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French taxi wars: New plan to end feud
A new proposal seeks to end the French taxi war. Photo: Patrick Kovarik/AFP

French taxi wars: New plan to end feud

An eagerly awaited series of proposed reforms were due out on Thursday aimed at ending the ongoing war between highly regulated taxi drivers and private hire car firms, which has wrought havoc on French roads. The proposals seek to make the rules fairer for both sides. READ () »

Ukraine crisis
France to send fighter jets to patrol Baltics
France is to send four fighter jets to patrol over the Baltics, in a show of solidarity as tension mounts of Russia's agression i nthe Ukraine. Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP

France to send fighter jets to patrol Baltics

France is sending four of its fighter jets to patrol over the Baltic states in a symbolic show of solidarity amid growing anxiety in the region over Russia's intervention in Ukraine. President François Hollande is also set to pay a visit to Georgia in the coming weeks. READ () »

French minister Royal denies ban on cleavage
Ségolène Royal has reportedly banned women in her ministry from wearing low cut tops at work. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP

French minister Royal denies ban on cleavage

Ségolène Royal, France’s new minister for the environment has been forced to deny reports on Thursday that she had introduced some strict new rules for her staff, including a ban on women wearing low cut tops at work. READ () »

France and Canada renew feud over islands
St Pierre in the French archipelago of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, off the coast of Canada, which disputes France's claim on the island. Photo: Jean-Christophe L'Espagnol

France and Canada renew feud over islands

A longstanding feud over two French islands near Canada's Atlantic Coast was rekindled this week, when Ottawa contested Paris's request that the UN recognize its control of waters around Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon READ () »

Marijuana: 'Young adults risk fatal heart problems'
A study by French researchers concluded that young adults who smoke marijuana may increase risk of heart problems. Robyn Beck/AFP

Marijuana: 'Young adults risk fatal heart problems'

Young adults who smoke marijuana may be at risk of serious or even fatal heart problems, according to a study by French researchers published this week. The findings raise new concerns about the safety of marijuana. READ () »

Syrian refugees set up home in Paris park
Syrian refugees children and women sit on April 21, 2014 in the Edouard Vaillant parc in Saint-Ouen, north of Paris. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

Syrian refugees set up home in Paris park

Around 150 Syria refugees are living a desperate existence in a small park to the north of Paris. NGOs and France's Green party are urging authorities to do more to help the families while they wait for their asylum requests to be processed. READ () »

French foot licker jailed for attack on elderly lady
A French fetishist got 18 months behind bars for a foot-licking attack on an elderly woman. File photo: Twon/Flickr

French foot licker jailed for attack on elderly lady

A French fetishist was so smitten with an elderly lady’s feet he burst into the terrified woman's home and lunged at her trotters, which he then proceeded to sniff, lick and rub. The lewd act cost him 18 months behind bars. READ () »

Wolves continue their advance on Paris
Wolves are getting closer to Paris, but they won't be biting Parisians anytime soon. Hopefully. Photo ErranAT/flickr

Wolves continue their advance on Paris

The contentious issue of wolves in France was once again in the spotlight this week after one of the predators was captured on camera for the first time within 250 km of Paris. An expert says they will come even closer but thankfully "they won't be biting Parisians". READ () »

France unveils raft of reforms to boost jobs
France says its economy will grow despite billions of euros in planned budget cuts. Photo: Euros.

France unveils raft of reforms to boost jobs

France laid out a new package of reforms on Wednesday to respect EU rules, cut spending, boost jobs and put its economy in shape to compete on world markets. READ () »

North Koreans snubbed by French cheese college
Kim Jong-un's bid to send two North Koreans to learn how to make French cheese has been refused by a prestigious French college. Photos: Zennie62/Amandabhslater/Flickr

North Koreans snubbed by French cheese college

A bid by North Korea to send experts to a prestigious French cheese-making training school, seemingly at the behest of its fromage-loving leader King Jong-un, has been rejected. It did not fit with the institution's "priorities or strategy", it seems. 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 launches new battle against French jihadists
Will a new French plan to stop the flow of jihadists to Syria have the desired effect? Photo: AFP

Paris launches new battle against French jihadists

France’s so-called top cop unveiled a dozen proposals on Wednesday aimed at stemming the flow of its residents toward the jihadist cause in Syria. Though some experts see the plan as a cynical political move ahead of European elections. READ () »

France vows to punish death of Mali hostage
French citizen Gilberto Rodriguez Leal sitting between two armed guards in an undisclosed place. A jihadist group in Mali on April 22, 2014 announced the death of the French hostage. Photo: AFP

France vows to punish death of Mali hostage

French President François Hollande has vowed to find out the truth behind the death of a French hostage in Mali and promised "it will not go unpunished". It comes after a jihadist group announced on Wednesday the death of Frenchman Gilberto Rodrigues Leal. READ () »

British duke takes €20m hit on Paris markets
A man walks on August 4, 2013 in the Clignancourt flea market in Saint-Ouen, outside Paris, that has cost the UK's Duke of Westminster a cool €20 million. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

British duke takes €20m hit on Paris markets

Britain's Duke of Westminster has bailed out of an investment in two famous Paris antiques markets nursing a reported loss of over €20 million, it emerged on Tuesday. READ () »

French writer's inequality book tops Amazon list
Thomas Piketty, whose book tops Amazon's best sellers list and appears to be liked by the White House. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

French writer's inequality book tops Amazon list

A book by a French economist praised by some as being one of the most important works in recent times and derided by others as a neo-marxist 'bizarre ideological creed' has shot to the top of Amazon's best sellers list. READ () »

French text message lingo: 15 essential terms
French text messaging lingo can be hard to understand. Here's 15 essential phrases decoded. Photo: Shutterstock

French text message lingo: 15 essential terms

Deciphering the curious shorthand of text messages can be tough even in your native tongue, but in French all manners of communication catastrophes are possible. Fortunately The Local has gathered up and deciphered some essential abbreviations used in French ‘textos’. READ () »

Le Pen and UKIP in spat over Euro elections snub
Marine Le Pen, pictured here with father Jean-Marie is in a war of words with Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Photos: AFP

Le Pen and UKIP in spat over Euro elections snub

After a potential alliance went sour, the leader of France's far-right National Front party has become embroiled in a war of words with Nigel Farage the eurosceptic head of Britain's right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP). READ () »

French minister backs sunday shop openings
France's Foreign Minister believes shops in the country should open on Sundays. Photo: Tilemahos/Flickr

French minister backs sunday shop openings

Visitors to France should be allowed to shop till they drop seven days a week, the country's Foreign Minister said on Tuesday, weighing into a fierce debate over restrictions on Sunday trading. A new poll suggests many French are willing to work on Sundays to earn more money. READ () »

Reader Rants
Why 'sacked' French ministers deserve no pity
Ministers who lost out in the reshuffle have plenty to fall back on, unlike France's thousands of unemployed laments Dan Macguill. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Why 'sacked' French ministers deserve no pity

In the latest of our Reader Rants series writer Dan MacGuill takes a swipe at the French ministers who, after losing out in the recent cabinet reshuffle, have wallowed in a bit of self-pity, despite having other well-paid, taxpayer-funded jobs to fall back on. READ () »

Dad kills son 'over online gaming addiction'
Photo: Computer game.

Dad kills son 'over online gaming addiction'

A Frenchman got so angry over his son’s constant playing of online games that he snapped and strangled the young man during an argument at the family’s holiday home in southern France, it was reported on Tuesday. READ () »

DSK's ex-wife: I 'had no idea' about his sex life
Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his then wife Anne Sinclair leave Charles de Gaulle in Paris after returning from the US. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

DSK's ex-wife: I 'had no idea' about his sex life

In her most in-depth interview ever on the subject, Anne Sinclair the ex-wife of disgraced former French IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn and one-time favourite to become president, says she knew nothing of his infamously sordid extra-marital romps. READ () »

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Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland
Customs officials found €573 million in illegal money in 2013. Photo: Emilian Robert Vicol

Germans smuggle cash out of Switzerland

The number of Germans smuggling money out of Switzerland rose dramatically last year. Customs officers on the German-Swiss border said on Thursday they made a find in almost every third car they checked. READ () »

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire
Nane, with her father and a picture of the cartridge-laden wood. Photo: DPA

Girls find live munition in Easter bonfire

Two 12-year-old German girls found live ammunition lodged into a branch in an Easter bonfire. It was due to be lit the next day, potentially igniting the cartridges and causing disaster. READ () »

Spain rated world's most gay-friendly country
Spain was the third country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Spain rated world's most gay-friendly country

A new international 'morality poll' looking at 40 nations has revealed that Spanish people earn top marks in terms of acceptance of homosexuality. READ () »

We did not rule baptism a crime: court
Baptism photo: Shutterstock

We did not rule baptism a crime: court

A European court has dismissed as untrue a story that claimed baptizing newborn children without permission from both parents "violates their freedom". READ () »

Norway teen has lived in cave for a year
da Beate Løken in her cave. Photo: Screen Grab Romerikes Blad TV

Norway teen has lived in cave for a year

A 19-year-old girl from the most fjord-filled region of Western Norway has been living a cave for almost a year with little but a high-grade sleeping bag to get her through the gruelling Norwegian winter. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

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