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French suicide: 'Racist' author taps into malaise
A French right-wing author's new book is selling lots and lots of copies, but why? Photo: Pierre Verdy/AFP

French suicide: 'Racist' author taps into malaise

A controversial new book by French polemicist Eric Zemmour is flying off the shelves and shows no sign of stopping. The notorious right-wing writer and polemicist appears to have struck a chord with a French public feeling disillusioned and "lost". READ  

'We need to tell migrants the UK is not El Dorado'
UK Ambassador to France Sir Peter Ricketts with Queen Elizabeth at a garden party in Paris this summer. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP

'We need to tell migrants the UK is not El Dorado'

The UK Ambassador to France Sir Peter Ricketts has weighed into the ongoing Calais migrants crisis by saying “Migrants need to be told that Britain is not El Dorado." READ  

CEO's plane crash due to 'criminal negligence'
Images taken from a 3D video reconstruction of the plane crash by Russian media Life News.

CEO's plane crash due to 'criminal negligence'

The Moscow air crash that killed Total's CEO Christophe de Margerie was caused by "criminal negligence" on the part of senior airport officials, Russian investigators said on Tuesday. Initial reports said the driver of a snow plough that collided with the plane had been drunk. READ  

France's Socialist rebels refuse to back budget
Rebels in France's Socialist Party have refused to back the government's 2015 budget in a parliamentary vote. Photo: AFP

France's Socialist rebels refuse to back budget

A group of rebels in France’s ruling Socialist Party flexed their muscles on Tuesday by refusing to back the government’s 2015 budget in a parliamentary vote. It's another sign of a growing split in President François Hollande's party. READ  

French docs develop 'high speed' Ebola test
French doctors say they have created a Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

French docs develop 'high speed' Ebola test

As fears over Ebola continue to grow, French researchers announced on Tuesday they have developed a simple test that could detect the deadly disease in 15 minutes. READ  

How France could make learning French easier
How learning French could be so much easier. Photo: Shutterstock

How France could make learning French easier

Let's imagine for a moment France decided to make learning French easier for Anglos in a bid to get more people speaking their language. What could the language guardians at the Académie Français do to make it simpler for us? Here's ten ideas. READ  

Movie monster 'Alien Queen' moves to France
The "Queen Alien" from US movie series is shown with the Frenchman who rescued her from ruin. Photo: Philippe Merle/AFP

Movie monster 'Alien Queen' moves to France

The alien queen at the heart of the American "Alien" film saga was forgotten until being rescued by a Frenchman who restored her to all her terrifying glory. Her faithful followers are now flocking to see her in a museum in Lyon. READ  

Profile - Christophe de Margerie
Total's 'Big Moustache': Not your average oil exec
France's Christophe de Margerie, the CEO of Total, was not your average oil executive. Photo: Carl Court/AFP

Total's 'Big Moustache': Not your average oil exec

Christophe de Margerie, the French CEO of Total, who was killed in a freak plane crash in Moscow on Tuesday, stood out among top executives for his love of a joke, his big bushy moustache and the fact he spent his whole career at one company. READ  

France and Germany to draw up growth plan
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (L) and French Finance Minister Michel Sapin address a joint press conference in Berlin. Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

France and Germany to draw up growth plan

Although France didn't persuade Germany to invest €50 billion in the eurozone's flagging economy Paris and Berlin did agree to draw up an action plan for exactly what was needed to boost growth. READ  

Burglar caught sipping bubbly during break-in
A burglar in France popped the champagne cork too early and ended up being caught red handed. Photo: Shutterstock

Burglar caught sipping bubbly during break-in

A burglar in France was so happy after breaking into a house in France he decided to crack open the bubbly and turn on the TV. But then the owners returned home. READ  

Features
The Local List
Strip bars to fires: Travel warnings about France
From strip joints to forest fires - what foreign countries warn about visiting France. Photo: AFP

Strip bars to fires: Travel warnings about France

The safety warnings foreign governments issue to their citizens when visiting France can appear to be excessively alarming. Although we don't want to be scaremongers, here are a few of the most severe from governments around the world. READ  

Paris tourism
IN IMAGES: Eiffel Tower unveils glass floor
The Eiffel Tower has a new way for visitors to look down - a glass floor, 57 metres up. Photo: Anne Hidalgo/Twitter

IN IMAGES: Eiffel Tower unveils glass floor

UPDATED: The Eiffel Tower - Paris's most visited tourist site - unveiled its new attraction on Monday that allows visitors to look down through a solid glass floor to the 57 square metres below. READ  

Readers' views
'France is finished? LOL! England's a disgrace'
The Local readers weren't big fans of British execs 'French bashing.' Photo: Oli Black/Flickr

'France is finished? LOL! England's a disgrace'

The “France is finished” comments from John Lewis exec Andy Street drew a harsh response from our readers, who took the opportunity to defend France and told the managing exec of the retail giant that things were not too rosy in the UK. READ  

The Local List
What the French find weird about Anglos
Here's what the French think is odd about Anglos. Photo: Man eating: Shutterstock

What the French find weird about Anglos

What passes for normal behaviour and customs among Anglos can look pretty alien to the French at times. Here’s our list of the things the French find weird about us. What else would you add? READ  

Top 15 French words reinvented in English
Here are 15 French words Anglos have redefined. Panther, lingerie and alley: Shutterstock

Top 15 French words reinvented in English

The French are well known for lending words from the English language but Anglos have proven just as willing to adopt Gallic words and have even reinvented a few. Here are 15 'French' words in English that the French themselves may not quite understand. READ  

More News
Total's French CEO killed in Moscow plane crash
Total CEO Christophe de Margerie shakes hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Photo: Ria Novosti/AFP

Total's French CEO killed in Moscow plane crash

The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport after his private jet struck a snow plough on takeoff. Russian investigators said the driver of the snow plough was drunk. READ  

Calais police fire tear gas as migrants storm trucks
Police in Calais fired tear gas on Monday when hundreds of migrants tried to storm trucks. File Photo: Denis Charlet/AFP

Calais police fire tear gas as migrants storm trucks

French police on Monday fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants trying to force their way onto trucks in the northern port of Calais in a desperate bid to reach Britain. READ  

Clown panic in France: Fake joker given jail term
A fake clown was handed a suspended jail term on Friday after threatening people in northern France. Photo: Shutterstock

Clown panic in France: Fake joker given jail term

The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France. READ  

France launches fresh strikes against IS in Iraq
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters hold a position at a frontline in Yangije in September. Photo: JM Lopez/AFP

France launches fresh strikes against IS in Iraq

French fighter jets have carried out a third round of air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in support of Iraqi ground forces, the defence ministry said on Monday. READ  

French GPs urged to strike over Christmas
Don't be ill over Christmas in France. Stethoscope photo: Shutterstock

French GPs urged to strike over Christmas

You might have more reason than ever not to fall sick over Christmas if you're in France this year. GPs are being urged by unions to shut up their surgeries over the Christmas period in protest against a new government health bill. READ  

IN IMAGES
'Glass ship' Vuitton museum opens in Paris
The Louis Vuitton art museum, which takes the form of a sailboat amongst the trees of the Bois de Boulogne, consists of twelve huge sails in glass. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

'Glass ship' Vuitton museum opens in Paris

Emerging from the woods at the edge of Paris like a glass ship, the hyper-modern Louis Vuitton art museum will be inaugurated on Monday, kicking off an art-filled week in the French capital. READ  

A Made in France 'Halal test' to check for pork
In a similar style to a pregnancy test, the test consists of a strip which the consumer must put into a glass of warm water containing a sample of food. Photo: halaltest.fr

A Made in France 'Halal test' to check for pork

A French company has developed a so-called “Halal test” which will allow Muslim consumers to detect, within a matter minutes, the presence of pork or alcohol in food. READ  

Paris traffic jams will become world's costliest
Traffic jams in Paris are set to become the costliest in the world, according to one survey. Photo: AFP

Paris traffic jams will become world's costliest

Anyone who has ever been for a drive through Paris will know exactly what it's like to get stuck in a traffic jam, but it's not just time they are wasting, it's money too, and lots of it. And things are about to get a lot worse. READ  

Franco-German talks
France steps up pleas for Germany to invest
Photo: Economy minister Emmanuel Macron, President François Hollande and finance minister Minchel Sapin will be hoping to persuade Germany to invest for in Europe. Photo: Philipe Wojazer/AFP

France steps up pleas for Germany to invest

French ministers were in Berlin on Monday for talks aimed at ways to boost growth the eurozone's two biggest economies. Paris has reiterated calls for Berlin to invest more to help spark life in both the French economy and that of the eurozone. READ  

Ask the Expert -Letting a flat
How to rent out a second home in France legally
Renting out a second home in France can be complicated. Here's how to do it. Photo: Shutterstock

How to rent out a second home in France legally

The French property market has changed significantly in recent years, leading to much confusion among foreigners. Andy Denison, director of an expat advice service, explains how to stay on the right side of the law when renting out a second home in France. READ  

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Jihadist teens face five years' jail
Sabina (L) and Samra (R). Photo: APA/Interpol

Jihadist teens face five years' jail

The two teen girls who joined Jihadists in Syria, then changed their minds and now want to return to Austria, face up to five years in jail for supporting a terrorist organization, according to a report in the news daily Heute. READ  

Expat disputes 'unjust' citizenship rejection
Irving Dunn has lived in Switzerland for 43 years. Photo: SRF

Expat disputes 'unjust' citizenship rejection

A 75-year-old American denied Swiss citizenship earlier this week, despite having lived in the country for 43 years, told The Local on Thursday that he is hoping for a “second chance” with the authorities who rejected his application. READ  

German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight
Photo: Facebook/Screenshot

German motorcycle gang joins Isis fight

Members of a German motorcycle gang have travelled to Syria to join Kurds fighting against Islamic extremists (Isis), raising the prospect of Germans fighting Germans in Syria and Iraq. READ  

Two men jailed for beheading pet pony
Tarzan (not pictured here) was the family pet of the man who killed it. Photo: Ari Helminen/Flickr

Two men jailed for beheading pet pony

A 25-year-old man led his pet pony to a public beach and then killed it in a “painful and abominable" way as his buddy filmed the whole thing. READ  

Wild weather
Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands
The autumn storm saw businesses and garages flooded while landslides caused road closures. Screen grab: YouTube/Agustin Cabeza

Flash floods: woman dies in Canary Islands

Heavy rain caused chaos in the Canary Island city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Sunday with one woman dying after she found herself trapped underneath a parked car during flash flooding. READ  

Italian couple get stuck in frolic at sea
The couple got stuck together while having sex in the sea at Porto San Giorgio. Photo: Corrado Scropetta

Italian couple get stuck in frolic at sea

An Italian couple wound up in hospital after getting stuck together while romping in the sea in the Marche region. READ  

Canada sends Norway animal drug for Ebola
Ullevål Hospital in Oslo where Norway's first Ebola victim is being treated. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Canada sends Norway animal drug for Ebola

Canadian health authorities on Tuesday sent an experimental Ebola medicine, not yet used on humans, to Norway and Spain for treating Ebola infected patients. READ  

Stockholm 'Russian sub' alert
Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat
Commanding officer Jonas Wikström holds a press conference after reports of foreign underwater activity in Stockholm Archipelago. Photo: Anders Wiklund

Sweden deploys troops over underwater threat

UPDATED: Sweden's military has deployed planes and ships in the Stockholm Archipelago against what it says is a foreign threat in the waters, with the size of the operation unchanged overnight. READ  

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