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Four shot in high-speed car chase in France
All four people in the suspect car were injured in the crash, two of them seriously. Photo: Alexis Constant/La Voix du Nord/ AFP

UPDATE: Car was carrying four suspected human traffickers.

Peed off Paris steps up war on 'wild urination'
The use of public toilets in Paris has climbed 41 percent since 2011. Photo: AFP

Paris may one of the world's most elegant cities, but sometimes it stinks. Quite literally.

Afghan film star in French exile after death threats
Afghan actress Marina Golbahari and her husband Noor in Paris. Photo: AFP

The feted star of an internationally-acclaimed film, Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, and her husband have been chased from their home to the brink of suicide in a filthy French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil.

'Love lock' tour companies spark anger in Paris
Photo: AFP

Companies are making money from "love lock tours" on Paris's historic bridges and the public are angry.

Nine Paris parks to stay open 24 hours a day
Photo: AFP

The new longer opening hours start this weekend.

Violence as police clear migrants out of Paris school
Migrants' supporters face anti-riot policemen to protest against the Jean-Jaurès highschool evacuation in Paris. All photos: AFP

Migrant evictions in Paris today sparked clashes between protesters and police.

Why the baby brain can learn two languages at same time
How do babies learn language? Photo: Irene Zaccari / Flickr

Is it confusing for babies to learn two languages simultaneously?

Brexit
Brexit would leave expats in 'ghastly' legal limbo for years
Photo: Paul Lloyd/FLickr

The rights of two million Britons living in the EU would be thrown into doubt for years after Brexit, a new report will conclude.

Soon you can be free of annoying cold calls in France
Photo: CAFNR/Flickr

Sick of getting cold calls? France has some good news for you.

Features
Nine must-see landmarks in Paris you may have missed
Photo: AFP

You've seen the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral. So what next?

Baguettiquette: Weird things the French do with bread
Photo: Serious Lunch

Some of the things the French do with their favorite form of sustenance are baffling to foreigners.

Meet France's newest major city and its best kept secret
Place Stanislas. Dominik "Dome"/Flickr

It's the newest and probably least known metropolis in France - and here's why you should visit, or even think about living there.

Secrets and lies: The life of an au pair in France
Photo: Evil Erin/Flickr

Want the plain, unvarnished truth about being an au pair in France? Read this.

Nine of the quirkiest things you can see in Paris
Photo: AFP

Take a closer look at the more unusual side of Paris.

More news
New driving theory test proves too tough for French learners
Photo: Securité Routiere.

French learner drivers have been left completely flummoxed by the new theory test, meant to alert them to dangers of driving.

Planes diverted at Paris Orly airport over drone alert
Photo: AFP

It's the sixth report of a drone spotted near a Paris airport this year.

The 29 maps that paint the picture of France
Photo: AFP

What better way to get to know France than through these maps?

Marine Le Pen blasts 'outrageous' meddling Merkel
Le Pen versus Merkel. Only one winner surely. Photo: AFP

Marine versus Merkel. Who's your money on in this one?

Here's why both sides despise France's labour reforms
Protesters demonstrate in front of the French parliament on Tuesday. All photos: AFP

France's controversial labour reforms are finally before parliament but here's why everyone seems to be up in arms.

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From our other editions
Friendly neighbour wins lawn ownership
What a mower might look like. Photo: SeppVei/Wikimedia

An Austrian businessman whose neighbour used to mow his garden has now lost a huge chunk of it after the court decided cutting the grass gave the neighbour the right to own the land.

Anger as Basel pool bans 'maxi burqinis'
Australian model Mecca Laalaa in a tight-fitting Islamic swimsuit, or burqini. File photo: AFP

What lies behind controversial rule changes at a pool in the Swiss city of Basel?

The Local List
The 6 German words you need to know for spring
You might find a few of these guys enjoying the sun in your friend's Schrebergarten. Photo: DPA.

With May 1st now over and the sun finally coming out, The Local looks at essential German words for describing your spring fever (Frühlingsgefühl).

Denmark unable to process or issue visas
The Danish Immigration Service promised to post updates on its website. Photo: Colourbox

IT problems have completely shut down the visa application process and no fix is in sight.

Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull, who is leading the seminar on exorcism. Photo: Public domain/Wikimedia Commons.

The lecture includes such topics as "the devil, exorcisms, being possessed and hell".

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