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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
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

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
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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
Concern in France over vaccinations for gastroenteritis. Photo: AFP

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'
Traffic in central Paris is usually heavy, to say the least. Photo: AFP

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
The flu epidemic has already affected more than two million people in France. Photo: AFP

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  

France to cut 22,000 hospital jobs to save €3b
Anti-capitalists protest outside a hospital in France over proposed cuts. Photo: AFP

France to cut 22,000 hospital jobs to save €3b

The French government’s bid to cut €3 billion off its bill for hospital spending will see up to 22,000 posts deleted over the next two years. READ  

Flu epidemic leaves French hospitals in crisis
Accident and emergency wards are struggling to deal with flu patients. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Flu epidemic leaves French hospitals in crisis

France has triggered its crisis response plan after hospitals raised the alarm on Thursday that they were struggling to cope with the flu epidemic that has now struck down more than two million patients. READ  

French remain unequal when it comes to health

French women outlive French men and the wealthy play more sport than everyone else. A new report has revealed the biggest discrepancies when it comes to health in France. READ  

France unveils plan to cut police suicides

France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has unveiled a new plan to tackle the taboo subject of suicides in the police force after a sharp rise in the number of officers taking their own lives. READ  

Could France be the next country to ban sunbeds?

France has around 40,000 sunbeds in tanning lounges around the country but could they soon become outlawed? One of the country’s leading consumer rights associations has called for them to be banned due to the health risks. READ  

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