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Marion Cotillard to take Joan of Arc to New York
French actress Marion Cotillard performs in Joan of Arc. Photo: AFP

Marion Cotillard to take Joan of Arc to New York

French actress Marion Cotillard will play Joan of Arc with the New York Philharmonic in a production of Arthur Honegger's oratorio, the orchestra announced on Thursday. READ  

Book-making machines star at French fair
A book printer is on display at the "Salon du Livre" International Book Fair. Photo: AFP

Book-making machines star at French fair

Choose a PDF file on the screen and five minutes later a book, printed and bound with a proper cover, spits out. Science fiction? Not if you were at the Paris Book Fair this weekend. READ  

Paris museum lifts photo ban over minister's pics
Visitors will now be allowed to take photos at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris once again. Photo: Terratta/Flickr

Paris museum lifts photo ban over minister's pics

The famous Musée d'Orsay in Paris has had to drop its ban on visitors taking photos of its artworks after the country's own Culture Minister openly flouted the restriction. READ  

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods
Where did the humble croissant finish on the list? Photo: Claudio Brisighello/Flickr

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods

With the whole world preparing to celebrate France's famed gastronomy on Thursday we reveal the most loved French foods across the globe, according to social media channel Instagram - the home of so-called 'food porn'. READ  

IN PICTURES
France treated to rare Northern Lights show
Northern Lights as seen from eastern France. Photo: Lucas Adler/Twitter

France treated to rare Northern Lights show

The spectacular Northern Lights are normally only visible in Scandinavia or Canada, but thanks to a solar storm they lit up the night skies in parts of France on Wednesday morning. Here's a selection of images. READ  

France to go green for St Patrick's Day celebration
The Moulin Rouge lit up in green in 2014. Photo: AFP

France to go green for St Patrick's Day celebration

Paris and some other cities in France will take part in "Global Greening" on Tuesday, which will see a long list of monuments lit up in the colour green for Ireland's national day. READ  

Blaze destroys top French chef's restaurant
Marc Veyrat at his restaurant Maison des Bois, which was destroyed by fire on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Blaze destroys top French chef's restaurant

Celebrity chef Marc Veyrat, the man considered by some to be the best in France, suffered a blow on Tuesday when he saw his renowned Alpine restaurant Maison des Bois devastated by a fire. READ  

French Language Week
France celebrates ten 'foreign' French words
The French language is expanding, no matter how slowly. Photo: French phrase book/Flickr

France celebrates ten 'foreign' French words

To commemorate French Language Week France's Education Ministry has published a list of ten foreign words that have been adopted into French in a bid to show the language's adaptability and openness to foreign influence. READ  

Paris Theatre
Paris gets teeth around disembodied mouth act
Screenshot from the performance.

Paris gets teeth around disembodied mouth act

In a pitch-black theatre, a disembodied mouth spews Samuel Beckett in a breathless, non-stop monologue over a Paris theatre audience, in English, without subtitles. READ  

So what's so brilliant about Bordeaux then?
Brilliant Bordeaux. Photo: Flickr

So what's so brilliant about Bordeaux then?

As the city of Bordeaux and south-west France win yet more plaudits after topping another ranking, The Local tries to find out just what is so special about the city and the region around it. READ  

France triumphs in battle of Waterloo coin
A re-enactment of the battle of Waterloo, which is still a sore point in France it seems. Photo: AFP

France triumphs in battle of Waterloo coin

Napoleon may have lost the main battle 200 years ago but this week the French won a minor battle as they prevented the minting of a euro coin commemorating the anniversary of the famous battle. READ  

France ready to end resistance to English
Is the French resistance to English coming to an end? Photo: FDComite/Flickr

France ready to end resistance to English

France’s Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, the chief guardian of the French language, told The Local on Wednesday that she saw no point in protecting French from outside influence like English - a sign that the famous blockade against English words has been lifted. READ  

Paris Fashion Week
McCartney leads celeb invasion at Paris show
Former Beatles Paul McCartney (C) and Nancy Shellen (2R) and Woody Harrelson attend Stella McCartney's fashion show in Paris. Photo: Patrick Kovarick/AFP

McCartney leads celeb invasion at Paris show

British music legend Paul McCartney created a sensation in Paris on Monday as he led a celebrity invasion of his daughter Stella's fashion show that included rapper Kanye West and actor Woody Harrelson. READ  

The battle to save the Château de Monte-Cristo
Photo: Renaud Camus/Flickr

The battle to save the Château de Monte-Cristo

The famous Château de Monte-Cristo, once home to famed novelist Alexandre Dumas, author of the Three Musketeers, has fallen into a state of disrepair. Almost €1 million is needed to save the historic building, its director tells The Local. READ  

Paris museums set for selfie stick ban

Paris museums set for selfie stick ban

Bad news for selfie-stick lovers. Museums in Paris, the most touristed city in the world, are moving towards banning the popular devices because of the hazard they pose for crowds and artworks. READ  

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