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Jilted Frenchman tells cops wife's a jihadist
A Frenchman thought jihad was great way to get back at his estranged wife (not pictured here). Photo: Mohamed Abed/AFP

Jilted Frenchman tells cops wife's a jihadist

An angry Frenchman tried to get back at his wife after she left him by telling police an apparently fabricated story of how she'd recently been radicalized and was planning to become a jihadist in Syria. READ  

French paper Libération to fire third of its workers
Legendary leftist French daily Libération plans to shed a third of its workers. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

French paper Libération to fire third of its workers

The stalwart leftist daily in France, Libération, announced on Monday it will let go a third of its staff in an effort to keep the newspaper founded by Jean-Paul Satre from folding for good. READ  

Secret talks open in Paris on Ukraine crisis
Secret talks opened in Paris about the Ukraine crisis. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Secret talks open in Paris on Ukraine crisis

France, Germany and Russia held secret talks in Paris about the Ukraine crisis on Monday, but have declined to reveal any details about the discusions, which come over a week after a ceasefire began in the war-ravaged country. READ  

Overcrowded French university shuts down
University leaders shut down a school in southern France because there were too many students. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Overcrowded French university shuts down

Youngsters turning up for their very first day at university got a rude shock when the overcrowded college in Toulouse told them to go home and come back in a week. READ  

Unions furious at plans to scrap bank holidays
France's bosses union has sparked outrage with a plan to fix the country's economy. Photo: AFP

Unions furious at plans to scrap bank holidays

France's top business owners have a plan to fix the country's moribund economy: cut bank holidays, pay under the minimum wage, skirt the sacred 35-hour work week and allow shops to open on Sundays. In response one outraged union leader questioned if child labour was also under consideration. READ  

Frenchman's suicide rope sent to his wife
The rope a Frenchman used to kill himself was sent to his wife. Photo: Rope: Shutterstock

Frenchman's suicide rope sent to his wife

A Frenchman’s former employer sent the rope he used to hang himself with while on the job to his widow and called it an accident. The wife has a different theory. READ  

Obama 'irritated' by French hostage ransoms
US President Barack Obama isn't too happy about France's hostage ransom payments. Photo: AFP

Obama 'irritated' by French hostage ransoms

France has signed up to the US-led international coalition to fight ISIS jihadis but that has not stopped President Obama from criticising his French counterpart for allegedly paying ransoms for the release of kidnapped French citizens READ  

Paris summit: France urges swift action on ISIS
World leaders were in Paris to discuss how to stop ISIS militants. Photo: Etienne Laurent/AFP

Paris summit: France urges swift action on ISIS

France's top leaders urged 'swift action' at meeting in Paris on Monday for an international strategy summit on how best to combat the extemist ISIS militants who have seized large swathes of territory and beheaded western aid workers and journalists. READ  

Air France pilots' strike expected to get worse
An Air France pilot strike was causing chaos on Monday. Photo: AFP

Air France pilots' strike expected to get worse

Sixty percent of Air France's flights are slated to be cancelled on Tuesday, up from 50 percent on Monday, due to a pilots' strike that is expected to continue until at least Friday. Stranded passengers were already stacking up at airports. READ  

France launches recon missions in Iraq
Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP

France launches recon missions in Iraq

The French air force is flying reconnaisance missions in Iraq as part of the US bombing campaign targeting ISIS militants who have been operating in the war-torn zone between Syria and Iraq. READ  

Features
Tourism in France
The ten tourist traps in France to avoid
Some places in France are best avoided. Patrick Kovarick/AFP

The ten tourist traps in France to avoid

Here's the 10 tourist traps you should avoid on your next trip in France. They're the places that are so expensive, so cheesy or so crowded it feels like all of the country's 84 million annual tourists are there at the same time. READ  

Ask The Experts - Job Hunting
Six quick tips for finding a job in France
Ask the experts: Six quick tips for landing a job in France. Photo: Shutterstock

Six quick tips for finding a job in France

What it takes to find work in France is a bit different than back home, so The Local has gathered six quick tips from a French recruitment expert on what Anglos need to do to land that job. READ  

15 French 'false friends' you need to watch out for
FIfteen false friends that could get you into trouble when speaking French. Photo: Shutterstock

15 French 'false friends' you need to watch out for

When struggling for the right word in French, it can be tempting just to use an English word said in a French accent. Unfortunately, French is littered with pesky "false friends" that have very different meanings. Here's 15 to avoid. READ  

Investing in Paris
12 reasons to invest in Paris and 7 to think twice
Why do investors come to Paris? And what they complain about. Photo: Shutterstock

12 reasons to invest in Paris and 7 to think twice

Chiara Corazza, whose job it is to attract foreign investors to Paris, lists the reasons why international companies should back ventures in the French capital despite the country's economic woes. She also tells us about the things they complain about. READ  

Investing in France
'France's image is bad but the reality is different'
"France gets a bad image from the foreign press, the reality is investors will make money", says the woman whose job it is to attract them. Photo: Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

'France's image is bad but the reality is different'

Enticing foreign investors to France appears a thankless task right now given all the economic doom and gloom, but the woman whose job is to do just that, insists the image presented by the Anglo media is far from the reality. READ  

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Abbas to meet Hollande in Paris Friday

Abbas to meet Hollande in Paris Friday

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris on Friday, ahead of a key address to the United Nations, his spokesman said. READ  

Under-fire Hollande faces crunch confidence vote
Photo: AFP

Under-fire Hollande faces crunch confidence vote

The deeply unpopular government of embattled French President Francois Hollande faces a parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday, with the country gripped by a crippling political and economic crisis. READ  

'Whiplash' wins top prize at Deauville film fest

'Whiplash' wins top prize at Deauville film fest

France's Deauville Film Festival on Saturday awarded its grand prize to director Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" which had also taken top honours at the Sundance festival earlier this year. READ  

France aided al-Shabaab leader killing
Photo: AFP

France aided al-Shabaab leader killing

French intelligence services assisted Washington in the operation that killed the commander of Somalia's al-Shabaab militant group earlier this month, local media reported Saturday. READ  

French minister 'first' in Africa Ebola zone
Photo: AFP

French minister 'first' in Africa Ebola zone

The French development secretary said Friday she was the first minister in a European government to visit any of west Africa's Ebola-hit nations as she prepared to fly to Guinea. READ  

Netflix: Movie service to make debut in France
Attention movie buffs: Netflix arrives in France on Monday. Photo: AFP

Netflix: Movie service to make debut in France

American video streaming service Netflix launches in France on Monday. Here's look at what the service and the impact it could have on France's 'cultural exception.' READ  

Air France pilots set for 'massive' strike
Air France pilots are strike to strike on Monday. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Air France pilots set for 'massive' strike

With negotiations sputtering, it’s looking increasingly likely that Air France pilots are going to carry out their threat of a “massive” walkout on Monday. Their unions have called for a week-long strike over re-organization plans. READ  

France's top expat tribes: Which are you?
Why not finish writing that novel while sipping on a coffee outside Shakespeare and Co? Photo: Cristine Zenino

France's top expat tribes: Which are you?

We all come to France for our own reasons, but The Local has identified some expat characters you’ll recognize. Here are the top ten types of expats in France. Which one are you? READ  

Beer brewing booms in wine-dominated France
France isn't just making wine these days. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Beer brewing booms in wine-dominated France

With the number of craft breweries nearly doubling since 2010 in France, small-scale beer brewing is taking off in the land which is better known for its wine production. Turns out a good brew isn't so bad with foie gras. READ  

France offers military help to Iraq against ISIS
The French president arrived in Iraq on Friday. Photo: AFP

France offers military help to Iraq against ISIS

During a state visit to Iraq on Friday France's president pledged additional military support to the country as it struggles to combat the ISIS extremists who seized large swathes of its territory. READ  

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Austria bans Isis terror symbols
Fighters from Isis near the border between Syria and Iraq. Photo: EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT

Austria bans Isis terror symbols

Following closely on the heels of Germany, Austria has announced a forthcoming ban on terrorism-related symbols, specifically starting with the Isis flag, reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA) on Friday evening. [Updated to reflect comments from HC Strache over the weekend.] READ  

EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row
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EasyJet passenger held over hand luggage row

Police in Geneva arrested an Italian woman over a spat about the size of her hand luggage when boarding an easyJet flight from the Swiss city to Venice, Italian media have reported. READ  

Germany officially bans terror group Isis
Isis fighters (l) and Thomas de Mazière (r) Photo: DPA/EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

Germany officially bans terror group Isis

UPDATE: Germany on Friday officially banned Islamic terror group Isis from any activities in the country, warning that the jihadists, who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria, also posed a threat to Europe. READ  

Cheap flight tickets fail to curb SAS losses
Photo: Claus Bech/Scanpix

Cheap flight tickets fail to curb SAS losses

Despite filling a record number of seats, the airline continues to struggle financially due to increased pressure from competition. READ  

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe
The photo was shared by family members of the deceased but town hall officials described the act as "silliness". Photo: Twitter

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe

A cemetery worker in a town in southern Spain has been suspended after a photo of him posing with an exhumed corpse went viral on social media. READ  

EU 'radio silence' over Italy migrant crisis
So far this year the Italian government has saved more than 106,000 boat migrants. Photo: Marina Militare

EU 'radio silence' over Italy migrant crisis

As a new report finds European countries guilty of "radio silence" over Italy’s boat migrant crisis, one expert tells The Local that EU states need to get over their "national egoism" and take swift action. READ  

Ships without crew set for the seas
In the near-future merchant ships may sail with the aid of technology, not humans. Photo: Luigi Cotrufo / Scanpix

Ships without crew set for the seas

Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew. READ  

Elections 2014
ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis

The Local blogged live throughout Sunday night as our reporters watched Reinfeldt resign as prime minister, Löfven declare he was ready to lead the red-greens and the Sweden Democrats celebrate becoming Sweden's third largest party. READ  

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