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Tourism in France
The ten tourist traps in France to avoid
Some places in France are best avoided. Patrick Kovarick/AFP

The ten tourist traps in France to avoid

Here's the 10 tourist traps you should avoid on your next trip in France. They're the places that are so expensive, so cheesy or so crowded it feels like all of the country's 84 million annual tourists are there at the same time. READ  

Ask The Experts - Job Hunting
Six quick tips for finding a job in France
Ask the experts: Six quick tips for landing a job in France. Photo: Shutterstock

Six quick tips for finding a job in France

What it takes to find work in France is a bit different than back home, so The Local has gathered six quick tips from a French recruitment expert on what Anglos need to do to land that job. READ  

15 French 'false friends' you need to watch out for
FIfteen false friends that could get you into trouble when speaking French. Photo: Shutterstock

15 French 'false friends' you need to watch out for

When struggling for the right word in French, it can be tempting just to use an English word said in a French accent. Unfortunately, French is littered with pesky "false friends" that have very different meanings. Here's 15 to avoid. READ  

Investing in Paris
12 reasons to invest in Paris and 7 to think twice
Why do investors come to Paris? And what they complain about. Photo: Shutterstock

12 reasons to invest in Paris and 7 to think twice

Chiara Corazza, whose job it is to attract foreign investors to Paris, lists the reasons why international companies should back ventures in the French capital despite the country's economic woes. She also tells us about the things they complain about. READ  

Investing in France
'France's image is bad but the reality is different'
"France gets a bad image from the foreign press, the reality is investors will make money", says the woman whose job it is to attract them. Photo: Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

'France's image is bad but the reality is different'

Enticing foreign investors to France appears a thankless task right now given all the economic doom and gloom, but the woman whose job is to do just that, insists the image presented by the Anglo media is far from the reality. READ  

Could Paris get its own €50 million 'ski resort'?
There are plans on the table to build a €50 million ski resort on the outskirts of Paris. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Could Paris get its own €50 million 'ski resort'?

Parisians may soon be able to ski all year round without having to go anywhere near the Alps. Plans are reportedly on the table to open a €50 million indoor ski resort in the suburbs of Paris. However there may be some opposition to the project. READ  

Tête-à-tête - August in Paris
'You'd have to be crazy to stay in Paris in August'
Is Paris in August heaven or hell? Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

'You'd have to be crazy to stay in Paris in August'

The eternal debate of whether staying in Paris for the month of August is pure joy or punishment is taken up here by The Local's Joshua Melvin and Ben McPartland. They debate the heat, tourists, Paris plages, and the seductive call of the rest of France. READ  

Driving in France: How to stay out of trouble
Here's how to avoid a ticket on French roads this summer. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Driving in France: How to stay out of trouble

Driving in France might seem simple, but foreign motorists, especially Anglos can get in plenty of trouble here, thanks in part to the unique or lesser-known rules of la route. We've put together a list of those you need to know to avoid a police fine (or a crash) this summer. READ  

Tête-à-tête - France v Germany
France v Germany: Who should we neutrals back?
Who should us quasi-neutrals want to win? Photo: Shutterstock

France v Germany: Who should we neutrals back?

Just in case you haven't heard, France play Germany in the quarter finals of the World Cup on Friday. Here, The Local France squares up against The Local Germany to argue over which team deserves to win, before a ball has even been kicked. READ  

Tête-a-tête - Service
'Give me a grumpy Paris waiter any day'
Is restaurant service better in the US than France? Joshua Melvin (left) says yes but Ben McPartland (right) says no. Photo: Jessie Acosta

'Give me a grumpy Paris waiter any day'

Would you rather have the brusque and serious Parisian 'serveur' or the tip-driven and smiley American waitress? The Local's Joshua Melvin (left) and Ben McPartland (right) battle it out here over whose service is better. READ  

The Local List
Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians
Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians, including standing in the middle of the Champs-Elysées to get a photo. Photo: Stan1ey/Flickr

Twelve things tourists do that annoy Parisians

Parisians get a bad name for their supposed unfriendly treatment of tourists, but what if us visitors are partly to blame for the that famed surly welcome from the locals? Here are 12 things tourists do that can wind up the French, according to our readers. READ  

JobTalk France - Anonymous CV
Will France finally bring in anonymous CVs?
Should France introduce obligatory anonymous CVs? CV photo: Shutterstock

Will France finally bring in anonymous CVs?

A French law that would oblige job applicants to submit CVs anonymously to big firms seemed like an enlightened idea at the time. But eight years on it has still never been enforced, but it could be finally set to see the light of day. READ  

Gallery - Travel
Ten French Unesco sites you won't have heard of
Everyone knows Mont Saint-Michel but what about some of France's more unknown Unesco World Heritage sites? Photo: AFP/Unesco

Ten French Unesco sites you won't have heard of

France was awarded a new World Heritage site this week. As it now boasts 39 Unesco sites, The Local decided to dig up some of the country’s least known gems on a list that includes the famous Mont Saint-Michel (photo). Here’s ten Unesco sites in France you (probably) haven't heard of. READ  

Opinion - Strikes in France
Why the French are right to go on strike
Opinion: Why the Frnech are entirely right to go on strike all the time. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

Why the French are right to go on strike

The French have come in for some harsh criticism in recent days after rail and airport strikes caused travel misery for hundreds of thousands of people. But some commend the strikers. Here a British blogger and a French leftist explain why the French are absolutely right to walk out. READ  

JobTalk France
Do the French really work less than most of EU?
So what if the French put in the second least amount of hours in Europe? Photo: Office workers.

Do the French really work less than most of EU?

New data says French workers put in the second fewest hours per year in Europe - some 239 hours less than their UK counterparts. But does the study, which some will use as fuel to bash France's oft-ridiculed 35-hour work week, overlooks some key points? READ  

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