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Paris mayor announces plans for 'car-free' day
Imagine the Champs-Elysées without cars... Photo: Twitter/Anne Hidalgo

Paris mayor announces plans for 'car-free' day

The mayor of Paris took to Twitter on Thursday to announce that September 27th this year will be a "car-free day" for the French capital. Although exactly how "car-free" it will be remains unclear. READ  

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees
Mobile phone use at airport. Photo: Shutterstock

Anger as EU keeps mobile roaming fees

A decision by EU governments not to end roaming mobile charges until the end of 2018 has prompted anger from consumer groups and EU politicians who had wanted the fees ditched this year. READ  

France vs Facebook
Facebook vagina pic triggers landmark case
Is it time France can take Facebook to court? Photo: AFP

Facebook vagina pic triggers landmark case

A Paris court could set a legal precedent on Thursday when it rules on whether the US social media giant Facebook can be tried through French courts. The case was brought by a Frenchman who was incensed that his pic of a famous nude oil painting was taken offline by Facebook. READ  

French postman guilty of stealing 13,000 letters
All those letters that went missing might just turn up soon. Photo: AFP

French postman guilty of stealing 13,000 letters

A French postman, with a "compulsive hoarding disorder", was handed a prison sentence this week for stealing some 13,000 letters over a ten-year period. La Poste has promised to return all the correspondence that police found in his attic. READ  

Flu epidemic causes 8,500 extra fatalities
The flu epidemic has already affected more than two million people in France. Photo: AFP

Flu epidemic causes 8,500 extra fatalities

Since mid-January France has seen 8,500 more deaths than usual for this time of year, with the flu epidemic that has swept across the nation throughout winter believed to be the major factor. READ  

Foreign investors fall back in love with Paris
The La Défense business district of Paris, where much of the foreign investment is based. Photo: Trey Ratcliffe/Flickr

Foreign investors fall back in love with Paris

Two new studies have revealed that foreign investors are once again being charmed by Paris after having been turned off for a while. Although the City of Light will have to do some major flirting to match the kind of investment seen in London and Shanghai. READ  

English reigns in French TV series 'Versailles'
The gates of the Palace of Versailles which has been given a very Anglo makeover for a TV series. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

English reigns in French TV series 'Versailles'

The makers of what will be France's most-expensive TV series ever, "Versailles" have succumbed to the domination of the English language in the global TV industry, meaning the French King will in fact be British. READ  

IN PICTURES
Ancient tomb of Celtic prince found in France
The site of the dig where the ancient tomb of a Celtic prince has been unearthed. Photo: Inrap

Ancient tomb of Celtic prince found in France

An "exceptional" tomb from the fifth century BC, likely that of a Celtic prince, has been unearthed in a small French town, shedding light on Iron Age European trade, researchers said Wednesday. READ  

France to remain on high terror alert 'for months'
Ile-de-France and Alpes-Maritimes will remain on high alert for terror attacks for several months. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

France to remain on high terror alert 'for months'

France will remain on high terror alert for months, it emerged on Wednesday, despite the huge cost of the heightened security. It's not all bad news however, with the increased presence of the police and army prompting a drop in the number of burglaries and thefts. READ  

France to save €4b more to appease Brussels
The French finance ministry which must make further savings. Photo: AFP

France to save €4b more to appease Brussels

France's president has revealed plans to find €4 billion in a new "savings package", to meet demands from Brussels. The move will also please German Chancellor Angela Merkel who noted that France was "on the right track". READ  

Features
Opinion: Commuter misery
'Paris rail network is not fit for the 21st century'
Disgruntled commuters are aiming to take Paris transport chiefs to court for the delays and disruption they face on the RER. Photo: AFP

'Paris rail network is not fit for the 21st century'

A group of disgruntled commuters are launching an unprecedented bid to sue Paris transport chiefs because they can never get to work on time. The Parisian banker leading the charge tells The Local why things have to change. READ  

France's most disputed building projects
The ambitious Europa City shopping centre is just one of the projects that has provoked opposition from environmentalists. Photo: Europa City

France's most disputed building projects

They've provoked protests, violent riots and even deaths. From planes and trains to 1,000 cows, here's a look at some of the highly contentious engineering projects in France right now. READ  

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris
One of France's ultimate cool icons - Brigitte Bardot - sharing a hint on how to be cool. Photo: Laura Loveday/Flickr

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris

Speaking backwards, hanging out in hidden bars, and picking up a seriously unhealthy addiction. These are among the habits that young Parisians told The Local were the ultimate secrets to being cool in the City of Light. READ  

What's on in France: Ten things to do in March
The 2010 women snowboard boardercross finals at the Brits. Photo: Bob Bob/Flickr

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

If your social calendar is looking a bit empty this March here are ten events across the country involving cheese, snowboarding, books and orchids, one of which is bound to get you interested. READ  

Guest blog - La Différence
The little things that make France so different
One thing that makes France different according to our guest blogger are the showers not attached to the wall. Photo: Shower photo

The little things that make France so different

How different really is France to your home country? Often it's the small things that matter. Our guest blogger Christopher Cooley, based in Bordeaux, has picked out a few of the things that have caught his eye, beyond the shape of the bread and the price of the wine. READ  

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Tête-à-tête - France and smacking children
'No one would ever say you can slap your wife'
France is in violation of a treaty because it doesn't fully ban smacking. Photo: Shutterstock

'No one would ever say you can slap your wife'

After human right's watchdog the Council of Europe declared that France should ban smacking completely, The Local talks to the UK charity whose complaint prompted the ruling and a French families organisation who are staunchly against outlawing corporal punishment. READ  

French baker accused of selling 'racist' cakes
Racist cakes or harmless pastries? Photo: CRAN

French baker accused of selling 'racist' cakes

A cake maker in the south of France has been threatened with legal action for inciting racial hatred unless he stops selling cakes deemed “obscene” by an anti-racism group in France. The baker told The Local he's a victim of "intellectual terrorism". READ  

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?
Paris is pricey but it's not all bad news. Photo: AFP

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?

Paris has once again been named the world’s second most expensive city in a global study this week, meaning it's pricier than the likes of Oslo, Zurich and Sydney. But those behind the report say it's not all bad news for people living in the French capital. READ  

France hunts men behind 1982 Jewish diner attack
The scene after the bombing at the Chez Jo Godenberg restaurant in 1982 that left six people dead. Photo: AFP

France hunts men behind 1982 Jewish diner attack

UPDATED: France has issued international arrest warrants for three men suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris in 1982, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday. READ  

France 'violates treaty on smacking children'
France is in violation of a treaty because it doesn't fully ban smacking. Photo: Shutterstock

France 'violates treaty on smacking children'

A top European human rights watchdog gave France a stern telling off on Wednesday ruling that the country was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children. READ  

More drones give Paris police the run around
Drones have been spotted over Paris several times in the last two weeks. Photo: David Rodriguez Martin/Flickr

More drones give Paris police the run around

As many as ten drones were seen flying over Paris on Tuesday, with police chasing one through the streets of the capital before being given the slip by the unmanned aircraft. It’s just the latest in a series of baffling overflights. READ  

Ukraine crisis
France demands reaction if Ukraine truce violated
President François Hollande eyes up Russian leader Vladimir Putin after talks in Minsk earlier this month. Photo: AFP

France demands reaction if Ukraine truce violated

France and other western countries are calling for a "strong reaction" from the international community if a major violation of a truce in Ukraine occurs, the French presidency said after video conference talks. READ  

Hollande plans historic visit to communist Cuba
President François Hollande has done a fair amount of travelling in his time as head of state, including a trip to Kazakhstan. Photo: AFP/press office

Hollande plans historic visit to communist Cuba

President François Hollande will make the first ever visit by a French head of state to Cuba in May in the latest sign of a thaw between the isolated communist nation and Europe and the United States. READ  

UK earns €1 billion from selling Eurostar stake
Britain has sold its stake in Eurostar for a cool €1billion. But the French are not the buyers. Photo: Andrew Cowie/AFP

UK earns €1 billion from selling Eurostar stake

The British government will be happily counting the cash on Wednesday after it reached an agreement to sell its entire Eurostar stake for a much higher price than initially expected. The deal will bring in a cool €1 billion for state coffers. READ  

French job agency offers vacancies for porn stars
Did French porn star Jade Laroche, seen posing here at Cannes find a job through the Pôle Emploi? Photo: AFP

French job agency offers vacancies for porn stars

Who says there are no jobs in France? France's national employment agency Pôle Emploi has been ridiculed after publishing a job advert from a company looking for male and female porn actors, who've "dreamed about becoming stars". Beginners are welcome to apply. READ  

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UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case
Dmitry Rybolovlev with unidentified woman at Monaco football game last year. Photo: AFP

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case

A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. READ  

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine
Edathy in court on Monday. Photo: DPA

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine

A court has decided to fine former MP Sebastian Edathy €5,000 after he admitted on Monday to downloading child pornography images and video onto his official parliamentary laptop. READ  

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools
Photo: Colourbox

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools

A sexology professor is calling on schools to show students porn so that they can learn to tell the difference between real-life sex and what they see in online films. READ  

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Anna Allen appearing on Spanish programme, Pasapalabra. Screen grab: YouTube/bogo xoer.

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory

The invented life of a Spanish actress has been revealed after Spanish media discovered she had not actually attended the Oscars, but used Photoshop to place herself on the red carpet. READ  

Impressive facts about Rome you didn't know
Rome has hundreds and hundreds of churches. Rome photo: Shutterstock

Impressive facts about Rome you didn't know

You might know all about the Colosseum or a trick or two about an ancient emperor, but there are certainly some impressive facts about Rome you don't know. Guides from tour company Mekomy reveal their secrets about the Italian capital. READ  

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty
Norwegian Chairman Bjørn Kise grilled by press ahead of Monday's emergency board meeting. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty

Norway’s pilot unions were braced on Monday for Norwegian Air Shuttle to bankrupt its local subsidiary in a strategy they decried as “outrageous union-busting”. READ  

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students
Photo: TT

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students

A secondary school in Malmö has been closed after the teachers' union declared that it is too dangerous a place for students and teachers to attend due to widespread violence and criminality. READ  

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