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Mystery 'zombie' drug used in Paris muggings
The 'Devil's Breath', drug has a mythical reputation in Colombia. File photo: zoenet/Flickr

Mystery 'zombie' drug used in Paris muggings

16 hours ago

Two women have been arrested after allegedly using a substance with similar effects to Colombia's infamous Devil's Breath 'zombie drug' to rob elderly Parisians.

Swathes of France on alert for violent storms
Storms are set to hit south west France. Photo: AFP

Swathes of France on alert for violent storms

1 day ago

UPDATED: The country’s weather agency Météo France has placed 25 départements in the south west and centre of the country on storm alert on Monday, with downpours, gales and even hailstorms forecast.

One in ten French ER units should go: report
Dozens of hospital emergency wards could close across France. Photo: AFP

One in ten French ER units should go: report

1 day ago

Dozens of emergency service units in France are not treating enough patients to be viable and should be downgraded, a new report being studied by the health ministry argues.

Calais migrants crisis
France to build new camp for 1,500 migrants

France to build new camp for 1,500 migrants

1 day ago

France is to build a new humanitarian camp in Calais for 1,500 migrants with construction to begin in 2016, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Monday. The EU will stump up the money for the new camp.

Stagnant France to offer €2 billion in tax relief
France's finance minister said it seemed 'legitimate' to give back something to France's less well off for their efforts. File photo:AFP

Stagnant France to offer €2 billion in tax relief

1 day ago

France's finance minister on Monday confirmed the country would push ahead with massive tax relief for the nation’s less well off, saying the money was available, despite the doom and gloom around the economy.

French exec won't give up '€14 million bonuses'
Michel Combes has come in for criticism from pretty much everyone for his reported €14million bonuses. Photo: AFP

French exec won't give up '€14 million bonuses'

1 day ago

UPDATED: The head of telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent on Monday said he wouldn't give in to government pressure to give up bonuses which could see him receive around €14 million ($15.7 million) as part of its buyout by rival Nokia.

French sailors lift blockade of Calais port
French sailors from My Ferry Link have lifted their latest blockade of Calais. Photo: AFP

French sailors lift blockade of Calais port

1 day ago

Protesting French seamen ended their blockade of the northern port of Calais in the early hours of Monday, after stranding thousands of cross-Channel ferry passengers on a busy bank holiday weekend in Britain.

Migrants crisis
EU countries call for migrant crisis meeting
A Syrian couple waits with other migrants for the train near a train station in Macedonia. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP

EU countries call for migrant crisis meeting

2 days ago

Germany, France and Britain made a joint call Sunday for an urgent meeting of EU interior and justice ministers to find concrete measures to cope with the escalating migration crisis.

Migrants crisis
French PM: We must let in migrants fleeing war
Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaking on Sunday. Photo: Xavier Leoty/AFP

French PM: We must let in migrants fleeing war

2 days ago

People fleeing war and persecution must be welcomed into France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday as Europe faces a mounting migrant crisis.

Europe ministers call for more train security
Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP

Europe ministers call for more train security

2 days ago

European ministers called on Saturday for more multinational patrols and tickets marked with passengers' names on major continental trains in the wake of last week's foiled jihadist attack.

French drug dealer held for giving free samples
On the handwritten leaflet the dealer added a taped half gram of cannabis resin. Photo: Police Nationale

French drug dealer held for giving free samples

August 28, 2015

A man in central France has been hauled in by the police after he reportedly gave out flyers advertising his product - together with a free sample of cannabis resin.

Scarlett Johansson loses war on French book
The decision to republish comes one year after Delacourt was ordered to pay the star €2,500 ($3400) for his depiction of her in the novel. Photo: AFP

Scarlett Johansson loses war on French book

August 28, 2015

A French novel based on American actress Scarlett Johansson which the star sought to ban has now been translated into English and will be published in the UK within weeks, British media has reported.

French coach drivers to get forced breath tests
People waiting at the Gallieni international bus station and coach terminal in Bagnolet, east of Paris. Photo: Hugo Mathy/AFP

French coach drivers to get forced breath tests

August 27, 2015

Coach drivers in France will be forced to have their blood-alcohol level tested via a breathalyzer before driving as part of a move to increase safety on the country’s growing coach industry.

Journo 'tests' French rail security with fake gun
A Securail railway security agent stands on the platform at the Zuid-Midi railway station in Brussels. Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga/AFP

Journo 'tests' French rail security with fake gun

August 27, 2015

A Belgian journalist has managed to travel on a French train with a fake machine gun just days after a terror attack was foiled on a Paris-bound train.

Gunman at French camp shootout was drunk
Members of the gendarmes forensic unit set up a workspace on a road near a traveller camp. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Gunman at French camp shootout was drunk

August 27, 2015

UPDATED: Investigators have revealed that a drunken man was behind the fatal shooting of four people at a traveller camp in northern France on Tuesday.

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