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Paris bistros crack down on loud-mouthed tourists
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Paris bistros crack down on loud-mouthed tourists

Numerous cafes and bistros across the City of Light have signed up to a provocative campaign aimed at cracking down on loud-mouthed foreign tourists, claiming they're ruining "the sophistication of the Paris dining experience". READ  

Hollande plans reforms after election debacle
France's President Francois Hollande. Photo: AFP

Hollande plans reforms after election debacle

The French government, smarting from a crushing local elections defeat, is to speed up its reform plan in a bid to jump-start the country’s flagging economy. READ  

The key reforms of France's healthcare bill
Here's what you need to know about France's new healthcare bill. Photo: AFP

The key reforms of France's healthcare bill

As part of controversial healthcare reforms presented to French Parliament on Tuesday, France is taking aim at everything from smoking to doctor's fees. Here are eight things you need to know about the new bill. READ  

Alps plane crash
Video shows 'final moments' of plane crash
A recovery worker at the crash site. Photo: DPA

Video shows 'final moments' of plane crash

German tabloid Bild and French magazine Paris match revealed on Tuesday that their reporters had seen video from inside Germanwings flight 4U9525 in the final moments before the plane crashed. READ  

French MP copy-pastes Wikipedia for new bill
MP Valérie Boyer in 2013. Photo: AFP

French MP copy-pastes Wikipedia for new bill

A French MP has been ridiculed after she was found to have copy-pasted large chunks of text from Wikipedia in her proposal for a new law. The bungling deputy even left in the index numbers. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Crash victims could be identified by week's end
A huge recovery operation is underway at the crash site to try and identify the bodies of the victims.

Crash victims could be identified by week's end

All the bodies on the doomed Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps one week ago could be identified by the end of the week, the French President said on Tuesday. READ  

La Question du Jour
So what exactly is France's 'winter truce'?
A homeless man in Paris. Photo: AFP

So what exactly is France's 'winter truce'?

Don't be surprised if you see more homeless people out on the streets of French cities from Wednesday onwards. April 1st marks the beginning of "eviction season" in France and the end of the "winter truce". The Local explains more. READ  

Prostitutes furious as Senate bans soliciting
Sex workers at a protest in Paris are against the new bill. Photo: AFP

Prostitutes furious as Senate bans soliciting

French lawmakers have scrapped a plan to hit clients of prostitutes with hefty fines and instead reinstated a controversial law that sees the sex-workers themselves liable to financial penalties and prison sentences if they are caught selling sex. They were blasted as "regressive" by the health minister. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
New road opens up to crash site in French Alps
Trucks carrying specialist air crash investigators set off for the crash site by road. Photo: AFP

New road opens up to crash site in French Alps

The grim search through debris and body parts at the crash site of the doomed Germanwings plane in the French Alps was made easier on Tuesday with trucks able to access the area via a new and hastily built road. READ  

Blog: Student life in Paris
How to 'fine dine' in Paris on a student budget
Picnics are a sure-fire way to save a euro or two. Photo: Trey Ratcliff/Flickr

How to 'fine dine' in Paris on a student budget

Paris is world renowned for its fine dining culture - but what about the poor hard-up students who can't afford to scoff at the top tables in town? International student Deirdre McAteer explains how to tighten the purse strings but still eat well in the French capital. READ  

Features
Les Entrepreneurs
'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English
Smartsubs only translates complicated words and expressions in the subtitles. Screengrab: Smartsubs/YouTube

'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English

Two young French entrepreneurs think they've come up with the smart solution to help their compatriots improve their English as well as enjoy the influx of popular TV series from across the Atlantic. READ  

Property in France
The areas of France the Brits do and don't go
Certain parts of France are pretty much ignored by British expats. Photo: AFP

The areas of France the Brits do and don't go

With the euro wobbling against the pound, Brits are once again lining up to buy property in France. But they are not willing to head anywhere in "La France profonde", and there remain some no-go zones for British expats. READ  

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods
Where did the humble croissant finish on the list? Photo: Claudio Brisighello/Flickr

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods

With the whole world preparing to celebrate France's famed gastronomy on Thursday we reveal the most loved French foods across the globe, according to social media channel Instagram - the home of so-called 'food porn'. READ  

Blog: Student life in Paris
Adapting to life as a foreign student in Paris
Students in at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Photo: AmitLev/Flickr

Adapting to life as a foreign student in Paris

Paris is said to be the best city in the world to study in, but that doesn't mean everything is plain sailing for international students. Erasmus student Deirdre McAteer shares her observations on life at a French university. READ  

Paris People
VIDEO: Meet the football magician of Montmartre
Iya Traoré at Montmartre. Photo: Patrick Müller/Flickr

VIDEO: Meet the football magician of Montmartre

Anyone who's been to Montmartre in Paris would have seen a footballer drawing crowds as he juggles a football, while swinging from a lamppost. The Local chats to the man who played for PSG youth teams, is a world-record holder, and has shared the stage with Shakira. READ  

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Angry French doctors to close surgeries en masse
A scene from an earlier demonstration against the reforms, in Lyon. Photo: AFP

Angry French doctors to close surgeries en masse

With a parliamentary debate on controversial health reforms kicking off on Tuesday, doctors around the country are due to close their surgeries to show their disgust at a new system they say will cripple France's healthcare service. READ  

The Iron Lady's birthday
12 facts you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower turns 126 on Tuesday. Here are 12 facts you might not know about it. Photo: Terrazzo/Flickr

12 facts you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower

The grand old Iron Lady of Paris celebrates its 126th birthday on Tuesday. To celebrate the Eiffel Tower’s big day here are 12 facts about the famous monument that you might not know, as well as a look at some famous replicas around the world. READ  

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists
Manuel Valls can expect a torrid time in question time in the French parliament on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists

French PM Manuel Valls has ditched a planned trip to Germany on Tuesday, preferring instead to meet with Socialist MPs after the party took a hammering in Sunday's local elections. READ  

More French pensioners head abroad to settle
Many French pensioners are heading to sunny Portugal. But not just for the weather. Photo: Shutterstock

More French pensioners head abroad to settle

While many expats dream of retiring in France, the French themselves are more and more likely to leave home and enjoy their twilight years abroad, partly due to the sunnier financial climes on offer. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Co-pilot had been treated for 'suicidal tendencies'
Andreas Lubitz had received treatment after showing suicidal tendencies. Photo: DPA

Co-pilot had been treated for 'suicidal tendencies'

Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old co-pilot believed to have deliberately downed the Germanwings plane in the French Alps last week had demonstrated suicidal tendencies in the past, but not in recent years German prosecutors said on Monday. READ  

Paris reveals City of Light's best baguette
And the best baguette in the French capital is? Photo: Alex/Flickr

Paris reveals City of Light's best baguette

Paris has named the best baguette in town, with the winner in the city's 18th arrondissement set to bake a fresh batch for the president every morning for the next year. READ  

French job seeker given 26,000 years to pay €3k
Photo: AFP

French job seeker given 26,000 years to pay €3k

France's national employment agency Pôle Emploi has made a bizarre repayment request, asking a Frenchman to cough up 1 centime a month for the next 26,126 years. READ  

Body of British man washed up on Riviera
Photo: The village of Eze on the Côte d'Azur, where the body of a British man was washed up. Photo: Jim MacDougall/Flickr

Body of British man washed up on Riviera

Police in the south of France are investigating after it emerged on Monday that the body of a British man was washed up on the Côte d'Azur. READ  

French drunk gives kiss of life to 'dying' dinghy
The inflatable boat in this picture is not the one that underwent CPR in the story. Photo: Rootology/Wikimedia Commons

French drunk gives kiss of life to 'dying' dinghy

A good (but very drunk) Samaritan spent the night in prison after police found the Frenchman trying to breathe life into an inflatable boat in Brittany, western France. READ  

French local elections 2015
French local elections: Who won and who lost
Should Marine Le Pen be feeling disappointed after Sunday's election results? Photo: AFP

French local elections: Who won and who lost

Even though only half of the French people turned out to vote, Sunday's local elections could have a significant impact on the country's political landscape with the next presidential election almost within sight. READ  

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Doctor (71) sentenced for Holocaust denial
The Mauthausen Memorial site. Photo: APA/Rubra

Doctor (71) sentenced for Holocaust denial

A 71-year-old doctor from Upper Austria has been sentenced to one year’s house arrest for Holocaust denial. READ  

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral
Photo: DPA

Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral

A Facebook post describing how a Germanwings pilot personally reassured his passengers of their safety on a flight on Wednesday has received over quarter of a million likes. READ  

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

If you or your family members have been issued a Danish passport since February, it may include a vital mistake that makes it invalid for international travel. READ  

Alps plane crash
No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'
Photo: AFP

No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'

Claudia Vásquez was meant to be on board doomed Germanwings flight 4U9525 but a twist of fate meant that she is alive today. READ  

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate
Hot chocolate photo: Shutterstock

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate

All she wanted was to serve her loved ones a tasty drink. But a grandmother from Vicenza is in a spot of bother after three children and two adults fell ill after she gave them hot chocolate that was 25 years out of date. READ  

Extra jail for pair who drowned toddler on MSN
The entrance to Oslo's Appeals Court. Photo: Anne-Sophie Ofrim/WIkimedia

Extra jail for pair who drowned toddler on MSN

A Norwegian appeals court on Tuesday added an extra six and seven years to the jail sentences faced by a Norwegian woman who drowned her toddler and her British lover, who goaded her on through a web cam. READ  

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre
Elephants may no longer roam Kalmar's streets. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/SCANPIX

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre

You would not normally associate elephants with Sweden. But one town in the Nordic country has decided that it's better to be safe than sorry – so it has created a new bylaw forbidding elephants from parading its streets. READ  

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