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French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials
French scientists said they have misplaced some deadly SARS virus. Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP

French scientists: We've lost SARS virus vials

A routine inventory at the prestigious French research body Institut Pasteur in Paris revealed it has lost some 2,300 tubes containing samples of the potentially deadly SARS virus. READ () »

Lab results back caffeine benefit on Alzheimer's
Lab results back theory that drinking coffee can help prevent Alzheimers. Photo: Scott Feldstein/AFP

Lab results back caffeine benefit on Alzheimer's

French and German researchers on Wednesday said they had found evidence in the lab to back theories that drinking caffeine has a preventive effect on Alzheimer's disease. READ () »

Man dies in France after contracting rabies
A man has died in France after contracting the rabies virus. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Man dies in France after contracting rabies

A man has died in France after contracting the virus rabies on a trip to Mali, authorities said on Thursday. Rabies had been officially eradicated in France in 2001. READ () »

Neknominate: French bid to make craze illegal
Neknominate is a global social media game which involves people posting videos of themselves downing alcohol and then nominating others to continue. Photo: Screngrab YouTube

Neknominate: French bid to make craze illegal

A French association fighting alcohol addiction has filed a legal complaint in a bid to crackdown on Neknominate - the deadly social media booze craze. The group wants anyone caught playing to be charged with offences that come with jail sentences of up to two years. READ () »

The view from 'La Rue'
Paris pollution: 'I'm having trouble breathing'
Parisians are concerned about the spike in pollution levels that has led to authorities making public transport free until Sunday. Photo: Screengrab, Le Parisien

Paris pollution: 'I'm having trouble breathing'

Paris, like much of northern France, is on maximum alert due to dangerously high levels of air pollution. Parisians who are having to deal with the dirty air on a daily basis are, unsurprisingly, unhappy and increasingly concerned, as several told The Local on Friday. READ () »

Dirty air prompts free public transport in Paris
Public transport will be free this weekend in an effort to battle air pollution. Photo:Patrick Kovarik/AFP

Dirty air prompts free public transport in Paris

Public transportation in the capital will be "gratuit" from Friday morning to Sunday night, as officials battle against a spike in "dangerously" poor air quality. Velib' rental bikes and the car-sharing Autolib' scheme are also on the house. READ () »

Horsemeat from US is a 'health risk' to French
An animal rights group says France imports horse meat that's not fit for human consumption. Photo: Screengrab/L214

Horsemeat from US is a 'health risk' to French

A French animal rights' group claimed on Thursday that horsemeat imported to France from North and South America comes from animals treated with a dangerous drug that's banned from human consumption. READ () »

Swathes of France on alert over air pollution
The Eiffel Tower and Paris, obscured by dangerously high levels of fine particles, which are "endangering people's lives". Photo: VideoSurf/Screengrab

Swathes of France on alert over air pollution

Nearly a third of the 22 regions in mainland France on Wednesday were on a maximum pollution alert including a swathe of the country's north, centre-east and around Paris. In the capital authorities announced that Velib' bikes and Autolib' cars will be free from Thursday. READ () »

Surgeon finds 600g of cocaine in man's belly
The patient had ingested six bags of cocaine, each containing 100g. File photo: Shutterstock

Surgeon finds 600g of cocaine in man's belly

A French surgeon found more than he had bargained on this week when he opened up a patient to try and discover the cause of his chronic stomach pains. Inside the unconscious man's intestines was hidden 600 grams of cocaine in little balls. READ () »

Paris cops issue 13,000 fines to fight pollution
Paris cops wrote a lot of tickets in the past week in an effort to fight pollution. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Paris cops issue 13,000 fines to fight pollution

As part of an effort to fight "dangerous" levels of air pollution in the French capital, police in Paris have handed out around 13,000 speeding fines to drivers in recent days, authorities said on Tuesday. READ () »

Paris air pollution is 'putting lives in danger'
The Eiffel Tower and Paris, obscured by dangerously high levels of fine particles, which are "endangering people's lives". Photo: VideoSurf/Screengrab

Paris air pollution is 'putting lives in danger'

Environmental groups in the French capital have said "enough is enough" and lodged a legal complaint forcing judges to investigate high levels of pollution in Paris, which they say are putting people’s lives in danger. READ () »

French artificial heart trials go on despite death
French artificial heart experiment to continue despite death of first patient. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

French artificial heart trials go on despite death

Groundbreaking French medical trials of an artificial heart will continue, despite the death of the first recipient after just 756 days, the company behind the experiment said. The device is set to be implanted in three other people. READ () »

Are the French finally ready to quit smoking?
Is smoking in France on the wain? Photo: Lara Cores/Flickr

Are the French finally ready to quit smoking?

Legend had it that the French were more likely to give up having affairs than smoking, but with new figures showing a steep decline in tobacco sales and plans to raise the price of a packet of cigarettes to €11, are the French about to fall out of love with smoking? READ () »

French scientists 'wake' 30,000-year-old virus
French scientists (Not pictured here) woke up a really old virus this week. Bad idea? Photo: Expert Infantry/Flickr

French scientists 'wake' 30,000-year-old virus

French scientists said on Monday they had re-activated an ancient virus they found preserved in the Siberian ice. It may not sound like a good idea, but the scientists insist it is a warning about what unknown killer strains could be released by global warming. READ () »

Man given first artificial heart dies after 75 days
French Social Affairs and Health Minister Marisol Touraine listens to leading heart transplant specialist Alain Carpentier and Professor Jean-Noel Fabiani. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Man given first artificial heart dies after 75 days

A 70-year-old man, who was given the first artificial heart at a hospital in Paris, died this week, just two and a half months after undergoing the operation. READ () »

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