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Rampaging kids trash French kindergarten
Speaking after the incident, officials in troubled Melun described the scene as an "apocalyptic landscape". File photo: Ella Novak

Rampaging kids trash French kindergarten

August 03, 2015

Police were called in on Saturday evening after a band of children, some of them as young as five, vandalized a nursery in the suburbs of Paris.

French mayor 'to force artists to mind kids'
The National Front mayor in Fréjus doesn’t feel the town hasn’t received enough in return from the artists. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP

French mayor 'to force artists to mind kids'

July 30, 2015

A far-right mayor in the southern town of Fréjus is allegedly considering making a group of local artists mind children in exchange for the rent subsidies they receive.

Blind teacher in France told to supervise exams
The woman was told to supervise an exam, even though she can't see. Photo: AFP

Blind teacher in France told to supervise exams

July 01, 2015

A blind teacher in southern France was baffled to be called in to supervise students during a an exam. Despite her appeals that she wasn't est suited, her school forced her to do it.

French pupils rebel over 'impossible' English test
Pupils sit the 2015 baccalaureate in Paris. Photo: AFP

French pupils rebel over 'impossible' English test

June 22, 2015

Over ten thousand French school pupils have signed a petition calling for the education minister to strike out an "impossible" question from the English exam in this year's French high school baccalaureate.

Test: Just how good is your French grammar?

June 11, 2015

A new French survey has found that the spelling and grammar skills of the French are on the slide, with men particularly worse than women. Try out the test that circulated online in France on Thursday.

Expat parenting
Parents protest changes to Paris bilingual schools
Places at bilingual schools in Paris will not be handed out to pupils from the suburbs. Photo: AFP

Parents protest changes to Paris bilingual schools

June 11, 2015

Expat parents in the Paris area are threatening legal action after the city's education chiefs changed the rules meaning their children will likely miss out on the much-sought after places in bilingual schools.

School fairs canned over French terror threat
Children in the schoolyard. Photo: AFP

School fairs canned over French terror threat

June 09, 2015

Headteachers at schools across France are cancelling traditional summer fairs because they don't have the manpower to search parents' bags - one of the requirements demanded due to the increased terror threat in the country.

French school reforms
France ignores teachers to push through reforms
Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who has come under fire for her school reforms. Photo: AFP

France ignores teachers to push through reforms

May 20, 2015

France's education minister on Wednesday published a controversial set of school reforms on the country's official statute books, sparking fury from unions and the opposition a day after a teachers' strike.

French language
More English words sneak into French
A copy of the 2015 Larousse dictionary. Photo: AFP

More English words sneak into French

May 18, 2015

France's two main dictionaries have revealed some of the new words that are set to grace their 2016 editions - and plenty of them come from English.

French schools scandal
Scandal of paedophile teachers shocks France
Photo: AFP

Scandal of paedophile teachers shocks France

April 01, 2015

France’s education minister promised a thorough investigation on Wednesday into "systematic failures” after it emerged that numerous teachers were employed to work in schools despite having previous convictions for paedophilia.

Paris universities on the up in new rankings
Students at a Paris university. Photo: AFP

Paris universities on the up in new rankings

March 11, 2015

France boasts three extra universities in this year's prestigious Times University reputation ranking, up from just two last year. But the man behind the survey told The Local it may be problematic that all five were in the same area.

French school reforms: Lunches to languages
French pupils will get longer lunch breaks and learn another language under planned reforms. Photo: AFP

French school reforms: Lunches to languages

March 11, 2015

France's education minister has announced a series of reforms that will see pupils doing more work in small groups and picking up an extra foreign language earlier. Here are the key points.

Paris school headteacher stabbed by parent
A school headteacher in Paris was stabbed three times by an attacker on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Paris school headteacher stabbed by parent

February 19, 2015

The headteacher of an elementary school in Paris was stabbed three times by the parent of a pupil on Thursday afternoon according to reports in the French media.

Your top 20 favourite French words
Your top 20 favourite French words. photo: Shutterstock

Your top 20 favourite French words

January 30, 2015

Everyone's got their favourite French words, whether they're amusing, odd or just fun to pronounce. After we put the call out to readers The Local has put together a list of your suggestions. See if yours made our top 20.

How studying in the UK is different to France

December 19, 2014

From Freshers week to dressing up, Parisian journalist Priscillia Charles, who recently spent a year studying in the North East of England, points out the main differences between student life on both sides of the Channel.

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