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Learning French: Video lessons not to follow
Learning French, video lessons not to follow. Photo: Learning French with Victor

Learning French: Video lessons not to follow

Anyone who has tried to learn French will appreciate this selection of comical videos that take the mick out of Anglo attempts to pick up the sophisticated language of Molière. However, we are not recommending you follow any of the examples set by the people in these clips. READ  

Dos and don'ts for bringing up bilingual kids
The dos and don'ts for raising bilingual children in France. Photo: Shutterstock

Dos and don'ts for bringing up bilingual kids

Ever get stressed about how best to raise your children in France to speak both English and French fluently? Well we've brought in an expert in language training to lay out what should and shouldn't be done. Let us know your own thoughts. READ  

French teachers win fight over back-to-school date
French teachers won't be back at work in August afterall. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

French teachers win fight over back-to-school date

After being blasted by teachers outraged over coming back to work during the sacred holiday-reserved month of August, national education authorities backed down on Friday, therefore avoiding a planned strike. READ  

Protests in France over schoolboys in skirts

Protests in France over schoolboys in skirts

A planned anti-sexism day of action by schools in a city in western France in which male pupils are invited to wear skirts to classes prompted protests from an outraged conservative group on Thursday. They believe there is something more sinister behind the invitation. READ  

Schoolboys invited to wear skirts to class
French schoolboys invited to wear skirts to class in the name of equality. Photo: Académie de Nantes

Schoolboys invited to wear skirts to class

School authorities in western France have caused a stir by inviting male pupils to wear skirts to class on Friday. But not everyone is happy with the move that is designed to take a stand against sexism. READ  

Global rankings offer boost to French unis
France's newer universities are perorming well, when compared to counterparts across the globe. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Global rankings offer boost to French unis

Recent global university rankings have not made pleasant reading for French higher education chiefs, but the latest league table released this week suggests France has some of the best “new” universities in the world. READ  

Police finish DNA sweep in hunt for school rapist
Police have finished an unprecedented DNA collection in the hunt for a rapist. Photo: Xavier Leoty/AFP

Police finish DNA sweep in hunt for school rapist

All 527 male students and staff at a private school in France have turned over their DNA as part of an unprecedented hunt for whoever raped a girl in a campus bathroom. One student who'd refused relented under prosecutors' pressure. READ  

French parents laidback about kids' education
French parents least stressed about their children's future, a new study finds. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

French parents laidback about kids' education

When it comes to stressing about the education of their children French parents are much more relaxed than their counterparts in other countries, a global survey revealed this week. And they are dead against paying for it, it seems. READ  

Mass DNA tests of school boys to find toilet rapist
Around 500 pupils and staff from a French school will undergo DNA testing in bid to find a rapist. Photo: Shutterstock

Mass DNA tests of school boys to find toilet rapist

French police trying to track down a rapist who attacked a schoolgirl in a dark toilet will start taking DNA samples on Monday from 500 male pupils and staff at a Catholic school in western France in a bid to identify the culprit. READ  

Studying in France
Reputation of French universities tumbles
Foreign students may love French universities but academics do not think so highly of them, it seems. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Reputation of French universities tumbles

A league table of the world’s most prestigious universities published on Wednesday should "sound alarm bells" in France with the latest rankings showing the country now only has two institutions in the world's top 100. READ  

French less educated than other Europeans
French people are less educated than the European average. Photo: Rune Mathison/Flickr

French less educated than other Europeans

A new study showed French people are less educated than the European average, which seems to be a blow to the country’s oft criticized education system. However, some good news is concealed in the findings. READ  

Minister blasts rumours of 'masturbation classes'
The French government has stepped in to end rumours over "gender theory" and masturbation classes in nursery schools. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Minister blasts rumours of 'masturbation classes'

After rumours swept across France in recent days that kindergartens were to teach "gender theory" and even "masturbation classes" to kids, that sparked a boycott of schools, a furious French minister has been forced to step in and remind parents of their duties. READ  

'Masturbation classes' rumour sparks boycott
Hoax texts warning parents that schools were to give classes in masturbation provoked a high lvel of non-attendance in parts of France. Photo: AFP

'Masturbation classes' rumour sparks boycott

Pupils from nursery and infant schools across France were kept home this week after their parents were sent hoax text messages warning them that teachers were to give lessons in masturbation and sex education and telling them to boycott classes. READ  

Learning French
Top 10 bizarre French expressions translated
"Stop talking salads" and ten other bizarre French phrases translated. Photo: Mslavic/Flickr

Top 10 bizarre French expressions translated

Learning French is hard enough without all the seemingly bizarre and "untranslatable" expressions out there, that if you don't know the real meaning of, could land you in a spot of Gallic bother. See these top 10 examples to see exactly what you are up against. READ  

Anger over porno filmed in front of French school
Pupils gather outside the Lycée Mireille Grenet where the filming of a porno has outraged staff and parents. Photo: Screengrab/Le Parisien

Anger over porno filmed in front of French school

Irate bosses at a secondary school in France told The Local on Friday they intend to take legal against the producers of a porn film, which was filmed in front of the school, featuring an actress playing the role of a school supervisor. READ  

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