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Bikini beating furore shows tension in France
A file image of a woman sunbathing in swimwear at a park. Photo: AFP

Bikini beating furore shows tension in France

French social media erupted in fury at the weekend after news spread that a woman sunbathing in a park in northern France was badly beaten for wearing a bikini. The blame was immediately pointed at Muslim 'religious police' but it appears people were too quick to point the finger. READ  

'Plot to kidnap' French man in right to die battle
Vincent Lambert is in the middle of a tortuous legal battle over the right to die. Photo: AFP

'Plot to kidnap' French man in right to die battle

Doctors have asked for a quadriplegic Frenchman who is at the centre of a bitter dispute over his right to die, to be given protection after threats were made to kidnap him. READ  

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Should two expats in France 'faire la bise'?
Should expats in France "faire la bise"? Photo: AFP

Should two expats in France 'faire la bise'?

The Local's Ben McPartland and Oliver Gee disagree about what appears to be a touchy subject - performing a French greeting kiss or "la bise" with a fellow expat. Who do you agree with? READ  

Paris Plages 2015
Paris Plages: Ten great reasons to hit the beach
Here's 10 things not to miss at the 2015 edition of Paris-Plage. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

Paris Plages: Ten great reasons to hit the beach

The French capital's beach festival "Paris Plages" opens on Monday and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We've scoured the programme and found the top ten activities on offer. READ  

The highs and lows of 'growing up French'
Many French people shared culinary memories of their French childhood. Photo: Massimo Barbieri/Flickr

The highs and lows of 'growing up French'

Social media users in France described on Thursday how they have had to deal with a raft of misconceptions about the French that were revealed as the hashtag "GrowingUpFrench" soared to the top of Twitter trends. READ  

Mythical foreign legion keeps drawing recruits
Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

Mythical foreign legion keeps drawing recruits

You've seen the movies and heard the rumours, but what is the truth behind the French Foreign Legion? Read on to find out. READ  

Nike fined for putting French shirt on Churchill
The French basketball team posing with the dressed-up statue. Photo: BFMTV

Nike fined for putting French shirt on Churchill

American sportswear giant Nike has been ordered to pay thousands of euros by a court in Paris after arranging a stunt that saw a French basketball shirt placed on the statue of Britain's war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill near the Champs-Elysée. READ  

French school teacher shows pupils porn
The teacher was suspended after showing pupils pornographic material. Photo: AFP

French school teacher shows pupils porn

A teacher of a southern France school has been suspended after he allegedly showed a pornographic video on his cellphone to 11-year-old pupils. READ  

British scientists search France for Viking DNA
Do YOU have Viking blood? Photo: Hans Splinter

British scientists search France for Viking DNA

British researchers on Monday began collecting the DNA of residents from Normandy in northern France in search of Viking heritage, but the project has raised concerns among some local anti-racism activists. READ  

French family gets letter... 138 years late
The letter arrived generations too late. Photo: Amanda Trinnny/Flickr

French family gets letter... 138 years late

A woman in her eighties in northern France has more reason than most to grumble about the country's postal service after receiving a postcard destined for her great grandfather 138 years ago. READ  

Riviera seagull swoops to steal smartphone
The gull in this picture is not the phone thief: Photo: Maxime Raphael/Flickr

Riviera seagull swoops to steal smartphone

A brazen seagull ruffled the feathers of some German tourists enjoying a drink on the French Riviera this week after it swooped down from the sky and made off with a smartphone. And "beak-pocketing" is far from a new phenomenon... READ  

UK architect has 'answer' to love locks bridge
Could the solution to the love locks be "padlock-proof" railings? Photo: Colin Kovacs

UK architect has 'answer' to love locks bridge

With Paris set to install glass panels on the Pont des Arts bridge to fight off the scourge of the love locks, an architect from the UK tells The Local he has come up with a much better solution. READ  

Cannes race wide open on eve of awards

The competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival wraps up Saturday with a clutch of favourites jockeying for one of global cinema's most coveted prizes. READ  

French drug dealers offer customer loyalty cards

Drug dealers in southern France have turned heads after handing out loyalty cards for their customers. But not everyone is amused. READ  

France: Thieves take 17 rare monkeys from zoo
Ten golden lion tamarins were stolen from the zoo. Photo: AFP

France: Thieves take 17 rare monkeys from zoo

Two families of endangered monkeys were stolen from a zoo in central France over the weekend, the sanctuary's director revealed on Monday. READ  

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