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France vows to ban new cannabis 'e-joint'
Just as it was launched, France says it will ban the 'e-joint'. Photo: AFP

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  

French hospital doctors to join Christmas strike
Hospital emergency ward doctors are to join the Christmas health service strike in France. Photo: Pierre Verdy/AFP

French hospital doctors to join Christmas strike

French emergency ward doctors announced on Thursday an unlimited protest set to start on December 22 to protest unreasonable work schedules and other working conditions. GPs and specialists have already announced plans to for a Christmas walk-out. READ  

French surgeons operate on foetus in womb
Surgeons in France carry out first operation on a feotus to correct spina bifida. Photo: Shutterstock

French surgeons operate on foetus in womb

In what’s been hailed as a first in France, surgeons have successfully operated on a foetus in the mother’s womb to correct the birth defect, spina bifida. READ  

How bad is France's addiction to antibiotics?
France is popping open too many antibiotic packets, its national health agency says. Photo: Isouf Sanogo/AFP

How bad is France's addiction to antibiotics?

A new report by France's national health agency has sounded alarm bells over the number of antibiotics being popped by the French - a whopping 30 percent more than the European average. READ  

Specialists to join French GPs in Christmas strike
File photo of doctors in France protesting against fees in 2012. Specialists and GPs are set to hold a one-week strike over Christmas. Photo: Pierre Verdy/AFP

Specialists to join French GPs in Christmas strike

Those spending Christmas in France this year might want to baste their turkey with Vitamin C and avoid off-piste skiing, after specialist doctors announced they too would be going on strike for a week alongside French GPs. READ  

Baby blues: Paris birth rate hits 40-year low
Baby blues: The birth rate in Paris falls to a forty year low. Photo: Shutterstock

Baby blues: Paris birth rate hits 40-year low

Parisians are having fewer babies than they have in the last 40 years according to figures released this week. Critics say authorities must provide more nursery places to stem the falling birth rate. READ  

French to try out high-speed Ebola test
The trial will include a prototype device unveiled last week, similar to a home pregnancy test, that may make diagnosis possible in under 15 minutes. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

French to try out high-speed Ebola test

French researchers will conduct trials with prototype Ebola diagnostic tests in Guinea in November, with results expected within weeks for speedy deployment, the head of France's Ebola task force said on Thursday. READ  

France pledges €20m for fight against Ebola
President François Hollande said he had approved a broad plan against the deadly virus including 200 beds in Guinea. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

France pledges €20m for fight against Ebola

France on Tuesday said it was pledging €20 million ($25.4 million) in the fight against Ebola in west Africa,including the opening of several care centres in Guinea. READ  

France to bring in Ebola checks 'on all transport'
A passenger arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport is checked for Ebola. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

France to bring in Ebola checks 'on all transport'

French president François Hollande said on Friday that measures to counter the risk of Ebola reaching France will be increased with tests to be carried out on people arriving in France on “all forms of transport”, meaning boats as well as planes. READ  

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion
A French mum had to have four limbs amputated due to complications following an abortion. Photo: Shutterstock

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion

A woman who had an abortion in Bordeaux is suing the medical team that performed the procedure after she ended up having to have partial amputations to both arms and legs. READ  

French GPs urged to strike over Christmas
Don't be ill over Christmas in France. Stethoscope photo: Shutterstock

French GPs urged to strike over Christmas

You might have more reason than ever not to fall sick over Christmas if you're in France this year. GPs are being urged by unions to shut up their surgeries over the Christmas period in protest against a new government health bill. READ  

Ebola: France 'on alert' after recent scares
A nurse suspected of having Ebola arrives at hospital in Paris this week. It turned out to be false alarm.Photo: Le Parisien

Ebola: France 'on alert' after recent scares

France stepped up its measures to prevent an outbreak of Ebola on Friday announcing it had appointed a team of experts to focus its response to the Ebola virus, and would boost efforts to help west African nations battling the disease. READ  

Ebola fears
Ebola: Air France flight from Paris held in Spain
An Air France plane was grounded in Madrid on Thursday over fears a passenger had contracted Ebola. Photo: AFP

Ebola: Air France flight from Paris held in Spain

UPDATED: An Air France flight from Paris was grounded in Madrid on Thursday after passenger fell ill. The sick man, who had just returned from Africa has been isolated while tests are carried out. He complained of shivering but is not reported to have had a fever. READ  

Ebola crisis
Ebola: France to check travellers at airports
France is to start screening for Ebola at its airports. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

Ebola: France to check travellers at airports

France has stepped up efforts to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola disease in the country after announcing that it would carry out health checks on travellers at airports. READ  

Five key reforms of France’s healthcare bill
Here's what you need to know about France's new healthcare bill. Photo: AFP

Five key reforms of France’s healthcare bill

As part of sweeping new healthcare reforms presented on Wednesday, France is taking aim at everything from smoking to doctor’s fees. Here's five things you need to know about the new bill. READ  

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