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Police finish DNA sweep in hunt for school rapist
Police have finished an unprecedented DNA collection in the hunt for a rapist. Photo: Xavier Leoty/AFP

Police finish DNA sweep in hunt for school rapist

All 527 male students and staff at a private school in France have turned over their DNA as part of an unprecedented hunt for whoever raped a girl in a campus bathroom. One student who'd refused relented under prosecutors' pressure. READ () »

French parents laidback about kids' education
French parents least stressed about their children's future, a new study finds. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

French parents laidback about kids' education

When it comes to stressing about the education of their children French parents are much more relaxed than their counterparts in other countries, a global survey revealed this week. And they are dead against paying for it, it seems. READ () »

Mass DNA tests of school boys to find toilet rapist
Around 500 pupils and staff from a French school will undergo DNA testing in bid to find a rapist. Photo: Shutterstock

Mass DNA tests of school boys to find toilet rapist

French police trying to track down a rapist who attacked a schoolgirl in a dark toilet will start taking DNA samples on Monday from 500 male pupils and staff at a Catholic school in western France in a bid to identify the culprit. READ () »

Studying in France
Reputation of French universities tumbles
Foreign students may love French universities but academics do not think so highly of them, it seems. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Reputation of French universities tumbles

A league table of the world’s most prestigious universities published on Wednesday should "sound alarm bells" in France with the latest rankings showing the country now only has two institutions in the world's top 100. READ () »

French less educated than other Europeans
French people are less educated than the European average. Photo: Rune Mathison/Flickr

French less educated than other Europeans

A new study showed French people are less educated than the European average, which seems to be a blow to the country’s oft criticized education system. However, some good news is concealed in the findings. READ () »

Minister blasts rumours of 'masturbation classes'
The French government has stepped in to end rumours over "gender theory" and masturbation classes in nursery schools. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Minister blasts rumours of 'masturbation classes'

After rumours swept across France in recent days that kindergartens were to teach "gender theory" and even "masturbation classes" to kids, that sparked a boycott of schools, a furious French minister has been forced to step in and remind parents of their duties. READ () »

'Masturbation classes' rumour sparks boycott
Hoax texts warning parents that schools were to give classes in masturbation provoked a high lvel of non-attendance in parts of France. Photo: AFP

'Masturbation classes' rumour sparks boycott

Pupils from nursery and infant schools across France were kept home this week after their parents were sent hoax text messages warning them that teachers were to give lessons in masturbation and sex education and telling them to boycott classes. READ () »

Learning French
Top 10 bizarre French expressions translated
"Stop talking salads" and ten other bizarre French phrases translated. Photo: Mslavic/Flickr

Top 10 bizarre French expressions translated

Learning French is hard enough without all the seemingly bizarre and "untranslatable" expressions out there, that if you don't know the real meaning of, could land you in a spot of Gallic bother. See these top 10 examples to see exactly what you are up against. READ () »

Anger over porno filmed in front of French school
Pupils gather outside the Lycée Mireille Grenet where the filming of a porno has outraged staff and parents. Photo: Screengrab/Le Parisien

Anger over porno filmed in front of French school

Irate bosses at a secondary school in France told The Local on Friday they intend to take legal against the producers of a porn film, which was filmed in front of the school, featuring an actress playing the role of a school supervisor. READ () »

French schools close as teachers stage walkout
Teachers protest in Paris earlier this year against reforms to the primary school time table. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

French schools close as teachers stage walkout

Almost half of France’s primary teachers were on strike on Thursday, union leaders said, leading to the closure of schools across the country. The industrial action is the latest protest against divisive school reforms. READ () »

Opinion - French schools
Why French schools are falling in global table
Why is France slipping down the global education rankings and why is inequality increasing? Photo: Fred Duffour/AFP

Why French schools are falling in global table

The eagerly awaited OECD global education rankings and report does not make easy reading for France, which dropped three places and was again pulled up for its increasing inequality. A French Sociologist professor tells The Local what’s going wrong. READ () »

Inequality on the increase in French education
The performance of French pupils has dipped compared to other nationalities, the OECD Pisa report published on Tuesday concluded. Photo: Rune Mathison/flickr

Inequality on the increase in French education

The performances of French schools have dipped in recent years, putting France well and truly middle of the class, according to the latest global report on education by the think tank OECD. The study underlined the worrying growing inequality in French schools. READ () »

Paris ranked 'best student city' in the world
Paris beats London to the title of bestcity in the world to be a student. Photo: THomas Coex/AFP

Paris ranked 'best student city' in the world

Despite its reputation as a cripplingly expensive place to live, Paris once again tops the class in this year’s “Best Student Cities” rankings, published on Wednesday. The French capital narrowly edged out cross-Channel rival London to the title. READ () »

Teacher strike
French school timetable reform is 'harming pupils'
Striking teachers protest outside the Town Hall in Paris. Photo: The Local

French school timetable reform is 'harming pupils'

Thousands of French teachers walked out of primary schools across the country on Thursday in protest over recent changes to the timetable, which they say has left children, parents and staff unable to cope. READ () »

My French Career
'France is a good place to be a professional woman'
Scottish-born biologist Margaret Buckingham from the Pasteur Institute in Paris will receive a top French science award on Thursday. Photo: Institut Pasteur/AFP

'France is a good place to be a professional woman'

On Thursday Scottish biologist Margaret Buckingham will officially receive one of France’s top science awards at the famous Sorbonne University. Here she tells The Local how France has been good to her, both as a scientist and a professional woman. READ () »

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