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The French baby names the law wouldn't allow
Not everyone was "Happy" about some of these French baby names. Photo: Loren Javier/Flickr

The French baby names the law wouldn't allow

As parents in France have been told that they can't name their kids "Nutella" or "Strawberry" (fraise), The Local takes a look at some other baby names that have fallen foul of the law over the years. READ  

France bars parents from naming baby 'Nutella'
French court bars parents from naming children Nutella and Fraise (Strawberry) Photo: Esimpraim/Flickr

France bars parents from naming baby 'Nutella'

Parents in northern France have been refused permission to name their baby Nutella, while another couple was similarly denied the chance to name their daughter "fraise" (strawberry), because "it wasn't in the child's best interests". READ  

Cheese diet helps oldest Frenchman live to 110
France's oldest man Philippe Vocanson has died aged 110. He says his longevity was down to a diet of cheese and chocolate. Photo:Shutterstock.

Cheese diet helps oldest Frenchman live to 110

The oldest man in France has died at the age of 110, it was announced on Tuesday. Philippe Vocanson put his longevity down to a healthy diet of cheese and chocolate. READ  

Paris Terror Attacks
'Muslims main victims of fanaticism': French PM
Speaking at the Arab World Institute in Paris, Hollande said: "It is Muslims who are the main victims of fanaticism". Photo: Ian Langsdon/AFP

'Muslims main victims of fanaticism': French PM

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that Muslims were the "main victims" of fanaticism, as five of the 17 people killed in last week's Islamist attacks in Paris were laid to rest. READ  

Author provocateur
'Islamophobic' novel hits the shelves in France
Michel Houellebecq's vision of France in 2022 is likely to cause a stir in the France of 2014. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

'Islamophobic' novel hits the shelves in France

A new book imagining a future France under Islamic rule hit the shelves on Wednesday. The novel by author and polemicist Michel Houellebecq will no doubt fuel French angst about the role of Islam in the country. READ  

Pegida in France?
Will anti-Islam protests take off in France?
Will the anti-Islam 'Pegida' movement take off in France? It's unlikely sayy experts. Photo: AFP

Will anti-Islam protests take off in France?

French anti-Islamists, inspired by the huge turn-outs at the xenophobic “Pegida” demos in Germany, have organised a protest for Paris later this month. While the organiser tells The Local “it’s just a first step”, experts say it could never take off in France. READ  

Sartre's 'Non to Nobel prize came too late'
Photo: Pascal Hee/AFP

Sartre's 'Non to Nobel prize came too late'

A letter sent by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964 declining the Nobel Prize for Literature came too late to avert one of the biggest debacles in its history, Swedish media reported Saturday. READ  

French dating site offers bulls for on heat cows
Photo: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP

French dating site offers bulls for on heat cows

Online dating sites for human beings have become a common way of finding a mate, but a French website offering up the vital statistics of hunky bulls is revolutionizing the breeding on the country's dairy farms. READ  

Having a baby in France: Ten lessons learned
Life always teaches us a few lessons, none more so than when you're having a baby in France. Photo: Baby photo

Having a baby in France: Ten lessons learned

Having a baby is daunting enough, let alone having one in a foreign country. The Local's editor Ben McPartland looks back at a few of the lessons he learned from becoming a new dad in France, from avoiding the Metro to why monkey pyjamas in Paris are a big no-no. READ  

New Year's Traditions
Think the French don't tip? They do at New Year
The French might have a reputation for being stingy tippers but it isn't quite justified. Photo: Shutterstock

Think the French don't tip? They do at New Year

They may have a reputation for being the tightest tippers in the world, but the French have a New Year's tradition which could well put your generosity to shame. Ever heard of the "etrennes"? READ  

Five homeless men die as France freezes
The freezing weather has taken its toll on France's homeless population. Photo: P Guyot/AFP

Five homeless men die as France freezes

Five homeless men have died in France, authorities said on Tuesday, as temperatures plummeted well below freezing. READ  

Mag fined for 'outing' French far-right boss
Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Mag fined for 'outing' French far-right boss

A French court on Wednesday ordered gossip magazine Closer to pay €20,000 ($24,400) in damages for "invasion of privacy" after having "outed" one of the far-right National Front party's top officials. READ  

French towns allowed to welcome Baby Jesus
The Christian tradition of putting up an exhibition of the birth of Jesus Christ angers strict secularists in France. Photo: Joe Raedle/AFP

French towns allowed to welcome Baby Jesus

Traditionalists won another victory on Monday in France's annual nativity wars as a court allowed a town hall south of Paris to keep its display on the birth of Jesus Christ that has angered secularists. READ  

French cardinal named as papal back up
Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

French cardinal named as papal back up

Pope Francis on Saturday named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, charged with temporarily taking over the pontiff's duties if he resigns or dies. READ  

French fishmonger nabbed in naked display
A French fishmonger (unrelated to the story). File photo: Pascal Pochard Casabianca/AFP

French fishmonger nabbed in naked display

A French fishmonger in women's lingerie was left with a lot of explaining to do after being arrested for exposing himself to holiday shoppers through his store window. READ  

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