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Calais: French strikers threaten to up the ante
Could the Calais crisis be about to get worse? File photo: AFP

Calais: French strikers threaten to up the ante

As the head of a British truckers association says the army should be brought in to clear the blockade of Calais, French strikers have threatened to step up militant action in the days to come. READ  

Half of France now on alert as mercury hits 40C
The heatwave continues to scorch most of France. Photo: AFP

Half of France now on alert as mercury hits 40C

UPDATED: France's weather agency has issued further warnings across the country as temperatures topped 40C in some parts. READ  

Blind teacher in France told to supervise exams
The woman was told to supervise an exam, even though she can't see. Photo: AFP

Blind teacher in France told to supervise exams

A blind teacher in southern France was baffled to be called in to supervise students during a an exam. Despite her appeals that she wasn't est suited, her school forced her to do it. READ  

French air traffic controllers call off strike

French air traffic controllers call off strike

Relief for air passengers on Wednesday as French air traffic controllers called off a planned two-day strike that was set to cause travel chaos across Europe on Thursday and Friday. READ  

Ryanair takes on French air traffic controllers
Ryanair has launched a petition to try to ban strikes by air traffic controllers. Photo: AFP

Ryanair takes on French air traffic controllers

Budget airline Ryanair has called on members of the public across Europe to back its new campaign to stop French air traffic controllers going on strike. It comes as a planned strike in France was called off at the eleventh hour. READ  

The best places in Paris to escape the heatwave
Grab a book and find some shade. But where? Photo: AFP

The best places in Paris to escape the heatwave

Paris is not the most pleasant place to be in the midst of a sweltering heatwave, but that doesn't mean you have to stay at home in front of an electric fan. Here are the best options for how to get out but keep cool. READ  

France persuades China to recognise Bordeaux
Chinese students taste real Bordeaux wine. Photo: AFP

France persuades China to recognise Bordeaux

After a four-year struggle, France has convinced China to recognise "Bordeaux" as a brand in a bid to combat counterfeit wines, the government announced. READ  

How life will change in France as of today
Dodgy parking is no longer being tolerated with steep fines coming into force on July 1st. Photo: AFP

How life will change in France as of today

Life will slightly change in France as of Wednesday July 1st with everything from driving rules, dodgy parking and family allowance payments affected. Here’s what you need to know. READ  

Channel travel chaos
Calais port stays shut as French strike goes on

Calais port stays shut as French strike goes on

The port of Calais remained closed for a third straight day on Wednesday as French sailors continued their industrial action. All ferry services to and from the port have been suspended. READ  

French soldiers 'sexually abused five-year-old girl'
French soldiers in Central African Republic have also been hit by abuse claims. Photo: AFP

French soldiers 'sexually abused five-year-old girl'

France has suspended two of its soldiers over allegations they sexually abused children, including a five-year-old girl, in the west African country of Burkina Faso, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. READ  

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Stunning French villages you've never heard of
The tiny village of Eus. Photo: Les plus beaux villages de France

Stunning French villages you've never heard of

Right after France voted for its favourite village for 2015, we avoid the crowds and list the ten best French villages you've never heard of, with the help of some French people in the know. READ  

Paris Olympics 2024?
Can Paris win the bid for the 2024 Olympics?
Paris' Mayor Anne Hidalgo at the official launch of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics. Photo: AFP

Can Paris win the bid for the 2024 Olympics?

After officially announcing its bid, Paris has been installed as the front runner for the 2024 Olympics Games. But how does the French capital compare to the other cities in the hat and does it have a chance to win? READ  

Ten must-visit movie scene locations in Paris
The Inception Bridge also featured in Parks and Recreation. Photo: Deedle-Dee Productions

Ten must-visit movie scene locations in Paris

Fancy feeling like you're in a movie? Here's how to find the spots where ten of the most famous movie scenes in the French capital were set, put together by the folks at Set in Paris walking tours. READ  

Editor's blog
Lay off the French - They are not that rude
Surely the French aren't that rude to tourists. Photo: AFP

Lay off the French - They are not that rude

France's foreign minister and tourist chiefs think the renowned French rudeness to visitors is a problem that needs resolving but are they really unwelcoming and unfriendly to visitors? Surely it's time to put that cliché to bed, argues The Local's Ben McPartland. READ  

And the most beautiful square in France is...?
Can you spot which square in France this is? Photo: Carlos Martin/Flickr

And the most beautiful square in France is...?

From cities across France, here's a selection of the most stunning squares the country has to offer. But which one gets your vote? READ  

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Paris gives green light for 'triangle' skyscraper
The controversial Triangle Tower will see the light of the day. Photo: AFP

Paris gives green light for 'triangle' skyscraper

Paris will get its "Tour Triangle" skyscraper after all, after the city council voted in favour of the controversial project on Tuesday months after initially rejecting it. READ  

Air traffic controllers to strike as talks collapse
Passengers can expect disruption during strike. Photo: AFP

Air traffic controllers to strike as talks collapse

Hopes that a strike by French air traffic controllers could be averted seemed to be dashed on Tuesday as unions said that talks had been broken off. It is likely airlines will have to cancel scores of flights. READ  

Top Uber executives to go on trial in France
Thibaud Simphal, General Director of Uber France, posing at Uber French headquarters in Paris. Photo: AFP

Top Uber executives to go on trial in France

Uber France and two of its bosses will go on trial in September over the company's allegedly "illegal" ride-booking practices, prosecutors said on Tuesday, after violent protests by taxi drivers against the app. READ  

Heatwave alert extended as France sizzles in sun
A man freshens up in a public fountain in Lyon. Photo: AFP

Heatwave alert extended as France sizzles in sun

France's weather agency has extended the summer weather warnings, as an intense heatwave spread further across the country on Tuesday. READ  

Calais chaos: Travellers curse 'striking French'
Disgruntled Eurostar passengers forced to wait to get across the Channel. Photo: AFP

Calais chaos: Travellers curse 'striking French'

Striking French sailors forced the Eurostar and Eurotunnel to suspend services on Tuesday, prompting many furious travellers to vent their anger at the French and in particular their tendency to cause absolute havoc when on strike. READ  

French strikers cause Channel travel chaos
Reports on Tuesday said striking French sailors had blocked the Channel Tunnel again. File Photo: AFP

French strikers cause Channel travel chaos

UPDATED: Striking French sailors and port workers stepped up industrial action on Tuesday when they blocked the Channel Tunnel after earlier blockading the port of Calais. Eurostar and Eurotunnel were forced to suspend services for several hours. READ  

What's on in France: Ten things to do in July
A festival goer at the Eurockéenees in Belfort. Photo: AFP)

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

Summer has well and truly arrived in France, so we've collected ten of the best opportunities for you to make the most of it. READ  

French beheading 'was modus operandi of Isis'
Yassin Salhi, the man who beheaded his boss and tried to blow up a factory. Photo: AFP

French beheading 'was modus operandi of Isis'

French prosecutors confirmed on Tuesday that Yassin Salhi, who beheaded his boss before attempted to blow up a gas factory was motivated by terrorism and had links to Isis. READ  

Riviera's 'black widow' accused of murder
Photo: AFP

Riviera's 'black widow' accused of murder

A Frenchwoman dubbed the "black widow" of the Côte d'Azur stands accused of seducing several elderly men after meeting them through dating agencies and poisoning them. At least one of her victims died. READ  

French court backs controls on Italian border
A view of the Italian French border with migrants camped out on the Italian side. Photo: AFP

French court backs controls on Italian border

France's top administrative court has ruled that border controls on migrants at the Italian frontier were legal and did not violate the Schengen agreement that created Europe's passport-free zone. READ  

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Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal
Inge Rauscher. Photo: Johannes Kernmayer

Austrians launch petition for EU withdrawal

Opponents of Austria’s EU membership have started a petition for withdrawal from the union, which citizens can sign until July 1st. READ  

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated
Bathers swimming in the Rhine River in Basel, expected to be one of the hottest places in the country. Photo: Basel Tourismus

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated

Switzerland is preparing for the most intense heatwave in almost 12 years with weather experts predicting high temperatures above 35C for the first eight to ten days of July. READ  

Germans say US doesn't respect freedom: poll
Photo: DPA.

Germans say US doesn't respect freedom: poll

Germans are more negative about the United States than the rest of Europe, but still largely support Americans' efforts to fight Isis, according to a new poll. READ  

Danish theme park rejects racism charge
The "Hottentot Carousel" at Djurs Sommerland. Photo: Everyday Racism Project DK

Danish theme park rejects racism charge

A 20-year-old attraction in Djurs Sommerland suddenly became a hot topic this week after a group accused it of being racist and many others rushed to defend it. READ  

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain
Electron microscope image of the bacterium that causes diphtheria. Photo: Sanofi Pasteur / Flickr

Unvaccinated boy dies from diptheria in Spain

A six-year-old boy from Catalonia, whose parents chose not to have him vaccinated, has died, almost a month after he became the first child to contract diphtheria in Spain in almost 30 years. READ  

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel
An Italian ambulance. Photo: Davide Oliva

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel

An ambulance driver in Lazio has been hailed a hero after safely transporting an elderly woman to hospital while himself suffering a heart attack at the wheel. READ  

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender
John Jeanette Solstad Remo, one of Norway's foremost transgender rights campaigners. Photo: Amnesty International

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender

Children as young as seven would be allowed to change their legal gender under a bill proposed by Norway’s government on Thursday, bringing it one of the lowest ages for transgender rights anywhere in the world. READ  

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'
Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

'Russia rehearsed invasion of Sweden'

Claims that thousands of Russian soldiers took part in a huge military exercise which simulated a takeover of the Swedish island of Gotland earlier this year have caused jitters in Sweden. READ  

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