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French sailors lift blockade of Calais port
French strikers have lifted their latest blockade of Calais. Photo: AFP

French sailors lift blockade of Calais port

35 minutes ago

Protesting French seamen ended their blockade of the northern port of Calais in the early hours of Monday, after stranding thousands of cross-Channel ferry passengers on a busy bank holiday weekend in Britain.

Migrants crisis
EU countries call for migrant crisis meeting
A Syrian couple waits with other migrants for the train near a train station in Macedonia. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP

EU countries call for migrant crisis meeting

15 hours ago

Germany, France and Britain made a joint call Sunday for an urgent meeting of EU interior and justice ministers to find concrete measures to cope with the escalating migration crisis.

Migrants crisis
French PM: We must let in migrants fleeing war
Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaking on Sunday. Photo: Xavier Leoty/AFP

French PM: We must let in migrants fleeing war

16 hours ago

People fleeing war and persecution must be welcomed into France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday as Europe faces a mounting migrant crisis.

Europe ministers call for more train security
Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP

Europe ministers call for more train security

21 hours ago

European ministers called on Saturday for more multinational patrols and tickets marked with passengers' names on major continental trains in the wake of last week's foiled jihadist attack.

French meal-sharing websites under fire
Photo: Nicolas Tucat/AFP

French meal-sharing websites under fire

1 day ago

First taxis rose up against Uber, then hotels challenged Airbnb and now, restaurants in France are taking on meal-sharing sites they believe create unfair competition and could sap jobs.

French drug dealer held for giving free samples
On the handwritten leaflet the dealer added a taped half gram of cannabis resin. Photo: Police Nationale

French drug dealer held for giving free samples

2 days ago

A man in central France has been hauled in by the police after he reportedly gave out flyers advertising his product - together with a free sample of cannabis resin.

Top French MP quits 'leftist' Green party
French MP and former member of Ecological-Green Party (EELV) Francois de Rugy gives a press conference. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Top French MP quits 'leftist' Green party

2 days ago

One of the leaders of the ecologist parliamentary group, François de Rugy, has resigned from France’s Green Party, claiming that the party has moved too far to the left.

Minister: 35-hour week not working in France
French Economy Minister Emmanual Macron. Photo: AFP

Minister: 35-hour week not working in France

2 days ago

France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron took aim at France's 35-hour working week on Thursday, saying the Socialists were wrong to think life would improve if people worked fewer hours.

French traffic headaches forecast as holidays end
Being stuck in a car or a train will not be pleasant this weekend. Photo: AFP

French traffic headaches forecast as holidays end

2 days ago

School's back next week - and the weekend traffic is forecast to be a nightmare as everyone returns home from their holidays. Here's what you need to know.

Ligue 1
Kurzawa out of clash with former club Monaco
Paris Saint-Germain newly recruited defender Layvin Kurzawa. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Kurzawa out of clash with former club Monaco

2 days ago

New Paris Saint-Germain signing Layvin Kurzawa will miss an immediate return to former employers Monaco on Sunday due to an ankle injury.

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The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris
Paris has its fair share of crazy cocktail bars. Photo: Dana Albers/Flickr

The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris

August 26, 2015

Paris has its fair share of outlandish bars. From Mexican wrestling to Siberian temperatures, there's something for all tastes.

Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach
If you want to blend in, then get some decent sun block. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach

August 20, 2015

Wonder why everyone’s staring at you? If you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb on a beach in France, then read our list of ways to blend in.

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Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris
A recent subject on the Humans of Paris site. Photo: Humans of Paris

Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris

August 19, 2015

Marco Hazan runs "Humans of Paris", an incredibly popular photo-based Facebook page that aims to show the real side of Parisians. The Local chatted to the 18-year-old student to find out more.

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Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France
Fancy spending a night in a treehouse? Photo: www.lesalicourts.com

Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France

August 17, 2015

With the Palace of Versailles potentially soon set to open its doors to overnight guests, we take a look at some of the other unusual holiday accommodation options in France - from enormous bubbles to treetop hangouts.

Calais migrant crisis
Calais: A 'dying' city but not quite like Baghdad
Migrants' tents lined up alongside the water underneath the shadow of the Belfry. Photo: AFP

Calais: A 'dying' city but not quite like Baghdad

August 14, 2015

Historic Calais has been blighted by the ever-worsening migrant crisis in Europe, but while residents tell The Local the port city is dying a slow death, it's nowhere near as bad as the UK press make it out to be.

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French fraudster targets women called Josette
Several Josettes in France have been targeted by the fraudster. Photo: Duru/Flickr

French fraudster targets women called Josette

2 days ago

French women named Josette are advised to be on their guard after three women with that name were targeted by a fraudster in the northern city of Rouen. Several other Josettes are also thought to have been targeted.

Scarlett Johansson loses war on French book
The decision to republish comes one year after Delacourt was ordered to pay the star €2,500 ($3400) for his depiction of her in the novel. Photo: AFP

Scarlett Johansson loses war on French book

2 days ago

A French novel based on American actress Scarlett Johansson which the star sought to ban has now been translated into English and will be published in the UK within weeks, British media has reported.

UN to meet in Paris over minorities hit by Isis

UN to meet in Paris over minorities hit by Isis

3 days ago

A UN conference on minorities persecuted by the Islamic State group will be held on September 8th in Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday.

French journos 'try to blackmail' Morocco king
King Mohammed VI. Photo: AFP

French journos 'try to blackmail' Morocco king

3 days ago

Two French investigative journalists were arrested on Thursday in Paris on suspicion of trying to blackmail the king of Morocco, legal sources in both countries said.

Police evacuate France's oldest shanty town
Roma community members walk with their belongings after the forced evacuation of their camp on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Police evacuate France's oldest shanty town

3 days ago

A 300-strong Roma population was evicted from a shanty town in the northern suburbs of Paris on Thursday, despite a strong call for the camp to remain.

French coach drivers to get forced breath tests
People waiting at the Gallieni international bus station and coach terminal in Bagnolet, east of Paris. Photo: Hugo Mathy/AFP

French coach drivers to get forced breath tests

3 days ago

Coach drivers in France will be forced to have their blood-alcohol level tested via a breathalyzer before driving as part of a move to increase safety on the country’s growing coach industry.

France's Total sells North Sea gas assets
Tank trucks at French oil giant Total's La Mede refinery in Chateauneuf-les-Martigues. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

France's Total sells North Sea gas assets

3 days ago

French oil giant Total announced on Thursday it had agreed to sell a North Sea gas terminal and two pipelines in a deal worth over $900 million in a move to help offset falling oil prices.

French police clear train after 'armed men joke'
The TGV train was evacuated in Nimes, southern France. File photo: AFP

French police clear train after 'armed men joke'

3 days ago

In what might be the least funny "joke" of the year, a teenage girl sent her mother a text claiming there were two armed men aboard her train in southern France. Police weren't laughing.

Journo 'tests' French rail security with fake gun
A Securail railway security agent stands on the platform at the Zuid-Midi railway station in Brussels. Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga/AFP

Journo 'tests' French rail security with fake gun

3 days ago

A Belgian journalist has managed to travel on a French train with a fake machine gun just days after a terror attack was foiled on a Paris-bound train.

Gunman at French camp shootout was drunk
Members of the gendarmes forensic unit set up a workspace on a road near a traveller camp. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Gunman at French camp shootout was drunk

3 days ago

UPDATED: Investigators have revealed that a drunken man was behind the fatal shooting of four people at a traveller camp in northern France on Tuesday.

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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000
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Six-year-old girl being sued for €38,000

3 days ago

A six-year-old girl is being sued by a woman for €38,000 for causing a skiing accident in Vorarlberg that left the adult with serious injuries.

School tells Muslim pupil to take off veil in class
The student (not pictured) was sent home from school. Photo: Heng Fu Ming

School tells Muslim pupil to take off veil in class

August 24, 2015

A high school in the canton of Bern has forbidden a pupil from wearing the hijab in class, Swiss media reported on Monday.

Gabriel visits Saxony after weekend of violence
Protests in Heidenau turned violent as right-wing demonstrators clashed with police at the weekend. Photo:DPA.

Gabriel visits Saxony after weekend of violence

August 24, 2015

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel is to visit the Saxon town of Heidenau on Monday after far right demonstrators clashed with police outside a refugee home in the town over the weekend.

Denmark considers citizenship rule changes
Inger Støjberg said she is considering changes to Danish citizenship requirements. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

Denmark considers citizenship rule changes

August 25, 2015

The Danish government is considering changes to the nation’s citizenship laws that may make it harder to get citizenship in the future and pull the rug out from under 1,950 foreigners who have already satisfied the current requirements.

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table
The picnic bench was positioned on top of the ancient tomb. Stock photo: Michael Coghlan/Flickr

Fury as archaeological site ruined and replaced with picnic table

August 26, 2015

Builders in a Galician village confused a neolithic tomb with a broken stone picnic table and replaced the 6,000-year-old artefact with a brand spanking new concrete bench.

Italian woman locks up man for refusing sex
The woman allegedly locked up the man at her home near Naples. Photo: Alexandra Svatikova

Italian woman locks up man for refusing sex

August 25, 2015

A 46-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of abduction after locking a 25-year-old man in the basement of her home near Naples because he denied her sex, Italian media reported.

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles
The Storskog border station between Norway and Russia. Photo: Cornelius Poppe/NTB scanpix

Syrians cross Norway's Arctic border on bicyles

3 days ago

More than 100 Syrian refugees have crossed the Arctic border into Norway from Russia on bicycles, exploiting a loophole in the country's border regulations.

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'Too big' Swedish model cheers global support
Swedish model Agnes Victoria Hedengård. Photo: Private/Instagram

'Too big' Swedish model cheers global support

August 25, 2015

UPDATED: A 19-year-old model from Sweden has told The Local she is thrilled to have raised concerns about the fashion industry, after using a video to reveal how agencies said she was "too big" despite her being underweight.

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