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American WWII vets awarded top French honour
Photo: Diego Urdaneta/AFP

American WWII vets awarded top French honour

Five American World War II veterans received France's highest honor Friday during a moving ceremony aboard a French naval vessel moored in Florida. READ  

Eight jailed in €100m euro Paris jewellery heist
Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP

Eight jailed in €100m euro Paris jewellery heist

A French court has sentenced eight men to jail over a double heist at a Harry Winston jewellery shop in Paris in which they made off with gems and watches worth more than €100 million ($114 million). READ  

Hollande condemns Boris Nemtsov killing
Photo: Dmitry Sereryakov/AFP

Hollande condemns Boris Nemtsov killing

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday condemned the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, calling him a "defender of democracy". READ  

UK councillor blasted for 250km French commute
The commute is around 250 kilometres. Photo: Google Maps

UK councillor blasted for 250km French commute

A councillor from the UK has come under fire in the UK for her long distance commute - from France. Opponents have called for her resignation. READ  

French management style slated by foreigners
French management style has been blasted by foreigners, although they do appreciate the lunch breaks. Management photo: Shutterstock.

French management style slated by foreigners

A massive survey of foreigners working in France has revealed that the French management style is far from being an international role model - but the extended lunch breaks, at least, were a redeeming feature. We take a closer look at the findings. READ  

French set for U-turn on EU-US trade agreement
The EU-US free trade agreement is the cause of much angst in France. Photo: AFP

French set for U-turn on EU-US trade agreement

The proposed free trade zone between the EU and the US is at the centre of a political struggle in France, with the government looking set to make a U-turn over its stance towards one of the most controversial elements of the agreement. READ  

Louvre condemns Iraq jihadist statue-smashing
Islamic State militants gleefully smash ancient statues to pieces with sledgehammers in the main museum and an archeological site in Iraq's second city of Mosul. Photo: AFP

Louvre condemns Iraq jihadist statue-smashing

Paris's famed Louvre museum on Friday reacted in shock to the destruction of priceless artefacts by jihadists in Iraq, saying they hit at the heart of "humanity's memory." READ  

French cartoon festival canned over terror fears
The Caen Memorial where the international press cartoon festival was due to take place. Photo: AFP

French cartoon festival canned over terror fears

UPDATED: In what represents a blow to freedom of speech, France's international press cartoon festival has been cancelled, because organisers fear it could be targeted by terrorists. Cartoonists have accused organisers of giving in to terror. READ  

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris
One of France's ultimate cool icons - Brigitte Bardot - sharing a hint on how to be cool. Photo: Laura Loveday/Flickr

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris

Speaking backwards, hanging out in hidden bars, and picking up a seriously unhealthy addiction. These are among the habits that young Parisians told The Local were the ultimate secrets to being cool in the City of Light. READ  

EU slaps tough budget targets on France
Photo: Sebastian Fuss/Flickr

EU slaps tough budget targets on France

UPDATED: The EU set France tough new targets on Friday to ensure it gets its budget deficit back within Brussels rules, after giving Paris an extra two years until 2017 to comply. READ  

Features
What's on in France: Ten things to do in March
The 2010 women snowboard boardercross finals at the Brits. Photo: Bob Bob/Flickr

What's on in France: Ten things to do in March

If your social calendar is looking a bit empty this March here are ten events across the country involving cheese, snowboarding, books and orchids, one of which is bound to get you interested. READ  

Guest blog - La Différence
The little things that make France so different
One thing that makes France different according to our guest blogger are the showers not attached to the wall. Photo: Shower photo

The little things that make France so different

How different really is France to your home country? Often it's the small things that matter. Our guest blogger Christopher Cooley, based in Bordeaux, has picked out a few of the things that have caught his eye, beyond the shape of the bread and the price of the wine. READ  

The causes of Anglo-French wedding blues
Anglo-French marriage problems. Photo: Shutterstock

The causes of Anglo-French wedding blues

The culture clash between Anglos and French is never greater than when it comes to weddings. The Local's Ben McPartland examines why his attempts to organise his own cross-Channel marriage keep breaking down. READ  

Property in France
Why 2015 is the year to buy that house in France
The time is right to buy that house in France you always wanted. Photo: Property photo

Why 2015 is the year to buy that house in France

With the double whammy of low interest rates and favourable exchange rates, a property expert tells The Local that there's never been a better time for foreigners to buy their dream home in France. The Local speaks to a family who is set to do exactly that. READ  

Les Entrepreneurs
The Paris theatre scene - now open for expats too
A scene from Figaro, featuring English surtitles. Photo: Theatreinparis.com

The Paris theatre scene - now open for expats too

The man who opened the doors of Paris's booming theatre scene to tourists and expats tells The Local how he pulled off his bright idea and managed to break down cultural barriers in the process. READ  

More News
Stolen Paris Picasso sent to New York as '€30 gift'
The Pompidou Centre in central Paris where the Picasso was stolen from. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Stolen Paris Picasso sent to New York as '€30 gift'

A Picasso painting that was reported stolen in Paris 14 years ago has turned up in the United States after being sent across the Atlantic via the postal service disguised as a €30 Christmas present. READ  

Pyrénées
Woman dies after being 'caught in snow blower'
A woman has died in the Pyrenees after apparently being sucked into a snow blower. Photo: Msdot/flickr

Woman dies after being 'caught in snow blower'

Police at a ski resort in the Pyrénées are investigating after a young woman died after apparently being sucked into a snow blower. READ  

'France feels like Nazi Germany,' says Madonna
Madonna says that France and Europe feel like Nazi Germany. Photo: AFP

'France feels like Nazi Germany,' says Madonna

Rebounding from her stage tumble at the Brit awards, pop star Madonna told French radio Thursday that "intolerance" was now so high in France and Europe that "it feels like Nazi Germany." READ  

Paris Terror Attacks
Chilling details of Paris store siege made public
The moment police stormed the Kosher store to put an end to Amedy Coulibaly's bloody rampage. Photo: Screen grab/ BFM TV

Chilling details of Paris store siege made public

Details have emerged of the terrifying moments when one of the Paris terrorists stormed a Jewish store before going on a bloody rampage. The gunman had filmed the attack on a go-Pro camera and extracts of the transcript were made public this week. READ  

JobTalk France
France or Germany: The best country to work in?
Paris or Berlin, France or Germany, where's the best place to work? Photo: Glenn Moran/Flickr Berlin photo: Shutterstock

France or Germany: The best country to work in?

With a group of employees in northern France having been left outraged after being given an ultimatum to either relocate to Germany or lose their job, The Local looks at which country is the best place to work - France or Germany? READ  

French hostage crisis
Father of French hostage appeals for 'humanity'
Isabelle Prime, who has been taken hostage in Yemen. Photo: Screengrab/ BFM TV

Father of French hostage appeals for 'humanity'

The father of a French woman taken hostage in Yemen on Tuesday called on her kidnappers "to show their humanity" and set her free along with the Yemeni woman taken at the same time. READ  

Paris: Iron Lady goes green with power of wind
The Iron Lady is going green with old age. Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Paris: Iron Lady goes green with power of wind

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is making an effort to conserve its energy with two new state of the art wind turbines installed on the second floor, 127 metres off the ground. READ  

'Paris needs a home for English-language theatre'
Is it time for Paris to play host to English-language theatre on a regular basis? Photo: Rach/Flickr

'Paris needs a home for English-language theatre'

As a UK troupe prepares to put on a festival of British theatre in Paris, there have been renewed calls for English-language productions to be given a permanent home amid the French capital's Gallic-dominated arts scene. READ  

Al-Jazeera journalist in court over drone flight
An Al Jazeera journalist will appear in court after he was snared flying a drone in a Pris park. Photo: AFP

Al-Jazeera journalist in court over drone flight

UPDATED: One of three Al-Jazeera journalists arrested for flying a drone in Paris will appear in court next week where he is expected to plead guilty, a judicial source said on Thursday. READ  

Hollande slams MPs over talks with Syria's Assad
A poster mocking Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is seen on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. Photo: Ammr Abd Rammo/AFP

Hollande slams MPs over talks with Syria's Assad

UPDATED: France's President and Prime Minister have accused a group of French MPs of a "moral failing" after they travelled to Syria to meet the President Bashar al-Assad, whom PM Manuel Valls described as a "butcher". READ  

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Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Austria
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Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Austria

Austria is one of Europe’s smaller countries, but also one of the richest and most stable in the EU, with low unemployment. Austrians are known for their love of gemütlichkeit - a word encompassing coziness, security and friendliness - and this can mean some baffling conversations for those new to doing business with Austrians. READ  

Avalanche kills four skiers in Valais Alps
The avalanche buried five people. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Avalanche kills four skiers in Valais Alps

The death toll from an avalanche that swept away a group of Italian skiers in the Swiss Alps has risen to four after a man died from his injuries, police said on Sunday. READ  

Measles kill toddler as Berlin school closes
Jabbed! Photo: DPA

Measles kill toddler as Berlin school closes

UPDATE: Health authorities in Berlin announced a toddler has succumbed to measles. Earlier, a school in a Berlin suburb was closed because of a pupil infected with the disease. The capital is battling its most serious outbreak since 2001. READ  

Apple invests billions in new Danish data centre
'Hello, Denmark!' Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that Viborg will host one of the world's largest data centres. Photo: Robert Galbraith/Scanpix

Apple invests billions in new Danish data centre

American computer giant Apple will place one of the world’s largest data centres in Viborg, where it will power the company's popular services on 100 percent renewable energy. READ  

Central Spain rumbles as earthquake hits

Central Spain rumbles as earthquake hits

An earthquake with a magnitute measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale was felt from Madrid to Murcia on Monday afternoon. READ  

Dutch raise over €7k to apologize for Rome riot
The drunken hooligans damaged one of the city’s most treasured fountains, the Fontana della Barcaccia. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Dutch raise over €7k to apologize for Rome riot

A Dutch woman has raised over €7,000 online to pay for damages wrought in Rome last week by scores of football fans from the Netherlands. READ  

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike
Norwegian is increasingly hiring crews from low cost countries such as Thailand and Eastern Europe. Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike

Norwegian Air Shuttle could see its first ever strike by pilots on Sunday, if it fails to end more than three months of fruitless negotiations and strike a deal with unions. READ  

Is Sweden's Missan the world's oldest living cat?
Missan is turning 30 this spring. Photo: Private / TT

Is Sweden's Missan the world's oldest living cat?

Missan, 29, may be the world’s oldest cat, according to its Swedish owner who says that aside from suffering from some minor back and kidney problems, there is no reason why her furry friend won't make it to the grand age of 30. READ  

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