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French woman wins grant for 'gadget allergy'
The woman claims to suffer an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets such as cellphones. Photo: gail/Flickr

French woman wins grant for 'gadget allergy'

August 26, 2015

A French court has awarded a disability grant to a woman claiming to suffer from a debilitating allergy to electromagnetic radiation from everyday gadgets such as cellphones.

Boy receives 3D-printed hand in French first
"SuperMax" shows off his new hand. Photo: AFP

Boy receives 3D-printed hand in French first

August 17, 2015

A six-year-old in France will on Monday become the first person in the country to receive an artificial hand made by a 3D printer.

Google defies France on 'right to be forgotten'
Google rejected a French bid for a global right to be forgotten. Photo: AFP

Google defies France on 'right to be forgotten'

July 31, 2015

Google on Thursday rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked.

French MP demands UK-like blocks on porn sites
Could a pornography filter be on the way for France? Photo: AFP

French MP demands UK-like blocks on porn sites

July 17, 2015

Could France soon see filters imposed on porn sites similar to those that were introduced in the UK? A French MP has started the ball rolling on the grounds that children need to be protected from X-rated sites.

Teenage 'Gossip' app sparks alarm in France
Pupils in France have taken to the new rumour app. Photo: AFP

Teenage 'Gossip' app sparks alarm in France

June 04, 2015

An app that was created to spread loose talk and idle rumours and gossip has been taken offline in France after it divided students and even saw the education minister weigh in.

Facebook opens artificial intelligence lab in Paris
The research facility will be the biggest in France and in continental Europe. Photo: AFP

Facebook opens artificial intelligence lab in Paris

June 02, 2015

Facebook on Tuesday announced the opening of a new artificial intelligence lab in Paris to expand a push to make its online social network smarter and more profitable.

Tourists in France offered cheap WiFi deal
Want to share that selfie? Beware of the roaming costs. Photo: AFP

Tourists in France offered cheap WiFi deal

June 02, 2015

In a bid to battle expensive data roaming charges, France has teamed up with a local start-up to push a new product that allows tourists to connect to unlimited, high speed WiFi at a fraction of the cost.

Emojis: French in love but less than happy
Love is in the air in France... at least when it comes to instant messaging services. Photo: Shutterstock

Emojis: French in love but less than happy

April 22, 2015

An extensive study of emoji-use around the world appears to confirm a few of the stereotypes about the French - notably that they are the most passionate, but perhaps not the happiest folk around.

'Phishing email' the key to hacking of TV5Monde
The French television channel TV5 Monde was attacked by cyberjihadists last week. Photo: Pierre Verdy/AFP

'Phishing email' the key to hacking of TV5Monde

April 14, 2015

The jihadist cyber-attack against French television channel TV5Monde last week was set in motion in as far back as January, several sources with knowledge of the investigation said on Tuesday.

French taxman trains sights on Apple
A woman takes pictures of a window shop displaying the Apple watch on Saint-Honore street in Paris in September 2014. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP

French taxman trains sights on Apple

April 14, 2015

The multinational tech giant Apple is being investigated by the French tax authorities, who are concerned over the amount of tax being paid on some seemingly low turnover figures in France.

Paris holds film festival for blind cinema goers
Blind cinema goers had mixed reviews about the experience. Photo: Shutterstock

Paris holds film festival for blind cinema goers

April 03, 2015

In most movie theatres the lights go dark and the feature begins, but for an audience attending a Paris film festival underway this month, the whole world is dark and stays that way.

Faulty pipe forces French nuke plant to shut down
Greenpeace activists stormed Fessenheim nuclear plant in March 2014. The plant was closed at the weekend due to a defective pipe. Photo: Frederick Florin/AFP

Faulty pipe forces French nuke plant to shut down

March 02, 2015

France's oldest nuclear plant at Fessenheim had to be shut down at the weekend due to a defected pipe, authorities said. Activists have long campaigned for the plant's permanent closure due to its age.

Paris: Iron Lady goes green with power of wind
The Iron Lady is going green with old age. Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Paris: Iron Lady goes green with power of wind

February 26, 2015

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is making an effort to conserve its energy with two new state of the art wind turbines installed on the second floor, 127 metres off the ground.

French are EU's least likely social networkers
French are the least likely out of all of Europe to use social networks. Photo: Internet photo

French are EU's least likely social networkers

February 25, 2015

The French are the least connected to social networks in all of Europe, according to a new EU survey released this week, and they are not into reading news online either.

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Tourist or lifer: what sort of expat are you?

Are you a lifer or a tourist? Photo: Shutterstock

Tourist or lifer: what sort of expat are you?

February 12, 2015

The adventurous (or lost) souls who choose to start up life in another country come in all shapes and sizes, and relate to their home and adopted countries in different ways. See where on the spectrum you fit in.

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