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10,000 campers forced to flee forest fire in France
Fires have been spreading through France this summer. Photo: AFP

10,000 campers forced to flee forest fire in France

UPDATED: A new wild fire broke out in the south of France on Monday afternoon which forced authorities to evacuate three campsites where 10,000 holidaymakers had been staying. READ  

UK minister holds EU reform talks in Paris
UK's George Osborne and France's Michel Sapin wil talk in Paris on Monday. Photo: AFP

UK minister holds EU reform talks in Paris

Britain's finance minister said on Monday he believed a "win-win" solution was possible to reform the EU ahead of his country's in-out referendum, as he kicked off a tour of European capitals. READ  

EU takes France to court over Ryanair aid
Brussels has demanded millions of euros from Ryanair over the use of several airports in France. Photo: AFP

EU takes France to court over Ryanair aid

The EU referred France to the bloc's top court on Monday for failing to recover nearly €10 million in illegal state aid received by low-cost airlines Ryanair and Transavia. READ  

IN PICTURES
Huge forest fire rages in France for fourth day
A firefighter surveys the damage as the fire continues to ravage south western France. Photo: AFP

Huge forest fire rages in France for fourth day

UPDATED: One of France's worst forest fires in five years is still raging in southwestern France, with the homes of around 1,000 people evacuated since Friday. READ  

Bikini beating furore shows tension in France
A file image of a woman sunbathing in swimwear at a park. Photo: AFP

Bikini beating furore shows tension in France

French social media erupted in fury at the weekend after news spread that a woman sunbathing in a park in northern France was badly beaten for wearing a bikini. The blame was immediately pointed at Muslim 'religious police' but it appears people were too quick to point the finger. READ  

French police seize six tonnes of cannabis
The hashish haul was among the biggest in years for French police. File photo: AFP

French police seize six tonnes of cannabis

French police discovered nearly six tonnes of cannabis resin, known as hashish, in a villa in the southern city of Marseille and arrested three men, the interior ministry said on Monday. READ  

French farmers block German, Spanish trucks
French farmers block a motorway in France to demonstrate against low market prices. Photo: Philippe Desmazes / AFP.

French farmers block German, Spanish trucks

UPDATED: French farmers said on Monday they had blocked and turned back as many as 300 trucks importing food from Germany, the latest protest against a fall in food prices. READ  

Swiss army nabs French water to give to cows
Cows can drink up to 150 litres of water per day.

Swiss army nabs French water to give to cows

The Swiss army is in trouble with French authorities after it used water from a French lake to help hydrate thirsty Swiss cows. READ  

Riviera beach locked down for Saudi royals
French police block th entrance to the Mirandole beach, that has been overtaken by the Saudi royal family. Photo: AFP

Riviera beach locked down for Saudi royals

The Mirandole beach on the French Riviera, which is usually packed with holidaymakers, is eerily quiet after being locked down for the lavish visit of Saudi Arabia's King Salman that has riled some locals. READ  

DFDS halts Dover to Calais ferry services

DFDS halts Dover to Calais ferry services

Danish ferry company DFDS Seaways said Sunday it has suspended its services linking northern France's Calais and England's Dover after one of its vessels was hit by a distress flare. READ  

Features
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  

Guest blog - French women
'What is this obsession with French women?'
French actresses Alice Isaaz (L) and Lola Le Lann (R). Time to end our obsession with French women? Photo: AFP

'What is this obsession with French women?'

An article in the British press on the "art of being a French woman" has irked many a Gallic female, many of whom it seems are fed up with the stereotypes written about them. One of them is blogger Muriel Demarcus, who penned this angry response. READ  

A Local tête-à-tête
Should two expats in France 'faire la bise'?
Should expats in France "faire la bise"? Photo: AFP

Should two expats in France 'faire la bise'?

The Local's Ben McPartland and Oliver Gee disagree about what appears to be a touchy subject - performing a French greeting kiss or "la bise" with a fellow expat. Who do you agree with? READ  

Paris Plages 2015
Paris Plages: Ten great reasons to hit the beach
Here's 10 things not to miss at the 2015 edition of Paris-Plage. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

Paris Plages: Ten great reasons to hit the beach

The French capital's beach festival "Paris Plages" opens on Monday and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We've scoured the programme and found the top ten activities on offer. READ  

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Tour de France 2015
Froome defies abuse to win Tour de France
Nairo Quintana (L) shakes hands with the UK's Christopher Froome prior to Saturday's twentieth stage of the Tour De France. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Froome defies abuse to win Tour de France

Britain's Chris Froome overcame suspicion, cups of urine, spit and abuse to claim his second Tour de France title on Sunday. READ  

Hot air balloons in world record flight in France
The balloons included one designed as a French chateau. Photo: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / AFP

Hot air balloons in world record flight in France

Four hundred thirty-three hot air balloons lifted off from an air base in eastern France on Sunday and soared straight into the record books. READ  

Police fire on car driven at Tour de France barrier
The Place de la Concorde in Paris. Photo: AFP / Ludovic Marin

Police fire on car driven at Tour de France barrier

French police opened fire Sunday at a car which smashed through a security barrier in central Paris close to the finishing line of cycling's Tour de France, a police source said. READ  

Water-bombers dousing Bordeaux forest fire
Photo: Mehdi Fedouach / AFP

Water-bombers dousing Bordeaux forest fire

Water-bombers were called in on Saturday to try to contain a forest fire burning on the western outskirts of Bordeaux that has prompted dozens of evacuations including from a psychiatric facility, authorities said. READ  

New measures to stop migrant deaths in Calais
A police officer sprays tear gas to migrants trying to access the Channel Tunnel. Photo: AFP

New measures to stop migrant deaths in Calais

After the death of another two UK-bound migrants were reported on Friday, French authorities have come up with a number of measures to improve security in Calais in the hope of preventing more. READ  

'B**ch' and 'brainless': French shop slurs clients
The French appliance store Boulanger has been left red faced after its store workers insulted clients. Photo: AFP

'B**ch' and 'brainless': French shop slurs clients

It's fair to say French store staff are not renowned for their warm customer service but referring to customers by the likes of "big bitch", "brainless" and "ball breaker" is taking things to whole a new level. READ  

Riviera beach-gate
50,000 say 'non' to Saudi royals taking over beach
The stretch of beach at the centre of a storm in the Riviera. Photo: AFP

50,000 say 'non' to Saudi royals taking over beach

Over 50,000 people have signed a petition to stop Saudi Royals from annexing a public Riviera beach so they can have it all to themselves during a visit to the south of France. Local authorities gave the family permission on the grounds of security. READ  

Air France to cut more costs after €600m losses
Air France will have to cut more costs after making €619 million losses.

Air France to cut more costs after €600m losses

Air France-KLM said on Friday it would add a further €300 million ($328.4 million) to a previously announced €1.5-billion cost-cutting programme as it revealed first-half losses of €619 million. READ  

French MPs under fire for trip to annexed Crimea
A Russian soldier in the annexed peninsula of Crimea. Photo: AFP

French MPs under fire for trip to annexed Crimea

France's foreign minstry has deplored a group of opposition MPs who are paying a visit to the peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine. READ  

French cops rebel over order to give kids sweets
Police have refused to give out candy to children at the CDG airport in Paris. Photo: AFP

French cops rebel over order to give kids sweets

French border police who were supposed to be improving their image at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris have said they no longer want to give candy to children because it "undermines their profession". READ  

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Tom Cruise in Vienna for M:I5 premiere
Tom Cruise filming on the State Opera. Photo: Katharina Rohrer

Tom Cruise in Vienna for M:I5 premiere

Hollywood star Tom Cruise is back in Vienna for the world premiere of his new movie Mission: Impossible ‎- Rogue Nation on Thursday. Parts of the film were shot in the Austrian capital last year - including dramatic stunt scenes on the roof of the State Opera. READ  

Girl, 5, dies after mum leaves her in boiling car
File photo of a lake view in Switzerland's Ticino region.

Girl, 5, dies after mum leaves her in boiling car

A five-year-old girl in the Swiss canton of Ticino has died after her mother left her alone in a boiling hot car, as Switzerland continues to sizzle in a record-breaking heatwave. READ  

'Angela Merkel' stars in lesbian magazine ad
An actress plays Chancellor Angela Merkel in the magazine ad. Screenshot:Twitter.

'Angela Merkel' stars in lesbian magazine ad

Wednesday sees the launch of new magazine "Straight," aimed at gay women across Germany – but the magazine's advert is already causing something of a stir, reports Der Tagesspiegel. READ  

Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements
Integration Minister Inger Støjberg. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements

The government plans to launch an information campaign in foreign newspapers to deter refugees in response to human smugglers publishing comparative information on refugee benefits in EU countries. READ  

Spanish town gives pets equal rights as citizens
Dogs and cats have been recognised as "non-human residents" of the Trigueros del Valle. Photo: AFP

Spanish town gives pets equal rights as citizens

A town in Spain has become the first to recognise dogs and cats as "non-human residents" awarding them equal rights to co-exist alongside their human counterparts. READ  

Tornado predicted as Italy heatwave ends
A tornado over the Italian city of Genoa. Photo: Bibipisi74

Tornado predicted as Italy heatwave ends

The hot stuffy weather brought by the hellish heatwave Caronte is set to end this weekend, but meteorologists are warning that it's no cause for celebration. READ  

Queen Sonja comes to aid of Norwegian teens
Queen Sonja. Photo: Lisa Åserud

Queen Sonja comes to aid of Norwegian teens

Two teenagers who came to the aid of an injured girl off the island of Tjøme this week after the girl fell off a boat, were offered assistance by Queen Sonja who was spending her summer holidays at her family’s vacation home nearby. READ  

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Nine ways to become a truly Swedish man
Have you been on paternity leave? Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/Image Bank Sweden

Nine ways to become a truly Swedish man

You can shop the look at cool Scandinavian fashion stores, or stick around long enough to get your own residency permit. But to really become a Swedish man, The Local reckons you've got to share these nine experiences. READ  

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