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French strike action closes Calais port
Striking MyFerryLink workers have closed the port of Calais again. Photo AFP

French strike action closes Calais port

There was more disruption to cross-Channel ferries on Monday when French sailors held a wildcat strike that led to the closure of the port of Calais. 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  

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  

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  

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  

Features
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  

There's Life Outside Paris
Seven reasons to leave Paris for Lyon
The old town of Lyon. Photo: Michael Muraz/Flickr

Seven reasons to leave Paris for Lyon

As part of our There's Life Outside Paris series, we shine the light on Lyon and why many argue the city offers far more than its bigger, more famous, and more popular rival to the north. READ  

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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  

Factory terror attack
Attacker sent selfie of beheading 'to Syria'
A handout picture released on Saturday shows Herve Cornara, the boss of the ATC delivery factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier. He was killed in the attack on the facility. Photo: AFP

Attacker sent selfie of beheading 'to Syria'

Canadian authorities are working with French police to help find the recipient of a gruesome selfie purportedly taken by an Islamist suspected of decapitating his boss in France, officials said Saturday. READ  

Greek default crisis
'No Greek exit from eurozone' says Sapin
Finance Trade Minister Michel Sapin on Saturday. Photo: John Thys / AFP

'No Greek exit from eurozone' says Sapin

Greece will remain in the euro zone despite the collapse of talks with creditors to avert default, France's Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Saturday, saying that Paris was always ready to restart talks. READ  

Factory terror attack
'French beheading suspect admits to killing'
Police at the scene of the attack on Friday. Photo: AFP

'French beheading suspect admits to killing'

The man suspected of decapitating his boss in an attack on a gas factory in France has confessed to the grisly crime, sources close to the investigation said on Sunday. READ  

French PM warns of more terrorist attacks
Special forces of France's Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) escort a woman as they leave the apartment of a man suspected of carrying out the attack on Friday. Photo: Philippe Desmazes / AFP

French PM warns of more terrorist attacks

Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned on Saturday that France faced more attacks to come after a grisly killing in which a suspected Islamist pinned the severed head of his boss to the gates of a gas factory. READ  

Hard to feel sympathy for French taxi drivers
French taxi drivers are not high in the popularity rankings right now. Photo: AFP

Hard to feel sympathy for French taxi drivers

French taxi drivers have never been the most cherished bunch of people but after this week’s violent protests any sympathy the general public had for cabbies appears to have been extinguished. READ  

Women's World Cup
France pipped by Germany on penalties
Claire Lavogez is consoled by France's head coach Philippe Bergeroo after missing the crucial penalty against Germany. Photo: Franck Fife / AFP

France pipped by Germany on penalties

Top-ranked Germany kept their bid for a record third title on track on Friday when they won a dramatic penalty shoot-out 5-4 to break French hearts and advance to the semi-finals at the Women's World Cup. READ  

Man decapitated in terror attack in France
Police were on the scene soon after the attack took place. Photo: AFP

Man decapitated in terror attack in France

At least one suspected Islamist launched a daylight raid on an industrial gas factory in France Friday and pinned a severed head to the gates, in what President Francois Hollande called a "terrorist" attack. READ  

French terror victim was attacker's boss
Police cordon off the area where the body was found. Photo: AFP

French terror victim was attacker's boss

The man decapitated in an attack on Friday at an industrial gas factory in eastern France was the boss of the suspect now in police custody, legal sources said. READ  

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EU Commissioner 'to ban roaming fees by 2017'
Photo: John T. Heffernan

EU Commissioner 'to ban roaming fees by 2017'

European Digital Economy Commissioner Günther Oettinger has said he wants to abolish roaming fees for mobile phone users within the EU by 2017. 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 thirty years. READ  

Fake Italian restaurant tops TripAdvisor ranking
The fake restaurant profile has now been removed from the TripAdvisor website. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Fake Italian restaurant tops TripAdvisor ranking

A restaurant in the northern Italian town of Moniga del Garda has received rave reviews earning it a top spot on the review website TripAdvisor. There’s just one small problem: the establishment does not exist. READ  

Video
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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