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Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?
"Did you just say tu to me?" Photo: Shutterstock

Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?

Everyone who has ever lived in France knows all about the social minefield that is tu and vous - and that goes for the French too. The Local France’s editor Ben McPartland and French language expert Camille Chevalier-Karfis argue over whether it’s time to ditch the protocol. READ  

Visiting Paris
The weirdest objects you can see around Paris
Just one of the unusual things you can see around Paris. Photo: ollografik/Flickr

The weirdest objects you can see around Paris

From horned birds to pinched nipples, Paris has more than its share of wacky and offbeat objects to see. Join us as we take a closer look at some of the most unusual things you can find in the city's museums, shops... and even sewers, courtesy of the folks behind the Paris Pass sightseeing package. READ  

Les Entrepreneurs
The story of Paris's most popular picnics
Paris Picnic has been delivering for two years. Photo: Private

The story of Paris's most popular picnics

In the latest installment of our "Les Entrepreneurs" series, we talk to the Russian/American founder of Paris Picnic, Katya Kroupnik, about how she went from making three picnics a week to 30 a day in the space of a year. READ  

Paris: Icon Edith Piaf celebrated at exhibit
Director of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France Bruno Racine, poses during the opening of the exhibition "Piaf", dedicated to France's legendary singer Edith Piaf. Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP

Paris: Icon Edith Piaf celebrated at exhibit

Her soaring, emotion-wracked voice remains the defining soundtrack of old, romantic France and her colourful life the stuff of legend. READ  

Is Lille France's most underrated city?
Lille as seen from the town's Ferris Wheel. Photo: Maelick/Flickr

Is Lille France's most underrated city?

France's fourth biggest city, Lille, is often overlooked as a place to settle in France. But with an influx of hipsters, fantastic access to three European hubs, and impressive culture scene to boot - there's a lot more to Lille than meets the eye. READ  

My French habits that foreigners just don't get
Where's the handle? The French love to drink out of a bowl. Photo: Su-May/Flickr

My French habits that foreigners just don't get

Do the French have certain habits you just can't work out? Here, UK-based French journalist Chloé Farand lists a number of her typical Gallic traits or customs that leave her Anglo friends bemused or, if bread, jam and coffee are involved, even disgusted. READ  

New Calais migrant camp 'the worst in Europe'
"The New Jungle" - a makeshift home for migrants in Calais. Photo: AFP

New Calais migrant camp 'the worst in Europe'

After hundreds of migrants were forced to relocate their shanty town to another part of the northern French city of Calais, aid workers have slammed the new settlement as the "worst in Europe" for the refugees from war zones. READ  

Property in France
The joys of living in an 'expat no-go zone'
Verdun, Lorraine, a huge region in north-eastern France with few expats. Photo: Antonio Ponte/Flickr

The joys of living in an 'expat no-go zone'

British expats in France tell us the benefits of living in some of the country's "expat no-go zones", areas where the expats are few but the quality of life competes with even the most popular regions. READ  

Blog: Student life in Paris
How to 'fine dine' in Paris on a student budget
Picnics are a sure-fire way to save a euro or two. Photo: Trey Ratcliff/Flickr

How to 'fine dine' in Paris on a student budget

Paris is world renowned for its fine dining culture - but what about the poor hard-up students who can't afford to scoff at the top tables in town? International student Deirdre McAteer explains how to tighten the purse strings but still eat well in the French capital. READ  

The Iron Lady's birthday
12 facts you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower turns 126 on Tuesday. Here are 12 facts you might not know about it. Photo: Terrazzo/Flickr

12 facts you didn't know about the Eiffel Tower

The grand old Iron Lady of Paris celebrates its 126th birthday on Tuesday. To celebrate the Eiffel Tower’s big day here are 12 facts about the famous monument that you might not know, as well as a look at some famous replicas around the world. READ  

Les Entrepreneurs
'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  

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  

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