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France to enlist hackers to tackle jihadists
The hackers will help stop jihadist recruiters before they've convinced young French nationals to join their cause. Photo: AFP

France to enlist hackers to tackle jihadists

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced that he plans to turn to computer hackers, often the scourge of governments worldwide, in order to infiltrate online jihadist networks. READ  

Europe takes France to task for Uber crackdown
France's crackdown on Uber may not be that legal after all. Photo: AFP

Europe takes France to task for Uber crackdown

Regulators in Brussels are pressuring France over a new law designed to halt the meteoric rise of Uber, the popular taxi app that is facing fierce opposition from traditional cabs. READ  

Paris migrant camp taken down over scabies fears
Hundreds of migrants, mostly from East Africa, live in this camp, some for a year, under the elevated railway near the Porte de la Chapelle. Photo: AFP

Paris migrant camp taken down over scabies fears

The 400 migrants who had set up a temporary shelter not far from Montmartre in northern Paris have been told to leave after officials warned of the high risks of epidemic sicknesses spreading. READ  

France bans smoking in childrens playgrounds
Lighting up will be banned in French playgrounds this summer. Photo: AFP

France bans smoking in childrens playgrounds

France’s crackdown on tobacco will continue this summer as the government announced this week smokers will no longer be allowed to light up in playgrounds. READ  

What's the story behind French Neighbours' Day?
Families get together in the northern suburbs of Paris on Neighbour's Day. Photo: AFP

What's the story behind French Neighbours' Day?

Friday marks Neighbours' Day (Fête des Voisins), a celebration that has spread across the world after it was created in France. Find out how the discovery of a dead woman's body prompted the movement, and how you're expected to take part. READ  

Crime in Paris
How Eiffel Tower thieves earned €4,000 a day each
Crowds regularly swarm beneath the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Krzysztof Belczyński/Flickr

How Eiffel Tower thieves earned €4,000 a day each

Paris police busted a pickpocket gang this week, who "earned" up to €4,000 a day each in peak season by preying on tourists at the Eiffel Tower. But how exactly were they pinching your belongings? Here's a closer look. READ  

Dining in Paris
Paris chefs embrace rooftop gardens
Frame Brasserie sous-chef Ogier Pottiez picks plants the rooftop of the Pullman Eiffel Tower hotel in Paris. Photo: AFP

Paris chefs embrace rooftop gardens

Chefs in Paris are taking the concept of "eating locally" to heart, with rooftop gardens sprouting up around the French capital. And they say the concept is here to stay. READ  

National Front demands EU referendum in France
Should the French also have a referendum on their membership in the EU? Photo: AFP

National Front demands EU referendum in France

David Cameron's pledge to hold an in/out referendum on Britain's membership of the EU has been backed by France's far right National Front party, which wants the same in France, where views of the EU have soured over the years. READ  

Frenchwoman jailed for torturing boyfriend
A Frenchwoman has been jailed for torturing her boyfriend. Photo: AFP

Frenchwoman jailed for torturing boyfriend

A Frenchwoman who kept her boyfriend as a "domestic slave", forcing him to ingest sponges and window cleaner, was Thursday sentenced to three years in prison. READ  

Paris finally set to dump scourge of love locks
A couple take a selfie on the Pont des Arts in front of all the love locks. Photo: AFP

Paris finally set to dump scourge of love locks

The famous Pont des Arts will soon be free from the hundreds of thousands of love locks that hang from its railings after Paris confirmed it had finally had enough of the tradition. READ  

Features
What's on in France: Ten things to do in June
Marchers at one of the previous Paris Pride Parades. Photo: AFP

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

Summer is (hopefully) set to scorch France in June - and we've collected ten of the best opportunities for you to make the most of it. From Pride parades to wine exhibitions and music festivals here's ten events not to miss. READ  

The ten Paris streets you just have to walk down
How many of these unforgettable streets have YOU seen? Photo: Loïc Lagarde/Flickr

The ten Paris streets you just have to walk down

Paris is best explored on foot - so we asked the experts at Localers walking tours to come up with a list of the most unmissable streets in the French capital. See how many you have walked along. (No, the Champs Elysées is not one of them). 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  

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  

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  

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Cameron in Paris
Cameron tells EU: 'Status quo not good enough'
Cameron and Hollande held talks in Paris over the future of the EU on Thursday night. Photo: AFP

Cameron tells EU: 'Status quo not good enough'

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has urged EU leaders to be "flexible and imaginative" when it comes to reforming the European Union in order to make the 28-nation bloc more successful and competitive. READ  

Paris police bust Eiffel Tower pickpocket ring
Police in front of the Eiffel Tower. Photo: AFP

Paris police bust Eiffel Tower pickpocket ring

Police in the French capital arrested ten people suspected of being in a pickpocketing gang that targeted tourists at the Eiffel Tower, where they would earn up to €4,000 a day. READ  

British expats angry over EU referendum lockout
Not ALL British expats will be able to vote in the EU referendum. Photo: AFP

British expats angry over EU referendum lockout

Details of the UK’s referendum bill were published on Thursday, but there was no mention of guaranteeing the vote to ALL British expats living in EU member states. An omission that has left many Brits in France angry and deeply concerned. READ  

French road deaths rise for first time in 12 years
Over 3,300 people died on the roads in France in 2014. Photo: AFP

French road deaths rise for first time in 12 years

More people died on France's roads in 2014 than the year before, new statistics revealed on Thursday, marking the first time in 12 years that the figure had risen. READ  

Fifa corruption scandal
France's Michel Platini tells Blatter to quit Fifa
Michel Platini (right) has urged Sepp Blatter to resign. Photo: AFP

France's Michel Platini tells Blatter to quit Fifa

UPDATED: Allegations that leading figures at Fifa took bribes for the awarding of World Cups has led to suspicion that the vote that saw France named host of the 1998 tournament was also tainted by corruption. French football chiefs and Uefa's Michel Platini have also rounded on Fifa’s chief Sepp Blatter. READ  

France tells Cameron referendum is 'very risky'
UK Prime Minister David Cameron meets French President François Hollande on a trip to Paris in January. Photo: AFP

France tells Cameron referendum is 'very risky'

France's foreign minister Laurent Fabius fired a warning to UK Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of his trip to Paris on Thursday, telling him the EU referendum was "very risky" and that Britain would 'certainly' have the most to lose if it left the EU. READ  

'Drunk Paris police' kill motorist in car crash

'Drunk Paris police' kill motorist in car crash

UPDATED: Two Paris police officers are in custody on Thursday after allegedly causing a crash that killed a delivery driver in the centre of the city. The police officers were said to have been drunk at the time. READ  

Prostitution costs France '€1.6 billion each year'
Paying or accepting payment for sex is not a crime in France. Photo: AFP

Prostitution costs France '€1.6 billion each year'

The 37,000 prostitutes in France are costing the country €1.6 billion a year, according to a new and extensive study that examined the economic effects that the sex industry has on French society. READ  

Can France's new mega university rival the best?
An aerial view of the Paris-Saclay campus. But can it really rival Harvard or Oxford and Cambridge? Photo:

Can France's new mega university rival the best?

France's new mega university Paris-Saclay will officially open for business later this year, but can it really rival the very best institutions in the world? French researcher Jean-Claude Thoenig takes a closer look. READ  

France tells Iran: 'No inspections then no deal'
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) meets with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif during nuclear talks in Lausanne. Photo: AFP

France tells Iran: 'No inspections then no deal'

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday that France would oppose a nuclear deal with Iran if it did not allow inspections of military sites. READ  

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Man dead after fatal shooting on Vienna tram
Photo: Andrew Nash/Wikimedia

Man dead after fatal shooting on Vienna tram

One man was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting on a tram car in Vienna on Sunday evening. READ  

Froome takes on Federer over selfies brouhaha
Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Froome takes on Federer over selfies brouhaha

Roger Federer has drawn criticism from British cycling champion Chris Froome after the Swiss tennis star complained about a boy who jumped onto the court at the French Open to take a selfie with him. READ  

Cologne's giant bomb successfully defused
The bomb was burrowed deep in the ground. Photo: DPA

Cologne's giant bomb successfully defused

Bomb disposal teams have successfully made a 1,000-kilo explosive dropped during the Second World War safe, allowing 20,000 evacuated people to return to their homes. READ  

The Local List
My Danish habits that foreigners just don't get
Their love of bikes and the Danish flag make the list, but what else? Photo: Colourbox

My Danish habits that foreigners just don't get

Do you find the Danes a bit weird? The Local's Nick Bojesen Jensen, who has just returned to Denmark after years abroad, lists ten Danish traits that leave his foreign friends bemused. READ  

Air traffic controllers call June strike across Spain
Passengers waiting at Madrid Barajas airport during the 2010 air traffic controllers strike. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

Air traffic controllers call June strike across Spain

Spanish air traffic controllers have announced four days of strikes in June, threatening travel chaos during peak season for tourists visiting Spain. READ  

Italian town sets new Tiramisù record
Photo: Gemona Turismo

Italian town sets new Tiramisù record

The northern Italian town of Gemona has set the record for the largest Tiramisù in culinary history. READ  

Norway alone in sending Eritrean refugees home
Eritreans demonstrate in Segels Torg, Stockholm for Dawit Isaak, the Swedish journalist imprisoned by Eritrean authorities. Photo: JANERIK HENRIKSSON / SCANPIX

Norway alone in sending Eritrean refugees home

Norway's right-wing government is negotiating a deal with Eritrea's repressive regime which would see asylum seekers from the country forcibly returned, even though a UN report maintains that they could face torture. READ  

Sweden ladies red-faced over infectious 'clap' tag
The Swedish women's national football team. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

Sweden ladies red-faced over infectious 'clap' tag

Swedish is a peculiar language, and translating expressions into English can be tricky, as most expats know. The women's national football team got a taste of this on Tuesday, when their international slogan inadvertently encouraged fans to spread gonorrhoea around Sweden. READ  

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