of La Cambe, municipal sources said on Tuesday. READ  

Calais migrants' crisis
Hundreds of migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel
Migrants walk along railway tracks at the Eurotunnel terminal on July 28, 2015 in Calais-Frethun. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel

Hundreds of migrants tried to storm the Channel Tunnel for the second successive night on Tuesday as the crisis reached a new peak. UK Prime Minister said the situation at Calais was "concerning". READ  

Saudi royals 'bar' French policewomen from beach
French police officers stand guard as a car arrives at the villa of the Saudi king in Vallauris. Photo: AFP

Saudi royals 'bar' French policewomen from beach

The storm around the Riviera beach "privatized" for the Saudi royals took a new twist on Tuesday when it emerged the Middle Eastern visitors had asked French police not to send any female officers to guard the beach. READ  

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The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Austria
The roof of the Stephansdom. Photo: Unesco/Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Austria

Austria has something to offer every visitor, whether for a winter or summer break. First class ski resorts, cities buzzing with culture, magnificent palaces, beautiful mountains with spectacular hiking, and lakes so clear and clean you can drink from them. But not everyone is convinced of the alpine republic’s charms… READ  

Mystery stomach bug hits Swiss watch capital
The Unesco World Heritage Site of Le Locle is Switzerland's third smallest city. Photo: Swiss Tourism

Mystery stomach bug hits Swiss watch capital

Residents of the Swiss city of Le Locle, world famous for its watch production, have been laid low by a nasty infection with authorities warning people not to drink the water. READ  

Politician's car blown up in far-right heartland
Right-wing protests in Freital on the outskirts of Dresden in June. Photo: DPA.

Politician's car blown up in far-right heartland

The car of a left-wing politician was blown up early on Monday morning in an east German town that has been the scene of fierce anti-refugee protests, with the politician claiming he is "top of the hit list" for the far-right. READ  

Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements
Integration Minister Inger Støjberg. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements

The government plans to launch an information campaign in foreign newspapers to deter refugees in response to human smugglers publishing comparative information on refugee benefits in EU countries. READ  

Fake policeman caught using Hollywood actor ID
The man was carrying a police ID badge with a picture of Hollywood actor, Adrian Brody. Photo: Policia Local Valencia

Fake policeman caught using Hollywood actor ID

A Spanish man has been caught using a fake police ID with the photograph of Oscar-winning Hollywood actor, Adrien Brody. READ  

Italy set to sizzle under yet another heatwave
A tourist cools off in central Rome's Ara Pacis fountain in early July. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Italy set to sizzle under yet another heatwave

The dip in temperatures over the weekend across Italy, after an almost month-long heatwave, was simply a respite. READ  

Norway makes world record ice cream cone
Photo: Hennig Olsen

Norway makes world record ice cream cone

Norwegian ice-cream maker, Hennig Olsen, unveiled the world’s largest-ever ice cream cone in front of 9,000 people at the start of Sunday’s Tall Ships Race at Kristianstad. READ  

Third grenade attack in a week rocks Malmö
Forensic teams investigating the scene of the latest Malmö explosion on Friday. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Third grenade attack in a week rocks Malmö

Malmö in southern Sweden was shaken by a hand grenade attack overnight – less than 12 hours after another explosion rocked residents in a series of blasts in Sweden's third largest city this summer. READ  

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