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Eurostar: Major train delays after two incidents
Multiple incident snarl Eurostar traffic during Easter rush. Photo: Denis Charlet/AFP

Eurostar: Major train delays after two incidents

Hundreds of travelers on Eurostar trains between Paris and London saw hours of delays and cancellations on Thursday night due to back-to-back technical and fatal incidents. Service was supposed to be back to normal on Friday. READ () »

Police finish DNA sweep in hunt for school rapist
Police have finished an unprecedented DNA collection in the hunt for a rapist. Photo: Xavier Leoty/AFP

Police finish DNA sweep in hunt for school rapist

All 527 male students and staff at a private school in France have turned over their DNA as part of an unprecedented hunt for whoever raped a girl in a campus bathroom. One student who'd refused relented under prosecutors' pressure. READ () »

‘France needs to change its response to crime’
France prison's have hit a new record for overcrowding. Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP

‘France needs to change its response to crime’

This month France had more prisoners behind bars than ever before in its history, according to statistics unveiled on Thursday. An expert on the country's penal system told The Local that Sarkozy-era sentencing laws are largely to blame. READ () »

Burgundy 'will be ruined by wind farms'
Will Burgundy's worldwide reputation suffer because of windfarms? Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Burgundy 'will be ruined by wind farms'

The famous Burgundy region of France is synonymous with its vineyards but its image will soon be ruined, campaigners say, by the planned construction of new wind turbines. They say their chances of gaining UNESCO world heritage status are threatened. READ () »

VIDEO: Inside Paris’s first luxury hotel for cats
Here is a video look inside Paris's first-ever hotel just for cats. Photo: Lisa Winderberg/Flickr

VIDEO: Inside Paris’s first luxury hotel for cats

It was only a matter of time before the world’s most visited city extended its luxury lodging options to pets as well. Here's a look inside Paris’s first ever hotel just for cats, which naturally comes complete with a "gourmet" food menu and a games room. READ () »

French government's austerity denial 'a joke'
Some €50 billion cuts and freezes in benefits are not austerity, the French government says. That's a joke, say analysts. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

French government's austerity denial 'a joke'

After announcing a raft of spending cuts and benefits freezes this week the French government was at pains to stress that the country was not undergoing “austerity” as it faces a rebellion among its ranks. Analysts dismissed ministers' efforts as "a joke". READ () »

UK, US directors make cut for Cannes festival
British and American directors have been selected to show their films in Cannes. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

UK, US directors make cut for Cannes festival

Cannes film festival organizers unveiled on Thursday the A-listers and art house "auteurs" chosen to take part in this year's movie extravaganza on the French Riviera and it includes several well known Brits and Americans. READ () »

'Tarantula trafficker' snared in huge bug bust
French 'tarantula trafficker' caught with thousands of spiders. Photo: Ben Sutherland/Flickr

'Tarantula trafficker' snared in huge bug bust

In one of France’s biggest bug busts ever, a man was caught with thousands of living and dead tarantulas as well as other exotic insects he sold on the black market, media reports said on Thursday. READ () »

Euro wide hunt for teen girl and 'suicidal' prof
Police across Europre are involved in the hunt for suicidal teacher and teen French girl

Euro wide hunt for teen girl and 'suicidal' prof

Police across Europe are trying to track down a 15-year-old French girl who disappeared a week ago with her guitar teacher, a much older family friend thought to be in a suicidal state. READ () »

Pupils 'taught abortion is murder' at French school
French pupils claims they were taught 'abortion is murder' at school. Photo: Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

Pupils 'taught abortion is murder' at French school

A private religious school in Paris is under investigation from national education officials after students alleged they’d been told in class that 'abortion is in akin to murder'. The private school has ties to the controversial fundamentalist group Opus Dei. READ () »

Features
Buying French property: Ten things to think about
Thinking of buying a house in France? Here's ten things to think about if you are. Photo: Shutterstock

Buying French property: Ten things to think about

Experts say now is a good time to follow your dream and buy a house in France. So to help you on your way The Local has put together a list of ten things to seriously think about when buying property in France. READ () »

Reader Rants
French and charity - why don't they go together?
Why don't the French do charity? Photo: Shutterstock

French and charity - why don't they go together?

In the latest of our Reader Rants series, in which we give you a chance to get something off your chest, Paris-based banker and serial fun-runner Gavin Doughty from the UK, laments the problems he has persuading the French to dip into the pockets for a good cause. READ () »

Despair and poverty turn French to far right
French far-right Front National party's president Marine Le Pen at a press conference near Paris. AFP Photo/Pierre Andrieu

Despair and poverty turn French to far right

The far right National Front (FN) party are making footholds across France with voters saying the economic recession has prompted them to switch over to more extreme parties in advance of the nationwide local elections. READ () »

The Local List
Ten new words that could join the French language
Ten new words that could join the French language. Photo: Tim Green/Flickr

Ten new words that could join the French language

This week French people were asked to submit and vote for their favourite newly-invented Gallic words, that in the future could find their place in a dictionary. The suggestions were both inventive and hilarious. We've selected ten of the best. READ () »

JobTalk France
The 'top ten' companies to work for in France
New study names top companies to work for in France. Work photo: Shutterstock

The 'top ten' companies to work for in France

A new standings table was released on Wednesday that ranks the best companies in France to work for. Although Anglo multi-nationals took many of the higher places, it was a French company with an aversion to meetings that grabbed the prestigious top spot. READ () »

More News
Australian 'graffiti tourists' arrested in Paris
File Photo of a typically graffiti covered Paris Metro. Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Australian 'graffiti tourists' arrested in Paris

Two Australian tourists who had left their mark on the City of Light with a few cans of spray paint, were picked up by French police this week. It appears the pair of graffiti vandals were on an InterRail trip and planned to “tag the whole of Europe” READ () »

French football
French cup final will be all-Breton affair
Guingamp players celebrate after their victory over Monaco on Wednesday which sets up an all Breton French cup final against Rennes. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

French cup final will be all-Breton affair

The French cup final will be an all-Breton affair after underdogs Guingamp produced a major upset by knocking out big spenders Monaco in their semi final tie on Wednesday night. Guingamp will now play fellow Brittany side Rennes in May's final. READ () »

Listeria prompts smoked salmon recall in France
Listeria contamination prompts seafood recall. Photo: Screengrab/Fjord King

Listeria prompts smoked salmon recall in France

A French seafood company recalled on Wednesday three batches of smoked salmon because they were contaminated with the dangerous bacteria listeria, which can cause a serious infection in pregnant women and older people. READ () »

French town takes knife fight to president
Villagers have asked the French president to help them get their name back. Photo: Jose A. Torres/AFP

French town takes knife fight to president

Defiant residents of the French village of Laguiole - famous around the world for its knives - have appealed to their president to intervene on their behalf after they lost a trademark battle in court meaning they are barred from using its name on their own products. READ () »

French parents laidback about kids' education
French parents least stressed about their children's future, a new study finds. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

French parents laidback about kids' education

When it comes to stressing about the education of their children French parents are much more relaxed than their counterparts in other countries, a global survey revealed this week. And they are dead against paying for it, it seems. READ () »

France unveils freeze on generous welfare system
Cuts are coming to France's social welfare system. Photo: Patrick Kovarick/AFP

France unveils freeze on generous welfare system

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls provided his most detailed account yet on Wednesday of the “collective” cuts France will make to trim its budget by €50 billion, including a freeze on state pensions. The sick, families and pensioners will all feel the pain. READ () »

Pets to no longer be seen as just 'chairs' in France
Animals may soon be considered more than furniture in France. Photo: Danperry.com/Flickr

Pets to no longer be seen as just 'chairs' in France

France took a major step this week towards upping the legal status of animals, which presently sees them classed the same as a chair, a lamp or any old 'personal property'. But cats and dogs will soon be judged as “sentient, living beings”. The change wasn't welcomed by all. READ () »

France OKs first women aboard submarines
France will allow women aboard its submarines for the first time. Photo: WIkimedia Commons

France OKs first women aboard submarines

The last bastion of exclusively male jobs in the French military fell this week when the defence minister announced a pilot program to allow the first women to serve aboard nuclear-armed submarines. The minister also revealed an action plan to end sexual harassment in the armed forces. READ () »

France mulls plan to tax foreign truck drivers
Will foreign truck drivers soon be charged to take to French roads? Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

France mulls plan to tax foreign truck drivers

France’s much-maligned eco-tax charge on lorries that was scrapped late last year, could make a return, this time targeting foreign truck drivers, who could be asked to pay up at the border or even forced through the country's motorway tolls. READ () »

Ex-France international Makélélé faces tax probe
Ex-France international Claude Makélélé, once of Chelsea and Real Madrid faces a tax probe in Switzerland. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Ex-France international Makélélé faces tax probe

French tax authorities have asked their Swiss counterparts to start a probe into former France international footballer Claude Makélélé, who played for English club Chelsea and Spain's Real Madrid among others. READ () »

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Swiss voters set to sink Swedish jet fighter deal
Photo: AFP

Swiss voters set to sink Swedish jet fighter deal

Swiss voters are set to sink a massive defence deal with Swedish firm Saab to buy 22 fighter planes, an opinion poll showed Friday ahead of a referendum next month. READ () »

School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party
Photo: DPA

School kids hospitalized after 'porno' party

Dozens of school children at a “porno-themed” high school party were taken to hospital on Thursday for nausea and stomach aches. It was initially believed they were poisoned but no alcohol has been found. READ () »

Abortion Travel agency: 'We should never exist'
“Be free in London”, “Decide in Paris” or “Your choice in Lisbon”: just three of the mottos featuring on a ground-breaking yet made-up service. Photo: DDB

Abortion Travel agency: 'We should never exist'

A women's lobby group has set up a fictitious travel agency offering all-inclusive 'abortion holidays' abroad as an ominous reminder of what Spanish women may be forced to do if a tough new law is passed in May. READ () »

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Mafia infiltration has reached Germany's Rhineland. Photo: Shengel/Wikipedia

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'

Italian mobsters have infiltrated “every sector in Germany”, according to investigators, with the Sicilian mafia particularly active in the Rhineland. READ () »

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach
Bjørn Frilund, 64, with his unusual catch. Photo: Anders Hagen, Åndalsnes Avis

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach

Bjørn Frilund was gutting a large cod he'd caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first found two semi-digested herrings. Then he pulled out a hefty orange vibrator. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

"We have to hit the brakes and the gas at the same time." Does your Swedish boss confuse you? You're not alone. Swedes have crowned that phrase as the worst workplace cliché of the year. READ () »

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