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Coke and marijuana in Vatican car in France
An official Vatican car was caught smuggling drugs through France. Photo: AFP

Coke and marijuana in Vatican car in France

Two men are in French jail after they allegedly used an official Vatican vehicle to try to smuggle several kilos of cocaine and cannabis through France, according to media reports. READ  

'French anti-Semitism spike threatens society'
France's Chief Rabbi says the recent rise in anti-Semitism is a danger to all. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

'French anti-Semitism spike threatens society'

French youths radicalised by Islamists are a major threat to France's Jews, who are already subjected to a surge in anti-Semitism, says the country's new Chief Rabbi. But he insists that the 500,000-strong community can trust the state to do all it can to protect them. READ  

French rail company charged in crash deaths
Photo: AFP

French rail company charged in crash deaths

The state-owned company that manages France's railway infrastructure was charged with manslaughter on Tuesday for the derailment in the Paris suburbs that killed seven people in 2013. The same fate is expected later this week for France's train operator SNCF. READ  

French Indian summer could mean great wine
France's white grape harvest is looking good so far. Photo: François Nacimbeni/AFP

French Indian summer could mean great wine

France's Indian summer weather could undo some of the damage done by its cold, wet summer and thus produce some great wines. Experts are particularly hopeful about the white grape varities. READ  

French paper Libération to fire third of its workers
Legendary leftist French daily Libération plans to shed a third of its workers. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

French paper Libération to fire third of its workers

The stalwart leftist daily in France, Libération, announced on Monday it will let go a third of its staff in an effort to keep the newspaper founded by Jean-Paul Satre from folding for good. READ  

Jilted Frenchman tells cops wife's a jihadist
A Frenchman thought jihad was great way to get back at his estranged wife (not pictured here). Photo: Mohamed Abed/AFP

Jilted Frenchman tells cops wife's a jihadist

An angry Frenchman tried to get back at his wife after she left him by telling police an apparently fabricated story of how she'd recently been radicalized and was planning to become a jihadist in Syria. READ  

Frenchman's suicide rope sent to his wife
The rope a Frenchman used to kill himself was sent to his wife. Photo: Rope: Shutterstock

Frenchman's suicide rope sent to his wife

A Frenchman’s former employer sent the rope he used to hang himself with while on the job to his widow and called it an accident. The wife has a different theory. READ  

Netflix: Movie service to make debut in France
Attention movie buffs: Netflix arrives in France on Monday. Photo: AFP

Netflix: Movie service to make debut in France

American video streaming service Netflix launches in France on Monday. Here's look at what the service and the impact it could have on France's 'cultural exception.' READ  

France's top expat tribes: Which are you?
Why not finish writing that novel while sipping on a coffee outside Shakespeare and Co? Photo: Cristine Zenino

France's top expat tribes: Which are you?

We all come to France for our own reasons, but The Local has identified some expat characters you’ll recognize. Here are the top ten types of expats in France. Which one are you? READ  

Beer brewing booms in wine-dominated France
France isn't just making wine these days. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Beer brewing booms in wine-dominated France

With the number of craft breweries nearly doubling since 2010 in France, small-scale beer brewing is taking off in the land which is better known for its wine production. Turns out a good brew isn't so bad with foie gras. READ  

Spike in anti-Semitic attacks in France
A leading Jewish organization says France has seen a worrying spike in anti-Semitic violence. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Spike in anti-Semitic attacks in France

In the first half of the year anti-Semitic attacks nearly doubled in France leading, with organized gangs and "terrorist attacks" against Jews prompting particular concern. READ  

French mother, 14, left newborn in bottle bin
Mum, 14, admits to leaving newborn in recycling bin. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

French mother, 14, left newborn in bottle bin

A 14-year-old girl in France was being held for questioning after police say she gave birth to a child in secret and then left the baby for dead in a collection bin for recyclable glass. READ  

Trierweiler wrong to write tell-all book: polls
Francois Hollande gives a speech flanked by his then companion Valérie Trierweiler at the Elysee palace in Paris, November 2013. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Trierweiler wrong to write tell-all book: polls

Valérie Trierweiler’s tell-all memoir has flown off the shelves in France, but most people think François Hollande’s ex-partner should never have written it, two new polls reveal. READ  

Scammers attack Paris's top cop at tourist hotspot
Paris's top cop got a nasty taste of the scammers hassling tourists in his city. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

Scammers attack Paris's top cop at tourist hotspot

Even Paris’s most senior policeman isn’t immune to the 'bracelet' scammers who prey on hordes of tourists in the capital every day, it would seem. The top cop was himself recently attacked while on an official visit to observe the crooks at work in Montmartre. READ  

Hot French TV shows break export record
French TV shows like The Returned are selling like crazy to foreign viewers. Photo: Canal+

Hot French TV shows break export record

France's TV shows are so successful abroad right now that export sales of French 'télé' broke a record last year. What's even more interesting is who is buying the shows because one of the biggest consumers doesn't even speak French. READ  

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