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France opens probe into Qatar forced labour
Vinci and its QDVC subsidiary are facing a suit alleging forced labour in Qatar. Photo: AFP

France opens probe into Qatar forced labour

French prosecutors said Saturday they had opened a preliminary probe into a lobby group's claims that construction giant Vinci is using forced labour on building projects for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. READ  

Foiled Paris Church Attack
Thwarted French jihadist faces terror charges
The suspect is still being treated in a hospital in Paris. Photo: AFP

Thwarted French jihadist faces terror charges

An Algerian jihadist sympathiser arrested in connection with a thwarted attack on a church in France was charged with terror-related murder Friday after five days of police questioning. READ  

French recycling rates slammed as 'disastrous'
The "Triman" recycling logo next to trash containers in Paris. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP

French recycling rates slammed as 'disastrous'

Less than a quarter of household waste in France is recycled according to a report this week, a statistic that a French consumer watchdog has described as “disastrous” and well below that of the country's European neighbours. READ  

Putin calls on Hollande to mend ties to help trade
Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande arrive into the Genocide memorial, on April 24, 2015 in Yerevan. Photo: AFP

Putin calls on Hollande to mend ties to help trade

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his French counterpart François Hollande to restore ties that have been undermined by tension over Ukraine. For his part Hollande told Puting to ensure there the peace accords were implemented. READ  

French may be enforced on all flights to Canada

French may be enforced on all flights to Canada

It could soon become obligatory for all airlines serving Canada to ensure French speakers are among the crew and announcements are made in both French and English. The move was inspired by a row on an Air Canada flight over a can of lemonade. READ  

Foiled Paris church attack
Foiled terror suspect 'controlled' from Syria
Sid Ahmed Ghlam, who is suspected of planning a Charlie Hebdo style attack on churches in Paris. Photo: Screengrab iTele

Foiled terror suspect 'controlled' from Syria

The student suspected of planning to launch a terror attack on churches in Paris was to appear before judges on Friday as police become convinced he was "controlled remotely by mysterious men" probably in Syria. READ  

French prof suspended for 'defending Hitler'
The teacher allegedly told students Hitler was a "good man". Photo of a classroom: Shutterstock

French prof suspended for 'defending Hitler'

A teacher at a high school in central France has been temporarily suspended after her pupils reported her to education chiefs for allegedly repeatedly defending Adolf Hitler during German lessons. READ  

Hollande urges Turkey over Armenian genocide
French president François Hollande arrives in Armenia for a ceremony commemorating the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Photo: AFP

Hollande urges Turkey over Armenian genocide

French president François Hollande has urged Turkey to end its refusal to recognise the massacre of Armenians during World War One. READ  

Indonesia prepares to execute Frenchman
French drug convict and death row prisoner Serge Atlaoui (C) is escorted by police upon his arrival at Tangerang court outside Jakarta on April 1, 2015. Photo: AFP

Indonesia prepares to execute Frenchman

Desperate diplomatic calls from France and the EU urging Indonesia to spare the life of a Frenchman on death row appear have fallen on deaf ears with the convicted drug trafficker set to be executed in the coming days. READ  

Mediterranean Migrants Crisis
France wants UN support to destroy migrant boats
Amnesty International activists and migrants protest before a meeting of the European Council on Mediterranean migrants crisis in Brussels, on April 23, 2015. Photo: AFP

France wants UN support to destroy migrant boats

France will go to the UN to try to get backing for the EU to destroy boats used by migrant traffickers in the Mediterranean. Paris also joined Berlin and London in pledging more ships and aircraft after an emergency summit in Brussels. READ  

Features
Language Matters
Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?
"Did you just say tu to me?" Photo: Shutterstock

Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?

Everyone who has ever lived in France knows all about the social minefield that is tu and vous - and that goes for the French too. The Local France’s editor Ben McPartland and French language expert Camille Chevalier-Karfis argue over whether it’s time to ditch the protocol. READ  

Visiting Paris
The weirdest objects you can see around Paris
Just one of the unusual things you can see around Paris. Photo: ollografik/Flickr

The weirdest objects you can see around Paris

From horned birds to pinched nipples, Paris has more than its share of wacky and offbeat objects to see. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the most unusual things you can find in the city's museums, shops... and even sewers, courtesy of the folks behind the Paris Pass sightseeing package. READ  

Les Entrepreneurs
The story of Paris's most popular picnics
Paris Picnic has been delivering for two years. Photo: Private

The story of Paris's most popular picnics

In the latest installment of our "Les Entrepreneurs" series, we talk to the Russian/American founder of Paris Picnic, Katya Kroupnik, about how she went from making three picnics a week to 30 a day in the space of a year. READ  

Paris: Icon Edith Piaf celebrated at exhibit
Director of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France Bruno Racine, poses during the opening of the exhibition "Piaf", dedicated to France's legendary singer Edith Piaf. Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP

Paris: Icon Edith Piaf celebrated at exhibit

Her soaring, emotion-wracked voice remains the defining soundtrack of old, romantic France and her colourful life the stuff of legend. READ  

Is Lille France's most underrated city?
Lille as seen from the town's Ferris Wheel. Photo: Maelick/Flickr

Is Lille France's most underrated city?

France's fourth biggest city, Lille, is often overlooked as a place to settle in France. But with an influx of hipsters, fantastic access to three European hubs, and impressive culture scene to boot - there's a lot more to Lille than meets the eye. READ  

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Religious conflict on rise in French workplaces
17 percent of religious conflicts in the workplace were about religious symbols. Woman wearing a headscarf at work: Shutterstock

Religious conflict on rise in French workplaces

France may officially be a secular country but the question of religion in the workplace is becoming more and more significant and it is increasingly the source of conflicts in offices, a new survey has found. READ  

French perfumer bottles scent of dead loved ones
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French perfumer bottles scent of dead loved ones

A French company has come up with a novel way to keep people close to their departed loved ones: bottling their unique scent as a perfume. READ  

Guest blog
How foreigners can blend in with the French
The French love their fast food but they would never admit it. Photo: Shutterstock

How foreigners can blend in with the French

Ever been spoken to in English in France before you've even opened your mouth? French blogger Muriel Jacques offers some practical advice to help you blend in. READ  

French economy 'on verge of stalling'... again
Clouds gather over the financial district in La Defense Paris as the French economy looks set to stall again, according to one survey. Photo: AFP

French economy 'on verge of stalling'... again

There was more bad news for the French economy on Thursday, this time in the form of a business activity survey of the country's private sector which suggested the economy was grinding to a halt again. READ  

The View from France
Why the French may care little for the UK election
Dave, Nick and even "Ed the red" are failing to grab the attention of the French public. Photo: AFP

Why the French may care little for the UK election

In the weeks leading up the French presidential election the British media is normally gripped by the race for the Elysée palace. But the French just don't seem that interested in next month's UK election. Here’s why they just might not care as much. READ  

Naked punter chases prostitute in Toulouse
A man was seen running stark naked through Toulouse after apparently having been robbed by a prostitute. Photo: AFP

Naked punter chases prostitute in Toulouse

A man in the southern French city of Toulouse was quite literally caught with his pants down on Wednesday when he was arrested stark naked at the city’s main station while chasing a prostitute who had apparently robbed him. READ  

Paris church terror plot
France hunts for church terror plot accomplices
Kalashnikovs, the likes of which were found in the car of the student behind the Paris church terror plot. File Photo: AFP

France hunts for church terror plot accomplices

French police were desperately hunting on Thursday for possible accomplices to an Algerian whose plan to attack churches was foiled when his arsenal of weapons was uncovered purely by chance. Prosecutors believe at least two individuals were helping the student. READ  

Express lane to Paris from airport set to open
The scheme will apply to vehicles travelling from the airport in the direction of Paris. The A1 motorway in the direction of the airport: Shutterstock

Express lane to Paris from airport set to open

Getting from Charles De Gaulle airport to Paris by taxi or bus should soon be a lot speedier thanks to a new fast lane on the motorway. Good news for travellers given that the rail link is notoriously unreliable. READ  

'Five terror plots' foiled in France since January
French PM Manuel Valls talks to President François Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. Photo: AFP

'Five terror plots' foiled in France since January

French PM Manuel Valls revealed on Thursday that five terror plots against the country have been foiled since the Paris attacks, as police continue their desperate hunt for any accomplices of the student terror suspect who planned to attack churches. READ  

Foiled Paris terror attack
Can France really protect all of its churches?
Soldiers guard a Jewish school in Paris. Will churches see the same kind of protection in the months to come? Photo: AFP

Can France really protect all of its churches?

UPDATED: French PM Manuel Valls said a 24-year-old IT student's foiled terror plot was undoubtedly designed to target the country's Christians as one terrorism expert tells The Local, the already stretched counter-terror forces will have no choice but to boost security at the country's churches. READ  

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Racist outburst prompts civil courage debate
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Racist outburst prompts civil courage debate

A video of a man hurling racist abuse at a Somali passenger on a tram in Vienna has caused outrage on social media and provoked a discussion about moral courage. READ  

Ranking downgrades Swiss passport's 'power'

Ranking downgrades Swiss passport's 'power'

The passports of 18 countries are regarded as more “powerful” than the one offered by Switzerland, according to a new survey. READ  

G36 rifle 'has no future' in German army
Defence minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: DPA

G36 rifle 'has no future' in German army

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on Wednesday that the controversial G36 rifle 'has no future in the German Army,' signalling the end of a two decade relationship between the army and the dodgy weapon. READ  

Denmark officially bans bestiality
Food and Agriculture Minister Dan Jørgensen was behind the ban. Photo: Sonny Munk Carlsen/Scanpix

Denmark officially bans bestiality

As of Tuesday it is no longer legal to have sex with animals in Denmark, bringing the country's bestiality laws in line with its neighbours. READ  

Barcelona school attack
Student kills teacher with crossbow in Barcelona
Police officers stand guard outside Joan Fuster secondary school in Barcelona. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Student kills teacher with crossbow in Barcelona

UPDATED: Police have detained a 13-year-old after a teacher was shot dead with a crossbow and several others injured in a Barcelona secondary school. READ  

The Local List
Top ten problems of growing up multilingual
Growing up speaking more than one language is not always a blessing. Photo: Shutterstock

Top ten problems of growing up multilingual

Although it may sound to some like a dream, being brought up multilingual can have its downsides. Trilingual journalist Anna Pujol-Mazzini lists ten of the most common problems. READ  

EU's crazy homeopathy cure for Norway fish
These healthy looking salmon need no sugar pills. Photo: Norsk Havbrukssenter/Flickr

EU's crazy homeopathy cure for Norway fish

Norwegian vets are up in arms about a “scientifically illiterate” European directive that mandates the use of homeopathic medicines as the first line of treatment for organic farmed fish. READ  

The Local List
My Swedish habits that foreigners just don't get
Swedes eat crayfish in August. Only in August. Photo: Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se

My Swedish habits that foreigners just don't get

Do the Swedes have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, The Local's Emma Löfgren, who has recently returned to Sweden from the UK, lists some of the Nordic traits that leave her foreign friends bemused. READ  

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