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14,000 pregnant women in France took 'birth defect drug'
Dépakine has been linked to an increased risk of various congenital defects. File photo: AFP

Health authorities have been criticized for their slow reaction to warnings that Dépakine can be dangerous during pregnancy.

Are the French falling out of love with their pharmacies?
Photo: The LEAF Project/Flickr

There's been a steady decline in the number of pharmacies in France, and it looks like it's going to continue.

France could hike taxes on soda and chocolate bars
Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

France could be set to raise taxes on sugary fizzy drinks as well as chocolate bars.

Air pollution in France kills 48,000 people each year
All photos: AFP

Air pollution is the biggest killer in France after tobacco and alcohol.

Italian man 'turns French' after brain injury
Photos: Flickr

An Italian man has reportedly turned into a French man after suffering from brain damage.

France lets widow have child with dead husband's sperm
An illustration of intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Photo: Wellcome Images/Flickr

A French court has ruled that the semen of a dead man can be used for artificial insemination.

 France makes it easier for pupils to get morning after pill
Photo: AFP

France has scrapped a clause in the rule book that meant only pupils "in distress" could get the pill.

French insurer Axa to stop investing in tobacco industry
Photo: DjurekD/Flickr

France's biggest insurance group Axa is pulling out of the tobacco industry as part of the fight against smoking.

France faces 'moderate risk' of Zika virus outbreak
Photo: AFP

France is one of three European countries in the "moderate likelihood" group.

Will France's plain cigarette packs make smokers quit?
Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

The first plain cigarette packages will hit the shelves on Friday.

French doctors accused of 'extorting' migrants
Photo: Joe Radele/Getty Images North America/AFP

Numerous migrants have allegedly been charged hefty fees for medical certificates.

French supermarkets to test colour-coded 'nutrition logos'
Photo: AFP

Colour-coded health labels. This could really work.

Pregnant French women offered €300 to quit smoking
Photo: ~zipporah~/Flickr

Would pregnant French women - who have the worst smoking record in Europe - put out their cigarettes if they were paid?

Where are the most polluted cities in France?
Photo: Patrick Kovarik/AFP

A new study reveals where the most at-risk areas are in the country.

The French eating habits the world should learn from
The French eat together, that's one thing we could learn from. Photo: AFP

Living in France will change the way you eat and there are good reasons for it.

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