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French president to face reporters' questions
France's president to hold press conference on Thursday. Photo: AFP

French president to face reporters' questions

Amid seemingly endlass political and economic woes, France's historically unpopular President François Hollande is due to face the nation in long-awaited press conference on Thursday evening. READ  

VIDEO: Making of French rugby hunk calendar
Here's a sneak peak at France's much anticipated rugby hunk calendar. Photo: Screengrab/StadeFrançais

VIDEO: Making of French rugby hunk calendar

France's annual calendar featuring the country's rugby hunks has unveiled its cover boy for the 2015 edition, but also a video of the making of 'Les Dieux du Stade' that should interest fans of these lightly clothed fellows. READ  

French leader calls factory workers 'illiterate'
A French minister is in hot water after calling factory workers illiterate. Photo: Fred Tanneau/AFP

French leader calls factory workers 'illiterate'

France's whizzkid new economy minister has been begging for forgiveness after referring to women workers at a troubled factory as 'illiterates' just weeks after his boss President François Hollande was accused of calling the poor "toothless". READ  

Top French chefs want banned bird on menu
A group of French chefs would like to put this bird back on the menu. Photo: Sergey Pisarevskiy/Flickr

Top French chefs want banned bird on menu

Top French chefs, including Alain Ducasse, want to be able to serve a long-banned delicacy -- a tiny songbird that was a favourite of the late president François Mitterrand and is traditionally eaten whole while wearing a napkin over your head READ  

UK-bound migrants rush aboard trucks in Calais
UK-bound migrants rushed a truck (not this one) and fought with police in Calais. Photo: Denis Charlet/AFP

UK-bound migrants rush aboard trucks in Calais

Migrants who tried to force their way onto UK-bound trucks at the port of Calais on Wednesday prompted clashes with police, who responded with tear gas. It's the latest confrontation in the long-running migrant crisis that involves France and Britain. READ  

French police snare 'Jihad recruiters' in raids
French police busted a suspectd jihad recruitment cell. Photo: AFP

French police snare 'Jihad recruiters' in raids

As parliament debates a bill that would ban French citizens travelling abroad for jihad, police arrest six people suspected of recruiting candiates for "holy war" in the Middle East READ  

'France is sick, there's no choice but to reform
France's whizzkid economy minister says France's flailing economy has left the country 'sick'. Photo: AFP

'France is sick, there's no choice but to reform

France's freshly minted economy minister, a former Rothschild banker, said the country is 'sick' due to record unemployment and stagnant growth. The only way to heal the patient is through reforms, he said. READ  

Irate woman pays taxes with 30 kilos in coins
One angry French taxpayer decided she'd had enough. Photo: Coins: Shutterstock

Irate woman pays taxes with 30 kilos in coins

A young Frenchwoman dumped thousands of centime coins on her local tax office to pay off her bill and protest against a French system that overtaxes its people. She also explained her actions by saying, "I am French and I love to complain!" READ  

French lawmakers back blocking jihad departures
French lawmaker have supported a new anti-terror bill. Photo: AFP

French lawmakers back blocking jihad departures

As the number of French nationals waging jihad abroad creeps toward 1,000, French lawmakers have approved an anti-terror bill aimed at keeping would-be fighters from heading to war. READ  

Sarkozy expect to soon announce his return

Sarkozy expect to soon announce his return

Love him or hate him--Nicolas Sarkozy is poised to make his return to French politics this week. He's expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency of his beleagured UMP political party. READ  

Mayor begs president to stop town's car torchers
One French mayor thinks the president needs to intervene against car torchers in his town (not shown here). Photo: Niall62/Flickr

Mayor begs president to stop town's car torchers

The mayor of a small French town has made a dramatic appeal to President François Hollande to do something to stop a wave of car-burning he says has made his town look like Beirut at the height of Lebanon's civil war. The damage toll so far? Seventeen vehicles. READ  

Five things to know: French Senate elections
A silent, but important democratic ritual is about to take place. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP

Five things to know: French Senate elections

An important but subdued ritual in French democracy takes place in less than two weeks when nearly half of the seats in the Senate will be up for election. Here are five things you should know about this unusual vote. READ  

Valls' government survives confidence vote
France's government faces a key vote of confidence on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Valls' government survives confidence vote

France's embattled government clawed its way to victory in a do-or-die vote of confidence on Tuesday, but it's unclear if this success will serve as a turning point for President François Hollande. READ  

'French anti-Semitism spike threatens society'
France's Chief Rabbi says the recent rise in anti-Semitism is a danger to all. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

'French anti-Semitism spike threatens society'

French youths radicalised by Islamists are a major threat to France's Jews, who are already subjected to a surge in anti-Semitism, says the country's new Chief Rabbi. But he insists that the 500,000-strong community can trust the state to do all it can to protect them. READ  

French rail company charged in crash deaths
Photo: AFP

French rail company charged in crash deaths

The state-owned company that manages France's railway infrastructure was charged with manslaughter on Tuesday for the derailment in the Paris suburbs that killed seven people in 2013. The same fate is expected later this week for France's train operator SNCF. READ  

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