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French woman wins grant for 'gadget allergy'
The woman claims to suffer an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets such as cellphones. Photo: gail/Flickr

French woman wins grant for 'gadget allergy'

1 day ago

A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as cellphones.

Tobacconists protest as Paris hosts conference
Tobaconnists covered speed cameras with plastic bags over the weekend. Photo: @FBLimousi/Twitter

Tobacconists protest as Paris hosts conference

July 20, 2015

Tobacconists have protested across France as ministers from ten countries gathered in Paris on Monday in a drive to introduce plain cigarette packaging.

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?

June 17, 2015

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.

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

June 11, 2015

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.

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

June 08, 2015

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.

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

France bans smoking in childrens playgrounds

May 29, 2015

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.

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

France: Second patient dies in artificial heart trial

May 05, 2015

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.

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

April 21, 2015

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

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'

April 08, 2015

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".

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

April 03, 2015

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.

France fights obesity
France to ban unlimited refills of soft drinks
Unlimited refills from a soda or soft drinks fountain are to be banned in France. Photo: Flickr

France to ban unlimited refills of soft drinks

April 02, 2015

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.

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

France set to keep ban on gay men giving blood

April 01, 2015

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.

Two babies die in France after vaccinations
Concern in France over vaccinations for gastroenteritis. Photo: AFP

Two babies die in France after vaccinations

April 01, 2015

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.

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

March 31, 2015

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.

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'

March 11, 2015

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.

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