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France may tax US giants to boost film sector
France wants to tax Netflix and Amazon to boost its own film and TV industry. Photo: Netflix

France may tax US giants to boost film sector

France is looking to decide this year on how it might tax US online giants Google, Amazon and Netflix to help fund its heavily subsidised film and television sector in response to changes brought on by Internet video streaming. READ  

Facebook helps to create '78,000 jobs in France'
Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg. His company helped to create 78,000 jobs in France, according to a new report. Photo: AFP

Facebook helps to create '78,000 jobs in France'

The social media giant Facebook can be credited with creating 78,000 jobs in France last year, according to a recent study by the audit company Deloitte. The figure has nearly tripled in two years. READ  

France's artificial heart man is 'alive and well'
Cardiac surgeon Alain Carpentier. Photo: AFP

France's artificial heart man is 'alive and well'

Doctors monitoring France's second patient to get a permanent artifical heart announced on Monday that he had returned home and was in good health, suggesting that artificial heart transplant patients can lead normal lives. READ  

Pegida in France?
Will anti-Islam protests take off in France?
Will the anti-Islam 'Pegida' movement take off in France? It's unlikely sayy experts. Photo: AFP

Will anti-Islam protests take off in France?

French anti-Islamists, inspired by the huge turn-outs at the xenophobic “Pegida” demos in Germany, have organised a protest for Paris later this month. While the organiser tells The Local “it’s just a first step”, experts say it could never take off in France. READ  

French railway gears up to install Wi-Fi on trains
A bidding round for tenders is expected to be announced in Fenruary. Photo: Sebastien Bozon, AFP

French railway gears up to install Wi-Fi on trains

France’s state-owned rail group, the SNCF, is set to equip its high-speed trains with wireless internet technology, the country’s IT minister announced on Friday. The move comes just months after she publicly shamed the company about its lack of Wi-Fi on Twitter. READ  

Google says French really is language of love

It has been confirmed (again) that French is the language of love, as a Google Translate survey found it is the tongue most often used to translate romantic expressions. READ  

French Twitter users can now tweet money

Money is now only a tweet away for French people, after a bank in the country launched a novel way to transfer money on the social networking platform. READ  

Paris to unveil new app to help find a taxi

Paris will roll out its brand new smartphone app on Wednesday which is supposed to make the sometimes impossible task of hailing a taxi in the French capital a little easier. But will it be of any use? READ  

'Champagne tablets' prove too good to be true

A marketing agency published adverts this week showing how the famous French Champagne brand Veuve Clicquot had managed to produce the luxury tipple in the form of tablets that dissolve in water. Alas it proved too good (or too bad) to be true. READ  

French bombard Google with pleas to be forgotten

French internet users have bombarded Google with requests for links to be deleted from the search engine, but the internet giant has told European officials it's proving difficult to clear their memories. READ  

Netflix promises 'to invest in French society'

American video streaming service Netflix has announced it is coming to France in September and has promised to invest in French society. Rumours are still flying around online about how much the service will cost per month. READ  

Paris declares war on biodegradable toilet roll

Biodegradable toilet roll tubes that can be thrown down the bowl once finished seemed like revolutionary invention that would cut down on waste as well as domestic disputes, but authorities in Paris have become suspicious. READ  

VIDEO: UFOs spotted in sky over Dordogne

A video posted on YouTube has caused a fair amount of intrigue as it appears to show four UFOs hovering in the sky above a forest in the Dordogne, southern France. Scientists have so far been unable to explain the objects. Can you? READ  

Ten essential free phone apps for a visit to Paris

Paris might be a city rich in history but any visitor these days would be wise to make use of modern technology to get the most out of their trip to the City of Light. So The Local has gathered together ten free smartphone apps that could come in handy. READ  

EU roaming charges more than halved

Using your mobile phone outside of Italy just got cheaper, with charges for internet use more than halved, as the EU capped roaming charges from Tuesday. READ  

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