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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  

Guest Blog - French rail service
'Forget the strike, I love the French rail system'
A Britain explains why he loves the French rail system. Photo: TGV/Ostill.

'Forget the strike, I love the French rail system'

With all the anger and confusion over the unending rail strike in France, British comedian Ian Moore has come to the defense of the French rail system which he loves so dearly. Though he thinks French trains could do with a bit more alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour. READ  

VIDEO - Learning French
Learning French: Video lessons not to follow
Learning French, video lessons not to follow. Photo: Learning French with Victor

Learning French: Video lessons not to follow

Anyone who has tried to learn French will appreciate this selection of comical videos that take the mick out of Anglo attempts to pick up the sophisticated language of Molière. However, we are not recommending you follow any of the examples set by the people in these clips. READ  

The Local List
Fifteen things that can happen 'Only in France'
Only in France. What Twitter says is unique about the country and the French. Photo: Shutterstock

Fifteen things that can happen 'Only in France'

Whether it's the drinking culture, the food, or the dentists, tweeters have united under the #OnlyinFrance hashtag to express what they find weird, wonderful and even perhaps wrong about this unique country. See what they've had to say here. READ  

Paris in the swinging 60s: Top seven video clips
A view over Paris taken from a British Pathé film about the city in the swinging 60s.

Paris in the swinging 60s: Top seven video clips

What was Paris like back in the heady days of the 1960s? We've scoured the video archioves of You Tube to come up with a selection of the best clips, that show what life was like in the City of Light back in the swinging 60s. Enjoy. READ  

Ten ways to know you're becoming French
How do to know you're becoming French.Find out with the help of expats Lisa Vanden Boss and Shari LEslie Segall. Photo: Shutterstock/Judit Halasz

Ten ways to know you're becoming French

For an expat to become French there's no need to gain nationality or a French passport, it often just happens slowly over time. With the help of a new book "90+ Way's to know you're becoming French" here's a glimpse of some of the tell tale signs to look out for. READ  

Buying French property: Ten things to think about
Thinking of buying a house in France? Here's ten things to think about if you are. Photo: Shutterstock

Buying French property: Ten things to think about

Experts say now is a good time to follow your dream and buy a house in France. So to help you on your way The Local has put together a list of ten things to seriously think about when buying property in France. READ  

Reader Rants
French and charity - why don't they go together?
Why don't the French do charity? Photo: Shutterstock

French and charity - why don't they go together?

In the latest of our Reader Rants series, in which we give you a chance to get something off your chest, Paris-based banker and serial fun-runner Gavin Doughty from the UK, laments the problems he has persuading the French to dip into the pockets for a good cause. READ  

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