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Eurostar nightmare: 'We can hardly complain'
Passengers on a Eurostar train plunged into darkness, but should we really complain? Photo: Simon Gentry

Eurostar nightmare: 'We can hardly complain'

2 days ago

The Local's Oliver Gee was one of thousands of passengers stranded for hours on six Eurostar trains that became blocked when migrants broke through security. He says it's hard to complain given the hardship of those that caused the chaos.

Opinion - French schools
Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system
What must France do to fix its school system? Photo: AFP

Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system

August 31, 2015

As pupils head back to the classroom this week, Peter Gumbel, a Paris-based British journalist and author of a best-selling critique of the French school system, spells out for The Local how France must fix a national education system in crisis.

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The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris
Paris has its fair share of crazy cocktail bars. Photo: Dana Albers/Flickr

The eight wackiest bars you can find in Paris

August 26, 2015

Paris has its fair share of outlandish bars. From Mexican wrestling to Siberian temperatures, there's something for all tastes.

Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach
If you want to blend in, then get some decent sun block. Photo: Shutterstock

Eight top tips to blend in on a French beach

August 20, 2015

Wonder why everyone’s staring at you? If you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb on a beach in France, then read our list of ways to blend in.

IN PICTURES
Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris
A recent subject on the Humans of Paris site. Photo: Humans of Paris

Amazing photo blog shows real faces of Paris

August 19, 2015

Marco Hazan runs "Humans of Paris", an incredibly popular photo-based Facebook page that aims to show the real side of Parisians. The Local chatted to the 18-year-old student to find out more.

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Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France
Fancy spending a night in a treehouse? Photo: www.lesalicourts.com

Five of the most crazily cool hotels in France

August 17, 2015

With the Palace of Versailles potentially soon set to open its doors to overnight guests, we take a look at some of the other unusual holiday accommodation options in France - from enormous bubbles to treetop hangouts.

Calais migrant crisis
Calais: A 'dying' city but not quite like Baghdad
Migrants' tents lined up alongside the water underneath the shadow of the Belfry. Photo: AFP

Calais: A 'dying' city but not quite like Baghdad

August 14, 2015

Historic Calais has been blighted by the ever-worsening migrant crisis in Europe, but while residents tell The Local the port city is dying a slow death, it's nowhere near as bad as the UK press make it out to be.

Opinion - We speak English
It's a myth the French won't speak English
'Hello sir, what can I get you?' Photo: AFP

It's a myth the French won't speak English

August 10, 2015

The French are renowned for being unskilled, reluctant, and even resistant when it comes to speaking English. But that's not fair - or true, says The Local's Oliver Gee, at least when it comes to the younger generation.

Wild wallabies roam villages west of Paris
Wallabies have adapted to their new home in the wilds of France. Photo: AFP

Wild wallabies roam villages west of Paris

August 04, 2015

A tiny French village in Paris's leafy western suburbs is ringed by scores of wild wallabies, who now thrive in a nearby forest a world away from their native Australia.

Ten things you didn't know about gay Paris
Do you know where to find penis-shaped bakery goods in Paris? Photo: Legay Choc/Facebook

Ten things you didn't know about gay Paris

July 30, 2015

There's a lot more to the gay scene in Paris than just the Marais - so we asked the experts at The Gay Locals to come up with a list of ten things you probably didn't know about Gay Paris.

What's on in France: Ten things to do in August
Dance a jig with the Celts in Brittany. Photo: AFP

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

July 28, 2015

August in France - especially Paris - is deathly quiet as the locals shut up shop and head off on holidays. But there are still plenty of intriguing events across the country to keep you busy.

Life may get easier for expats settling in France
The wall of Orly airport's south terminal reading "Welcome", not far from Paris. Photo: AFP

Life may get easier for expats settling in France

July 22, 2015

A French senator has put together a 49-strong list of proposals to make life easier for French expats returning home. She tells The Local that many of her proposals would also help smooth out the process for foreigners.

Guest blog - French women
'What is this obsession with French women?'
French actresses Alice Isaaz (L) and Lola Le Lann (R). Time to end our obsession with French women? Photo: AFP

'What is this obsession with French women?'

July 22, 2015

An article in the British press on the "art of being a French woman" has irked many a Gallic female, many of whom it seems are fed up with the stereotypes written about them. One of them is blogger Muriel Demarcus, who penned this angry response.

A Local tête-à-tête
Should two expats in France 'faire la bise'?
Should expats in France "faire la bise"? Photo: AFP

Should two expats in France 'faire la bise'?

July 21, 2015

The Local's Ben McPartland and Oliver Gee disagree about what appears to be a touchy subject - performing a French greeting kiss or "la bise" with a fellow expat. Who do you agree with?

Les Entrepreneurs
Expat radio station helps French learn English
Photo: Shutterstock

Expat radio station helps French learn English

July 17, 2015

A new English language radio service has launched in France, but rather than targeting expats, its creators are going after a French audience because locals could do with a helping to hand to boost their English.

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