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Paris named world's third 'most influential city'
Paris is among the world's most influential cities, but for how much longer? Photo: La Defense.

Paris named world's third 'most influential city'

A new study says Paris is in the top three of the world's most influential cities, but it's position is under threat. READ  

Northern France hopes beer will boost tourism
Nord-Pas-de-Calais hopes to take advantage of its beer heritage to boost tourism. Photo: Thomas Huguen/AFP

Northern France hopes beer will boost tourism

It already has wine, champagne and cider and but a hard-up region of northern of France, is hoping to boost its local tourism industry by tapping into another drink which forms part of its proud heritage – locally brewed beer. READ  

Hollande calls for summit on Islamist threat
President François Hollande said the threat posed by Islamic extremists is the most since 2001. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Hollande calls for summit on Islamist threat

French President François Hollande plans to set up an international conference to tackle the question of what to do about Islamic extremists in Iraq. He views the situation as the most serious since the rise of Al Qaeda in 2001. READ  

Interview: Liberation of Paris
'Three years underground and then the call came'
David Leiba was a Jewish French resistance fighter who helped liberate Paris from the Nazis. Photo: Joshua Melvin/The Local

'Three years underground and then the call came'

David Leiba lived underground as a French resistance fighter for years before resurfacing in the rebellion that forced the German army out of Paris. He tells The Local of his memories of the ecstatic and terrifying final moments of the Nazi occupation READ  

Hollande returns to work as problems mount up
President François Hollande and his PM Manuel Valls discuss their return to work. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Hollande returns to work as problems mount up

The French president returns to the front line on Wednesday for his first cabinet meeting. On his packed agenda will be the stagnant economy, the threat of deflation, unemployment and more in-fighting within his own party. READ  

France tries to take sting out of Asian hornets
France is fighting back against the Asian hornet, using rods, chickens and drones. Photo: T-Mizo/Flickr

France tries to take sting out of Asian hornets

After slipping into southwest France 10 years ago in a pottery shipment from China Asian hornets have since invaded more than half the country. Now France is fighting back, using drones, poisoned rods and even chickens. READ  

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you need to know
Ten facts you didn't know about the liberation of Paris, including how many female collaborators were "purified". Photo: Critical past/YouTube

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you need to know

From the "purifying" of thousands of women, to pool room surrenders, here's ten facts about a momentous moment in French history that you might not have known about. READ  

VIDEO: Paris in time lapse
Beauty of Paris captured in time lapse video
"I wanted to capture Paris in all it's glory". Photo: Screengrab Paul Richardson

Beauty of Paris captured in time lapse video

On his first trip to Paris, filmmaker Paul Richardson vowed to capture the city in all its glory. And he did just that, as this impressive time lapse video, called "J'adore Paris" shows. Watch it for yourself. READ  

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries
Air France staff want flights to Ebola hit countries to be suspended. Photo: AFP

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries

Air France cabin crew are so concerned about the threat of the Ebola epidemic that unions have started a petition calling for flights to be stopped to those West African countries most affected by the disease. READ  

French may have to shell out more for Nutella
Nutella lovers may take a hit in the pocketbook due to a shortage. Photo: Nutella/Rob Heiner

French may have to shell out more for Nutella

France's legions of Nutella fanatics may find themselves having to pay a bit more to get their fix of the chocolate spread in future after a disastrous spell of weather prompted a shortage of the product's key ingredient. READ  

Features
Could Paris get its own €50 million ‘ski resort’?
There are plans on the table to build a €50 million ski resort on the outskirts of Paris. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Could Paris get its own €50 million ‘ski resort’?

Parisians may soon be able to ski all year round without having to go anywhere near the Alps. Plans are reportedly on the table to open a €50 million indoor ski resort in the suburbs of Paris. However there may be some opposition to the project. READ  

Tête-à-tête - August in Paris
'You'd have to be crazy to stay in Paris in August'
Is Paris in August heaven or hell? Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

'You'd have to be crazy to stay in Paris in August'

The eternal debate of whether staying in Paris for the month of August is pure joy or punishment is taken up here by The Local's Joshua Melvin and Ben McPartland. They debate the heat, tourists, Paris plages, and the seductive call of the rest of France. READ  

Driving in France: How to stay out of trouble
Here's how to avoid a ticket on French roads this summer. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Driving in France: How to stay out of trouble

Driving in France might seem simple, but foreign motorists, especially Anglos can get in plenty of trouble here, thanks in part to the unique or lesser-known rules of la route. We've put together a list of those you need to know to avoid a police fine (or a crash) this summer. READ  

Tête-a-tête - Service
'Give me a grumpy Paris waiter any day'
Is restaurant service better in the US than France? Joshua Melvin (left) says yes but Ben McPartland (right) says no. Photo: Jessie Acosta

'Give me a grumpy Paris waiter any day'

Would you rather have the brusque and serious Parisian 'serveur' or the tip-driven and smiley American waitress? The Local's Joshua Melvin (left) and Ben McPartland (right) battle it out here over whose service is better. READ  

The Local List
Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians
Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians, including standing in the middle of the Champs-Elysées to get a photo. Photo: Stan1ey/Flickr

Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians

Parisians get a bad name for their supposed unfriendly treatment of tourists, but what if us visitors are partly to blame for the that famed surly welcome from the locals? Here are 12 things tourists do that can wind up the French, according to our readers. READ  

More News
French sunbather killed by falling rock in Spain
The pensioner was hit by the rock as she was sunbathing. Photo of Port Lligat beach: Shutterstock

French sunbather killed by falling rock in Spain

A 73-year-old French tourist has died on a beach in Spain's Catalonia region after a five kilogram rock fell on her from a ten-metre height. READ  

Riviera penthouse to be 'world's most expensive'
You'll need money and a head for heights. Will this become the most expensive apartment in the world when it goes on sale next year? Photo: Challenges/Twitter

Riviera penthouse to be 'world's most expensive'

A penthouse apartment on the French Riviera will go on sale next year with developers expecting it to become the most expensive in the world when it exchanges hands. It could cost a cool €300 million, but thankfully comes without any "vis-a-vis". Take a look. READ  

Swiss aid in tax probe of former French footballer
Former French international and ex-Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly. Photo: Ilya Khokhlov

Swiss aid in tax probe of former French footballer

The French footballer Marcel Desailly is suspected of hiding money from the taxman in Paris, it emerged on Tuesday. Authorities in Switzerland say they are helping their counterparts in France probe Desailly's accounts. READ  

WW2 - 70th anniversary
IN IMAGES: Liberation of Paris from the Nazis
French police and a member of the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) keep a watch over the Seine in August 1944. Photo: AFP

IN IMAGES: Liberation of Paris from the Nazis

As Paris commemorates the 70th anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis, we've put together a selection of images from the start of the uprising to the celebrations on August 25th. READ  

French chocolate makers revolt over labels plan
French chocolate makers are outraged by plans for a health warnings on their products. Photo: Shutterstock

French chocolate makers revolt over labels plan

French chocolate makers are furious because the government is mulling the idea of placing warning labels on their products in an effort to promote healthier eating. READ  

French police to start wearing body cameras
Mobile, body-mounted cameras like the one seen above are to be worn by French police in future. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

French police to start wearing body cameras

Thousands of special body-mounted cameras have been ordered for the country’s police service after the Interior Ministry backed a plan that is aimed at cutting the number of attacks on police. READ  

Rant over veiled Muslim on beach sparks furore
This is the image used by Morano to compare liberal France of the past and that of today. Photo: LeFigaro/Nadine Morano

Rant over veiled Muslim on beach sparks furore

A conservative French politician has provoked anger - and some support - after penning an outraged opinion piece about a Muslim woman she witnessed wearing a headscarf on a beach in France. READ  

And the least touristy areas of France are..?
France's least touristy regions. Can you guess where they are?

And the least touristy areas of France are..?

France is the most popular tourist destination in the world, but some parts of the country are clearly less attractive than others. READ  

Paris to honour 70th anniversary of liberation
Paris has planned a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation. Photo: AFP

Paris to honour 70th anniversary of liberation

Tuesday starts a week of events to mark the 70th anniversary of Paris’s liberation from four years of Nazi occupation. The Local looks back at the retaking of the City of Light in August 1944, which in true French fashion began with a strike. READ  

French lose faith as ministers return to work
The French public don't have much faith in PM Manuel Valls and President François Hollande to turn the economy around. Photo: AFP

French lose faith as ministers return to work

President François Hollande and his Prime Minister Manuel Valls return from holiday this week and they face a tough new term with the economic crisis showing no signs of easing. A new opinion poll revealed the French public have little faith in them. READ  

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Austrian wins name fight with Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was not amused. Photo: APA/epa

Austrian wins name fight with Lady Gaga

Pop diva Lady Gaga has lost her battle to stop an Austrian man from calling his energy drink GaGa. READ  

Rhaetian Railway derailment
Landslide derails Swiss passenger train
Trees prevent one carriage from dropping into a river while another one dangles above the ravine. Photo: Graubünden cantonal police

Landslide derails Swiss passenger train

Five passengers were seriously injured when a landslide derailed a train in a mountainous area of the canton of Graubünden in eastern Switzerland on Wednesday, following heavy rain in the region. READ  

Stomach bug behind Berlin 'Ebola' scare
A doctor at the Job Centre in Berlin. Photo:DPA

Stomach bug behind Berlin 'Ebola' scare

Update: Around 600 people were held for several hours in emergency quarantine at a Berlin Job Centre on Tuesday after a West African woman collapsed with Ebola-like symptoms. READ  

Danish art project deemed racist by Swedes
Through Other Eyes gives "individuals an opportunity to try another ethnicity and possibly a different gender". Photo: Anna Andrea Malzer, Global Stories

Danish art project deemed racist by Swedes

A performance art project designed to give "a deeper understanding of discrimination" is accused of being an offensive blackface performance and removed from the Malmö Festival. READ  

Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts
The woman's breast implants were found to contain 1.7 kilos (3.74 pounds) of cocaine. Breast implant photo: Shutterstock

Woman on Madrid plane had 1.7kg coke in breasts

A Venezuelan woman with 1.7 kilos of cocaine hidden in her breast implants was arrested at Madrid airport after arriving on a flight from Colombia, police said on Friday. READ  

'Take down Facebook honeymoon snaps': court
Honeymoon photo: Shutterstock

'Take down Facebook honeymoon snaps': court

A court in Naples has ordered a woman to take down photos posted on Facebook from her honeymoon after her husband complained that he did not give his permission for her to post them. She may even have to pay damages. READ  

Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
A second man has died at the Chess Olympiad in Norway. Photo: Shutterstock

Second death within hours at Chess Olympics

A second chess player died at the Norway Chess Olympiad in Tromsø on Thursday. READ  

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace

Sweden celebrates 200 years of peace

Sweden has not actively taken part in a war since 1814 - breaking even Switzerland's record for peace. One peace and conflict expert has told The Local that Swedes learned the hard way to take the non-confrontational stance. READ  

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