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Tourists picnic with rats in Louvre gardens
Another Parisian rat. Photo: Jean-Jacques Boujot.

Tourists picnic with rats in Louvre gardens

VIDEO: The lawns of the Louvre, a favourite picnic haunt of tourists and Parisians, are offering visitors a real-life Ratatouille experience after being invaded by rodents. READ  

Avignon wowed by 18-hour Shakespeare play
A file photo taken on June 25, 2014 at the Theatre National de Bretagne, in Rennes, western France, shows actors from the troupe "La Piccola Familia" performing during a rehearsal of "Henri VI". Photo

Avignon wowed by 18-hour Shakespeare play

An 18-hour version of Shakespeare's epic "Henry VI" ended to sustained applause early Tuesday at France's top arts festival in Avignon, marking a triumph for the play's 32-year-old director. READ  

French firm puts new face on Ethiopian wine
Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

French firm puts new face on Ethiopian wine

The French beverage giant Castel, which bottled its first batch of Ethiopian wine this year, is helping change the way outsiders view the country and doing its bit to boost government hopes of attracting foreign investment. READ  

Depardieu's next project: Making organic vodka
Gerard Depardieu is known for his thirst for spirits now he wants to try his hand at making them. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Depardieu's next project: Making organic vodka

French actor Gérard Depardieu, Russia's most famous new celebrity citizen, wants to open a distillery there to make organic vodka. His plan comes just two weeks after annoucing he intends to open a restaurant in Moscow. READ  

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Bastille Day fireworks mark WW1 centenary
The impressive Bastille fireworks display paid tribute to the "Great War' this year. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Bastille Day fireworks mark WW1 centenary

Paris put on a spectacular fireworks display on Monday night as part of the annual July 14th, Bastille Day celebrations. The 35-minute pyrotechnics display was designed to mark the centenary of World War One. See some of the impressive images and videos here. READ  

Paris's must-see 10 weirdest museums
Here are Paris's 10 best weird museums. Photo: Tommie Hansen/Flickr

Paris's must-see 10 weirdest museums

The Louvre Museum is great and all, but Paris also has scores of weird museums that are worth a visit. Here The Local has gathered 10 creepy and/or fascinating exhibits that are must-sees while you're in town. READ  

Napoleon's marriage certificate put up for sale
Josephine and Napoleon, whose marriage certificate will go up for auction later this year. Photo: AFP

Napoleon's marriage certificate put up for sale

It was one of the greatest love stories in history and now the marriage certificate that sealed the union of Napoleon and his first wife Josephine is to be sold at auction in September. READ  

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Pétanque: Ten things you really need to know
Ten things you really need to know about Pétanque. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Pétanque: Ten things you really need to know

If you thought Pétanque (boules) was just about a bunch of Pastis-sipping elderly men idly throwing balls on a village square then think again. With the Pétanque World Cup underway in Marseille, The Local lists ten things you really need to know about the sport (yes, sport!). READ  

Scarlett Johansson wins damages in French court
US actress Scarlet Johansson wons damages against a French author whose novel featured a character based on her. Photo: AFP

Scarlett Johansson wins damages in French court

Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson won damages on Wednesday against a French author whose novel features a character resembling the starlet who is treated as a sex object. READ  

Avignon Festival to open despite strike threat
France's world famous theatre festival in Avignon is set to open under the cloud of a performers' strike. Photo: AFP

Avignon Festival to open despite strike threat

France's world-famous theatre festival in Avignon is set to open on Friday, but will do so under the threat of a strike by performers which could cripple the month-long event. However, festival technicians, ticket sellers and other staff voted on Tuesday to stay on the job. READ  

'Titan's Penis' attracts huge French crowds
"Titan's Penis" draws hundreds of curious visitors in Nantes, western France.

'Titan's Penis' attracts huge French crowds

Hundreds of curious visitors queued around the block in the French city of Nantes in recent days to catch a rare glimpse of a giant flower, dubbed “Titan’s Penis”, which only comes to life once every ten years. READ  

Robbers in zoro-masks target wealthy US couple
Wealthy Americans were victims of a Hollywood-like robbery at a posh French hotel. Photo: Screengrab/Google

Robbers in zoro-masks target wealthy US couple

In a scene that could have been taken from a Hollywood screenplay, crooks wearing zoro-masks robbed a wealthy American couple at a luxury French hotel at the weekend, cutting the terrified woman's €180,000 ring from her finger. READ  

Native American mask auction draws protests
Photo shows a Katsina Eewiro mask (circa 1880-1900) from the Hopi tribe in Arizona during an auction of sacred objects from the Hopi and San Carlos Apache Native American tribes in Paris on December

Native American mask auction draws protests

An auction of Native American masks originating from the Hopi tribe went ahead in Paris on Friday despite objections from the US embassy and members of the 18,000-strong Arizona community. READ  

Avignon festival: Why it might not happen
A strike from France's performers and technicians has put its summer festival season at risk. Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Avignon festival: Why it might not happen

France's Avignon Festival, one the biggest performing arts events in the world, may be effectively shut down this year because of a strike by actors and technicians. A union rep tells The Local what performers are upset about. READ  

Claude Monet's 'Water Lilies' sells for $54m
Monet 'Water Lilies' painting sells for $54 million at auction to an anonymous bidder. Photo: Andrew Cowie/AFP

Claude Monet's 'Water Lilies' sells for $54m

An iconic "Water Lilies" painting by French artist Claude Monet sold for £31.7 million ($54 million, €39.7 million) at an art sale on Monday, the second-highest sum paid for his work on record. READ  

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