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France moves step closer to plastic bag ban
Plastic bags will soon become a thing of the past in France. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

France moves step closer to plastic bag ban

The prospect of a nationwide plastic bag ban in France moved a step closer this week with the proposal included in the government’s energy bill that was debated in Parliament. Paris is leading the race to be the country’s first plastic bag free city. READ  

France sends more fighter jets to fight Isis
France is sending more fighter jets to bomb Isis targets in Iraq, the country's military says. Photo: Alexander Klein/AFP

France sends more fighter jets to fight Isis

France confirmed this week that it will be sending more fighter jets to the Middle East to carry out air strikes against jihadists from Isis who have taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria. READ  

Paris Fashion Week: Five trends to emerge
Was Mexican wrestling-style masks one of the trends to emerge from the Paris Fashion Week? Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Paris Fashion Week: Five trends to emerge

Didn't manage to get a seat by the catwalk during this year's Paris Fashion week? No need to worry, here's five trends that emerged from the catwalks this week. READ  

Better to grow old in the UK and US than France?
Is it really better to grow old in the US and the UK than France? Plenty would disagree. Photo: Jazz Beaunola/Flickr

Better to grow old in the UK and US than France?

A new global study concludes pensioners have a better quality of life in the US and the UK than in France. This may come as a surprise to the thousands of retired expats who came to France to settle. So is the study wrong and where would you rather grow old? READ  

Paris tourism
Louvre and Versailles to open seven days a week
The Louvre in Paris will be open seven days a week in future. As will Versailles and the Musée d'Orsay.

Louvre and Versailles to open seven days a week

Three of France's most famous museums and art galleries - the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles and the Musee d'Orsay - will soon be open seven days a week, the government revealed on Wednesday. Many visitors may be surprised they aren't already open all week-round. READ  

Profile - A French 'executioner'?
Pot-smoking Frenchman is Isis 'executioner'
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube allegedly shows members of a Jihadist group affiliated to the jihadist group Isis. Photo: AFP

Pot-smoking Frenchman is Isis 'executioner'

The man accused by the US State department of carrying out executions for the Islamist extremist group Isis was a "fun-loving" Frenchman who enjoyed smoking weed and going out clubbing, according to this report. READ  

First ever class action lawsuit filed in France
A property management company is the target of France's first ever class action suit. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

First ever class action lawsuit filed in France

On the same day class action lawsuits became legal in France, a consumer watchdog group filed one of the collective proceedings against the country’s biggest landlord over the "illegal" fees it charges renters. READ  

French cops revoke Le Pen's driving license
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has had her driver's license revoked. Photo: Patrick Kovarik/AFP

French cops revoke Le Pen's driving license

French far-right politician Marine Le Pen had her driver’s license revoked after picking up one too many speeding tickets, it was revealed this week. It's also been claimed she recently moved house after one of her dad's dogs killed one of her beloved Bengal cats. READ  

Photo of the Day
Jay Z and Beyonce bump into Sark-O at the footy
"Don't laugh Jay-Z, I really am going to make a comeback Jay -Z". Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

Jay Z and Beyonce bump into Sark-O at the footy

Jay Z and his wife Beyonce were the surprise celeb guests at PSG's Champions League clash with Barcelona in Paris on Tuesday night where they bumped into the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. But what could Sarkozy be saying here to the US rapper? READ  

Suspects identified in Frenchman's beheading
A photo paying homage to French tourist Hervé Gourdel who was beheaded in Algeria. Photo: Jean-Christophe Magnenet/AFP

Suspects identified in Frenchman's beheading

Some of the suspects in the kidnapping and beheading of French tourist Hervé Gourdel in Algeria have been identified, a minister in the north African country said on Tuesday. READ  

Features
Tourism in France
The ten tourist traps in France to avoid
Some places in France are best avoided. Patrick Kovarick/AFP

The ten tourist traps in France to avoid

Here's the 10 tourist traps you should avoid on your next trip in France. They're the places that are so expensive, so cheesy or so crowded it feels like all of the country's 84 million annual tourists are there at the same time. READ  

Ask The Experts - Job Hunting
Six quick tips for finding a job in France
Ask the experts: Six quick tips for landing a job in France. Photo: Shutterstock

Six quick tips for finding a job in France

What it takes to find work in France is a bit different than back home, so The Local has gathered six quick tips from a French recruitment expert on what Anglos need to do to land that job. READ  

15 French 'false friends' you need to watch out for
FIfteen false friends that could get you into trouble when speaking French. Photo: Shutterstock

15 French 'false friends' you need to watch out for

When struggling for the right word in French, it can be tempting just to use an English word said in a French accent. Unfortunately, French is littered with pesky "false friends" that have very different meanings. Here's 15 to avoid. READ  

Investing in Paris
12 reasons to invest in Paris and 7 to think twice
Why do investors come to Paris? And what they complain about. Photo: Shutterstock

12 reasons to invest in Paris and 7 to think twice

Chiara Corazza, whose job it is to attract foreign investors to Paris, lists the reasons why international companies should back ventures in the French capital despite the country's economic woes. She also tells us about the things they complain about. READ  

Investing in France
'France's image is bad but the reality is different'
"France gets a bad image from the foreign press, the reality is investors will make money", says the woman whose job it is to attract them. Photo: Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

'France's image is bad but the reality is different'

Enticing foreign investors to France appears a thankless task right now given all the economic doom and gloom, but the woman whose job is to do just that, insists the image presented by the Anglo media is far from the reality. READ  

More News
French Budget 2015
Budget 2015: €21 billion savings plus tax cuts
Protesters in France make their feelings clear about the government's efforts to balance the books. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Budget 2015: €21 billion savings plus tax cuts

France's eagerly awaited 2015 budget was revealed on Wednesday which includes €21 billion of savings, a hike in the tax on diesel fuel as well as income tax cuts. The country's deficit would be brought in line with EU rules by 2017. READ  

PSG 3 - Barcelona 2
PSG's Blanc: 'We do our job for nights like this'
PSG's Blaise Matuidi leads the celebrates after his team's famous victory over Barcelona on Tuesday night. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

PSG's Blanc: 'We do our job for nights like this'

French champions Paris Saint-Germain earned a historic victory against Spanish giants Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Here's all the reaction from PSG's delighted coach Laurent Blanc and his counterpart at Barca Luis Enrique. READ  

Swiss bankers pay €1bn in French fraud case
Swiss banker UBS has made a huge payment in a French fraud case. Photo: AFP

Swiss bankers pay €1bn in French fraud case

A Swiss banking behemoth accused of advising wealthy French people on how to conceal their money in Switzerland has paid a court-ordered bail of €1 billion. READ  

French welfare cuts
'Having kids in France will soon be a luxury'
Will cuts threaten France's health birth rate? Photo: Philippe Demazes/AFP

'Having kids in France will soon be a luxury'

Family associations and sections of the French media have lined up to blast the government for its plans to cut key family benefits, which they say will harm one of France’s greatest economic strengths – its high fertility rate. READ  

Woman, 76, raped 'for telling youths to be quiet'
A 76-year-old woman was brutally raped in retaliation for telling some men to quiet down. Photo: AFP

Woman, 76, raped 'for telling youths to be quiet'

After a 76-year-old woman told a group of young men to quiet down outside her apartment building near Paris, they retaliated by brutally raping her and then looting her home, according to reports in France. READ  

French workers threaten to blow up factory
Workers at a vacuum factory in France have threatened to blow it up. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP

French workers threaten to blow up factory

With boss-napping apparently a passé option, French workers angry over planned layoffs at a vacuum factory have threatened to blow up the plant where they work. READ  

Paris to unveil new app to help find a taxi
Paris has created a new app that is meant to make finding a cab a bit easier. Photo: AFP

Paris to unveil new app to help find a taxi

Paris will roll out its brand new smartphone app on Wednesday which is supposed to make the sometimes impossible task of hailing a taxi in the French capital a little easier. But will it be of any use? READ  

French pharmacies shut up shop in protest
It'll likely be harder than usual to find an open pharmacy in France. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

French pharmacies shut up shop in protest

All but a handful of pharmacies in France will be closed on Tuesday as part of a nationwide strike against government plans to weaken the monopolies held by self-employed professionals like lawyers, doctors and notaries. READ  

Champions League
PSG will play to win against Barcelona: Blanc
PSG coach Laurent Blanc says his side will stick to their footballing principles against Barcelona. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

PSG will play to win against Barcelona: Blanc

PSG coach Laurent Blanc said his team will play to win against Spanish giants Barcelona when they meet in the Champions League Group F clash in Paris on Tuesday. Blanc's side however will have to do without the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic. READ  

Guest blog - French tax breaks
'Starting a company in France is not that taxing'
Setting up a company in France might not mean the tax burden that you had imagined. Photo: Shutterstock

'Starting a company in France is not that taxing'

The words "France" and "taxes" are as synonymous as "pain" and "chocolat" but when it comes to setting up a company in the country, guest blogger Katya Puyraud, from Euro Start Entreprises says things are not as bad as they seem at first. And the paperwork is a positive! READ  

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From our other editions:
Fine and jail time for Nazi comments
Nazi swastika and paraphernalia. Photo: APA/Henning Kaiser

Fine and jail time for Nazi comments

A 27-year-old man has been handed a €7,200 fine and a one year prison sentence for inciting hatred and re-engagement in National Socialist activities. READ  

Study sounds warning alarm for Swiss cow bells
Cows wear ceremonial bells during the desalpe at Charmey. Photo: Caroline Bishop

Study sounds warning alarm for Swiss cow bells

The future of one of Switzerland’s most iconic symbols is under threat after a new study found that cow bells can damage the hearing and feeding habits of the alpine cows that wear them. READ  

City starts beer for alcoholics project
Photo: DPA

City starts beer for alcoholics project

A city in western Germany will start a controversial project on Wednesday to employ alcohol and drug addicts to clean the streets in return for beer, tobacco, food and small amounts of cash. READ  

VIDEO: How Denmark saved a small Iowa town
The Local's Justin Cremer returned to his home state of Iowa for this video report on Elk Horn. Photo: Shawn FitzGerald

VIDEO: How Denmark saved a small Iowa town

The town of Elk Horn, Iowa has always been proud of its Danish heritage but for most of its existence, the folks back in the motherland hardly knew it existed. The Local's Justin Cremer – himself an Iowa native – visited Elk Horn in summer 2014 for this video report on what happened when a pair of Danish documentaries put Elk Horn on the map. READ  

Spanish court suspends Catalan self-rule vote
Pro-independence Catalans protest with a banner reading "Disobey" in front of a Spanish government delegation in Barcelona on Monday . Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish court suspends Catalan self-rule vote

Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November 9th, although leaders of the rich north-eastern region vowed to press ahead anyway with preparations for the vote. READ  

QUIZ: EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
Test your Italian skills with our debut quiz

Test your Italian skills with our debut quiz

It's the European Day of Languages, so come and test your Italian language skills with The Local Italy's debut quiz. READ  

Cops swipe smugglers of Norwegian nappies
The nappies in the picture are not the nappies in the story. Nappy photo: Shutterstock

Cops swipe smugglers of Norwegian nappies

Police in northern Sweden have arrested two individuals with a haul of over 25,000 Norwegian nappies, which they believe were destined for the black market in eastern Europe. READ  

National
Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
A simple twist of fate led these Dylan fans to the same university. Photo: Gustav Mårtensson

Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles

Five Swedish scientists have confessed that they have been quoting Bob Dylan lyrics in research articles and are running a wager on who can squeeze the most in before retirement. READ  

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