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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 () »

Despair and poverty turn French to far right
French far-right Front National party's president Marine Le Pen at a press conference near Paris. AFP Photo/Pierre Andrieu

Despair and poverty turn French to far right

The far right National Front (FN) party are making footholds across France with voters saying the economic recession has prompted them to switch over to more extreme parties in advance of the nationwide local elections. READ () »

The Local List
Ten new words that could join the French language
Ten new words that could join the French language. Photo: Tim Green/Flickr

Ten new words that could join the French language

This week French people were asked to submit and vote for their favourite newly-invented Gallic words, that in the future could find their place in a dictionary. The suggestions were both inventive and hilarious. We've selected ten of the best. READ () »

JobTalk France
The 'top ten' companies to work for in France
New study names top companies to work for in France. Work photo: Shutterstock

The 'top ten' companies to work for in France

A new standings table was released on Wednesday that ranks the best companies in France to work for. Although Anglo multi-nationals took many of the higher places, it was a French company with an aversion to meetings that grabbed the prestigious top spot. READ () »

IN PICTURES
France enjoys record-breaking start to spring
Photos: AFP/Gogo Mrmgt Twitter

France enjoys record-breaking start to spring

France baked in spring sunshine over the weekend, as temperatures rose to record-breaking 22°C in parts of the country. The summer-like weather was in stark contrast to this time last year, when parts of the country including Paris were under a blanket of snow. READ () »

French Face of the Week
'Spy for us or we won’t let you become French'
France's anti-gay marriage protesters, who police wanted Anna to spy on or face the prospect of being deported, allegedly. Photo: AFP

'Spy for us or we won’t let you become French'

A young Russian-born student named Anna, desperate to gain French citizenship has become the centre of a scandal in France, after alleging police tried to blackmail her into spying on members of France’s anti-gay marriage movement or face the prospect of being deported. READ () »

French Face of the Week
Mr Made in France: The ultimate economic patriot
France's ultimate economic patriot. Photo: Screengrab Mr Made in France by Benjamin Carle

Mr Made in France: The ultimate economic patriot

France could do with a few economic patriots right now. So Benjamin Carle, from Paris, took it upon himself to show the way by ridding his life of anything foreign made, from food to furniture, to see whether it was possible to become 100 percent Made in France. See how he got on. READ () »

Paris mayoral race
'We must show Paris is open for business'
Can NKM put the light back into the city of light? Photo: Patrick Kovarick/AFP

'We must show Paris is open for business'

The race to be the first woman in charge of Paris might be slipping away but centre right candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has plans to wake up the City of Light that may resonate with many expats and visitors alike. READ () »

JobTalk France
Ten tips for working as a freelancer in France
Photo:Lyndsey E/Flickr

Ten tips for working as a freelancer in France

Working as a freelancer in France, especially in the world of writing, is considered a dream job. But it is not always easy to succeed. So The Local has spoken to three experienced France-based freelancers and put together a list of vital tips. READ () »

JobTalk France
Top Ten: Dream jobs in France for expats
Top Ten dream jobs for expats in France: What's yours? Photo: Equinoxe/Flickr / Jean Pierre Muller/afp

Top Ten: Dream jobs in France for expats

Always dreamt about landing the perfect job but never quite made it or were too scared to take the risk? Well France may have its problems with unemployment but it also offers a wide range of dream jobs for expats. Here's our top Ten. What's yours? READ () »

'First ever' bill proposes legal cannabis in France
French lawmakers propose 'first ever' marijuana legalization bill. Photo: Jacques Demarthon.

'First ever' bill proposes legal cannabis in France

France is no Amsterdam when it comes to marijuana laws, in fact it has some of the toughest possession statutes in Europe, but a first of its kind bill proposed this week could change that. The lawmaker behind the legislation tells The Local why marijuana should be legalized in France. READ () »

The exodus of French graduates: Key points
Where, why and for how long are French graduates going abroad? Photos: Tulane PR/Kusterand Wildharbor Photography

The exodus of French graduates: Key points

Over a quarter of young French graduates are setting their sights abroad in an attempt to get onto the career ladder. But why do they want to leave, where exactly are they going and will they ever return? A new study has the answers. READ () »

French Face of the Week
France's 'eternal inmate' released after 38 years
Philippe El Shennawy seen here on the right in 1975 and on Friday, January 24th on the day he was released from Prison. Photo: AFP

France's 'eternal inmate' released after 38 years

One French criminal's prison sentence just kept growing until he became the longest serving inmate in the country's history. On Friday he was finally freed after spending most of the last four decades behind bars. But what did he do to deserve it and what now? READ () »

France - languages
Hypocrisy? France and its regional languages
France is again debating whether to adapt a founding principal in order to better protect its linguistic heritage. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Hypocrisy? France and its regional languages

The French language is sacred to France, which is why the latest move to recognize the country's other native tongues has again run into obstacles. But is Paris finally about to drop its "double standards" and officially accept France's regional languages? READ () »

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