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France brings in 'expiry dates' on electronics
Wouldn't you like to have a "use by date" on your TV? Photo: Leslie Duss/Flickr

France brings in 'expiry dates' on electronics

France has introduced new measures to ensure that customers won't be stung by cheap and faulty electronic goods, passing a new decree to ensure vendors publish "expiry dates" on products. READ  

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

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. READ  

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

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. READ  

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

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. READ  

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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?

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. READ  

France vs Netflix, Amazon and Google
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'

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'

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?

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

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  

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