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French towns allowed to welcome Baby Jesus
The Christian tradition of putting up an exhibition of the birth of Jesus Christ angers strict secularists in France. Photo: Joe Raedle/AFP

French towns allowed to welcome Baby Jesus

Traditionalists won another victory on Monday in France's annual nativity wars as a court allowed a town hall south of Paris to keep its display on the birth of Jesus Christ that has angered secularists. READ  

French cardinal named as papal back up
Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP

French cardinal named as papal back up

Pope Francis on Saturday named French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran the new camerlengo, or chamberlain, charged with temporarily taking over the pontiff's duties if he resigns or dies. READ  

French fishmonger nabbed in naked display
A French fishmonger (unrelated to the story). File photo: Pascal Pochard Casabianca/AFP

French fishmonger nabbed in naked display

A French fishmonger in women's lingerie was left with a lot of explaining to do after being arrested for exposing himself to holiday shoppers through his store window. READ  

French mayor wins battle to keep nativity scene
The mayor of Beziers, supported by the French far-right National Front party (FN), Robert Menard, looks at a nativity scene displayed at the Beziers city hall. Photo: Pascal Guyot

French mayor wins battle to keep nativity scene

As the annual Christmas battle over nativity scenes rages in France, it was a victory for the traditionalists in southern Montpellier on Friday as a court refused to order the removal of a town hall creche. READ  

Do the French really not care about Christmas?
Do the French really not care about Christmas? Photo: AFP

Do the French really not care about Christmas?

An opinion poll published this week concluded the French were the least bothered about Christmas of all northern European countries. But do the French really not give a s**t about Santa? Or are these polls best ignored? READ  

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Working in Paris: Making a career out of odd jobs
Odd jobs, the key to surviving in Paris. Photo: Moyan Brenn/Flickr

Working in Paris: Making a career out of odd jobs

When many expats come over to Paris their major concern is getting a job, and hopefully a good one. But writer William Prendiville’s argues, that even in the midst of an economic crisis it’s possible to survive in Paris for many years thanks to odd jobs. And plenty of them. READ  

What the web tells us about the French in 2014
What the web tells us about the French in 2014.

What the web tells us about the French in 2014

From Facebook to Twitter and YouTube to Google, the web can teach us a lot about a multitude of things. The Local has searched the internet habits of the French and drawn a few conclusions about our Gallic cousins in the year of 2014. READ  

Immigration in France: Hollande slams alarmists
Hollande criticized the spreading of “fear” with regard to Islam in France. Photo of multiculturalism: Shutterstock

Immigration in France: Hollande slams alarmists

In his first major speech on the subject of immigration, French President François Hollande blasted the scaremongers "who dream of a smaller, more spiteful France". He also insisted Europe would go backwards if countries closed their borders. READ  

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Why is drink-driving still 'acceptable' in France?
Drink driving in France causes 58 percent of road deaths at weekends. Why can't France solve the problem? Photo: AFP

Why is drink-driving still 'acceptable' in France?

With nearly one in three French people owning up to getting behind the wheel despite knowing they had drunk more than the legal limit, The Local looks at why France is still struggling to deal with the problem of drink-driving, that kills hundreds on the roads each year. READ  

Paris: New plan to hand centre to pedestrians
Imagine the centre of Paris without any cars. It may happen. Photo: AFP

Paris: New plan to hand centre to pedestrians

The mayor of Paris said on Sunday she wanted the city's historic centre to become "semi pedestrianized" as she laid out a plan to tackle traffic and pollution in the French capital, including a ban on diesel vehicles. READ  

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Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad
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Top ten gifts for a British Christmas abroad

Christmas exposes the expat's emotions like no other time of year. But here are ten yuletide products to give your festivities a very British feel, wherever you are. READ  

French homeless forced to wear 'yellow triangles'
Arnaud, a homeless man, wears the controversial symbol adorning the "carte de secours" during a demonstration in front of the City Hall of Marseille, southern France. Photo: AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoul

French homeless forced to wear 'yellow triangles'

The city of Marseille has been blasted for using Nazi-era tactics to identify its homeless population by issuing them with ID cards, adorned with a yellow triangle. The cards detail their health issues and will be worn visibly. READ  

France to hand poor families Christmas bonus
The French government is helping poor families enjoy the festive season by handing out a solidarity bonus. Photo: Family Business/Shutterstock

France to hand poor families Christmas bonus

The French government said on Thursday it will continue its tradition of handing out a solidarity bonus to the country’s poorer families as a seasonal gesture of good will. But this year a staggering 1.83 million households will receive the bonus. READ  

French families sue after babies switched at birth
Two babies were mistakenly exchanged in a Cannes hospital 20 years ago. Photo: Dave Herholz/Flickr

French families sue after babies switched at birth

Two baby girls were mixed up by maternity hospital workers in France and grew up in the wrong families. Twenty years on, the families want €12 million in compensation. READ  

Immigration in France in ten stats that matter
Almost a tenth of France’s population are immigrants. Photo: Zoetnet/Flickr

Immigration in France in ten stats that matter

What percentage of the French population comes from immigrants and how many immigrants end up becoming French? As a new global report on immigration was released on Monday, The Local looks at the case of France in ten key stats. READ  

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