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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  

Choosing a school
International vs French schools: How to decide?
Expat parents need to weigh up whether to send the kids to local or international school. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

International vs French schools: How to decide?

Put your kids in the local French state school system or shell out for an international school? It’s the choice that many expat parents in France have to make. But is there a right option? We've asked the parents. READ  

VIDEO - Learning French
Learning French: Video lessons not to follow
Learning French, video lessons not to follow. Photo: Learning French with Victor

Learning French: Video lessons not to follow

Anyone who has tried to learn French will appreciate this selection of comical videos that take the mick out of Anglo attempts to pick up the sophisticated language of Molière. However, we are not recommending you follow any of the examples set by the people in these clips. READ  

Dos and don'ts for bringing up bilingual kids
The dos and don'ts for raising bilingual children in France. Photo: Shutterstock

Dos and don'ts for bringing up bilingual kids

Ever get stressed about how best to raise your children in France to speak both English and French fluently? Well we've brought in an expert in language training to lay out what should and shouldn't be done. Let us know your own thoughts. READ  

French teachers win fight over back-to-school date
French teachers won't be back at work in August afterall. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

French teachers win fight over back-to-school date

After being blasted by teachers outraged over coming back to work during the sacred holiday-reserved month of August, national education authorities backed down on Friday, therefore avoiding a planned strike. READ  

Protests in France over schoolboys in skirts

Protests in France over schoolboys in skirts

A planned anti-sexism day of action by schools in a city in western France in which male pupils are invited to wear skirts to classes prompted protests from an outraged conservative group on Thursday. They believe there is something more sinister behind the invitation. READ  

Schoolboys invited to wear skirts to class
French schoolboys invited to wear skirts to class in the name of equality. Photo: Académie de Nantes

Schoolboys invited to wear skirts to class

School authorities in western France have caused a stir by inviting male pupils to wear skirts to class on Friday. But not everyone is happy with the move that is designed to take a stand against sexism. READ  

Global rankings offer boost to French unis
France's newer universities are perorming well, when compared to counterparts across the globe. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Global rankings offer boost to French unis

Recent global university rankings have not made pleasant reading for French higher education chiefs, but the latest league table released this week suggests France has some of the best “new” universities in the world. READ  

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