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Top French journo prof 'ripped off' other media
The woman works as the executive dean of the journalism school linked to the prestigious Sciences Po in Paris. Students writing: Shutterstock

Top French journo prof 'ripped off' other media

A high-profile journalism school in Paris has been left red-faced after its executive dean was accused of plagiarising material from other media and using it in her other job as a columnist – despite the strict anti-plagiarism guidelines the school vigorously enforces on its students. READ  

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Why is France bottom of the class for English?
Why do the French struggle with English compared to EU counterparts? Photo: Jmar/Flickr

Why is France bottom of the class for English?

A new report this week concluded the French are the worst at English in all of the EU. Given that native English speakers are not really in a position to point the finger at the French, we asked the natives and a local expert to explain the poor showing. READ  

The French are the 'worst at English in the EU'
With a score of just 52.68 France ranked just below both Indonesia and its neighbour Italy for English proficiency. Photo: François Nascimbeni/AFP

The French are the 'worst at English in the EU'

The French have the lowest level of English proficiency out of all the nationalities in the European Union, a damning new report released on Wednesday has concluded. How can that be? READ  

French language is on the up, report reveals
French is alive and well it seems and will be spoken by more than 750 million people around the world by 2060. Woman with French flag: Shutterstock

French language is on the up, report reveals

Cheering news for both the French economy and the language guardians at the Académie Française came on Wednesday, when a new report revealed the number of French speakers around the world has shot up by 25 percent in recent years. READ  

How France could make learning French easier
How learning French could be so much easier. Photo: Shutterstock

How France could make learning French easier

Let's imagine for a moment France decided to make learning French easier for Anglos in a bid to get more people speaking their language. What could the language guardians at the Académie Français do to make it simpler for us? Here's ten ideas. READ  

University rankings
'Lack of English' holding back French universities
French universities have fallen in the global rankings once again. Photo: Jean-Pierre Clatot

'Lack of English' holding back French universities

Only two French universities made it into the top 100 of a new global ranking. A problem with branding and a lack of research in English explains the poor scores, says the man behind the annual league table. READ  

Top 15 French words reinvented in English
Here are 15 French words Anglos have redefined. Panther, lingerie and alley: Shutterstock

Top 15 French words reinvented in English

The French are well known for lending words from the English language but Anglos have proven just as willing to adopt Gallic words and have even reinvented a few. Here are 15 'French' words in English that the French themselves may not quite understand. READ  

French leader calls factory workers 'illiterate'
A French minister is in hot water after calling factory workers illiterate. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

French leader calls factory workers 'illiterate'

France's whizzkid new economy minister has been begging for forgiveness after referring to women workers at a troubled factory as 'illiterates' just weeks after his boss President François Hollande was accused of calling the poor "toothless". READ  

Overcrowded French university shuts down
University leaders shut down a school in southern France because there were too many students. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Overcrowded French university shuts down

Youngsters turning up for their very first day at university got a rude shock when the overcrowded college in Toulouse told them to go home and come back in a week. READ  

Erasmus: How to survive at a French university
Worried about being able to hack it at a French university? Photo: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP

Erasmus: How to survive at a French university

Universities are undountably a bit different on this side of the Channel (or Atlantic), but the differences aren't insurmountable with some advice. Foreign and French students told The Local the 12 things you need to know when studying in France. READ  

Schools in France defy Wednesday opening
Pupils' parents, opposed to the government's reform of school timetable protest in the south of France. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

Schools in France defy Wednesday opening

Numerous schools around France were kept closed on Wednesday as local mayors defied a government reform to extend the primary school timetable to a five-day week. The education minister said the mayors' action was "unacceptable". READ  

French language myths
'Sacre bleu!' Do the French really say that?
"Sacrebleu! Zut alorsù! Mon Dieu!, how many of these do the French really say? Photo: Shutterstock

'Sacre bleu!' Do the French really say that?

Do the French really say "sacre bleu!" or "zut alors!" when they want to curse? Or is it just a myth Anglos and their media have engineered? And if they don't use them then what do the French really say when they want to swear? READ  

Opinion - School reform
'New five-day week is vital for French pupils'
French primary school pupils will attend school five days a week from now on, despite opposition from parents. Photo: Shutterstock

'New five-day week is vital for French pupils'

The head of a major parents' group in France tells The Local why the new five-day school week will bring French schools into the 21st century. READ  

Photo of French pupils draws 'racist' backlash
An Education Ministry photo has prompted an online controversy in France, because only one kid is white. Photo: Sophie Brändström/Education Ministry

Photo of French pupils draws 'racist' backlash

The French government has firmly rebuked scores of 'racist' comments left on an education ministry Facebook post which shows a back-to-school scene with mostly non-white children. The image has elicited a furious online debate. READ  

The French words you can't translate literally
Can you let me know where I can buy a "throat support"? Bra photo: Shutterstock

The French words you can't translate literally

The French language has a plethora of words that if you translated literally into English could cause a fair bit of confusion and hilarity for language learners. From "throat support" to "mouth fun", we've picked out some of the best. Let us know of any more. READ  

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