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Eurovision 2015
As it happened: Sweden wins Eurovision 2015
Måns Zelmerlöw becomes the sixth act from Sweden to win Eurovision. Photo: AFP

As it happened: Sweden wins Eurovision 2015

Sweden won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night, thanks to 28-year-old Måns Zelmerlöw. Read our highlights from the scene. READ  

Cannes race wide open on eve of awards
Cate Blanchett in Cannes. Photo: Valery Haché/AFP

Cannes race wide open on eve of awards

The competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival wraps up Saturday with a clutch of favourites jockeying for one of global cinema's most coveted prizes. READ  

Waterloo: Why is it still taboo for the French?
A Waterloo reenactment. Photo: AFP

Waterloo: Why is it still taboo for the French?

France stood accused this week of "sulking" because it failed to nominate any high-ranking official to attend the gigantic commemoration for the 200-year anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. READ  

France's cheapest holiday spots revealed
Holidayers in Nice, southern France. Photo: AFP

France's cheapest holiday spots revealed

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Paris is the most expensive region in France to spend a summer holiday... but where is the cheapest? A new study has found the answer. READ  

France pulls up sunken tyres from artificial reefs
The tyres are hauled up from the seabed. Photo: AFP

France pulls up sunken tyres from artificial reefs

Tourists and film stars hitting the beach at the French Riviera resort of Cannes may be blissfully unaware but lurking beneath the sparkling waves are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development. READ  

French films
The best French films you've never heard of
French actor Tahar Rahim in a scene from A Prophet. Photo: YouTube/Screengrab

The best French films you've never heard of

With the Cannes Film Festival nearing its end and with everyone talking about everything film - we take a look back at the best ten French movies you've probably never heard of, thanks to French cinema expert Judith Prescott. READ  

Tourism in Paris
Eiffel Tower shuts as staff protest pickpockets
Tourists at the France's iconic Eiffel Tower. Photo: AFP

Eiffel Tower shuts as staff protest pickpockets

The Eiffel Tower was closed on Friday morning, as workers protested over the scourge of pickpockets around the famous monument, who they say have threatened and attacked them. READ  

Paris couple found in flat with throats slit
Photo: AFP

Paris couple found in flat with throats slit

A woman, who was reportedly pregnant, was found dead with her throat slit in a Paris apartment on Friday while her partner was left in a critical condition. An electric sander was found running beside their bodies. READ  

Cannes Film Festival
Sophie Marceau: Queen of baring all at Cannes
Sophie Marceau is a member of the Feature Film jury this year at Cannes. Photo: AFP

Sophie Marceau: Queen of baring all at Cannes

French actress Sophie Marceau is surely the undisputed queen of the Cannes wardrobe malfunction after her plunging jacket gave photographers more than an eyeful once again this week. And it's not the first time she's given the paparazzi palpitations. READ  

Cameron to visit Paris to push for EU reform
UK PM David Cameron will hope to convince François Hollande that Britain should be allowed to renegotiate its relationship to the EU. Photo: AFP

Cameron to visit Paris to push for EU reform

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit Paris next week as part of his charm offensive as he tries to persuade European leaders to allow Britain to renegotiate its ties with the EU, ahead of a planned In/Out referendum in the UK. READ  

Features
Six Paris Metro stations you really have to visit
The Louvre Metro station. Photo: silktwisteddagger/Flickr

Six Paris Metro stations you really have to visit

Tourists visiting Paris are normally advised to stay well clear of the Paris Metro, but there is a whole alternative underground sightseeing experience worth checking out. Here are six Paris Metro stations definitely worth going underground for. READ  

France courts foreign entrepreneurs with €5m
French Tech Ticket - hoping to bring foreign entrepreneurs to France. Photo: Techticket.com

France courts foreign entrepreneurs with €5m

France is offering international entrepreneurs a share of €5 million worth of subsidies in a bid to persuade them to launch their start-ups in Paris rather than other capital cities. Applicants must speak English and will also get help finding a flat. READ  

Brexit fears? Maybe it's time to become French
Could it be time to become a French citizen? Photo: AFP

Brexit fears? Maybe it's time to become French

With the Conservatives back in power meaning an impending referendum on Britain's place in the EU, many expats will have joked that it's time to become a French citizen. But just in case you are taking it seriously, here's how it's done. READ  

Eurovision 2015
France set for yet more Eurovision calamity
France's entrant Lisa Angell rehearsing in Vienna. Photo: Elena Volotova/EBU

France set for yet more Eurovision calamity

France has suffered an absolutely shocking run at the Eurovision song contest in recent years, but could Lisa Angell turn it around in 2015 with her song "N'oubliez pas"? Definitely not, says The Local's Oliver Gee. READ  

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Video: The hardest word to pronounce in French
Can you say this French word?

Video: The hardest word to pronounce in French

What is the most difficult French word to pronounce? Our readers responded, and we hit the streets of Paris to put tourists to the test in what we agree is the crème de la crème of tricky French words. READ  

More News
Homes in northern France shaken by quake
The quake was felt across the Channel in the northern French departement of Pas-de-Calais. Photo: France's Central Bureau of Seismology (BCSF)

Homes in northern France shaken by quake

The tremors from a 4.4 magnitude earthquake were felt in northern France early on Friday morning, prompting several worried calls to the emergency services. READ  

France: 'World must act over threat to Palmyra'
The ancient city of Palmyra whose archaeological treasures are threatened by Isis. Photo: AFP

France: 'World must act over threat to Palmyra'

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday said the world must respond to Islamic State jihadists' seizure of Palmyra amid fears they could destroy the Syrian city's world renowned ancient monuments. READ  

Opinion
Give us a vote: we’ve got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we’ve got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

French supermarkets to give away unsold food
Wasting edible food is "scandalous" said one French MP. Photo: Mikey Jones/AFP

French supermarkets to give away unsold food

France has taken steps to crackdown on the amount of food wasted by supermarkets when MPs voted to outlaw the destruction of unsold products. Instead they will have to hand any edible food goods over to charities. READ  

Pupil sent bullets after Charlie Hebdo Tribute
A march following the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris brought millions onto the streets. Photo: AFP

Pupil sent bullets after Charlie Hebdo Tribute

Teachers and students at a French school rallied Thursday in support of a pupil who received death threats for publishing an edition of the school newspaper in support of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. READ  

35-hour week leaves Paris hospitals in a spin
Hospital workers strike in Paris on Thursday. Photo: AFP

35-hour week leaves Paris hospitals in a spin

While the French government insists the famous 35-hour week is here to stay, the notorious 2002 employment reform has caused a real headache for hospital chiefs. READ  

Airport taxis
Fixed fares: Do Paris taxi drivers have a point?
Paris taxis are set to have a flat rate for airport trips. Photo: AFP

Fixed fares: Do Paris taxi drivers have a point?

Paris cab drivers protested on Thursday after new government plans were announced to introduce flat rates from the airports into the city centre. But maybe the famously unpopular cabbies have a point this time. READ  

French drug dealers offer customer loyalty cards
It's not quite free but drug dealers in Marseille are rewarding their regular cannabis customers. Photo: Dave H/Flickr

French drug dealers offer customer loyalty cards

Drug dealers in southern France have turned heads after handing out loyalty cards for their customers. But not everyone is amused. READ  

France sees jump in gap between rich and poor
Gap between rich and poor has widened in France more than most other developed countries. Photo: AFP

France sees jump in gap between rich and poor

Income inequality has increased more in France than in many other wealthy countries, according to an OECD study, which also found that France was a slow mover when it came to decreasing the gender pay gap. READ  

Should France change its income tax system?
Should France really end the rigmarole of annual declarations? Photo: AFP

Should France change its income tax system?

Before you get too excited at the French government's plan to end the annual tax declaration ordeal in favour of "les impots" being taken automatically at source, it might actually be better to keep it how it is. READ  

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Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna
Le Loft. Photo: Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna

There are times when a Leberkässemmel from your favourite sausage stand just doesn't cut it. Perhaps you have an important date lined up - but where's the best place to splash out on for an evening of fine dining? Barbara Cação recommends ten high end restaurants in Vienna for an evening to remember. READ  

Railways rely on sheep to 'mow' grass by tracks
Photo: SBB

Railways rely on sheep to 'mow' grass by tracks

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has contracted out with 80 four-footed individuals to cut the grass in areas alongside rail tracks. READ  

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union
GDL members in Munich station on May 7th 2015. Photo: DPA

Train drivers to strike from Wednesday: union

Train drivers' union GDL said on Monday that members would strike on goods trains from Tuesday and passenger services from Wednesday in a long-running battle with rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB). READ  

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits
Waging jihad while collecting unemployment. Photo: Stringer/Scanpix

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits

Thirty-two Danes have collected nearly 400,000 kroner worth of unemployment benefits while fighting in Syria, it was revealed on Monday. READ  

Nuns defy Vatican to follow political calling
Television sensation Sister Lucia appearing at a campaign meeting in Barcelona on May 20th. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Nuns defy Vatican to follow political calling

A couple of Catalan nuns are defying the Vatican and even the Spanish government by throwing their wimples into Spain's political arena. READ  

Italy starts to show the strains of migrant influx
Augusto Rollandin, the president of Val d'Aosta, says the region doesn't have the facilities to house migrants in decent conditions. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Italy starts to show the strains of migrant influx

With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores. READ  

Scandinavian Airlines cancels 110 flights
An SAS plane on the ground. Photo: SAS

Scandinavian Airlines cancels 110 flights

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) cancelled 110 flights on Wednesday and Thursday in a bid to to prevent passengers from getting stuck in transit due to an impending strike, the airline announced today. READ  

Bitcoin launched on Stockholm exchange
Buttons carrying the Bitcoin logo. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Jordans

Bitcoin launched on Stockholm exchange

The world's first Bitcoin-based security on a regulated exchange has been launched in Sweden. The digital currency began trading on the Stockholm market on Monday. READ  

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