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France launches shock video to 'stop jihadists'
A screenshot from the "Stop Jihadism" video from the French government.

France launches shock video to 'stop jihadists'

The French government has released a shock video campaign in the hope of dissuading young French nationals from heading to the Middle East to fight with Islamic jihadists, by telling them "you'll find hell on earth and you'll die alone, far from home". READ  

Pollution in Paris
Paris mayor vows to ban coaches and trucks
Pollution levels in Paris have been compared to being in a room with eight smokers. Photo: AFP

Paris mayor vows to ban coaches and trucks

The mayor of Paris has called for a total ban on the most polluting of coaches and trucks in the French capital from July 1st, as she announced her plan to crack down on the city's notoriously dirty air. READ  

It's another new record for France's jobless total
More bad news on the job front for France as the numbers out of work continue to creep ever higher. Photo: AFP

It's another new record for France's jobless total

There was more bad news on the job front for France on Tuesday as the latest official statistics showed that the jobless total continues to creep ever higher, setting new records in the process. READ  

Sleeping woman raped on Paris train
A woman on an RER platform. Photo: Fabiana/Flickr

Sleeping woman raped on Paris train

A young woman was raped by two men on Sunday morning after she fell asleep while riding an RER commuter train near Paris. A recent study reports that half of French people feel unsafe when using public transport. READ  

Readers' views
How French motorists drive expats crazy
What France really needs to do to crack down on rogue drivers. Photo: Brett Jordan/Flickr

How French motorists drive expats crazy

After the French government announced a raft of measures aimed at improving road safety, The Local's readers got in touch to share their own ideas for how France should crack down on its rogue motorists (and some British ones). READ  

France told to repay €1 billion in EU farm aid
French livestock farmers protest in Paris at rising costs which have left many of them struggling to survive. Photo: AFP

France told to repay €1 billion in EU farm aid

France must repay the EU €1.07 billion ($1.2 billion) in agricultural aid paid to farmers due to fraud and mistakes over a four-year period, the European Commission said on Tuesday. READ  

Paris Terror Attacks
France seeks repression not de-radicalization
Returning French jihadists and those who glorified the terror attacks are swelling record prisoner numbers in France. Photo: AFP

France seeks repression not de-radicalization

UPDATED: France’s justice minister said on Tuesday the country's culture demanded punishment, not 'de-radicalization', for returning jihadists, and denied French courts had trampled on freedom of speech in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks. READ  

Hollande to French Jews: 'France is your home'
French President Francois Hollande lays a wreath at the Holocaust memorial in Paris. Photo: AFP

Hollande to French Jews: 'France is your home'

French president François Hollande told the nation's Jewish community on Tuesday that France is their "homeland", as he announced a set of plans to fight racism and anti-Semitism in France. READ  

BREAKING
At least five held in 'anti-jihadist' raid in France
This file photo shows French police carrying out an counter-terrorist raid on a property. Photo: AFP

At least five held in 'anti-jihadist' raid in France

UPDATED: At least five people have been arrested after an anti-jihadist operation in southern France, which is still ongoing. READ  

Anti-Semitic acts double in France
Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat and Police Chief of Jerusalem Moshe Edry at the kosher supermarket in Paris where four died in a terror attack this month. Photo: AFP

Anti-Semitic acts double in France

There were twice as many anti-Semitic incidents recorded in France in 2014 compared to the year before, the country's main Jewish group announced on Tuesday. READ  

Paris Terror Attacks
French police to get more guns and vests
French police officers guard a mosque shortly after the Paris terror attacks took place. Photo: AFP

French police to get more guns and vests

The French government has announced that it will send out an additional 4,000 handguns and 8,000 bulletproof vests to aid the national police force as the dust settles after the Paris terror attacks. READ  

Nine French dead after fighter jet crashes
Smoke rises from the Spanish air base after the crash. Photo: AFP

Nine French dead after fighter jet crashes

UPDATED: The death of a ninth French national was confirmed late on Tuesday morning, as the the death toll rises to eleven after a Greek fighter jet crashed at a military base in Spain on Monday. READ  

Road Safety in France
France bans hands-free kits to cut road deaths
A dummy goes flying at a crash test course for students in Le Mans, north-western France. Photo: AFP

France bans hands-free kits to cut road deaths

UPDATED: France's interior minister announced a raft of measures on Monday aimed at improving road safety, with a heavy focus on preventing alcohol-related accidents as well the use of mobiles at the wheel. READ  

French hardline Catholics buy up gay bar
A gay bar in Toulon has been bought by a Catholic group. Photo: Guillaume Paumier

French hardline Catholics buy up gay bar

A hardline French Catholic group has bought the gay bar next to its local church, hoping to turn it into a religious meeting place. But the head of the city's gay community tells The Local that the church will need "a whole bunch of exorcists" to turn it around. READ  

Bettencourt trial rocked by attempted suicide
President of the Court House in Bordeaux, Denis Roucou (C) waits, on January 26, 2015, to lead the first day of the trial of ten people charged with exploiting France's richest woman Liliane Bettencou

Bettencourt trial rocked by attempted suicide

The trial of ten people accused of exploiting France's richest woman Liliane Bettencourt was rocked on Monday after the court was told that one of the accused, her former nurse, attempted to commit suicide on the eve of the trial. READ  

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