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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 the Britain would 'certainly' have the most to lose if it left the EU. 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  

Barman guilty after client dies drinking 56 shots
A French barman was convicted for letting a client drink 56 shots in one night after which he died.

Barman guilty after client dies drinking 56 shots

A French barman received a suspended jail sentence on Wednesday after he was convicted of manslaughter for letting a man do 56 shots during a drinking contest that led to his death. READ  

France: 43 percent say no to daily shower
Only 57 percent of the French shower every day. Photo: Shutterstock

France: 43 percent say no to daily shower

Over forty percent of French people don't take a shower every day, according to a new poll that took a closer look at French people's habits with all things water. READ  

Are top polluters funding Paris climate summit?
The EDF (Electricty of France) powerhouse of Cordemais near Nantes, western France. Photo: AFP

Are top polluters funding Paris climate summit?

France on Wednesday unveiled a list of companies which will sponsor the year-end UN climate talks in Paris, sparking accusations of corporate "greenwashing" from campaigners. READ  

Property in France
Ten French manors for the price of a London flat
This chateau is cheaper than an average London home. Photo: Leggett Immobilier

Ten French manors for the price of a London flat

The average property in London is now topping €700,000 (£500,000) - but can you imagine what you can get in rural France for that kind of money? Take a look at these ten rustic paradises in France and try to pretend your not tempted. READ  

Mediterranean Migrant Crisis
EU tells France to open border to 9,000 migrants
Photo: AFP

EU tells France to open border to 9,000 migrants

The European Commission laid out on Wednesday its controversial emergency measure to relocate tens of thousands of migrants around Europe. France was asked to open its doors to over a total of over 9,000 refugees over the next two years. READ  

France sees record foreign investment but...
France is proving to be more attractive to foreign investors, especially for industrial projects. Photo: AFP

France sees record foreign investment but...

Despite the doom and gloom France has seen a healthy jump in foreign investment, a new report by Ernst and Young has revealed. But the country's notoriously complicated tax and administrative systems plus high labour costs are holding it back. READ  

Cinemas pull 'France's American History X'
A scene from the film Un Francais. Photo: Mars Distribution

Cinemas pull 'France's American History X'

France's answer to American History X has been mysteriously cancelled in fifty cinemas ahead of its release next month, with the director hinting that links between France's skinheads and the far-right National Front are too disturbing a cocktail for film distributors. READ  

Russia: French Mistral deal dead in water
Photo: Frank Perry /AFP

Russia: French Mistral deal dead in water

Russia has decided that it is no longer interested in two helicopter carrier that it had previously ordered from France, deciding to build its own instead. READ  

Features
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  

Six Paris Metro stations you really have to visit
The Louvre Metro station. Photo: silktwisteddagger/Flickr

Six Paris Metro stations you really have to visit

Tourists visiting Paris are normally advised to stay well clear of the Paris Metro, but there is a whole alternative underground sightseeing experience worth checking out. Here are six Paris Metro stations definitely worth going underground for. READ  

More News
Sarkozy free to rename party 'Les Républicains'
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has succeeded in renaming his party. Photo: AFP

Sarkozy free to rename party 'Les Républicains'

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to win back the presidency gained a boost this week when a court threw out objections to his move to rename his UMP party "Les Republicains" as he attempts to give it a makeover. READ  

France to honour four French Resistance heros
The Pantheon, where the four Resistance fighters will be honoured. Photo: AFP

France to honour four French Resistance heros

Four heros of the French Resistance will be honoured with a burial at the Pantheon mausoleum in Paris on Wednesday. Although two of the coffins will remain empty after objections from family members. READ  

Truffle wars: French farmer on trial for murder
French farmer on trial for murdering a 'truffle thief'. Photo: Remy Gabalda/AFP

Truffle wars: French farmer on trial for murder

A French farmer went on trial this week for shooting dead a man he thought was stealing his truffles. The shooting a occurred during a so-called "truffle war" that saw French farmers regularly threatened by armed thieves. READ  

Air France flight has near miss with mountain
How did an Air France flight end up in a near collision with a mountain? Photo: AFP

Air France flight has near miss with mountain

French accident investigators have opened an inquiry into a near accident involving an Air France Boeing 777 which narrowly missed central Africa's highest mountain with 37 people on board. READ  

Paris: Phone porn fears after pupils fondle girls
Smartphones are becoming increasingly popular among pupils in France. Photo: AFP

Paris: Phone porn fears after pupils fondle girls

A prestigious Paris secondary school has been hit by scandal after schoolboys resorted to groping girls after having watched porn on their phones during their lunch breaks. The incidents have prompted a debate around the impact of porn and whether smartphones should be banned in schools. READ  

Opinion - Britain in Europe
'It's time to talk up what Europe has brought UK'
it's time to talk up what Europe has done for Britain, says the president of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Photo: Flickr/Kelham Neelanraju

'It's time to talk up what Europe has brought UK'

As a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU looks set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, the President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Bob Lewis appeals for the pro-European voices to be heard. READ  

Anger as France looks set to scrap train lines
Numerous train lines linking cities across France could soon be removed. Photo: AFP

Anger as France looks set to scrap train lines

A controversial report published in France on Tuesday urges the government to scrap numerous train lines that link the country’s cities as well as several night trains. It's been described by critics as an "aberration'. READ  

Pupil rings French PM Valls for homework help
Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaks on the telephone. Photo: AFP

Pupil rings French PM Valls for homework help

A 16-year-old Parisian pupil ignored Wikipedia and Google and decided instead to call the personal mobile phone of France's prime minister Manuel Valls in an attempt to get some inside help for a school presentation on politics. READ  

Amazon to pay taxes on sales in France
Amazon is among several large companies under the spotlight in Europe over tax deals. Photo: AFP

Amazon to pay taxes on sales in France

US online retail giant Amazon announced that it has begun declaring sales made in France, meaning it will no longer only be paying European taxes in Luxembourg. READ  

Hollande and Merkel deliver blow to Cameron
Holland and Merkel appear to have made a move to ward off Cameron's attempts to open up EU treaties for renegotiation. Photo: AFP

Hollande and Merkel deliver blow to Cameron

Germany and France have agreed to forge closer Eurozone ties without reopening the bloc’s treaties, a report in France has claimed. The move is seemingly designed to undermine UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s attempts to renegotiate his country’s ties to the EU. 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  

Four Swiss bathing areas 'unfit' for swimmers
Photo: Sempachseetri

Four Swiss bathing areas 'unfit' for swimmers

Three beaches in Lausanne by the shores of Lake Geneva and an area of the Rhine River in Kaiseraugst in the canton of Aargau have water unfit for swimming, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) study says. READ  

Police seize tiny lamb from Munich brothel
Photo: Polizei Bayern

Police seize tiny lamb from Munich brothel

Police in Munich raided a brothel after it was reported that a prostitute there possessed contraband. During their search they found marijuana, other narcotics... and a three-week-old lamb. 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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