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Lay off the French - They are not that rude
Surely the French aren't that rude to tourists. Photo: AFP

Lay off the French - They are not that rude

France's foreign minister and tourist chiefs think the renowned French rudeness to visitors is a problem that needs resolving but are they really unwelcoming and unfriendly to visitors? Surely it's time to put that cliché to bed, argues The Local's Ben McPartland. READ  

Waterloo bicentenary
Tyrant or visionary? The French view of Napoleon
An actor playing the part of Napoleon at a reenactment of one of his famous battles. Photo: AFP

Tyrant or visionary? The French view of Napoleon

Thursday marks the 200th anniversary since Napoleon's final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. But even two centuries on French opinion is still divided over the former Emperor the English called "Boney". READ  

Hollande entering 'money time' over jobless pledge
Hollande may have shot himself in the foot with his pledge that he won't stand for reelection if unemployment does not come down. Photo: AFP

Hollande entering 'money time' over jobless pledge

François Hollande's gamble of stating publicly that he won't stand for re-election in 2017 if he can't stem rising unemployment is looking increasingly like it won't pay off. READ  

Opinion - Britain in Europe
'It's time to talk up what Europe has brought UK'
it's time to talk up what Europe has done for Britain, says the president of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce in Paris. Photo: Flickr/Kelham Neelanraju

'It's time to talk up what Europe has brought UK'

As a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU looks set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday, the President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Bob Lewis appeals for the pro-European voices to be heard. READ  

Opinion
Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

France's new spying powers
'France is not the US when it comes to spying'
Protesters demonstate in Paris against the government's controversial bill giving spies sweeping new surveillance power. Photo: AFP

'France is not the US when it comes to spying'

With France set to gain sweeping new spying powers in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, comparisons have been drawn with the US, post 9/11, when the controversial Patriot Act was rushed through. But are the two cases really similar? READ  

Language Matters
Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?
"Did you just say tu to me?" Photo: Shutterstock

Is it time the French scrapped tu and vous?

Everyone who has ever lived in France knows all about the social minefield that is tu and vous - and that goes for the French too. The Local France’s editor Ben McPartland and French language expert Camille Chevalier-Karfis argue over whether it’s time to ditch the protocol. READ  

Opinion - Surveillance
Why new spying powers should worry the French
"I am being wire tapped" - Civil liberty supporters present on a twist on the famous "Je Suis Charlie" post terror attacks slogan. Photo: AFP

Why new spying powers should worry the French

French MPs are set to overwhelmingly back a draft law that would give intelligence services the capability to sweep up masses of data on suspected terrorists. Here three civil liberties experts explain why the French public should be very, very concerned. READ  

National Front in crisis
High stakes as Le Pen mulls booting father out
Will Marine Le Pen oust her father from the National Front? Photo: AFP

High stakes as Le Pen mulls booting father out

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen declared open war on her father this week claiming he was "holding the party hostage". Some analysts say she must exclude him from the party before the 2017 presidential elections. But can and will she she do it? READ  

Why we're on strike

French air traffic controllers justify strike

With a 48-hour strike by France’s air traffic controllers prompting 40 percent of flights to be cancelled on Wednesday, The Local speaks to one controller who explains why their action is justified, even if it does cause travel misery for thousands of passengers. READ  

Blog: Student life in Paris

Adapting to life as a foreign student in Paris

Paris is said to be the best city in the world to study in, but that doesn't mean everything is plain sailing for international students. Erasmus student Deirdre McAteer shares her observations on life at a French university. READ  

Interview - Doctors' protest
Is France's envied health care system threatened?
Doctors take to the streets of Lyon in january to protest health reforms. Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Is France's envied health care system threatened?

Thousands of French doctors and health professionals will take to the streets in Paris on Sunday to protest against reforms they say will threaten the quality of France's renowned health care system. The leader of the demonstration tells The Local why the government must listen. READ  

Opinion: Commuter misery
'Paris rail network is not fit for the 21st century'
Disgruntled commuters are aiming to take Paris transport chiefs to court for the delays and disruption they face on the RER. Photo: AFP

'Paris rail network is not fit for the 21st century'

A group of disgruntled commuters are launching an unprecedented bid to sue Paris transport chiefs because they can never get to work on time. The Parisian banker leading the charge tells The Local why things have to change. READ  

Analysis - Attack of the Drones
Who is flying drones over Paris landmarks?
Who is flying drones over Paris? Photo: Ktee1086/DonMcCullogh/Flickr

Who is flying drones over Paris landmarks?

After five drones were spotted flying over specific landmarks in Paris on Tuesday, a French aviation expert tells The Local the "real pros" behind the stunt want to "demonstrate how the state is incapable of protecting the population". READ  

View from 'La Rue'

Anti-Uber protest: Just a 'taxi drivers' tantrum'?

Taxi drivers in Paris gathered in the capital on Monday, to protest against the urban car-sharing service UberPOP. The Local took to the streets to see whether Parisians had much sympathy for their notoriously rude taxi drivers. READ  

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