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May 2015: The best month to work in France
File photo of sunbathers at Trocadero, Paris. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP

May 2015: The best month to work in France

If you're working in France then there's no better month this year than May, when it comes to the number of public holidays at least. But as usual employers are trying to put an end to what they consider a colossal waste of time and money. READ  

What's on in France: Ten things to do in May
Brace yourselves... the Cannes Film Festival is around the corner. Photo: AFP

What's on in France: Ten things to do in May

It may not feel like summer quite yet but there are plenty of things to entice you outdoors this May. From the French Open in Paris to a street art festival in Biarritz, at least one of these events is guaranteed to excite you. READ  

French elevator protocol: Greeting, flirting and sex
"Going up?" Photo: Shutterstock

French elevator protocol: Greeting, flirting and sex

As a new survey reveals exactly how many French people have made love in an elevator, The Local's Oliver Gee reflects on the ups and downs of what many think is actually an excellent lift culture. READ  

Alarming rise in drug use among French teens
Cannabis use is on the rise among French adolescents. Photo: AFP

Alarming rise in drug use among French teens

There has been a surge in the drug and alcohol consumption of French adolescents - especially among teenage girls, new figures have shown. READ  

Obituary
Churchill's French saboteur 'Bob' dead at 92
Robert "Bob" Maloubier died at the age of 92. Photo: AFP

Churchill's French saboteur 'Bob' dead at 92

French secret agent Robert "Bob" Maloubier, a sabotage specialist for Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive during World War II, has died at the age of 92, his wife said on Tuesday. READ  

Market shrivels for France's famed prunes
Photo: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP

Market shrivels for France's famed prunes

France's famous Agen prunes have seen their market share shrivel in recent years, but local farmers have ploughed money into modern methods in a bid to save their plums. READ  

Michelin-starred chef is organic 'fanatic'
Paoli Sari. Photo: Valery Hache

Michelin-starred chef is organic 'fanatic'

France has many restaurants claiming the "bio" label, but only one to earn a star in the fabled Michelin Guide. READ  

Surfers shun Réunion after shark attacks
Photo: Richard Bouhet/AFP

Surfers shun Réunion after shark attacks

Reunion, once a haven for surfers from around the world, has become a deadly black spot for the sport after a slew of shark attacks. READ  

Top French court lifts ban on 'racist' cakes
The baker must now remove the controversial cakes from his bakery. Photo: CRAN

Top French court lifts ban on 'racist' cakes

France's top administrative court on Thursday overturned a ban on the display in a pastry shop of "racist" cakes in the shape of a naked man and woman coated in dark chocolate. READ  

Les Entrepreneurs
The story of Paris's most popular picnics
Paris Picnic has been delivering for two years. Photo: Private

The story of Paris's most popular picnics

In the latest installment of our "Les Entrepreneurs" series, we talk to the Russian/American founder of Paris Picnic, Katya Kroupnik, about how she went from making three picnics a week to 30 a day in the space of a year. READ  

France votes to legalize drug 'shooting galleries'
France hopes to get drug addicts off the streets. Photo: Shutterstock

France votes to legalize drug 'shooting galleries'

France's National Assembly voted this week to legalize shooting galleries - safe places for addicts to consume drugs - in the hope of keeping users off the street. The move has already proved controversial, with opponents calling the galleries "death rows". READ  

French court acquits 'Harry Potter' owl breeder
The owl in this picture is not Hedwig from Harry Potter. Photo: AFP

French court acquits 'Harry Potter' owl breeder

A French owl breeder whose birds did a star turn in a Harry Potter film was acquitted on Tuesday of wildlife violations that saw his beloved birds confiscated and banned from performing. READ  

New Calais migrant camp 'the worst in Europe'
"The New Jungle" - a makeshift home for migrants in Calais. Photo: AFP

New Calais migrant camp 'the worst in Europe'

After hundreds of migrants were forced to relocate their shanty town to another part of the northern French city of Calais, aid workers have slammed the new settlement as the "worst in Europe" for the refugees from war zones. READ  

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

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. READ  

Property in France
The joys of living in an 'expat no-go zone'
Verdun, Lorraine, a huge region in north-eastern France with few expats. Photo: Antonio Ponte/Flickr

The joys of living in an 'expat no-go zone'

British expats in France tell us the benefits of living in some of the country's "expat no-go zones", areas where the expats are few but the quality of life competes with even the most popular regions. READ  

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