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French Face of the Week
Meet the 'crocodile': France's youngest mayor
France's youngest is just 22 years old. Photo: Betrand Guay

Meet the 'crocodile': France's youngest mayor

At the age of 22 most young Frenchmen are still wondering what to do with their lives, but not the self-titled political 'crocodile', Robin Reda. Hailed as a political genius by some of the Right's top politicians, Reda has just been elected France’s youngest mayor. READ () »

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French top cop's wife 'makes ticket vanish'
Anne Gravoin met her now husband Manuel Valls in the 1980s but the couple only got together in 2004. File photo: Patrick Kovarik/AFP

French top cop's wife 'makes ticket vanish'

The wife of France's top cop, Interior Minister Manuel Valls, is a brilliant classical violinist but this week she wound up in the headlines for a different kind of fiddling. Find out what happened when she stepped in to quash a friend's parking ticket. READ () »

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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 () »

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The French pupils who quit school for jihad
One of two French boys, 15, from Toulouse who ran off to fight in the Syrian civil war. Photo: Screengrab/France TV

The French pupils who quit school for jihad

The news that two 15-year-old French pupils, decided not not turn up at their classes, but instead make the 4,400 km trip to join Al Quaeda fighters in Syria, left France shocked on Friday. They are the latest and probably youngest to join hundreds of French jihadist fighters in Syria. READ () »

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The French comic behind Anelka’s 'Nazi salute'
Photos: Ian Kingston/Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Le Point/Screengrab

The French comic behind Anelka’s 'Nazi salute'

French footballer Nicolas Anelka's "quenelle" salute has been condemned as anti-Semitic, something he himself denied, saying it was just a gesture of support for French comedian Dieudonné. But who is the controversial comic who France now wants to ban? READ () »

French Faces of the Week
Top ten 'most hated' celebs in France in 2013
Who were judged the "most hated" celebreties in France for 2013? Photos: AFP

Top ten 'most hated' celebs in France in 2013

Beauty, big breasts and power are not everything it seems, well at least when it comes to winning over the French public. A new poll published this week revealed the "most hated celebrities" in the country for 2013. See our countdown here and tell us who they missed out. READ () »

French Face of the Week
Madonna's ex toy boy has stage to himself
Art imitating life imitating art. On-stage and off-stage duo Madonna and French dancer Brahim Zaibat. They broke up this week, amid rumours of jealousy and rancour. Photo: Marco Piraccini/Youtube

Madonna's ex toy boy has stage to himself

Despite being a primetime TV star and sex symbol in France, and despite his three-year romance with Madonna, 30 years his senior, breakdancer Brahim Zaibat is virtually unknown around the world. The couple broke up this week, citing heavy workloads. But is that really all there was to it? READ () »

French Face of the Week
Miss France: the ageless queen of kitsch
Is it just sentimentalists, dirty old men and snarky hipsters who watch Miss France in their millions? Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Miss France: the ageless queen of kitsch

The annual Miss France competition takes place in the eastern city of Dijon on Saturday night. In postmodern France, where women hold cabinet positions and beauty pageants are mercilessly mocked, you might think nobody will be watching. You'd be very wrong. READ () »

French Face of the Week
French boss runs firm from desert island beach
Gauthier Toulemonde, who spend 40 days running his business from a desert island. Photo: Gauthier Toulemonde/AFP

French boss runs firm from desert island beach

One day last year, French businessman Gauthier Toulemonde, pondered a seemingly insane question. Could he run his company from a tiny, remote desert island thousands of miles away? The French Robinson Crusoe just came back home with the answer. READ () »

French Face of the Week
The dark past of Paris shooting suspect Dekhar
Photo: Screengrab/Youtube/Chouf Chouf

The dark past of Paris shooting suspect Dekhar

Police on Wednesday arrested Abdelhakim Dekhar, who they believe was the gunman who brought panic to the streets of Paris this week. Then came the chilling realization that they had seen his name before - as part of a murderous episode that shocked France nearly 20 years ago. READ () »

French Face of the Week
'Paris nightlife musn't be seen as a joke in Europe'
"People have to understand that Paris is a capital city, and a capital city moves and shakes, it makes noise.” Newly-elected Paris Nightlife Mayor Clément Léon. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

'Paris nightlife musn't be seen as a joke in Europe'

Paris elected its first ever "Nightlife Mayor" this week in the form of Clément Léon, our French Face of the Week. Leon is adamant he can help make Paris a bastion of nocturnal revelry to rival London and Berlin as long as the neighbours accept "it's going to get noisy". READ () »

French Face of the Week
France's senior black politician finds her voice
"I've been getting monkey and banana insults for a long time but there is also something more subtle going on in France." Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

France's senior black politician finds her voice

Despite being France's most prominent black politician, Christiane Taubira has stayed next to silent on race since becoming Justice Minister. But this week she broke her silence with an extraordinary interview that warned against the illusion of a post-racial France. READ () »

French Face of the Week
France’s Catholic school 'cougar' hails victory
One of the more provocative moments of Veronique Bonazzola's turn as a 'cougar' in the "Fountain of Youth' rap video. The Catholic school she worked for fired her over it. Photo: ZoneRougeMusic

France’s Catholic school 'cougar' hails victory

After 20 years of "loyal service" as a classroom supervisor at a Catholic school on the French Riviera, Veronique Bonazzola was unceremoniously fired, after appearing as a scantily-clad "cougar" in a rap video (see below). But this week, she was handed a "victory against injustice". READ () »

French Face of the Week
VIDEO: Kiss stunt lands French DJ in hot water
"Who do you think you are?!" "Don't get upset, it's just a kiss." Guillaume Pley's video "How to kiss a girl in 10 seconds" has provoked a landslide of condemnation. Photo: Guillaume Pley/Youtube

VIDEO: Kiss stunt lands French DJ in hot water

It was supposed to be a "challenge". But a video posted online by French radio DJ Guillaume Pley, our French Face of the Week, featuring his attempts to kiss various girls in just 10 seconds did not go down at all well with many of its three million viewers. See for yourself why... READ () »

How a Roma girl became a 'symbol' in France
“Things were better in France. My friends, my teachers, my boyfriend…I had everything there. I had integrated well there. France is my country." Leonarda Dibrani. Photo: Armend Nimani/AFP

How a Roma girl became a 'symbol' in France

She speaks French, has French friends, and considers France her home. But this week, Leonarda Dibrani - taken off a school trip to be deported to Kosovo - became a symbol of the entire Roma community, and could represent a watershed moment for French immigration policy. READ () »

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