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Refugee crisis
'Airbnb for refugees' comes to Paris
A man in Paris looks for a place to sleep after being evicted from a camp in central Paris. Photo: AFP

'Airbnb for refugees' comes to Paris

1 hour ago

A pro-refugee organization in Paris has launched a new project that will allow French locals to open up their homes to refugees. And Parisians appear to be taking to it.

French Riviera cities among 'world's least friendly'
Cannes - one of the unfriendliest cities on the planet. Photo: Chris Yunker/Flickr

French Riviera cities among 'world's least friendly'

24 minutes ago

A new survey has revealed that three French cities on the south coast are among the world's least friendly. But is it the tourists or the locals who are to blame?

Here Ouigo again: SNCF expands low-cost service
SNCF is to expand its low-cost Ouigo TGV service. Photo: AFP

Here Ouigo again: SNCF expands low-cost service

3 hours ago

France’s train operator had some good news for travellers this week when it announced its low-cost TGV service Ouigo, that offers tickets from €10, would be expanding to cover more destinations.

Flagship French nuclear reactor hits another snag
The new nuclear reactor at Flamanville which has been plagued by setbacks and delays. Photo: AFP

Flagship French nuclear reactor hits another snag

3 hours ago

France's world renowned prowess in the nuclear power industry has taken another blow after officials announced this week, yet another delay to the launch of its next generation reactor, that is fast becoming a costly calamity.

Gérard Depardieu: 'I want to sell up in France'
The French actor still has property in France. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Gérard Depardieu: 'I want to sell up in France'

18 hours ago

French actor and tax exile Gérard Depardieu has declared that he will "sell everything" in his home country, French media has reported.

France confirms wing part is from flight MH370
A policeman and a gendarme stand next to the piece of debris on Réunion island. Photo: AFP

France confirms wing part is from flight MH370

19 hours ago

French prosecutors confirmed on Thursday that a piece of debris found on the Indian island of Réunion was from the Malaysian airlines flight MH370.

Hollande and Merkel call for strict refugee quotas
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. Photo: AFP

Hollande and Merkel call for strict refugee quotas

20 hours ago

Germany and France have agreed that the European Union, facing a slew of migrant crises, should impose binding quotas on the numbers member states take in.

Butcher gets jail term for cannabis cake prank
The cake in this picture is not the cake from the story. Photo: Michał Bażak/Flickr

Butcher gets jail term for cannabis cake prank

20 hours ago

A French supermarket butcher has been handed a suspended prison sentence after he gave his colleagues a cannabis-laced chocolate cake, a move that caused the shop to close and five people to be hospitalized.

Guest blog - French exports
How English fans are funding French football
Anthony Martial's "€80 million" move to Manchester United will help prop up French football. Photo: AFP

How English fans are funding French football

21 hours ago

Forget fine wines, luxury perfumes and cars, France's most important export to the UK could be its footballers and it's all thanks to the legion of English armchair fans, argues Martin Dixon from the Franco British Chamber of Commerce. Vive l'entente cordial.

French farmers' protest
French farmers' tractor protest rolls into Paris
A convoy of tractors runs in a street of Paris on Thursday. Photo: AFP

French farmers' tractor protest rolls into Paris

21 hours ago

UPDATED: Up to 1,700 tractors along with thousands of furious farmers descended on Paris on Thursday in a show of force to raise attention to their plight. Motorists have been told to stay off the roads.

Features
Eurostar nightmare: 'We can hardly complain'
Passengers on a Eurostar train plunged into darkness, but should we really complain? Photo: Simon Gentry

Eurostar nightmare: 'We can hardly complain'

1 day ago

The Local's Oliver Gee was one of thousands of passengers stranded for hours on six Eurostar trains that became blocked when migrants broke through security. He says it's hard to complain given the hardship of those that caused the chaos.

Opinion - French schools
Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system
What must France do to fix its school system? Photo: AFP

Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system

3 days ago

As pupils head back to the classroom this week, Peter Gumbel, a Paris-based British journalist and author of a best-selling critique of the French school system, spells out for The Local how France must fix a national education system in crisis.

The Local List
The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris
Paris has its fair share of crazy cocktail bars. Photo: Dana Albers/Flickr

The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris

August 26, 2015

Paris has its fair share of outlandish bars. From Mexican wrestling to Siberian temperatures, there's something for all tastes.

Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach
If you want to blend in, then get some decent sun block. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach

August 20, 2015

Wonder why everyone’s staring at you? If you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb on a beach in France, then read our list of ways to blend in.

IN PICTURES
Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris
A recent subject on the Humans of Paris site. Photo: Humans of Paris

Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris

August 19, 2015

Marco Hazan runs "Humans of Paris", an incredibly popular photo-based Facebook page that aims to show the real side of Parisians. The Local chatted to the 18-year-old student to find out more.

More News
Russia rejects French proposal to limit UN veto
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin. Photo: AFP

Russia rejects French proposal to limit UN veto

23 hours ago

Russia on Wednesday dismissed as "populist" a French proposal to limit the use of the veto at the UN Security Council and said it would oppose it.

Time for France to show fraternité to refugees?
Should France stick to its traditions and accept more refugees? Photo: AFP

Time for France to show fraternité to refugees?

23 hours ago

As images of a drowned Syrian boy shock Europe to the core, France like other EU nations comes under more pressure to welcome more refugees. But will France open its doors as it has done in the past?

Migrant crisis
France joins call for reform of asylum rules
A rescuer walks past migrants waiting to disembark from the Irish military vessel Naimh after its arrival in the port of Palermo. Photo: AFP

France joins call for reform of asylum rules

1 day ago

France joined Germany and Italy in calling for an overhaul of laws on the right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

French jobless rate stays stable at ten percent
May Day protests in France where marchers demanding jobs and labour reform.

French jobless rate stays stable at ten percent

1 day ago

French unemployment was stable in the second quarter at around 10 percent, official data showed on Thursday, as the EU's second-largest economy continues to grapple with a stagnant economy.

Man arrested over deadly Paris apartment fire
The body of a victim is loaded into a van outside a building in Paris where a fire killed eight people early. Photo: AFP

Man arrested over deadly Paris apartment fire

1 day ago

UPDATED: A fire in an apartment building in the north of Paris early on Wednesday morning killed eight people, including two children. A criminal investigation has been launched and one man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

French Couchsurfer host filmed guests in shower
The man admitted to using a hole at the back of his wardrobe to watch female guests while they washed. File photo: Steven Zolneczko/Flickr

French Couchsurfer host filmed guests in shower

1 day ago

A host of the "Couchsurfing" scheme, who secretly filmed his guests while they showered and added acid to their shower gel at his home in Marseille has been jailed for six months by a French court.

France mulls new tax on home internet boxes
French culture minister Fleur Pellerin has revealed the TV tax could be extended to internet boxes. Photo: AFP

France mulls new tax on home internet boxes

1 day ago

With more and more people watching television online the French government believes a tax on household’s internet boxes may be the only option to raise funds for the audio-visual sector.

Ministry hired '40,000 undeclared workers'
France's Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has been left embarrassed by revelations. Photo: AFP

Ministry hired '40,000 undeclared workers'

1 day ago

France's justice ministry promised Tuesday to take action after an investigation leaked in the press found it had hired over 40,000 undeclared workers on a casual basis.

Wolf attacks: French farmers kidnap park boss
Repeated wolf attacks on sheep have left French farmers frustrated. Photo: AFP

Wolf attacks: French farmers kidnap park boss

1 day ago

Around 50 angry French farmers have kidnapped the chief of a national park in the Alps, demanding he take action against repeated wolf attacks on their livestock.

What's on in France
Ten great things to do in France in September
The Techno Parade in Paris will see tens of thousands of electro music fans will take to the streets of the capital. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Ten great things to do in France in September

2 days ago

Who said summer was over? It may be back to work for most of us but there’s still plenty to do and see this September. Here are some unmissable events around France.

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Migrant crisis
20,000 protest in Vienna over migrant treatment
Photo: Jody Manning

20,000 protest in Vienna over migrant treatment

AUSTRIA

Around 20,000 people demonstrated in Vienna on Monday against ill-treatment of migrants after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in an abandoned truck last week, police said.

One million throng Zurich techno party
Photo: Verein Street Parade, Zurich

One million throng Zurich techno party

SWITZERLAND

Around one million people thronged the streets of a sun-drenched Zurich on Saturday to take part in the city's annual techno Street Parade, organizers said.

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7 ways Germans get English totally wrong
Don't let their confidence fool you: Germans aren't always the best at English. Photo: DPA.

7 ways Germans get English totally wrong

GERMANY

As much as English-speakers might feel insecure about their Deutsch skills when faced with Germans' comparatively widespread grasp of English, Germans themselves often mess up English - in some pretty hilarious ways.

Denmark officially ushers in dual citizenship
As of Tuesday, it will be possible to get one of these without giving up your current citizenship. Photo: Colourbox

Denmark officially ushers in dual citizenship

DENMARK

After years of lobbying by expat groups within Denmark and the organization Danes Worldwide, dual citizenship will finally become a reality on Tuesday.

Travel chaos threat as September strikes called at Spanish airports
The strikes will take place across Spain on four days in September

Travel chaos threat as September strikes called at Spanish airports

SPAIN

Spanish airport workers have called a series of strikes for September threatening to cause significant delays for holidaymakers.

Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees
Mayor Arturo Cerulli converted to Islam 27 years ago. Photo: Arturo Cerulli

Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees

ITALY

UPDATED: A Muslim mayor in the Tuscan seaside community of Monte Argentario has provoked a political outcry for refusing to accept any refugees.

Snowden warned Norway he faced death in US
Sheremetyevo airport, where Edward Snowden was hiding when he sent his extradition request. Photo: Cha già José

Snowden warned Norway he faced death in US

NORWAY

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned Norway that he faced a possible death sentence if returned to the United States in the extradition request he made in 2012.

Swedish party in U-turn on Nato membership
Centre Party leader Annie Lööf. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

Swedish party in U-turn on Nato membership

SWEDEN

Sweden's opposition is moving towards a unified front on Nato membership after Centre party bosses announced they would advocate joining the defence alliance on Tuesday.

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