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French mayor wins battle to keep nativity scene
The mayor of Beziers, supported by the French far-right National Front party (FN), Robert Menard, looks at a nativity scene displayed at the Beziers city hall. Photo: Pascal Guyot

French mayor wins battle to keep nativity scene

As the annual Christmas battle over nativity scenes rages in France, it was a victory for the traditionalists in southern Montpellier on Friday as a court refused to order the removal of a town hall creche. READ  

The top ten tackiest 'Made in France' gifts
You'll find plenty of tacky gifts in French souvenir shops. Photo: Eole Wind/Flickr

The top ten tackiest 'Made in France' gifts

Christmas shopping can be challenging when it comes to finding authentic ‘Made in France’ gifts and there is often a very thin line between tasteful and tacky. The Local has put together a (highly subjective) list of presents we think you shouldn't bring home. READ  

'French Kim Kardashian' Nabilla leaves jail
Nabilla Benattia (L) awaits trial for the attempted murder of her boyfriend Thomas Vergara (R). Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

'French Kim Kardashian' Nabilla leaves jail

A French reality star often referred to as the Gallic Kim Kardashian was released from jail under legal supervision on Thursday as she awaits trial for the attempted murder of her boyfriend. READ  

French adman accuses Koons of stealing idea
US artist Jeff Koons (R) poses with US ambassador in France Jane Hartley at the US embassy in Paris in November. Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP

French adman accuses Koons of stealing idea

A French adman has accused US mega-artist Jeff Koons of stealing an idea from his 1985 Naf Naf advert to make a multi-million-euro artwork, a source close to the case said on Wednesday. READ  

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The French language's fixation with 'les Anglais'
What does a French woman mean when she says "Les Anglais ont débarqué!"?

The French language's fixation with 'les Anglais'

The French are known to for their stubborn attempts to keep English out of their language, but it appears they haven't done a very good job of it. The Gallic language is full of expressions containing the word “anglais” and most aren't complimentary. READ  

Paris show on women's periods 'breaks taboo'
Twenty-four photographs that showcase a woman and her period, from her teens through to her menopause. Photo: Marianne Rosenstielh

Paris show on women's periods 'breaks taboo'

A renowned French photographer is inviting a Paris audience with an open mind to venture into the world of women's menstrual cycles at an exhibition she's perhaps appropriately called 'The Curse'. READ  

Bordeaux vineyards set to produce 'rare' vintage
Bordeaux's 2014 wines are set to be a rare vintage. Photo: AFP

Bordeaux vineyards set to produce 'rare' vintage

It was another poor harvest this year for that most famous of French wines, but Bordeaux enthusiasts can celebrate a "rare" vintage blessed by an abundance of autumn sun, local producers say. READ  

Harry Potter exhibition is heading to France
Harry Potter: The Exhibition is coming to France. Photo: Getty/AFP

Harry Potter exhibition is heading to France

There was some great news for Harry Potter fans in France this week. The universe of the famous Hogwart's wizzard is coming to Paris. And you'll have to be quick off the mark to get tickets. READ  

Muslims rule France in provocative new novel
French writer Michel Houellebecq waits on November 25, 2014 in a Paris restaurant. Photo Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Muslims rule France in provocative new novel

France’s infamous literary rogue, Michel Houellebecq, has again displayed his talent for provocation with the announcement that his next novel, Soumission (Submission), is about a future France where a Muslim party wins the presidency. READ  

12 'French' things that aren't actually French
So many things are labelled as French but aren't actually French at all.

12 'French' things that aren't actually French

Does "French Kissing" really come from France? Here The Local looks at 12 things that sound very French in name but actually have nothing to do with France. READ  

Marble head of French queen sells for €1 million
The marble head of a French queen sells at auction for over €1million. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Marble head of French queen sells for €1 million

A 600-year-old marble head, believed to be from a sculpture of French queen Jeanne de Bourbon, wife of Charles V, was auctioned off for €1.15 million ($1.3 million) in Paris this week. READ  

World's most starred French chef seeks more
French cook Joel Robuchon poses on December 6, 2014 in Bordeaux, southwestern France, in the kitchen of 'La Grande maison". Photo: Nicolas Tucat/AFP

World's most starred French chef seeks more

The world's most decorated chef, Frenchman Joel Robuchon might be heading towards his seventieth birthday but he has no intention to lay down his apron. He wants another three Michelin stars to add to his record tally of 28. READ  

Nobel Prize for Literature 2014
Ten things to know about Patrick Modiano
Ten things to know about Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano. Photo: AFP

Ten things to know about Patrick Modiano

The French author Patrick Modiano picks up his Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm on Wednesday. Given that the first question asked by many outside France was "Who is Patrick Modiano? we’ve put together a list of ten things you need to know about him. READ  

Festive faux pas
Rules for partying with the French at Christmas
Dos and don'ts for partying with the French this Christmas/Photo: Drunk Santa photo

Rules for partying with the French at Christmas

With plenty of festive lunches, dinners and parties ahead, here's a list of tips to ensure you have a jolly old time with your French in-laws or friends without making a massive fool of yourself this Christmas. READ  

IN IMAGES: Top 15 new inventions from France
An automatic tattoo machine. Is this what the world needs? Photo: Simone Flückiger

IN IMAGES: Top 15 new inventions from France

An exhibition in Paris has given a glimpse into the future by showcasing the newest "Made in France" inventions featuring everything from automatic tattoo machines to office gardens. The Local went along and came back with 15 of the best, (or at least pictures of them). READ  

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