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French cities struggle with bedbug infestations
Bed bugs are biting in France. Photo: Shutterstock

French cities struggle with bedbug infestations

The infestation of French cities by bed bugs is worse than ever before with hygiene services overwhelmed, according to reports. READ  

French pensioner told to prove he is alive
"Prove your alive" the bureaurats told one French pensioner. Photo: Denis Charlet/AFP

French pensioner told to prove he is alive

A retired Frenchman became embroiled in bureaucratic nightmare after he was denied a refund through his state health insurance on the grounds he was dead. He has been asked to prove otherwise. READ  

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries
Air France staff want flights to Ebola hit countries to be suspended. Photo: AFP

Air France staff object to flying to Ebola countries

Air France cabin crew are so concerned about the threat of the Ebola epidemic that unions have started a petition calling for flights to be stopped to those West African countries most affected by the disease. READ  

French firm signals 'new era' in malaria fight
Frencg drugs giant Sanofi has signalled a new era in fight against malaria. Photo: CDC/Flickr

French firm signals 'new era' in malaria fight

French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has signalled the start of a "new era" in the fight against malaria by announcing the development of a new form of anti-malaria drug, which will be shipped to Africa in the coming months. READ  

French myths - smoking
Are the French really a nation of smokers?
French actress Brigitte Bardot lights up a film set, but times have changed since the heedy and very smokey 1960s. Photo: AFP

Are the French really a nation of smokers?

France: good food, good wine and cigarettes. This has been the accepted view of L'Héxagone ever since Gainsbourg and Bardot graced TV screens, sporting sultry expressions and half-smoked gauloises. Amaryllis Barton looks at whether France really is Europe's chimney. READ  

Ebola virus
Ebola: What is the risk of it coming to France?
What are the chances of Ebola coming to France and would happen if it did? Photo: Zoom Dosso/AFP

Ebola: What is the risk of it coming to France?

What are the chances of the Ebola virus coming to France? And if it did make it to these shores how bad would it be? The Local takes a closer look at the possibility and also how the French government plans to deal with an outbreak. READ  

French hospital opens wine bar for patients
The wine bar will be open to patients and their friends and relatives. Wine bar photo: Shutterstock

French hospital opens wine bar for patients

A hospital in south-central France has come up with an unconventional (not to mention extremely French) idea to try to improve the lives of terminally ill patients. It has opened up a wine bar that will offer "medically supervised" wine tasting. READ  

Dutch dentist mutilator on the run in France
A Dutch dentist (not the man pictured here) who allegedly "mutilated" scores of patients in France has gone on the run, it has been revealed. Photo: Shutterstock

Dutch dentist mutilator on the run in France

A dodgy Dutch dentist who was charged with violence and mutilation after allegedly butchering the mouths of scores of his unfortunate patients in France has gone on the run, it was reported this week. An international arrest warrant has been issued. READ  

Boy fakes kidnapping to avoid the dentist

Boy fakes kidnapping to avoid the dentist

Fear of the dentist can make people do strange things to avoid having their teeth checked including inventing a story that you have been kidnapped, as one boy in France did recently. Police spent a month investigating his tale. READ  

Concern in France over risk of chikungunya virus
French authorities fear the spread of the mosquito-born virus Chikungunya have issued advice to residents in the south of France as well as travellers and tourists to the Carribean. Photo: CDC/Flickr

Concern in France over risk of chikungunya virus

French authorities have issued advice to counter the threat of the mosquito-born virus chikungunya, after dozens of cases were reported in the south. The risk of a chikungunya or dengue fever outbreak could be heightened by supporters returning from the World Cup in Brazil. READ  

Hypnotised patient sings through throat surgery
Signing through surgery? Is that even possible? Photo: Shutterstock

Hypnotised patient sings through throat surgery

Surgeons in France used hypnotism to perform an operation on a singer’s throat, so she would be able to sing throughout the surgery allowing them to make sure her vocal chords were not damaged. It’s been described as a world’s first. READ  

Paris: Historic store's renovation hits new snag
The renovation of the iconic Samaritaine store, which was due to open in 2013, has been hit by further delays. Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Paris: Historic store's renovation hits new snag

The €460 million redevelopment of a landmark Paris department store by the banks of the Seine, which was due to have opened in 2013, hit another snag this week, after a court sided with a French heritage society who had opposed part of the redevelopment. READ  

Is drinking red wine really good for your health?
Is the "French paradox" all a myth? Does drinking red wine have any health benefits? Photo: Jakob Montrasio/AFP

Is drinking red wine really good for your health?

US researchers may have found a flaw with the "French Paradox," or the notion that people who drink red wine can somehow avoid the pitfalls of a high-fat diet. READ  

Paris: New plan to avoid repeat of pollution crisis
A plan has been launched to try to prevent a repeat of the soaring pollution levels that hit Paris earlier this year. Photo: Stefan de Vries/Twitter

Paris: New plan to avoid repeat of pollution crisis

The city of Paris, which in March had to impose a temporary ban on cars when air pollution levels grew dangerously high, is drawing up a five-point action plan to avoid a repeat of the crisis. Environmental groups have welcomed the measures. READ  

France bans breast implants from new firm
France has moved to ban implants from a South Korean firm over safety fears. Photo: Shutterstock

France bans breast implants from new firm

France, still shaken from a faulty breast implant scandal that saw thousands of women suffering ruptures, has banned implants made by a South Korean company after the firm’s products failed to meet safety standards. READ  

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