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'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 blue!" 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  

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  

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