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Is France's envied health care system threatened?
Doctors take to the streets of Lyon in january to protest health reforms. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Is France's envied health care system threatened?

Thousands of French doctors and health professionals will take to the streets in Paris on Sunday to protest against reforms they say will threaten the quality of France's renowned health care system. The leader of the demonstration tells The Local why the government must listen. READ  

Paris bids to turn volume down in 'City of Noise'
Traffic in central Paris is usually heavy, to say the least. Photo: AFP

Paris bids to turn volume down in 'City of Noise'

Town Hall chiefs in Paris are to launch a series of measures aimed at quietening the din in and around the French capital, with almost 90 percent of the population concerned about the noise. READ  

French hospital crisis: 'Just like Thatcher's NHS'
France's hospitals have been in crisis this year after the flu struck the nation. Photo: AFP

French hospital crisis: 'Just like Thatcher's NHS'

A leaked memo from France's intelligence services says that the country's hospital emergency wards are on the brink of "social implosion" due to overworked staff and angry patients. One union leader told The Local it's become like Britain's NHS under Margaret Thatcher. READ  

Flu epidemic causes 8,500 extra fatalities
The flu epidemic has already affected more than two million people in France. Photo: AFP

Flu epidemic causes 8,500 extra fatalities

Since mid-January France has seen 8,500 more deaths than usual for this time of year, with the flu epidemic that has swept across the nation throughout winter believed to be the major factor. READ  

France to cut 22,000 hospital jobs to save €3b
Anti-capitalists protest outside a hospital in France over proposed cuts. Photo: AFP

France to cut 22,000 hospital jobs to save €3b

The French government’s bid to cut €3 billion off its bill for hospital spending will see up to 22,000 posts deleted over the next two years. READ  

Flu epidemic leaves French hospitals in crisis
Accident and emergency wards are struggling to deal with flu patients. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Flu epidemic leaves French hospitals in crisis

France has triggered its crisis response plan after hospitals raised the alarm on Thursday that they were struggling to cope with the flu epidemic that has now struck down more than two million patients. READ  

French remain unequal when it comes to health
Female pensioners in France live over six years longer than their male counterparts. Photo: Hippolyte/Flickr

French remain unequal when it comes to health

French women outlive French men and the wealthy play more sport than everyone else. A new report has revealed the biggest discrepancies when it comes to health in France. READ  

France unveils plan to cut police suicides
These new graduates at the French Prefecture de Police will be given greater psychological support to prevent suicides. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

France unveils plan to cut police suicides

France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has unveiled a new plan to tackle the taboo subject of suicides in the police force after a sharp rise in the number of officers taking their own lives. READ  

Could France be the next country to ban sunbeds?

France has around 40,000 sunbeds in tanning lounges around the country but could they soon become outlawed? One of the country’s leading consumer rights associations has called for them to be banned due to the health risks. READ  

France's artificial heart man is 'alive and well'

Doctors monitoring France's second patient to get a permanent artifical heart announced on Monday that he had returned home and was in good health, suggesting that artificial heart transplant patients can lead normal lives. READ  

French GPs on strike

Doctors in France step up strike action

GPs in France dug their heels in on Monday as they continued their strike in protest at government health reforms. The head of the main union told The Local why doctors are hardening their stance. READ  

Doctors on strike

French hospitals braced as more doctors strike

A strike by doctors in France was set to reach a critical point on Monday as hundreds of out-of-hours doctors joined the walk-out amid reports that hospital accident and emergency rooms were being stretched to the limit. READ  

French GPs strike: What to do if you get sick

Those spending Christmas in France this year might want to baste their turkey with Vitamin C and avoid off-piste skiing as GPs in L'Hexagone begin a weeklong strike on Tuesday. Here's what you should do if you do fall ill. READ  

France braces for doctors' Christmas strike

France is bracing for a major strike over the Christmas period by overworked doctors, including casualty staff and specialists, unhappy about a new health bill. READ  

France vows to ban new cannabis 'e-joint'

France will seek to outlaw a new electronic cigarette containing cannabis, a minister announced on Tuesday, on the very day the product was launched. The so-called e-joint claims it provides all of the relaxation but none of the mind-altering effects of marijuana. READ  

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