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Can France's creaking health service stay no. 1?
An emergency ward at a French hospital, which are in danger of social implosion. Photo: AFP

Can France's creaking health service stay no. 1?

France has a world renowned health service but with doctors suffering from "a deep malaise" and hospital emergency wards at breaking point, can it really remain as the "best in the world"? The health minister says things must change. READ  

French MPs vote to relax tight alcohol ad laws
The French wine industry will be pelased at the move buy MPs.

French MPs vote to relax tight alcohol ad laws

French MPs have gone against the wishes of the government by voting to loosen France's tough laws on alcohol advertising after protests from the wine industry. READ  

French wine sector seeks end to alcohol ad ban
A photo from 2008 when 150 wine growers and elected officials in Bordeaux protested against the ban on alcohol advertising. Photo: AFP

French wine sector seeks end to alcohol ad ban

France could be about to loosen its strict control over the advertising of alcohol with wine industry chiefs once again complaining they are being shackled as they try to promote the country's most famous product. READ  

France bans smoking in childrens playgrounds
Lighting up will be banned in French playgrounds this summer. Photo: AFP

France bans smoking in childrens playgrounds

France’s crackdown on tobacco will continue this summer as the government announced this week smokers will no longer be allowed to light up in playgrounds. READ  

France: Second patient dies in artificial heart trial
The artificial heart from Carmat. Photo: AFP

France: Second patient dies in artificial heart trial

The second person in France to receive a much-hyped new-generation artificial heart has died eight months after receiving the transplant, biomedical firm Carmat said Tuesday. READ  

Alarming rise in drug use among French teens
Cannabis use is on the rise among French adolescents. Photo: AFP

Alarming rise in drug use among French teens

There has been a surge in the drug and alcohol consumption of French adolescents - especially among teenage girls, new figures have shown. READ  

France votes to legalize drug 'shooting galleries'
France hopes to get drug addicts off the streets. Photo: Shutterstock

France votes to legalize drug 'shooting galleries'

France's National Assembly voted this week to legalize shooting galleries - safe places for addicts to consume drugs - in the hope of keeping users off the street. The move has already proved controversial, with opponents calling the galleries "death rows". READ  

France moves to ban adverts for sunbeds
Adverts for sunbeds will likely soon be a thing of the past in France. Photo: Greg Wood/AFP

France moves to ban adverts for sunbeds

France's parliament approved a draft law on Friday banning advertising for artificial tanning beds and salons, and prohibiting people under 18 from using to the popular yet potentially dangerous ultraviolet technology. READ  

France fights obesity

France to ban unlimited refills of soft drinks

France's latest move to tackle rising obesity levels saw MPs on Wednesday vote to ban French restaurants and fast-food chains from offering free unlimited refills for soft drinks or sodas. READ  

France set to keep ban on gay men giving blood
Photo: Donate.

France set to keep ban on gay men giving blood

France's national ethics committee has recommended that the country upholds the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, stating that more research is needed before any changes are made to the law. Gay rights groups have reacted furiously. READ  

Two babies die in France after vaccinations

Health authorities in France are reviewing whether a common vaccine to prevent stomach illnesses should be given to babies, after it emerged this week that two newborns died following the inoculations. READ  

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

The key reforms of France's healthcare bill

As part of controversial healthcare reforms presented to French Parliament on Tuesday, France is taking aim at everything from smoking to doctor's fees. Here are eight things you need to know about the new bill. READ  

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

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  

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