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French farmers in crisis
Scores of tractors en route to blockade Paris
A convoy of tractors is heading to Paris so best stay off the roads on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Scores of tractors en route to blockade Paris

10 hours ago

A convoy of tractors carrying hundreds of disgruntled French farmers has set off in the direction of Paris where they plan to bring travel chaos to the French capital on Thursday.

Calais migrants' crisis
Calais: New migrant' camp 'is not the answer'
The squalid camp known as "Sangatte without a roof" will replaced by what some critics are saying will be a new Sangatte. Photo: AFP

Calais: New migrant' camp 'is not the answer'

12 hours ago

The news that France will build an official camp in Calais to house 1,500 migrants has been met with anger by aid groups while politicians claim it will end up like the infamous Sangatte detention centre that had to be closed in 2002.

How do you compare to a typical expat in France?
One in four expats to France came to country because of a relationship. Photo: AFP

How do you compare to a typical expat in France?

12 hours ago

A new survey is full of revealing facts about expats in France, why they came here, what they love and what they loathe. So how do you measure up?

Smutty hacker creates France's rudest road sign
The hacker was protesting against a French court’s decision to drop all charges of pimping against former IMF boss Dominic Strauss-Kahn. Image: ivoidwarranties/YouTube

Smutty hacker creates France's rudest road sign

14 hours ago

A hacker in Lille turned heads recently with a guerrilla protest which saw him reprogramming a city parking sign so that it displayed a series of smutty words for body parts.

Mystery 'zombie' drug used in Paris muggings
The 'Devil's Breath', drug has a mythical reputation in Colombia. File photo: zoenet/Flickr

Mystery 'zombie' drug used in Paris muggings

16 hours ago

Two women have been arrested after allegedly using a substance with similar effects to Colombia's infamous Devil's Breath 'zombie drug' to rob elderly Parisians.

What changes in France from September 1st
How much will you pay for your pass Navigo in future? Photo: AFP

What changes in France from September 1st

17 hours ago

The start of September in France has not just brought about a dramatic shift in the weather but also various changes that will impact your daily life, including a major overhaul of the Paris transport pass. Here's everything you need to know.

French storms leave two dead and 70,000 in dark
A gas tank explodes near Montauban after being struck by a falling tree. Photo: Screengrab BFMTV

French storms leave two dead and 70,000 in dark

19 hours ago

UPDATED: The violent storms that lashed swathes of south west and central France on Monday night resulted in the tragic death two drivers and saw 70,000 left without power.

Calais strikes
Deal signed to end bitter Calais port dispute
Protesting French sailors block the tracks leadingto the Channel Tunnel earlier this summer provoking travel chaos. Photo: AFP

Deal signed to end bitter Calais port dispute

20 hours ago

Hopes have been raised that a long-running labour dispute which provoked cross-Channel travel chaos in Calais this summer on both trains and ferries has finally been resolved after a deal was signed with protesting French sailors.

Paris 'scared' by Berlin over economic policy
Is France too intimidated by Germany to bring an end to austerity? Photo: AFP

Paris 'scared' by Berlin over economic policy

1 day ago

France has been intimidated by Germany into pursuing an economic policy that isn't working, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz claimed on Monday.

Opinion - French schools
Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system
What must France do to fix its school system? Photo: AFP

Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system

1 day ago

As pupils head back to the classroom this week, Peter Gumbel, a Paris-based British journalist and author of a best-selling critique of the French school system, spells out for The Local how France must fix a national education system in crisis.

Features
The Local List
The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris
Paris has its fair share of crazy cocktail bars. Photo: Dana Albers/Flickr

The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris

August 26, 2015

Paris has its fair share of outlandish bars. From Mexican wrestling to Siberian temperatures, there's something for all tastes.

Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach
If you want to blend in, then get some decent sun block. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach

August 20, 2015

Wonder why everyone’s staring at you? If you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb on a beach in France, then read our list of ways to blend in.

IN PICTURES
Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris
A recent subject on the Humans of Paris site. Photo: Humans of Paris

Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris

August 19, 2015

Marco Hazan runs "Humans of Paris", an incredibly popular photo-based Facebook page that aims to show the real side of Parisians. The Local chatted to the 18-year-old student to find out more.

The Local List
Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France
Fancy spending a night in a treehouse? Photo: www.lesalicourts.com

Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France

August 17, 2015

With the Palace of Versailles potentially soon set to open its doors to overnight guests, we take a look at some of the other unusual holiday accommodation options in France - from enormous bubbles to treetop hangouts.

Calais migrant crisis
Calais: A 'dying' city but not quite like Baghdad
Migrants' tents lined up alongside the water underneath the shadow of the Belfry. Photo: AFP

Calais: A 'dying' city but not quite like Baghdad

August 14, 2015

Historic Calais has been blighted by the ever-worsening migrant crisis in Europe, but while residents tell The Local the port city is dying a slow death, it's nowhere near as bad as the UK press make it out to be.

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Swathes of France on alert for violent storms
Storms are set to hit south west France. Photo: AFP

Swathes of France on alert for violent storms

1 day ago

UPDATED: The country’s weather agency Météo France has placed 25 départements in the south west and centre of the country on storm alert on Monday, with downpours, gales and even hailstorms forecast.

One in ten French ER units should go: report
Dozens of hospital emergency wards could close across France. Photo: AFP

One in ten French ER units should go: report

1 day ago

Dozens of emergency service units in France are not treating enough patients to be viable and should be downgraded, a new report being studied by the health ministry argues.

Monaco's Martial to 'sign contract with Man Utd'
French striker Anthony Martial is heading to Man United it seems. Photo: AFP

Monaco's Martial to 'sign contract with Man Utd'

1 day ago

Monaco forward Anthony Martial has been given permission by France coach Didier Deschamps "to travel to England to sign a contract with Manchester United", the French Football Federation announced on Monday.

Calais migrants crisis
France to build new camp for 1,500 migrants

France to build new camp for 1,500 migrants

1 day ago

France is to build a new humanitarian camp in Calais for 1,500 migrants with construction to begin in 2016, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Monday. The EU will stump up the money for the new camp.

Stagnant France to offer €2 billion in tax relief
France's finance minister said it seemed 'legitimate' to give back something to France's less well off for their efforts. File photo:AFP

Stagnant France to offer €2 billion in tax relief

1 day ago

France's finance minister on Monday confirmed the country would push ahead with massive tax relief for the nation’s less well off, saying the money was available, despite the doom and gloom around the economy.

Train security: France could ban passengers
Train security agents on French trains would have greater powers of detention under the proposed new rules. Photo: AFP

Train security: France could ban passengers

1 day ago

Under draft plans aimed to beef up security on its train network after the recent foiled terror attack, France looks set to impose an outright travel ban on certain individuals.

French exec won't give up '€14 million bonuses'
Michel Combes has come in for criticism from pretty much everyone for his reported €14million bonuses. Photo: AFP

French exec won't give up '€14 million bonuses'

1 day ago

UPDATED: The head of telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent on Monday said he wouldn't give in to government pressure to give up bonuses which could see him receive around €14 million ($15.7 million) as part of its buyout by rival Nokia.

Ligue 1 Round-up
PSG crush Monaco to take control of Ligue 1
Edinson Cavani celebrates after PSG's latest win. Game over in Ligue 1? Photo: AFP

PSG crush Monaco to take control of Ligue 1

1 day ago

Game over? With unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain crushing rivals Monaco 3-0 on Sunday night, to record their fourth straight win, it appears the battle for Ligue 1 might already be up, before the end of August.

French sailors lift blockade of Calais port
French sailors from My Ferry Link have lifted their latest blockade of Calais. Photo: AFP

French sailors lift blockade of Calais port

1 day ago

Protesting French seamen ended their blockade of the northern port of Calais in the early hours of Monday, after stranding thousands of cross-Channel ferry passengers on a busy bank holiday weekend in Britain.

Migrants crisis
EU countries call for migrant crisis meeting
A Syrian couple waits with other migrants for the train near a train station in Macedonia. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP

EU countries call for migrant crisis meeting

2 days ago

Germany, France and Britain made a joint call Sunday for an urgent meeting of EU interior and justice ministers to find concrete measures to cope with the escalating migration crisis.

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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000
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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000

August 27, 2015

A six-year-old girl is being sued by a woman for €38,000 for causing a skiing accident in Vorarlberg that left the adult with serious injuries.

One million throng Zurich techno party
Photo: Verein Street Parade, Zurich

One million throng Zurich techno party

2 days ago

Around one million people thronged the streets of a sun-drenched Zurich on Saturday to take part in the city's annual techno Street Parade, organizers said.

German gadget clamps down on Nutella thieves
Screenshot: Daniel Schobloch/eBay

German gadget clamps down on Nutella thieves

August 26, 2015

For many, opening the cupboard to find someone else in your family or flatshare has finished the Nutella jar is the stuff of nightmares. But one man in Germany has come up with a way to help Nutella lovers protect their hoard from wandering spoons and fingers.

Denmark officially ushers in dual citizenship
As of Tuesday, it will be possible to get one of these without giving up your current citizenship. Photo: Colourbox

Denmark officially ushers in dual citizenship

1 day ago

After years of lobbying by expat groups within Denmark and the organization Danes Worldwide, dual citizenship will finally become a reality on Tuesday.

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table
The picnic bench was positioned on top of the ancient tomb. Stock photo: Michael Coghlan/Flickr

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table

August 26, 2015

Builders in a Galician village confused a neolithic tomb with a broken stone picnic table and replaced the 6,000-year-old artefact with a brand spanking new concrete bench.

Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees
Mayor Arturo Cerulli converted to Islam 27 years ago. Photo: Arturo Cerulli

Muslim mayor refuses to take in refugees

August 28, 2015

UPDATED: A Muslim mayor in the Tuscan seaside community of Monte Argentario has provoked a political outcry for refusing to accept any refugees.

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles
The Storskog border station between Norway and Russia. Photo: Cornelius Poppe/NTB scanpix

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles

August 27, 2015

More than 100 Syrian refugees have crossed the Arctic border into Norway from Russia on bicycles, exploiting a loophole in the country's border regulations.

Swedes debate capital's first Airbnb rent ‘ban’
The apartment is located in Stockholm's trendy Södermalm neighbourhood. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Swedes debate capital's first Airbnb rent ‘ban’

August 27, 2015

UPDATED: A landmark ruling banning a woman in Stockholm from renting out her apartment via the home-sharing website Airbnb after a rent tribunal likened the letting with running a "hotel business" on the premises has sparked debate in Sweden.

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