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Three dead after French Alps avalanche
A group of tourists has been swept away by an avalanche in the French Alps. File Photo: AFP

Three dead after French Alps avalanche

UPDATED: Three people were killed and several were injured in a massive avalanche that hit the French Alps on Wednesday afternoon. READ  

French schools scandal
Scandal of paedophile teachers shocks France
Photo: AFP

Scandal of paedophile teachers shocks France

France’s education minister promised a thorough investigation on Wednesday into "systematic failures” after it emerged that numerous teachers were employed to work in schools despite having previous convictions for paedophilia. READ  

Smoking in Paris
Paris gets tough on café terrace smokers

Paris gets tough on café terrace smokers

As Parisians continue to ignore laws that ban smoking inside closed off cafe terraces, the Town Hall has sent a reminder to police that they shouldn't hesitate to crack down on both the smokers and the cafe owners not abiding by the rules. READ  

Young French women turn to 'le binge drinking'
Binge drinking is becoming all the more common in France. Photo: Shutterstock

Young French women turn to 'le binge drinking'

More and more young French people are turning to binge-drinking, especially teenage girls, as the Anglo Saxon habit continues to be adopted by the youth of France. The country's health minister has vowed to tackle the issue. READ  

Drone porn!? The best April Fools from France
The departure board in Lille. Photo: SylvieBRawlings/Twitter

Drone porn!? The best April Fools from France

France joined in on the fun of April Fools' on Wednesday, with everything from news about giraffe yoghurt to train journeys to Sydney from northern France. Here's a selection of our favourites from France and the rest of The Local Europe. READ  

France set to keep ban on gay men giving blood
Photo: Donate.

France set to keep ban on gay men giving blood

France's national ethics committee has recommended that the country upholds the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, stating that more research is needed before any changes are made to the law. Gay rights groups have reacted furiously. READ  

Alps plane crash video 'must' be given to police
A video has reportedly emerged showing the final moments of the doomed Germanwings flight. Archive Photo: AFP

Alps plane crash video 'must' be given to police

Prosecutors investigating the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps have demanded that a video purportedly showing the final moments of the flight inside the cabin must be handed over to investigators. READ  

No charges for Sarkozy in campaign finance case
Nicolas Sarkozy seen here alongside Jean-Francois Copé who is also implicated in the campaign funding scandal. Photo: AFP

No charges for Sarkozy in campaign finance case

French judges decided on Wednesday not to charge Nicolas Sarkozy over a campaign finance scandal but placed the former president under a special status that leaves the door open for further questioning. READ  

Two babies die in France after vaccinations
Concern in France over vaccinations for gastroenteritis. Photo: AFP

Two babies die in France after vaccinations

Health authorities in France are reviewing whether a common vaccine to prevent stomach illnesses should be given to babies, after it emerged this week that two newborns died following the inoculations. READ  

Hollande plans reforms after election debacle
France's President Francois Hollande. Photo: AFP

Hollande plans reforms after election debacle

The French government, smarting from a crushing local elections defeat, is to speed up its reform plan in a bid to jump-start the country’s flagging economy. READ  

Features
Blog: Student life in Paris
How to 'fine dine' in Paris on a student budget
Picnics are a sure-fire way to save a euro or two. Photo: Trey Ratcliff/Flickr

How to 'fine dine' in Paris on a student budget

Paris is world renowned for its fine dining culture - but what about the poor hard-up students who can't afford to scoff at the top tables in town? International student Deirdre McAteer explains how to tighten the purse strings but still eat well in the French capital. READ  

The Iron Lady's birthday
12 facts you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower turns 126 on Tuesday. Here are 12 facts you might not know about it. Photo: Terrazzo/Flickr

12 facts you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower

The grand old Iron Lady of Paris celebrates its 126th birthday on Tuesday. To celebrate the Eiffel Tower’s big day here are 12 facts about the famous monument that you might not know, as well as a look at some famous replicas around the world. READ  

Les Entrepreneurs
'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English
Smartsubs only translates complicated words and expressions in the subtitles. Screengrab: Smartsubs/YouTube

'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English

Two young French entrepreneurs think they've come up with the smart solution to help their compatriots improve their English as well as enjoy the influx of popular TV series from across the Atlantic. READ  

Property in France
The areas of France the Brits do and don't go
Certain parts of France are pretty much ignored by British expats. Photo: AFP

The areas of France the Brits do and don't go

With the euro wobbling against the pound, Brits are once again lining up to buy property in France. But they are not willing to head anywhere in "La France profonde", and there remain some no-go zones for British expats. READ  

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods
Where did the humble croissant finish on the list? Photo: Claudio Brisighello/Flickr

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods

With the whole world preparing to celebrate France's famed gastronomy on Thursday we reveal the most loved French foods across the globe, according to social media channel Instagram - the home of so-called 'food porn'. READ  

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The key reforms of France's healthcare bill
Here's what you need to know about France's new healthcare bill. Photo: AFP

The key reforms of France's healthcare bill

As part of controversial healthcare reforms presented to French Parliament on Tuesday, France is taking aim at everything from smoking to doctor's fees. Here are eight things you need to know about the new bill. READ  

Alps plane crash
Video shows 'final moments' of plane crash
A recovery worker at the crash site. Photo: DPA

Video shows 'final moments' of plane crash

German tabloid Bild and French magazine Paris Match revealed on Tuesday that their reporters had seen video from inside Germanwings flight 4U9525 in the final moments before the plane crashed. French police later denied that a video has been found. READ  

French MP copy-pastes Wikipedia for new bill
MP Valérie Boyer in 2013. Photo: AFP

French MP copy-pastes Wikipedia for new bill

A French MP has been ridiculed after she was found to have copy-pasted large chunks of text from Wikipedia in her proposal for a new law. The bungling deputy even left in the index numbers. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Crash victims could be identified by week's end
A huge recovery operation is underway at the crash site to try and identify the bodies of the victims.

Crash victims could be identified by week's end

All the bodies on the doomed Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps one week ago could be identified by the end of the week, the French President said on Tuesday. READ  

La Question du Jour
So what exactly is France's 'winter truce'?
A homeless man in Paris. Photo: AFP

So what exactly is France's 'winter truce'?

Don't be surprised if you see more homeless people out on the streets of French cities from Wednesday onwards. April 1st marks the beginning of "eviction season" in France and the end of the "winter truce". The Local explains more. READ  

Prostitutes furious as Senate bans soliciting
Sex workers at a protest in Paris are against the new bill. Photo: AFP

Prostitutes furious as Senate bans soliciting

French lawmakers have scrapped a plan to hit clients of prostitutes with hefty fines and instead reinstated a controversial law that sees the sex-workers themselves liable to financial penalties and prison sentences if they are caught selling sex. They were blasted as "regressive" by the health minister. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
New road opens up to crash site in French Alps
Trucks carrying specialist air crash investigators set off for the crash site by road. Photo: AFP

New road opens up to crash site in French Alps

The grim search through debris and body parts at the crash site of the doomed Germanwings plane in the French Alps was made easier on Tuesday with trucks able to access the area via a new and hastily built road. READ  

Angry French doctors to close surgeries en masse
A scene from an earlier demonstration against the reforms, in Lyon. Photo: AFP

Angry French doctors to close surgeries en masse

With a parliamentary debate on controversial health reforms kicking off on Tuesday, doctors around the country are due to close their surgeries to show their disgust at a new system they say will cripple France's healthcare service. READ  

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists
Manuel Valls can expect a torrid time in question time in the French parliament on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

PM scraps Germany trip to rally French Socialists

French PM Manuel Valls has ditched a planned trip to Germany on Tuesday, preferring instead to meet with Socialist MPs after the party took a hammering in Sunday's local elections. READ  

More French pensioners head abroad to settle
Many French pensioners are heading to sunny Portugal. But not just for the weather. Photo: Shutterstock

More French pensioners head abroad to settle

While many expats dream of retiring in France, the French themselves are more and more likely to leave home and enjoy their twilight years abroad, partly due to the sunnier financial climes on offer. READ  

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April Fool's Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Austria we had you fooled that the government had proposed a hike in sales tax for garden gnomes. Photo: Shutterstock

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral
Photo: DPA

Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral

A Facebook post describing how a Germanwings pilot personally reassured his passengers of their safety on a flight on Wednesday has received over quarter of a million likes. READ  

April Fools' Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Denmark we had you fooled that the country was introducing English as an official language. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Alps plane crash
No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'
Photo: AFP

No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'

Claudia Vásquez was meant to be on board doomed Germanwings flight 4U9525 but a twist of fate meant that she is alive today. READ  

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate
Hot chocolate photo: Shutterstock

Gran poisons family with expired hot chocolate

All she wanted was to serve her loved ones a tasty drink. But a grandmother from Vicenza is in a spot of bother after three children and an adult fell ill after she gave them hot chocolate that was 25 years out of date. READ  

April Fools' Day
April Fool! The Local's day in gags
In Norway we had you fooled that reindeer had become 'Norway's new salmon'. Photo: M.prinke/Flickr

April Fool! The Local's day in gags

No, you weren’t going crazy when you scrolled through The Local this morning. Today, our network temporarily lost its marbles for April Fools' Day. So, as the clock strikes 12pm, it’s time for The Local to fess up and reveal which of our stories were red herrings. READ  

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre
Elephants may no longer roam Kalmar's streets. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/SCANPIX

Swedish council outlaws elephants in town centre

You would not normally associate elephants with Sweden. But one town in the Nordic country has decided that it's better to be safe than sorry – so it has created a new bylaw forbidding elephants from parading its streets. READ  

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