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'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English
Smartsubs only translates complicated words and expressions in the subtitles. Screengrab: Smartsubs/YouTube

'Smart' subtitles to help French learn English

Two young French entrepreneurs think they've come up with the smart solution to help their compatriots improve their English as well as enjoy the influx of popular TV series from across the Atlantic. READ  

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The areas of France the Brits do and don't go
Certain parts of France are pretty much ignored by British expats. Photo: AFP

The areas of France the Brits do and don't go

With the euro wobbling against the pound, Brits are once again lining up to buy property in France. But they are not willing to head anywhere in "La France profonde", and there remain some no-go zones for British expats. READ  

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods
Where did the humble croissant finish on the list? Photo: Claudio Brisighello/Flickr

Revealed: The world's favourite French foods

With the whole world preparing to celebrate France's famed gastronomy on Thursday we reveal the most loved French foods across the globe, according to social media channel Instagram - the home of so-called 'food porn'. READ  

Blog: Student life in Paris
Adapting to life as a foreign student in Paris
Students in at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Photo: AmitLev/Flickr

Adapting to life as a foreign student in Paris

Paris is said to be the best city in the world to study in, but that doesn't mean everything is plain sailing for international students. Erasmus student Deirdre McAteer shares her observations on life at a French university. READ  

Paris People
VIDEO: Meet the football magician of Montmartre
Iya Traoré at Montmartre. Photo: Patrick Müller/Flickr

VIDEO: Meet the football magician of Montmartre

Anyone who's been to Montmartre in Paris would have seen a footballer drawing crowds as he juggles a football, while swinging from a lamppost. The Local chats to the man who played for PSG youth teams, is a world-record holder, and has shared the stage with Shakira. READ  

So what's so brilliant about Bordeaux then?
Brilliant Bordeaux. Photo: Flickr

So what's so brilliant about Bordeaux then?

As the city of Bordeaux and south-west France win yet more plaudits after topping another ranking, The Local tries to find out just what is so special about the city and the region around it. READ  

France ready to end resistance to English
Is the French resistance to English coming to an end? Photo: FDComite/Flickr

France ready to end resistance to English

France’s Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, the chief guardian of the French language, told The Local on Wednesday that she saw no point in protecting French from outside influence like English - a sign that the famous blockade against English words has been lifted. READ  

Reader Rants
The worst 'nightmares' of living in la belle France
Parking in France can get rather creative. Photo: Connie Ma/Flickr

The worst 'nightmares' of living in la belle France

French author Michel Le Goff describes himself as "the French basher France wishes didn't exist". Here the writer shares his countdown of the worst "nightmares" about living in France. READ  

English words the French simply can't say
A confused squirrel, no doubt trying to pronounce his own name. Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr

English words the French simply can't say

English-learners might get off lightly when it comes to grammar but pronunciation problems can leave them in a proper pickle. Here are the toughest of all words for French people to get their lips around. READ  

Ex-call girl turns 'charity pimp' for French disabled
Marcel Nuss, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and his wife Jill, who will launch a course for sexual assistants. Photo: Jill Nuss

Ex-call girl turns 'charity pimp' for French disabled

With a growing number of disabled people keen to pay for sexual services, one French former prostitute has launched a course for sex workers who are willing to help but don't know how. She tells The Local why she shouldn't be mistaken for a pimp. READ  

Burgers rival baguettes for French taste buds
French are falling in love with burgers, but are still faithful to their beloved ham baguette. Photo: Julian Menichini/Flickr

Burgers rival baguettes for French taste buds

The latest evidence of a shift in French culinary tastes came in a new report on Thursday which shows the French are chomping nearly as many burgers as their cherished ham baguette. READ  

Opinion: Commuter misery
'Paris rail network is not fit for the 21st century'
Disgruntled commuters are aiming to take Paris transport chiefs to court for the delays and disruption they face on the RER. Photo: AFP

'Paris rail network is not fit for the 21st century'

A group of disgruntled commuters are launching an unprecedented bid to sue Paris transport chiefs because they can never get to work on time. The Parisian banker leading the charge tells The Local why things have to change. READ  

France's most disputed building projects
The ambitious Europa City shopping centre is just one of the projects that has provoked opposition from environmentalists. Photo: Europa City

France's most disputed building projects

They've provoked protests, violent riots and even deaths. From planes and trains to 1,000 cows, here's a look at some of the highly contentious engineering projects in France right now. READ  

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris
One of France's ultimate cool icons - Brigitte Bardot - sharing a hint on how to be cool. Photo: Laura Loveday/Flickr

The official guide on how to be cool in Paris

Speaking backwards, hanging out in hidden bars, and picking up a seriously unhealthy addiction. These are among the habits that young Parisians told The Local were the ultimate secrets to being cool in the City of Light. READ  

What's on in France: Ten things to do in March
The 2010 women snowboard boardercross finals at the Brits. Photo: Bob Bob/Flickr

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

If your social calendar is looking a bit empty this March here are ten events across the country involving cheese, snowboarding, books and orchids, one of which is bound to get you interested. READ  

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