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The best French films you've never heard of
French actor Tahar Rahim in a scene from A Prophet. Photo: YouTube/Screengrab

The best French films you've never heard of

With the Cannes Film Festival nearing its end and with everyone talking about everything film - we take a look back at the best ten French movies you've probably never heard of, thanks to French cinema expert Judith Prescott. READ  

Six Paris Metro stations you really have to visit
The Louvre Metro station. Photo: silktwisteddagger/Flickr

Six Paris Metro stations you really have to visit

Tourists visiting Paris are normally advised to stay well clear of the Paris Metro, but there is a whole alternative underground sightseeing experience worth checking out. Here are six Paris Metro stations definitely worth going underground for. READ  

Eurovision 2015
France set for yet more Eurovision calamity
France's entrant Lisa Angell rehearsing in Vienna. Photo: Elena Volotova/EBU

France set for yet more Eurovision calamity

France has suffered an absolutely shocking run at the Eurovision song contest in recent years, but could Lisa Angell turn it around in 2015 with her song "N'oubliez pas"? Definitely not, says The Local's Oliver Gee. READ  

The Local Recipes
How to make your own picnic-perfect meringues
Within an hour, you could make meringues like these yourself. Photo: Ariana Barkin

How to make your own picnic-perfect meringues

The picnic is the epitome of springtime in France - and what better way to add flair to your own picnic than with home-made meringues? Ariana Barkin, a Paris-based pastry chef from the US, shares her own recipe with The Local. READ  

Cannes Film Festival
Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens
Jury member and British actress Sienna Miller arrives in Cannes. Photo: AFP

Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens

The Cannes film festival eschews its usual blockbuster kick-off on Wednesday, opening with a gritty French film that marks only the second time a female director has won the coveted first slot. READ  

What's on in France: Ten things to do in May
The Louvre museum will be among 1,200 open for free on the 16th. Photo: Oliver Gee

What's on in France: Ten things to do in May

It may not feel like summer quite yet but there are plenty of things to entice you outdoors this May. From the French Open in Paris to a street art festival in Biarritz, at least one of these events is guaranteed to excite you. READ  

Cannes Film Festival
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival in numbers
The official Cannes Film Festival banner is unveiled. Photo: AFP

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival in numbers

The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday. Here's everything you need to know about it, from the tiny number of female Palme d'Or directors to the whopping total budget. READ  

Cannes Film Festival
A closer look at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Guests arrive at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Photo: AFP

A closer look at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival will lift the curtain on Wednesday to 12 days of glamour, movies, deals and parties drawing the elite of the cinema world, from Hollywood honchos to arthouse auteurs. READ  

France’s Varda to get honorary Palme d’Or
The Cannes festival said Varda can 'accomplish everything she wants'. Photo: Patrick Kovarik/ AFP

France’s Varda to get honorary Palme d’Or

French arthouse movie director Agnes Varda is to receive an honorary Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes film festival, the first female handed the coveted award, organisers said Saturday. READ  

French elevator protocol: Greeting, flirting and sex
"Going up?" Photo: Shutterstock

French elevator protocol: Greeting, flirting and sex

As a new survey reveals exactly how many French people have made love in an elevator, The Local's Oliver Gee reflects on the ups and downs of what many think is actually an excellent lift culture. READ  

ONLY IN FRANCE
Naked comedian shocks French culture minister
Comedian Sébastian Thiéry takes the culture minister to task. Photo: France 2

Naked comedian shocks French culture minister

French comedian Sébastien Thiéry stole the show at France's most prestigious theatre award ceremony on Monday night when he came onto the stage naked to give the embarrassed Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin a dressing down of her own. READ  

IN PICTURES
France's prehistoric Chauvet cave opens
The replica of the Chauvet cave at Pont d'Arc is to open its doors. Photo: AFP

France's prehistoric Chauvet cave opens

A stunning replica of the 36,000 year-old Grotte Chauvet, home to the oldest figurative cave drawings in the world and an Unesco Heritage site, opened to the public at the weekend. Here's a look inside the country's latest tourist attraction. READ  

French 'Ratatouille' chef named world's best
French chef Helene Darroze in 2008. Photo: Shaun Curry/AFP

French 'Ratatouille' chef named world's best

A French chef who inspired a tough kitchen character in the hit animated film "Ratatouille" was named the world's best female chef on Wednesday. READ  

Cannes Film Festival
Miller and Marceau make Cannes Festival jury
Sienna Miller will be on the Cannes jury. Photo: AFP

Miller and Marceau make Cannes Festival jury

Filmstars Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sophie Marceau, as well as cult director Guillermo del Toro are among the members of this year's Cannes film festival jury, organisers announced Tuesday. READ  

Les Entrepreneurs
The story of Paris's most popular picnics
Paris Picnic has been delivering for two years. Photo: Private

The story of Paris's most popular picnics

In the latest installment of our "Les Entrepreneurs" series, we talk to the Russian/American founder of Paris Picnic, Katya Kroupnik, about how she went from making three picnics a week to 30 a day in the space of a year. READ  

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