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Summer storms to batter south-western France
The heavy weather is expected to roll in at 7pm, not abating until 6pm on Tuesday. File photo: AFP

Summer storms to batter south-western France

Parts of France's south west are on high alert on Monday with wild weather set to create havoc in three coastal départements from the early evening on. READ  

Teen driver who killed four 'had been drinking'
An arrow painted on the road by the police indicates the direction of the road accident. Photo: AFP

Teen driver who killed four 'had been drinking'

The driver of a van which crashed killing four teenagers and injuring ten others in northwestern France over the weekend was under the influence of alcohol, it emerged on Monday. READ  

French beach re-opens to public as Saudis leave
A woman watches as workmen dismantle the lift built for the Saudi royals. Photo: AFP

French beach re-opens to public as Saudis leave

UPDATED: Workers were busily returning a beach in southern France to its previous condition on Monday after the departure of Saudi King Salman, whose commandeering of the coastline had caused uproar among locals. READ  

Experts meet in Paris over Boeing 777 debris
Officials come the waterside in Réunion looking for more clues. Photo: AFP

Experts meet in Paris over Boeing 777 debris

French and Malaysian aviation experts met in Paris on Monday to probe the disappearance of Flight MH370, after mystery plane debris washed up on the French island of Réunion last week. READ  

French transport giant to upgrade London tube
The London underground is set to get some major improvements. Photo: Nico Hogg/Flickr

French transport giant to upgrade London tube

French transport systems giant Thales on Monday announced a €1 billion ($1.09 billion) deal to upgrade four lines of the London Underground. READ  

'Massacre' of black cats shocks Marseille locals
Black cats are being killed in the Marseille housing unit. Photo: nwartist/Flickr

'Massacre' of black cats shocks Marseille locals

A woman who feeds local cats in a Marseille housing block has been left horrified after the gruesome killing of black cats in the area - leaving her to wonder if a neighbour is "very superstitious". READ  

Migrants step up efforts to cross Channel Tunnel
Migrants in Calais are becoming ever-more desperate to cross the Channel to the UK. Photo: AFP

Migrants step up efforts to cross Channel Tunnel

Migrants in Calais made around 1,700 attempts overnight to penetrate the Channel Tunnel premises in a bid to get to England, French police sources said on Monday, and an officer sustained facial injuries from a stone. READ  

Rampaging kids trash French kindergarten
Speaking after the incident, officials in troubled Melun described the scene as an "apocalyptic landscape". File photo: Ella Novak

Rampaging kids trash French kindergarten

Police were called in on Saturday evening after a band of children, some of them as young as five, vandalized a nursery in the suburbs of Paris. READ  

Two Frenchmen mauled in Bayonne bullfight
Bullfighting is a popular tradition in the region. File photo: AFP

Two Frenchmen mauled in Bayonne bullfight

The Bayonne Festival in southern France ended on a sour note on Sunday when a bull jumped out of the bull ring and gored two men — one in the scrotum. READ  

Greece crisis
French minister criticizes Germany over Grexit
Michel Sapin and Wolfgang Schäuble at a Euro group finance ministers meeting in Brussels in July. Photo: DPA

French minister criticizes Germany over Grexit

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said in an interview Sunday that his German counterpart Wolfgang Schäuble was "wrong" to propose a temporary withdrawal from the euro for debt-laden Greece, evoking "a clear disagreement". READ  

Features
Ten things you didn't know about gay Paris
Do you know where to find penis-shaped bakery goods in Paris? Photo: Legay Choc/Facebook

Ten things you didn't know about gay Paris

There's a lot more to the gay scene in Paris than just the Marais - so we asked the experts at The Gay Locals to come up with a list of ten things you probably didn't know about Gay Paris. READ  

Fêtes de Bayonnes
The Bayonne festival: France's wildest party
Festival goers in Bayonne - a sea of red and white. Photo: AFP

The Bayonne festival: France's wildest party

One of France's most famous festivals kicks off on Wednesday and promises to be as wild and raucous as ever. We take a closer look at the Fêtes de Bayonne to find out why everyone needs to go at least once. READ  

What's on in France: Ten things to do in August
Dance a jig with the Celts in Brittany. Photo: AFP

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

August in France - especially Paris - is deathly quiet as the locals shut up shop and head off on holidays. But there are still plenty of intriguing events across the country to keep you busy. READ  

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France
The ever-splendid Gorges du Verdon. Photo: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho/Flickr

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France

France opens its doors to over 80 million tourists a year, who enjoy everything from world-class museums to pristine natural wonders. But you can't please them all... READ  

Life may get easier for expats settling in France
The wall of Orly airport's south terminal reading "Welcome", not far from Paris. Photo: AFP

Life may get easier for expats settling in France

A French senator has put together a 49-strong list of proposals to make life easier for French expats returning home. She tells The Local that many of her proposals would also help smooth out the process for foreigners. READ  

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Calais migrants
Ending Calais migrants crisis is 'top priority'
French gendarmes stand facing a group of seated migrants as they block their way in the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Ending Calais migrants crisis is 'top priority'

France and Britain vowed on Sunday that ending a crisis which has seen thousands of attempts by migrants to reach England from Calais in recent weeks is a "top priority". READ  

Réunion wreckage
More debris found on Réunion in MH370 hunt
Local volunteers search for more potential plane debris and items on the shore in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. Photo: Ouissem Gombra / Imaz Press Renuion / AFP

More debris found on Réunion in MH370 hunt

Investigators probing missing flight MH370 collected more debris on an Indian Ocean island on Sunday as Malaysia urged authorities in the region to be on alert for wreckage washing up on their shores. READ  

Calais migrants
Eurotunnel migrant activity down overnight
Photo: Philippe Huguen/ AFP

Eurotunnel migrant activity down overnight

French police said on Saturday some 300 migrants in Calais attempted to reach Britain via the cross-Channel tunnel overnight, a significant drop from previous nights as the security presence is beefed up. READ  

Reunion wreckage
Possible MH370 plane part arrives in France
The plane part arriving in Paris on Saturday morning. Photo: Richard Bouhet / AFP

Possible MH370 plane part arrives in France

A piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early Saturday, after Malaysian authorities said the part was almost certainly recovered from missing flight MH370. READ  

Calais Migrants
Migrant: 'France will protect me more than UK'
Migrants building a home in the New Jungle in Calais. Photo: AFP

Migrant: 'France will protect me more than UK'

While the intense media coverage of Calais might suggest that all migrants there want to make it to the UK, an increasing number of them are now actually choosing to stay in France. READ  

France names capital cities for new regions
Here is the full list of the new proposed capitals. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

France names capital cities for new regions

French officials have revealed their suggestions for the capital cities of the country's newest regions. But not everyone is happy about the choices. READ  

French roads set for 'Black Saturday' jams
Authorities are recommending people to delay their journeys until Sunday. Photo: Philippe Desmazes/ AFP

French roads set for 'Black Saturday' jams

Planning to head out to the countryside this weekend? Beware, the roads will be hit by millions of French motorists taking off for their August break. READ  

Striking French seamen block Calais port
Striking employees of the My Ferry Link company block the access to the port of Calais. Photo: AFP

Striking French seamen block Calais port

Hundreds of French sailors blocked the city of Calais Friday, using burning tyres to prevent access to the port in the midst of the peak holiday travel period. READ  

French court says 'non' to new cockfighting pits
France hopes to be able to stamp out cockfighting altogether eventually. Photo: Jean-Michel Andre/ AFP

French court says 'non' to new cockfighting pits

France's top court on Friday upheld a ban on new cockfighting pits, as the country seeks to stamp out the ancient bloodsport that continues in some regions despite being banned in most parts of the world. READ  

Riviera trade group: 'Leave Saudis alone'
The beach is located just below the Saudi king’s Riviera villa in Vallauris. Photo: Valery Hache/ AFP

Riviera trade group: 'Leave Saudis alone'

After weeks of uproar over a decision to let the Saudi royals “privatise” a public beach on the French Riviera, a trade group has pleaded for locals to calm down and leave the Middle Eastern visitors alone. READ  

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Mary Vetsera's suicide letters found
Mary Vetsera. Photo: ÖNB

Mary Vetsera's suicide letters found

Suicide letters believed to have been written by the mistress of Austria’s Crown Prince Rudolf, 17-year-old Mary Vetsera, before her untimely death have been found in an archive of the private Schoeller bank. READ  

Drunk Swiss man tied up on flight to Bangkok
The Thai Airways flight continued to Bangkok. Photo: Faisal Akram

Drunk Swiss man tied up on flight to Bangkok

Passengers on a flight from Zurich to Bangkok were forced to tie up a drunk Swiss man who caused a fracas during the journey. READ  

Doctor on trial after woman wakes in morgue
Photo: DPA

Doctor on trial after woman wakes in morgue

A doctor from North Rhine-Westphalia will face charges for negligence and bodily harm, authorities said on Tuesday – after accidentally sending a living woman to the morgue. READ  

Anti-whaling activists 'hypocrites': Danish MP
The Faroese 'whale grind'. Photo: Sea Shepherd

Anti-whaling activists 'hypocrites': Danish MP

With Danish MPs being spammed by thousands of emails from anti-whaling protesters, one angry MP has said animals in other countries have far worse lives than the whales hunted off the Faroe Islands. READ  

Two injured in Barcelona hotel shooting
The reception area of the Silken Ramblas hotel where the shooting is reported to have taken place. Photo: hoteles-silken.com

Two injured in Barcelona hotel shooting

UPDATED: Two people were injured in a shooting just off one of the busiest tourist streets in the Catalan capital on Tuesday afternoon. READ  

Video
Alitalia attendant loses cool amid airport chaos
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Alitalia attendant loses cool amid airport chaos

A video showing an Alitalia flight attendant shoving a passenger at Rome's Fiumicino airport has gone viral. READ  

79-year-old Norwegian swims to own wedding
Trygve Bernhardsen as he arrived on Lyngør to wed bride Ellen Hertzberg. Photo: Screen Grab

79-year-old Norwegian swims to own wedding

A 79-year-old Norwegian has swum across a fjord in the pouring rain dressed only in swimming trunks and a bow tie to wed his 65-year-old bride-to-be on the rocks. READ  

The Local List
Nine ways to become a truly Swedish woman
How to become a Swedish woman. Photo: Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se

Nine ways to become a truly Swedish woman

Have you ever paid for yourself on a date - or yelled at a man for whistling at you on the street? Then you may be more typically Swedish than you think. We’ve put together a list of nine experiences that make a truly Swedish woman. READ  

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