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Pitt and Jolie tie the knot secretly in France
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie marry in France in a low-key ceremony. Photo: AFP

Pitt and Jolie tie the knot secretly in France

Celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married in secret in France at the weekend in a low key ceremony at their château. It was in stark contrast to Kanye West's and Kim Kardashian's pre-nuptial celebrations in Paris earlier this year. READ  

VIDEO: New horror movie set in Paris catacombs
A new horror flick takes place in Paris's catacombs. Photo: Screengrab/Youtube

VIDEO: New horror movie set in Paris catacombs

The Paris catacombs, known to its fans as the "kingdom of the dead", has provided the setting for a brand new horror flick that hit cinemas in France this week. Check out the trailer, though it may make you hesitate about heading below ground ever again. READ  

The view from La Rue
Paris tourists defy anti-love locks crusade
A campaign to persuade tourists to take selfies rather lock padlocks to bridges is falling on deaf ears it seems. Photo: AFP

Paris tourists defy anti-love locks crusade

After Paris launched a campaign to persuade tourists to throw away their love locks and pose for selfies instead, The Local popped down to the famous Pont des Arts to find loved-up visitors defiantly refusing to put down their pad locks. READ  

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you need to know
Ten facts you didn't know about the liberation of Paris, including how many female collaborators were "purified". Photo: Critical past/YouTube

Liberation of Paris: Ten things you need to know

From the "purifying" of thousands of women, to pool room surrenders, here are ten facts about a momentous moment in French history that you might not have known about. READ  

WW2 - 70th anniversary
IN IMAGES: Liberation of Paris from the Nazis
French police and a member of the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) keep a watch over the Seine in August 1944. Photo: AFP

IN IMAGES: Liberation of Paris from the Nazis

As Paris commemorates the 70th anniversary of its liberation from the Nazis, we've put together a selection of images from the start of the uprising to the celebrations on August 25th. READ  

French theme park owner defends Crimea plans
The Puy du Fou theme park in Nantes. Photo: AFP

French theme park owner defends Crimea plans

A French theme park owner who has teamed up with a blacklisted Russian banker to build historical amusement parks in Moscow and Crimea defended his new partner on Saturday, criticizing EU sanctions as a "reign of terror". READ  

New interactive map plots Paris film locations
The movie Inception is just one of hundreds to be filmed in Paris. Find out where with a new interactive map. Photo: Screengrab Inception

New interactive map plots Paris film locations

Visitors to Paris often say that walking through the capital’s historic streets is like being on a film set. Now a new interactive map gives you the chance to find out if you really are standing on spot where a famous film has been shot. READ  

VIDEO
When Robin Williams made fun of the French
Francophile Robin Williams enjoyed some light-hearted French bashing over the years. Photo: Screengrab from Ellen

When Robin Williams made fun of the French

In paying tribute to the American actor Robin Williams on Tuesday the French press pointed out that the Francophile comedian was partial to a bit of light-hearted French-bashing during his comedy routines. Watch the videos here. READ  

And the priciest place in France for an 'apéro' is?
The 'aperitif' in France can almost set you back as much as the meal that comes after. Photo: Shutterstock

And the priciest place in France for an 'apéro' is?

The aperitif is a tradition engrained deep in French culture but the pre-meal ritual doesn't come cheap. A study has revealed that some in France are paying more for "aperos" than others, and it all depends on which region they live in and where they shop. READ  

French wine producers in belated science embrace
Photo: AFP

French wine producers in belated science embrace

A group of wine cooperatives in southwest France has joined forces with leading scientists to "liberate" the flavours most prized by consumers in growing wine markets, from China to the US. READ  

Frenchman fined for pillaging ancient sites
Roman coins. File photo: AFP

Frenchman fined for pillaging ancient sites

A 60-year French champagne producer received a six-month suspended sentence and a €200,000 ($270,000) fine on Friday for stealing ancient objects from archaeological digs and selling them on. READ  

France asks EU for help after Russia food ban
French Camembert cheese. File photo: AFP

France asks EU for help after Russia food ban

France has asked the European Commission to take "appropriate" measures to deal with the fallout from a Russian ban on food imports from Europe, the French presidency announced on Friday. READ  

'I know who killed Jim Morrison', says UK singer
Jim Morrison's grave at Pére Lachaise cemetary in Paris. Shutterstock

'I know who killed Jim Morrison', says UK singer

UK singer Marianne Faithfull claimed this week that her then French boyfriend was responsible for the death of Jim Morrison, who died from a drug overdose in Paris in 1971. READ  

Guest blog - Sunday lunches
The trauma of a long Sunday lunch in France
Getting though a Sunday lunch in France can be traumatic for a language learner. Photo: Shutterstock

The trauma of a long Sunday lunch in France

The French are renowned for the long drawn-out Sunday lunches, which can become somewhat traumatic if your language is not up to scratch. Guest blogger Bethany Keats talks us through the mental ordeal of trying to keep up without drinking too much wine. READ  

Paris 'closes' for August but how long will it last?
This one might be closed but a law states a certain number of boulangeries in Paris, must remain open in August. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

Paris 'closes' for August but how long will it last?

In recent years much has been written about how Paris no longer shuts up shop in August like it once did. But a short walk or even better, a drive around the French capital suggests old traditions die hard, but will it always be like this? READ  

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