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Can 'nightmare' of pilot suicide be prevented?
Can any security system prevent a pilot from committing murder-suicide? Photo: AFP

Can 'nightmare' of pilot suicide be prevented?

The discovery that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight is suspected of deliberately crashing the plane will inevitably raise questions about security on airplanes, but is it really possible to prevent a pilot from committing mass murder-suicide? READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Police search co-pilot's home in Germany
Photo:DPA

Police search co-pilot's home in Germany

UPDATED: The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane refused to open the cockpit door and seemed to "want to destroy the plane", a French prosecutor has said. DPA reported police are investigating his home. READ  

French baker forced to remove 'racist' cakes
The baker must now remove the controversial cakes from his bakery. Photo: CRAN

French baker forced to remove 'racist' cakes

A court in the French Riviera on Thursday ordered a French cake maker to remove cakes from his bakery after he was accused of inciting racial hatred and the cakes branded "obscene". READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Revealed: Final minutes of Germanwings flight
The interior of an Airbus A320. Photo: Daniel Mennerich/Flickr

Revealed: Final minutes of Germanwings flight

Officials have revealed exactly what was said in the cockpit in the final minutes of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps, killing 150. READ  

Paris: France mulls lifting ban on casinos
Casino photo: Shutterstock

Paris: France mulls lifting ban on casinos

Could casinos soon make an appearance in Paris? A government report will look at the possibility of introducing the banned establishments into the capital after a series of scandals involving gambling clubs in the city. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
What we know about the Germanwings co-pilot
Andreas Lubitz, who is suspected of crashing the Germanwings plane into the French Alps. Photo: Twitter

What we know about the Germanwings co-pilot

Here's what we know about the Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who French prosecutors suspect deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
What happened to pilots in Germanwings crash?
A helicopter flies at the scene of the crash site in the French Alps. Photo: AFP

What happened to pilots in Germanwings crash?

After it emerged that a pilot was locked out of the cockpit as Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed and killed 150 on board, speculation has swirled as to what exactly happened in the moments before the disaster. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Families of plane crash victims arrive in France
Buses carrying family members of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash are escorted by police in Marignane airport, Marseille. Photo: AFP

Families of plane crash victims arrive in France

Families of victims from the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps began arriving in France on Thursday. READ  

Leaders of world cities in Paris for climate change
A smoggy day at the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in the Montmartre district of Paris. Photo: AFP

Leaders of world cities in Paris for climate change

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo will be among dozens of European city leaders in the French capital on Thursday to pledge a commitment to climate change. READ  

Ukraine crisis
France rejects hundreds of Ukrainian asylum bids
More and more Ukrainians are seeking asylum across Europe. Photo: Shutterstock

France rejects hundreds of Ukrainian asylum bids

The conflict in the Ukraine has pushed tens of thousands of Ukrainians to seek asylum across Europe, with France alone seeing a ten-fold increase in the number of applications. However many were rejected. READ  

Features
Property in France
The areas of France the Brits do and don't go
Certain parts of France are pretty much ignored by British expats. Photo: AFP

The areas of France the Brits do and don't go

With the euro wobbling against the pound, Brits are once again lining up to buy property in France. But they are not willing to head anywhere in "La France profonde", and there remain some no-go zones for British expats. READ  

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods
Where did the humble croissant finish on the list? Photo: Claudio Brisighello/Flickr

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods

With the whole world preparing to celebrate France's famed gastronomy on Thursday we reveal the most loved French foods across the globe, according to social media channel Instagram - the home of so-called 'food porn'. READ  

Blog: Student life in Paris
Adapting to life as a foreign student in Paris
Students in at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Photo: AmitLev/Flickr

Adapting to life as a foreign student in Paris

Paris is said to be the best city in the world to study in, but that doesn't mean everything is plain sailing for international students. Erasmus student Deirdre McAteer shares her observations on life at a French university. READ  

Paris People
VIDEO: Meet the football magician of Montmartre
Iya Traoré at Montmartre. Photo: Patrick Müller/Flickr

VIDEO: Meet the football magician of Montmartre

Anyone who's been to Montmartre in Paris would have seen a footballer drawing crowds as he juggles a football, while swinging from a lamppost. The Local chats to the man who played for PSG youth teams, is a world-record holder, and has shared the stage with Shakira. READ  

So what's so brilliant about Bordeaux then?
Brilliant Bordeaux. Photo: Flickr

So what's so brilliant about Bordeaux then?

As the city of Bordeaux and south-west France win yet more plaudits after topping another ranking, The Local tries to find out just what is so special about the city and the region around it. READ  

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French government hails cut in public deficit
Photo: AFP

French government hails cut in public deficit

France's Socialist government on Thursday was cheered by the news the country's public deficit had been cut. Paris is under pressure from Brussels to bring its public finances under control. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
'Usable' audio recovered from plane's black box
French President Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy. Photo: AFP

'Usable' audio recovered from plane's black box

French air investigators confirmed on Wednesday that they have succeeded in extracting a "usable" audio file from the cockpit recorder in which voices can be heard. READ  

French ditch pet hate to welcome doggy bags
Is there a place for doggy bags in French dining culture? Photo: Ipwrangler/Roland/Flickr

French ditch pet hate to welcome doggy bags

Long snubbed as the risible trademark of boorish Anglo-Saxon diners, the doggy bag is set to make its appearance in France, a top restaurant body said on Wednesday. READ  

Les Entrepreneurs
'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English
Smartsubs only translates complicated words and expressions in the subtitles. Screengrab: Smartsubs/YouTube

'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English

Two young French entrepreneurs think they've come up with the smart solution to help their compatriots improve their English as well as enjoy the influx of popular TV series from across the Atlantic. READ  

Zlatan defends France jibe on home soil
Zlatan at a press conference in Stockholm on Wednesday. Photo: TT

Zlatan defends France jibe on home soil

Sweden's star striker has insisted he enjoys living in France and won't be dragged down by critics, while speaking at a press conference ahead of his national side's European Championship qualifier against Moldova on Friday. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Black box could hold key to Alps crash probe
The damaged black box from Flight 4U9525 could shed light on what happened. Photo: BEA

Black box could hold key to Alps crash probe

The black box flight recorder from the doomed Germanwings plane was damaged in the impact but air investigators hope it will unlock the mystery of why the plane plunged from the sky over the Alps on Tuesday. READ  

Arson attack targets far-right Town Hall in France
The town of Hénin-Beaumont has beenthe scene of various anti-National Front protests. Photo: AFP

Arson attack targets far-right Town Hall in France

Vandals started a fire in a town hall run by the far-right National Front party in northern France on Wednesday morning. The words "Charlie is dead" and "Ben Laden" were also daubed on the building. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Questions that remain over Germanwings crash
What happened to the Germanwings plane that crashed into the French Alps? Photo:AFP

Questions that remain over Germanwings crash

As air investigators continue to probe the plane crash in the Alps, The Local speaks to French aviation safety expert Christophe Naudin over the questions that arise from the latest air disaster that left 150 dead, and what it means for air travel. READ  

Ex-L'Oreal boss wins bid to close stinky chip shop
The chip stand in front of the residential buildin

Ex-L'Oreal boss wins bid to close stinky chip shop

A French court ordered the closure and demolition of a chip stand on Tuesday as demanded by former L'Oreal boss Lindsay Owen-Jones, who complained its frying odours were stinking up his luxury ski apartment. READ  

France probes how sex offender became head
Photo: AFP

France probes how sex offender became head

A French primary school headteacher with a previous conviction for possessing child pornography has confessed to having tricked blindfolded pupils into oral sex during a workshop on experiencing new tastes. READ  

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Mysterious snow art baffles ski patrol
Photo: Sonnenkopf webcam

Mysterious snow art baffles ski patrol

Skiers got more than they bargained for early Friday morning on the slopes of Sonnenkopf ski-field in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, when they were confronted with giant graffiti in the snow. READ  

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

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Germanwings plane crashes in French Alps
French emergency services and military helicopters near the crash site in the French Alps. Photo: DPA

Germanwings plane crashes in French Alps

A Germanwings plane with 150 people on board has crashed in the French Alps. READ  

Russia delivers nuclear threat to Denmark
A 2008 photo shows Russian Topol ICBMs missiles during a rehearsal for the nation's annual May 9 Victory Day parade. Photo: Dima Korotayev

Russia delivers nuclear threat to Denmark

Russia's ambassador to Denmark warned on Saturday that Danish ships will become Russian targets if Denmark joins Nato's missile defence system. READ  

Alps plane crash
As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps
Emergency services arrive on the scene. Photo: ActuSecours/Twitter

As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps

An airbus A320 travelling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in the southern French Alps, a security source has said. The plane reportedly had 150 people on board. READ  

Swedish model 'raped and kidnapped' by Italian
A 42-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping, raping and beating a Swedish model. Italian police photo: Shutterstock

Swedish model 'raped and kidnapped' by Italian

UPDATED: A 22-year-old Swedish model has been hospitalized after allegedly being kidnapped, raped and beaten over a six month period by an Italian man in a town near Milan. READ  

Pilots wow passengers with eclipse detours
Icelandair's flight ICE 342 loops for its customers' delight. Photo: Flightradar24

Pilots wow passengers with eclipse detours

At least three pilots in Norway decided to take extra, unscheduled detours on Friday to give their passengers extended breathtaking views of the day's solar eclipse. READ  

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast
An SU-27 fighter jet. Photo: TT

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast

UPDATED: Swedish military identified and followed four Russian fighter plane near Gotland and Bornholm, off the country's east coast on Tuesday morning. READ  

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