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French far-right family feud exposed at May Day rallies
Leader of French far-right party Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen. Photo: AFP

There were barely enough statues of Joan of Arc to go around in Paris on Sunday as feuding factions of France's far-right National Front (FN) held rival May Day rallies at the feet of their heroine.

Copyright expires on Bolero, French classical favourite
Musicians of the "Orchestre Lamoureux" perform Maurice Ravel's Bolero. Photo: AFP

Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel's "Bolero".

France to increase forces in Ivory Coast
French troops based in Abidjan and a soldier from Ivory Coast's Republican Forces carry a soldier during a military exercise. Photo: AFP

France will increase the number of its troops in Ivory Coast, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday on a trip to the African nation which hosts a regional base for French forces.

Fire ravages Muslim prayer hall in Corsica
The building, one of the largest prayer halls in the capital Ajaccio, suffered major damage in the fire. Photo: Yannick Graziani/AFP

A Muslim prayer hall on the French island of Corsica was ravaged by fire on Saturday in what prosecutors said was probably a criminal attack.

What May Day really means to the French
Photos: AFP

Why is May Day so important to the French?

'I feel no guilt': French boss defends €2.5m salary hike
"I earn this much". Peugeot Citroen boss Carlos Tavares defends his salary. Photo: AFP

The boss of French car giant Peugeot says he feels no guilt over his €2.5million salary rise and the criticism is all part of his pay packet.

Cap on EU roaming charges set to kick in
Photo: zoetnet/Flickr

EU mobile users will soon be calling from Alicante to Zagreb at lower prices.

UK pair charged with funding Paris attacks suspect
Photo: Police

Two UK nationals have been charged with handing over to cash to a suspect in the Paris terror attacks.

Features
Baguettiquette: Weird things the French do with bread
Photo: Serious Lunch

Some of the things the French do with their favorite form of sustenance are baffling to foreigners.

Meet France's newest major city and its best kept secret
Place Stanislas. Dominik "Dome"/Flickr

It's the newest and probably least known metropolis in France - and here's why you should visit, or even think about living there.

Secrets and lies: The life of an au pair in France
Photo: Evil Erin/Flickr

Want the plain, unvarnished truth about being an au pair in France? Read this.

Nine of the quirkiest things you can see in Paris
Photo: AFP

Take a closer look at the more unusual side of Paris.

VIDEO: Did you know all these stars spoke great French?
US actor Bradley Cooper. Photo: AFP

There are famous people out there who can speak pretty good French.

More news
France gets tough on Muslim footballers praying on pitch
Archive photo of Muslims praying on a sports pitch in France. Photo: AFP

Authorities in the Riviera city of Nice are cracking down on Muslims praying on their football pitches, arguing it is against France's Republican principles.

What's on in France: Ten great things to do in May
Photo: AFP

Events to keep you entertained as summer approaches.

Labour reform protests
Who are the masked rioters causing havoc in France?
Photos: AFP

Who's smashing up shops, banks, and bus stops - and attacking the French police force?

Brexit referendum
Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
Photo: AFP

British expats did not turn their backs on the UK, they took advantage of Britain being in the EU and it's a travesty many of them won't get a say in whether it leaves.

Defending 'monsters': Meet Abdeslam's French lawyer
Frank Berton, lawyer to suspected Paris terror attacker Salah Abdeslam. Photo: AFP

Even terrorists need a lawyer. And the Frenchman defending Salah Abdeslam says he hesitated to take the job.

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From our other editions
Teen confesses to gang rape attack in Vienna
CHRISTIAN BRUNA/EPA

Teenager admits to being involved in an alleged gang rape attack on a student in a public toilet in Vienna.

Council-funded brothel touted for Zurich
File photo: Joshua Rindner

A Zurich politician files a motion to open a municipal brothel.

The Local List
Germany's most bizarre May 1st traditions
Locals from Ruhpolding, Bavaria ride a stolen Maibaum down the street. Photo: DPA.

May 1st brings out weird and wonderful traditions in Germany, from mountain-top witch parties to day-drinking and dancing. Something wicked this way comes...

Could Danes face a 'red meat tax' to help climate?
The council said that consumers should be prompted to eat less meat through a tax. Photo: Bjarke Bo Olsen/Scanpix

“Danes are ethically obligated to change their eating habits," the Danish Council on Ethics said in suggesting a tax on meat.

Couple caught on camera having sex on metro platform
Screen grab: Krroks/YouTube

The hunt is on for a couple filmed getting a bit too frisky on a metro platform in Barcelona on Saturday night.

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