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Blood on cloth didn't belong to King Louis XVI
A gourd said to hold the blood of France's last king, Louis XVI, in fact doesn't. Photo: File

Blood on cloth didn't belong to King Louis XVI

Scientists say a morbid souvenir from the execution of France's last king, a cloth dipped in his blood, is a fake. The long controversial keepsake has previously been verified as containing the blood of Louis XVI. READ () »

Family pretend to be French to rob jewellers
Pretending to be French to rob a jewellers. That's a new one. Photo: Shutterstock

Family pretend to be French to rob jewellers

A family managed to steal €180,000 worth of jewellery from a plush shop in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo. Their modus operandi: pretending to be French to give off an air of sophistication. READ () »

Foot fetishist jailed for attack on elderly woman
A French foot fetishist has been jailed for an attack on an elderly woman. Photo: Shutterstock

Foot fetishist jailed for attack on elderly woman

A French fetishist was so smitten with an elderly lady’s feet he burst into the terrified woman's home and proceeded to sniff, lick and rub them as she lay helpless. The lewd act cost him 18 months behind bars. READ () »

Dad kills son 'over online gaming addiction'
Photo: Computer game.

Dad kills son 'over online gaming addiction'

A Frenchman got so angry over his son’s constant playing of online games that he snapped and strangled the young man during an argument at the family’s holiday home in southern France, it was reported on Tuesday. READ () »

Drunk mum leaves child in nightclub's storeroom
Drunk French mum leaves takes her asthmatic toddler clubbing and leaves him in storeroom. Night club photo: Shutterstock

Drunk mum leaves child in nightclub's storeroom

A French mother left her asthmatic toddler in an unheated nightclub storeroom so she could party until the early hours of the morning. It's just the latest example of mums behaving badly that has shocked France. READ () »

'Slavery' protesters slash hundreds of Velib' tires
Hundreds of Velib' bike tires slashed in 'slavery' protest. Photo: Cyril Folliot/AFP

'Slavery' protesters slash hundreds of Velib' tires

Far-left activists slashed the tires on over 360 Velib’ bikes in Paris this week in protest of the ‘slave’ labour the programme’s operator uses to repair vandalized bikes. The vandals could themselves end up 'slave' labour. READ () »

‘France needs to change its response to crime’
France prison's have hit a new record for overcrowding. Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP

‘France needs to change its response to crime’

This month France had more prisoners behind bars than ever before in its history, according to statistics unveiled on Thursday. An expert on the country's penal system told The Local that Sarkozy-era sentencing laws are largely to blame. READ () »

VIDEO: Inside Paris’s first luxury hotel for cats
Here is a video look inside Paris's first-ever hotel just for cats. Photo: Lisa Winderberg/Flickr

VIDEO: Inside Paris’s first luxury hotel for cats

It was only a matter of time before the world’s most visited city extended its luxury lodging options to pets as well. Here's a look inside Paris’s first ever hotel just for cats, which naturally comes complete with a "gourmet" food menu and a games room. READ () »

'Tarantula trafficker' snared in huge bug bust
French 'tarantula trafficker' caught with thousands of spiders. Photo: Ben Sutherland/Flickr

'Tarantula trafficker' snared in huge bug bust

In one of France’s biggest bug busts ever, a man was caught with thousands of living and dead tarantulas as well as other exotic insects he sold on the black market, media reports said on Thursday. READ () »

Euro wide hunt for teen girl and 'suicidal' prof
Police across Europre are involved in the hunt for suicidal teacher and teen French girl

Euro wide hunt for teen girl and 'suicidal' prof

Police across Europe are trying to track down a 15-year-old French girl who disappeared a week ago with her guitar teacher, a much older family friend thought to be in a suicidal state. READ () »

Pupils 'taught abortion is murder' at French school
French pupils claims they were taught 'abortion is murder' at school. Photo: Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

Pupils 'taught abortion is murder' at French school

A private religious school in Paris is under investigation from national education officials after students alleged they’d been told in class that 'abortion is in akin to murder'. The private school has ties to the controversial fundamentalist group Opus Dei. READ () »

Listeria prompts smoked salmon recall in France
Listeria contamination prompts seafood recall. Photo: Screengrab/Fjord King

Listeria prompts smoked salmon recall in France

A French seafood company recalled on Wednesday three batches of smoked salmon because they were contaminated with the dangerous bacteria listeria, which can cause a serious infection in pregnant women and older people. READ () »

France OKs first women aboard submarines
France will allow women aboard its submarines for the first time. Photo: WIkimedia Commons

France OKs first women aboard submarines

The last bastion of exclusively male jobs in the French military fell this week when the defence minister announced a pilot program to allow the first women to serve aboard nuclear-armed submarines. The minister also revealed an action plan to end sexual harassment in the armed forces. READ () »

Carla Bruni 'crazy about Israel' ahead of show
Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP

Carla Bruni 'crazy about Israel' ahead of show

France's former first lady Carla Bruni declared herself "crazy about Israel" and talked about Jewish family ties in an interview published by an Israeli daily on Friday. READ () »

French Resistance vet buried by German camp
The gates of Buchenwald concentration camp. Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/DPA/AFP

French Resistance vet buried by German camp

The ashes of a French Resistance veteran were interred on Friday near the mass grave of a former German concentration camp following his wish to be laid to rest near his fellow detainees. READ () »

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