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LIVE: Pro-Palestinians demonstrate in Paris
Thousands of protesters hit the streets of Paris to oppose Israel's Gaza incursion. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

LIVE: Pro-Palestinians demonstrate in Paris

A pro-Palestinian march is taking place in Paris on Wednesday evening amid tight security after violence marred previous protests. The Local France is tweeting live from the scene. READ  

Lawmakers back redrawn map of France
French lawmakers have approved a redrawn map of France. Photo: Philippe Huguen/AFP

Lawmakers back redrawn map of France

Legislation that would redraw the map of France won overwhelming support on Wednesday from the country's lower house, the National Assembly. It's part of a plan reduce France's costly and cumbersome bureaucracy. READ  

Paris: Security beefed up for pro-Palestinian demo
Riot police will be out in force on Wednesday for the pro-Palestinian protest. Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP

Paris: Security beefed up for pro-Palestinian demo

Police chiefs in Paris are taking no chances on Wednesday with the latest pro-Palestinian rally taking place in the city. Hundreds of police are on duty to keep the peace. The Local will be tweeting live from the demo. READ  

VIDEO: Stuntman jumps onto moving Paris metro
A Paris stuntman's video of him jumping onto a moving train has gone global. Photo: Screengrab/YouTube

VIDEO: Stuntman jumps onto moving Paris metro

A video featuring a thrill-seeking acrobat named “Mister Puma” risking his life by jumping onto the roof of a moving metro train in Paris has proved a global hit. But it's just his latest crazy feat on the Metro. Watch some his death-defying stunts here. READ  

Five children killed in French minibus crash
Five children die in minibus crash in eastern France. Photo: AFP

Five children killed in French minibus crash

UPDATED: Five children and an adult died in a road crash near the city of Troyes in central France on Tuesday when their minibus collided head-on with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction, French authorities said. READ  

Pro-Palestinian Paris demo given green light
A pro-palestinian protest has been given the green light in Paris, despite the risks of violence. File photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Pro-Palestinian Paris demo given green light

French authorities have given the green light for a pro-Palestinian demo to be held in Paris on Wednesday, after it came under fire for banning previous marches, that nevertheless ended in violence. French PM Manuel Valls has blamed the recent riots on extremist groups. READ  

Rising water traps eight cavers in French Alps
Eight caves have been reported missing after an expedition to the Cuves des Sassenages, near Grenoble, seen above in this file photo. Image: Delaere/FLickr

Rising water traps eight cavers in French Alps

UPDATED: Eight cavers who had become trapped overnight in a famous cave system in the French Alps by rising water levels were rescued on Tuesday afternoon, reports said. Visits to the cave were cancelled on Tuesday due to flooding. READ  

The Local list
The top 15 expressions in French for making love
From sauce pans to legs of lam: The top 15 expressions in French for having sex. Photo: Shutterstock

The top 15 expressions in French for making love

The French language is famous for being the language of love and it's also well known for its vast array of colourful idioms and expressions. So we’ve combined the two and picked out 15 of the best French "sexpressions" for "rumpty pumpty" a la française. READ  

France's 'most notorious' prison closes for revamp
Paris's notorious La Sante prison has closed for an overhaul. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

France's 'most notorious' prison closes for revamp

France’s most notorious prison, and the only one in Paris city limits, has closed its doors for a massive multi-year renovation. La Sante has held some of France’s most famous crooks, but its inhumane conditions also became part of the effort to reform France's prison system. READ  

Opinion - Banning protests
'France's protest ban will only lead to more trouble'
Freedom must prevail - the government must allow pro-Palestinian demonstrations to take place. Photo: AFP

'France's protest ban will only lead to more trouble'

After three banned pro-Palestinian protests ended in full scale riots, the French government must now decide whether to allow another demo to go ahead on Saturday. The head of the French League of Human Rights tells The Local it would be major mistake to ban it. READ  

Frenchwoman stung with €500 fine for feeding cats
A Frenchwoman was slapped with a stiff fine for feeding cats that weren't hers. Photo: Bev Goodwin/Flickr

Frenchwoman stung with €500 fine for feeding cats

An elderly Frenchwoman insisted this week's she's no criminal after being hit with a €500 fine for feeding the stray cats in her neighborhood. The court, which adhered to the strict rules of French law surrounding feeding stray animals, clearly saw it differently. READ  

Report - 'Little Jerusalem'
'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'
Police in Sarcelles face-off with rioters who targeted the Jewish community in Sarcelles, to the north of Paris. Photo: AFP

'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'

The anxious Jewish community in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles was left picking up the pieces on Monday a day after being targeted by "anti-Semitic" rioters. The Local visited the town, where some French Jews said they were considering leaving the country. READ  

Paris taxi wars: Minicab firms to protest new law
The wat between traditional PAris taxi drivers and private minicab firms shows no sign of being resolved. Photo: AFP

Paris taxi wars: Minicab firms to protest new law

The war in Paris between traditional taxis and private minicab (VTC) firms shows no sign of being resolved. After protesting taxi drivers caused traffic chaos earlier this year, Monday will see VTC drivers demonstrate in central Paris against a new law. READ  

French minister blasts acts of anti-Semitism
A security guard patrols outside a synagogue in Sarcelles on Monday, the day after rioters carried out "intolerable" anti-Semitic acts. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

French minister blasts acts of anti-Semitism

France's interior minister on Monday slammed "intolerable" acts of anti-Semitism after a rally against Israel's Gaza offensive descended into violence. The government now faces a decision on whether to ban further anti-Israel protests planned for this week. READ  

Gallery
IN IMAGES: Paris anti-Israel demos turn ugly
Thick smoke blocks the view of the famous Sacre Coeur in Paris on Saturday after a pro-Palestinian protest turned ugly. Photo: Twitter/@Chrism

IN IMAGES: Paris anti-Israel demos turn ugly

Two banned pro-Palestinian protests held in and around Paris at the weekend descended into violence as riot police clashed with youths, who looted shops, burned cars and bins and shouted anti-Israel slogans. This gallery of images captures some of the carnage on the streets. READ  

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