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National Front in crisis
National Front leaders set to punish Le Pen
Jean-Marie Le Pen tries to upstage his daughter Marine at the party's May Day rally. Photo: AFP

National Front leaders set to punish Le Pen

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right National Front could be stripped of his title as honorary president when he goes before the party's disciplinary committee on Monday over his inflammatory comments about gas chambers and an ongoing feud with his daughter Marine. READ  

Trial after Frenchman dies downing 56 shots
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Trial after Frenchman dies downing 56 shots

The owner of a bar in France will stand trial on Monday charged with “manslaughter” over the death of one his patrons, who died breaking the bar’s record for the number of shots downed in one evening. It comes as France moves to get tough on binge drinking. READ  

The things that annoy the French on a plane
What annoys the French most about flying? No it's not strikes. Photo: Kevin Jaako/Flickr

The things that annoy the French on a plane

Passengers who can't sit still, leave the plane in a rush, or enthusiastically applaud when the plane lands: these are the flying habits that annoy the French most when it comes to air travel, a new survey reveals. READ  

Paris Terror Attacks
Did extreme right figure arm Paris terrorist?
Police outside the Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris that was hit by a terror attack in January. Photo: AFP

Did extreme right figure arm Paris terrorist?

A Frenchman with links to the extreme right is suspected of supplying the weapons that jihadist Amedy Coulibaly used in a deadly attack on a Jewish supermarket in January. READ  

Central African Republic
France urges sex abuse soldiers to come forward
French soldiers on duty in Central African Republic have been accused of raping young boys. Photo: AFP

France urges sex abuse soldiers to come forward

France's defence minister has urged soldiers "to give themselves up" if they are guilty of sexually assaulting hungry Central African kids, as questions remain on why the probe into the alleged crimes is taking so long. READ  

Anti-US sentiment aids French fighter jet deals
French President Francois Hollande (C-L) is welcomed by the Governor of the Riyadh Province in January 2015. Photo: AFP

Anti-US sentiment aids French fighter jet deals

French President François Hollande is in the Middle East on Monday as France sealed another lucrative deal to sell Rafale fighter jets. Experts say the deals are all down France's policy in the Middle East combined with suspicion of the US. READ  

Ligue 1 Round-up
PSG edge closer to title with win over Nantes
PSG's Blaise Matuidi celebrates with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the team's 2-0 win at Nantes on Sunday. Photo: AFP

PSG edge closer to title with win over Nantes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, fresh from a three-match ban, helped Paris Saint Germain to a 2-0 win at Nantes in Ligue 1 on Sunday, moving them a step closer to their third consecutive French title. Here's a round-up of the Ligue 1 action. READ  

French boat saves 217 people from sea off Libya
A makeshift boat filled with migrants spotted last month by an Italian Navy ship, in the Mediterranean sea near Lampedusa. Photo: Italian Navy

French boat saves 217 people from sea off Libya

A French navy ship sent to boost EU migrant patrols in the Mediterranean rescued 217 people Saturday off the coast of Libya, officials said. READ  

Charlie Hebdo says prize protesters are 'confused'
Charlie Hebdo's editor-in-chief, Gerard Biard(L) speaks as film critic, Jean-Baptiste Thoret, looks on. Photo: AFP

Charlie Hebdo says prize protesters are 'confused'

Two of the surviving journalists from French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo brushed off controversy over a literary award on Friday. READ  

Le Pen's big day ruined by Femen and her father
Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Le Pen's big day ruined by Femen and her father

Bare-chested Femen activists making Nazi salutes disrupted a speech by France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen for five minutes Friday at her National Front's traditional May 1st rally in Paris. READ  

Features
Migrant camps emerge in the heart of Paris
Around 80 tents are home to around 250 migrants near La Chapelle Metro station. Photo: The Local

Migrant camps emerge in the heart of Paris

In recent weeks almost 500 refugees who have made their way to France via the notorious migrant boats across the Mediterranean have set up camp at two locations in the heart of Paris. But many tell The Local they have no plans of staying in the French capital. READ  

What's on in France: Ten things to do in May
Brace yourselves... the Cannes Film Festival is around the corner. Photo: AFP

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

It may not feel like summer quite yet but there are plenty of things to entice you outdoors this May. From the French Open in Paris to a street art festival in Biarritz, at least one of these events is guaranteed to excite you. READ  

The View from France
Why the French care little for the UK election
Dave, Nick and even "Ed the red" are failing to grab the attention of the French public. Photo: AFP

Why the French care little for the UK election

In the weeks leading up the French presidential election the British media is normally gripped by the race for the Elysée palace. But the French just don't seem that interested in next month's UK election. Here’s why they just might not care as much. READ  

Language Matters
Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?
"Did you just say tu to me?" Photo: Shutterstock

Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?

Everyone who has ever lived in France knows all about the social minefield that is tu and vous - and that goes for the French too. The Local France’s editor Ben McPartland and French language expert Camille Chevalier-Karfis argue over whether it’s time to ditch the protocol. READ  

Visiting Paris
The weirdest objects you can see around Paris
Just one of the unusual things you can see around Paris. Photo: ollografik/Flickr

The weirdest objects you can see around Paris

From horned birds to pinched nipples, Paris has more than its share of wacky and offbeat objects to see. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the most unusual things you can find in the city's museums, shops... and even sewers, courtesy of the folks behind the Paris Pass sightseeing package. READ  

More News
Bolivia upholds French couple's murder ruling
Convicted killer Jaime Martinez (c). Photo: Aizar Raldes/AFP

Bolivia upholds French couple's murder ruling

A Bolivian court on Thursday upheld the 30-year prison sentence of a man convicted of killing a young French couple in 2010. READ  

Eight charged in France for horsemeat trafficking
Eight people have been charged in France over horsemeat trafficking.

Eight charged in France for horsemeat trafficking

French authorities have charged eight people over their alleged role in a Europe-wide horsemeat trafficking ring dismantled last weekend, a judicial source said Thursday. READ  

Central African Republic
Hollande: 'No mercy' if troops guilty of rape
French soldiers on duty in Central African Republic are met by President Hollande. Some have been accused of raping young boys. Photo: AFP

Hollande: 'No mercy' if troops guilty of rape

UPDATED: France has denied any cover-up after allegations its soldiers raped young boys in the Central African Republic. Paris has opened up a formal investigation, with President Hollande promising "no mercy" if the troops are found guilty. READ  

France hits jackpot with Qatar fighter jet deal
France has struck a deal with Qatar for 24 Rafale fighter jets. Photo: AFP

France hits jackpot with Qatar fighter jet deal

French group Dassault Aviation is poised to sign a multi-billion-euro deal with Qatar for 36 of its Rafale fighter jets, the presidency and sources said Thursday, the third foreign order this year. READ  

French teen suicide after sex video web bullying
The girl was found dead on the ground outside her apartment. Photo: AFP

French teen suicide after sex video web bullying

A 15-year-old French girl has taken her own life after an intimate film featuring her and her boyfriend was shared online, leading to her being the victim of some vicious online bullying and blackmail. READ  

JobTalk France
May 2015: The best month to work in France
File photo of sunbathers at Trocadero, Paris. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

May 2015: The best month to work in France

If you're working in France then there's no better month this year than May, when it comes to the number of public holidays at least. But as usual employers are trying to put an end to what they consider a colossal waste of time and money. READ  

Five unmissable outdoor bars in Paris
An evening at Nuba in Paris. Photo: Nuba/Facebook

Five unmissable outdoor bars in Paris

When the sun comes out, France's capital undergoes a rapid transformation as outdoor bar areas spring open and the city's residents get a boost of energy after the winter. But how can you guarantee a cool atmosphere as temperatures rise? Here are The Local's top hotspots. READ  

Hebdo cartoonist: 'I won't draw Muhammad'
Cartoonist Luz presents a copy of the survivors' edition in January featuring a drawing of the Prophet Mohammed. Photo: AFP

Hebdo cartoonist: 'I won't draw Muhammad'

Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz, whose drawing of Muhammad adorned the front cover of the magazine the week after terrorists massacred the editorial team, has said he will no longer draw the prophet in future. READ  

Germany 'spied on top French officials for US'
Protesters in Berlin demonstrate against spying by America's NSA. Photo: AFP

Germany 'spied on top French officials for US'

UPDATED: German intelligence services spied on top French officials at the foreign ministry and the presidential palace at the request of the American spy agency NSA, according to an article to appear in a German newspaper on Thursday. READ  

France and secularism
Does a long black skirt really flout French laws?
Opponents of the ban on the Muslim schoolgirl's long skirt have pointed out that it seems acceptable for other French women to wear one.

Does a long black skirt really flout French laws?

Is a long, black skirt a "conspicuous" sign of Islam? Or is that pushing France's strict secularity laws a little too far? READ  

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Sugary twin towers attacks Austrian politics
A detail from the sugar sculpture. Photo: Thomas Kienbauer

Sugary twin towers attacks Austrian politics

The owner of a Vienna patisserie has managed to offend some of his customers by creating a sugar sculpture depicting the terror attack on New York’s World Trade Center - in an attempt to critique Austrian politics. READ  

Street food (finally!) surfaces in Swiss cities
Photo: Caroline Bishop

Street food (finally!) surfaces in Swiss cities

Street food offers an alternative, lower cost style of dining that has been almost impossible to find in Swiss cities. The Local's Caroline Bishop finds out that this state of affairs is rapidly changing — to the delight of many expats. READ  

Govt 'lied' to parliament about NSA spying
Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has some explaining to do. Photo: DPA

Govt 'lied' to parliament about NSA spying

The government has been accused of lying to the Bundestag (German parliament) after it emerged last week that Chancellor Angela Merkel's office knew German spies were conducting economic espionage on behalf of the Americans. READ  

Denmark wants in on EU banking union
Membership in the banking union would give ECB regulators authority over Danish banks. Photo: DANIEL ROLAND/Scanpix

Denmark wants in on EU banking union

The Danish government supports joining the EU’s banking union and wants parliament to vote on it without first asking the Danes, a Justice Ministry report said on Thursday. READ  

Iceland revokes order to 'kill Basques on sight'
Basques can now safely visit Iceland without the threat of being killed on sight. Photo: Arnar Valdimarsson/Flickr

Iceland revokes order to 'kill Basques on sight'

In a small town on the western coast of Iceland last week, authorities finally revoked a 400-year-old order that allowed Basques to be killed on sight. READ  

Italy PM says riots will not ruin Milan Expo 2015
A demonstrator throws a smoke bomb to police in downtown Milan, during a demonstration against the Universal Exposition Expo Milano 2015. Photo: AFP

Italy PM says riots will not ruin Milan Expo 2015

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi warned on Saturday that stone-throwing protesters who clashed with police in Milan during the Expo 2015 opening would not ruin the world fair. READ  

Viking voyages began earlier than thought
A half-size replica of Norway's fames Gokstad viking ship sails into the sunset. Photo: JMV/Flickr

Viking voyages began earlier than thought

Forget about the Viking Age beginning with the brutal sacking of Lindisfarne Priory in 793. According to new research, Norwegian Vikings began long sea voyages at least 70 years earlier, but they came looking for trade not plunder. READ  

Russian warships disrupt Swedish cable laying
The Baltic Sea, as seen from Lithuania. Photo: TT

Russian warships disrupt Swedish cable laying

Russian naval ships have repeatedly disrupted cable-laying work between Sweden and Lithuania in the past few months, prompting diplomatic protests from both countries affected. READ  

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