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A Made in France 'Halal test' to check for pork
In a similar style to a pregnancy test, the test consists of a strip which the consumer must put into a glass of warm water containing a sample of food. Photo: halaltest.fr

A Made in France 'Halal test' to check for pork

A French company has developed a so-called “Halal test” which will allow Muslim consumers to detect, within a matter minutes, the presence of pork or alcohol in food. READ  

Paris traffic jams will become world's costliest
Traffic jams in Paris are set to become the costliest in the world, according to one survey. Photo: AFP

Paris traffic jams will become world's costliest

Anyone who has ever been for a drive through Paris will know exactly what it's like to get stuck in a traffic jam, but it's not just time they are wasting, it's money too, and lots of it. And things are about to get a lot worse. READ  

Ask the Expert -Letting a flat
How to rent out a second home in France legally
Renting out a second home in France can be complicated. Here's how to do it. Photo: Shutterstock

How to rent out a second home in France legally

The French property market has changed significantly in recent years, leading to much confusion among foreigners. Andy Denison, director of an expat advice service, explains how to stay on the right side of the law when renting out a second home in France. READ  

France scoops world blind wine-tasting prize

France scoops world blind wine-tasting prize

France won the world blind wine-tasting competition for teams, unseating reigning champion Belgium on Saturday READ  

Vandals deflate Paris 'sex toy' sculpture
The controversial, inflatable sculpture "Tree" by US artist Paul McCarthy sits deflated on the Vendome square in the center of Paris on October 18, 2014. AFP Photo/Martin Bureau

Vandals deflate Paris 'sex toy' sculpture

A giant inflatable sculpture that caused outrage in Paris for its resemblance to a sex toy will not be reinstalled after being reduced to a flaccid heap by vandals, its creator said Saturday. READ  

Court agrees to extradite ex-minister to Russia
Ex-minister Alexei Kuznetsov was accused of embezzling an estimated 14 billion rubles. AFP Photo/Kirill Kudryavtsev

Court agrees to extradite ex-minister to Russia

A French court of appeal has ruled in favour of extraditing to Russia a former finance minister accused of embezzling billions of rubles. READ  

Air France unions seek to stop flights to Guinea
Scientists said in early October that there is a 75 percent chance of Ebola reaching France. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Air France unions seek to stop flights to Guinea

Air France flight attendant unions on Friday called for a halt to services to the Guinean capital Conakry due to concerns about a "serious risk" of spreading Ebola. READ  

Fear of 'armed clowns' grips northern France
Reports of armed clown attacks have sparked a panic in Northern France. Photo: Shutterstock

Fear of 'armed clowns' grips northern France

UPDATED: There was both panic - and a good deal of skepticism - in several small towns in northern France this week after students reported they had been followed or threatened by an armed clown in three separate incidents. READ  

Opinion - Poverty in France
'Unlike the US the French don't blame the poor'
How bad is poverty in France. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

'Unlike the US the French don't blame the poor'

After a new poll suggested French people had less and less sympathy for the poor, an expert in the field considers whether poverty in France, where there is a noticeable homeless population and record unemployment, is as bad as it's made out to be. READ  

Relief as Air France and their pilots strike a deal
Air France pilots have reached a deal with the airline but will it prevent strikes in the future? Photo: AFP

Relief as Air France and their pilots strike a deal

Anyone who has booked a ticket with Air France can breathe a sigh of relief. The airline and its pilots have reached an agreement over the key issue at the heart of last month's crippling pilots' strike that cost the airline €500 million. But who came out the winner? READ  

France moves closer to new anti-terror powers
France is a step closer to havin tough new anti-terrorism laws. Photo: Jean-Christophe Magnenet/AFP

France moves closer to new anti-terror powers

France could soon have stringent new powers to crackdown on would-be jihadists after its controversial anti-terrorism bill passed another crucial hurdle this week. The law however, has been criticised by civil liberties groups. READ  

French toddler falls from 9th floor and survives
The apartment where the boy feel from the nineth floor. Photo: Google Street view

French toddler falls from 9th floor and survives

A 4-year-old French boy fell 25 metres from the balcony of a 9th floor apartment this week, but miraculously survived the plunge. His mother had left him alone in the flat watching television while she went shopping, reports say. READ  

Ebola: French nurse 'tests negative' in Paris
The hospital where the nurse is being treated. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP

Ebola: French nurse 'tests negative' in Paris

UPDATED: A nurse who treated an Ebola patient in France was admitted to hospital on Thursday due to concerns she may have contracted the disease. However the latest reports suggest she has tested nagative for the virus. READ  

Minister wants to soften Sunday shopping ban
A French leader wants to soften the Sunday trading ban. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Minister wants to soften Sunday shopping ban

The minister in charge of France's economy said on Wednesday most shops should be allowed to open a certain number of Sundays per year, but stopped short of urging an end to the French Sunday trading ban. READ  

SPENDING CUTS
France's military pays price for country's debt
More cut backs in France . This time in defence. Photo: Remy Gabalda/AFP

France's military pays price for country's debt

The cut backs continued apace in France on Wednesday when Minister of Defence announced the scrapping of an artillery regiment and the loss of 7,500 jobs, as the country battles a ballooning budget deficit. READ  

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