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France arms Lebanon for Isis fight
Photo: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP

France arms Lebanon for Isis fight

The first French weapons will arrive in Lebanon on Monday as allies seek to bolster the country's defences against jihadists. READ  

Paoli Sari. Photo: Valery Hache
Michelin-starred chef is organic 'fanatic'

Michelin-starred chef is organic 'fanatic'

France has many restaurants claiming the "bio" label, but only one to earn a star in the fabled Michelin Guide. READ  

PSG ease Barca pain with Nice win
Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

PSG ease Barca pain with Nice win

Paris Saint-Germain bounced back from their Champions League humbling against Barcelona by beating Nice 3-1 on Saturday to boost their bid for a hat-trick of Ligue 1 titles. READ  

Surfers shun Réunion after shark attacks
Photo: Richard Bouhet/AFP

Surfers shun Réunion after shark attacks

Reunion, once a haven for surfers from around the world, has become a deadly black spot for the sport after a slew of shark attacks. READ  

French ship 'Hermoine' sails again
Photo: Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP

French ship 'Hermoine' sails again

A replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, will set sail for the United States again on Saturday, 235 years after the original crossing. READ  

Teens suspected of French website attacks
File photo: Denis Charlet/AFP

Teens suspected of French website attacks

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Tête-a-tête - Tu versus vous
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  

Racism in France
France unveils plan to fight 'intolerable' racism
The French government will reveal on Friday how it plans to tackle racism in France.Photo: AFP

France unveils plan to fight 'intolerable' racism

UPDATED: France’s top ministers, lead by the PM Manuel Valls, unveiled on Friday the country's new plan to tackle rising racism and anti-Semitism in the country. Incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia have rocketed since January’s terror attacks. READ  

Huge blaze cuts Paris train link to CDG airport
Rail traffic to the Charles de Gaulle airport has been disrupted. Photo: AFP

Huge blaze cuts Paris train link to CDG airport

UPDATED: The RER B train line linking Paris to Charles de Gaulle airport was cut on Friday after thick black smoke from a huge fire filled the skies to the north of Paris. 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  

Features
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  

So why would anyone want to live in Lille?
Lille as seen from the town's Ferris Wheel. Photo: Maelick/Flickr

So why would anyone want to live in Lille?

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  

My French habits that foreigners just don't get
Where's the handle? The French love to drink out of a bowl. Photo: Su-May/Flickr

My French habits that foreigners just don't get

Do the French have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, UK-based French journalist Chloé Farand lists a number of her typical Gallic traits or customs that leave her Anglo friends bemused or, if bread, jam and coffee are involved, even disgusted. READ  

New Calais migrant camp 'the worst in Europe'
"The New Jungle" - a makeshift home for migrants in Calais. Photo: AFP

New Calais migrant camp 'the worst in Europe'

After hundreds of migrants were forced to relocate their shanty town to another part of the northern French city of Calais, aid workers have slammed the new settlement as the "worst in Europe" for the refugees from war zones. READ  

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US families of Holocaust victims sue SNCF
An SNCF train, stationed in northern France. Photo: Alfenaar/Flickr

US families of Holocaust victims sue SNCF

Descendants of Holocaust victims have filed a lawsuit in the US claiming France's national railway seized property of tens of thousands of Jews and others sent to Nazi concentration camps from France, according to court documents. READ  

Metro whizzes through Paris with doors open
A Paris Metro hurtles through a tunnel with the doors open. Photo: Le Traineau/YouTube

Metro whizzes through Paris with doors open

Or at least that's what a video that has appeared on YouTube appears to show. The French capital's transport chiefs have launched an investigation. But is it real? READ  

'French Snowdens' to get protection under law
Edward Snowden, seen here talking via an online feed, has been in limbo in Moscow ever since his passport was revoked a few years ago. Photo: AFP

'French Snowdens' to get protection under law

French MPs have voted through a new amendment to the controversial surveillance bill, which would allow whistleblower spies to be protected by law. READ  

One million bees killed in French road crash
The honeybees drowned in their own supply of unprocessed honey. Photo: Autan/Flickr

One million bees killed in French road crash

An estimated one million honeybees were killed after the vehicle that was transporting them crashed into a car in southern France. However tens of thousands survived only to attack emergency rescue teams. READ  

Hollande basks in good vibes from Swiss visit
Swiss president Sommaruga with Hollande. Photo: DFJP

Hollande basks in good vibes from Swiss visit

French President François Hollande may be having difficulties in his own country but he received a generally warm response during his historic two-day visit to Switzerland. READ  

France joins European probe into Facebook
Photo: Maria Elena/Flickr

France joins European probe into Facebook

European data protection authorities have joined forces to probe Facebook's privacy controls, a French watchdog said on Thursday, putting the popular US social media giant under fresh pressure. READ  

Mourners march for murdered French girl
Chloe's mother, centre, is joined by other mourners in Calais on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Mourners march for murdered French girl

UPDATED: There was anger and shock in Calais on Thursday as around 5,000 mourners marched in the name of Chloé, the nine-year-old French girl, who was raped and murdered by a Polish man this week. READ  

Mutilated body found in France 'likely elderly Brit'
Photo: AFP

Mutilated body found in France 'likely elderly Brit'

The mutilated body of what police believe may be a missing elderly British woman was found "in two different areas" of a southern French region where she lived, prosecutors said on Thursday. READ  

Heart trouble puts Jean-Marie Le Pen in hospital
A picture taken on March 23rd 2014 in Nanterre shows French far-right Front National (FN) founder and honorary President Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photo: AFP

Heart trouble puts Jean-Marie Le Pen in hospital

The elderly founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was hospitalized on Thursday for what he said was a "small heart problem", just days after a bitter spat with his daughter. READ  

Top French court lifts ban on 'racist' cakes
The baker must now remove the controversial cakes from his bakery. Photo: CRAN

Top French court lifts ban on 'racist' cakes

France's top administrative court on Thursday overturned a ban on the display in a pastry shop of "racist" cakes in the shape of a naked man and woman coated in dark chocolate. READ  

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Austrian survives ten hours under avalanche
The rescue team. Photo: zeitungsfoto.at

Austrian survives ten hours under avalanche

An Austrian man survived being buried under a massive avalanche in Gschnitztal, Tyrol, for ten hours on Sunday. READ  

CERN 'in shock' over fatal Valais avalanche
The Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN. Photo: Adam Nieman/Flickr

CERN 'in shock' over fatal Valais avalanche

UPDATE: An official from the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Monday the organization was in shock over an avalanche that killed one of its employees and critically injured another in the canton of Valais on Sunday. READ  

German is world's fourth most popular language
An international German class point to where they are from on the map. Photo: DPA

German is world's fourth most popular language

After 15 years of research and a 1,300 page book on the subject, sociolinguistics professor Dr. Ulrich Ammon found that German is surprisingly popular with language learners all over the world. READ  

Turkey angered by Copenhagen sculpture
Artists' illustration of how the sculpture will look when placed in Kultorvet. Photo: Invivia/Folkedrab100

Turkey angered by Copenhagen sculpture

Plans to install a sculpture commemorating the Armenian Genocide in one of Copenhagen's busiest squares have Turkish officials up in arms. READ  

Marbella tragedy
Teacher drowned trying to save deaf students

Teacher drowned trying to save deaf students

The Turkish teacher who drowned trying to save the lives of his deaf students off a Marbella beach on Monday was due to marry later this year, it has emerged. READ  

Italian woman gives birth ten days after abortion
Despite an ultrasound, the woman's gynecologist allegedly failed to realize the abortion had gone wrong. Ultrasound photo: Shutterstock

Italian woman gives birth ten days after abortion

A woman is taking her gynecologist to court after having to give birth to her dead fetus ten days after she thought she had gone through a successful abortion. READ  

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway
The mystery worms spotted lying on the snow by Karstein Erstad on Sunday. Photo: Karstein Erstad

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway

Earthworms have been raining down from heaven over large areas of southern Norway, leaving biologists and meteorologists scratching their heads. READ  

'Submarine' in Sweden was only civilian boat
Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad at a press conference after Sweden's October submarine hunt. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

'Submarine' in Sweden was only civilian boat

UPDATED: A suspected submarine spotted in the Stockholm archipelago a week after Sweden's extensive hunt for Russian underwater vessels last autumn was only a civilian boat, Sweden's Armed Forces have now said. But they remain convinced that the first sighting was a small foreign sub. READ  

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