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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  

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  

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  

US 'snooped on France's biggest companies'

US 'snooped on France's biggest companies'

More revelations emerged on Tuesday of US spying on French targets, with reports claiming the NSA systematically snooped on the country's biggest companies and all business deals valued over $200 million. READ  

Swathes of France on alert over heatwave
France is seeking to avoid a repeat of 2003, when a heatwave killed 15,000 mostly elderly people. Photo: AFP

Swathes of France on alert over heatwave

Weather warnings were issued for much of France on Monday, with the country set to swelter amid an "intense heatwave" for the rest of the week. READ  

Features
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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Two Uber bosses 'held by police' in France

Two Uber bosses 'held by police' in France

Two of the bosses of Uber France have been arrested by police and taken into questioning, reports claim on Monday. It comes after France declared war on the UberPop ride-sharing app. READ  

French terror suspect 'denies religious motives'
A French flag and flowers are placed on the fence of the Air Products gas factory where the head of the decapitated man was found last week. Photo: AFP

French terror suspect 'denies religious motives'

The Frenchman who confessed to decapitating his boss before crashing his vehicle into a gas factory in an attempted suicide attack has denied he was driven by religious motives, sources claim. READ  

Does France really not need to fear a Grexit?
Protesters in France show their support for Greece. Photo: AFP

Does France really not need to fear a Grexit?

As a Greek default on its debt looks almost certain and a 'Grexit' (Greek exit from the euro) looks increasingly possible, we take a look at what exactly it would all mean for France and its own struggling economy. READ  

French air traffic controllers set for strike
One union cancels a strike, another says it will go ahead. Photo: AFP

French air traffic controllers set for strike

There's both good news and bad news for travellers in France after plans by an air traffic controllers union to hold a strike on Tuesday and Wednesday were scrapped, only for another union to insist a walkout later in the week will go ahead. READ  

France says 40 imams deported for hate speech
People pray at the Mosque of Villefontaine. Photo: AFP

France says 40 imams deported for hate speech

France has deported 40 foreign imams for "preaching hatred" in the past three years, a quarter of them since the January terror attacks in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday. READ  

Greeks have right to decide future: Hollande

Greeks have right to decide future: Hollande

French president François Hollande has backed Greece's decision to hold a referendum on whether to accept the EU's bailout plan as the country looks set to default on its debt. READ  

French pensioner gored to death in bull run
French pensioner dies after being gored to death by a bull. Photo: AFP

French pensioner gored to death in bull run

A Frenchman in his 60s has been gored to death during a bull run in southern France, authorities said on Monday. READ  

Greece crisis
As it happened: EU urges Greece 'yes' vote
A man walks past graffiti reading "NO" in German in Athens on Monday. Photo: DPA

As it happened: EU urges Greece 'yes' vote

With 'Grexit' (Greek exit from the euro) looking increasingly likely on Monday, Germany remained at the centre of efforts to keep it in the single currency. Catch up on a day of dramatic action here. READ  

Paris to deploy 200 extra police to fight UberPop
Cab drivers get violent on Thursday's protests. Photo: AFP

Paris to deploy 200 extra police to fight UberPop

Paris will deploy 200 extra police specifically charged with cracking down on illegal taxi activities, after cabbies staged protests last week against the "unfair competition" from ride-sharing app UberPop. READ  

Frenchwoman dies in botched bungee jump
The woman, not pictured, died after a 65-metre drop. Photo: Jeremy Keith/Flickr

Frenchwoman dies in botched bungee jump

A young Frenchwoman died and her partner was left seriously injured after they crashed into the ground during a joint 65-metre bungee jump in the north of France. 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  

Greek minister slams Swiss over tax evasion
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: AFP

Greek minister slams Swiss over tax evasion

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has taken a swipe at Switzerland for providing only limited information about wealthy tax evaders from cash-strapped Greece who are believed to have stashed billions of euros in Swiss banks. 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  

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Is this the worst summer job ever?
A screen grab from RFSU's video. Photo: Screen grab

Is this the worst summer job ever?

A nineteen-year-old in Norway has been hired by a sexual health charity to play a giant penis who surprises passers-by by spraying them with golden confetti. 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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