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French drug dealer held for giving free samples
On the handwritten leaflet the dealer added a taped half gram of cannabis resin. Photo: Police Nationale

French drug dealer held for giving free samples

1 day ago

A man in central France has been hauled in by the police after he reportedly gave out flyers advertising his product - together with a free sample of cannabis resin.

French fraudster targets women called Josette
Several Josettes in France have been targeted by the fraudster. Photo: Duru/Flickr

French fraudster targets women called Josette

1 day ago

French women named Josette are advised to be on their guard after three women with that name were targeted by a fraudster in the northern city of Rouen. Several other Josettes are also thought to have been targeted.

Hollande condemns arson attack on mosque
Around three quarters of the Auch mosque were damaged by the blaze. Photo: AFP

Hollande condemns arson attack on mosque

August 25, 2015

France's President Francois Hollande has condemned an arson attack on a mosque in southern France after investigators ruled that the building was torched deliberately.

Why the French back their striking farmers
A farmer passes by the main entrance of the DDT (Direction Departementale des territoires) with manure stacked outside during a protest. Photo: AFP

Why the French back their striking farmers

August 04, 2015

Visitors to France may have cursed the striking French farmers who recently blocked towns and tourists attractions with piles of manure, but the French public are 100 percent behind them. Well almost.

French dating sites 'not protecting client privacy'
Users of online dating sites hand over data on everything from political beliefs to sexual preferences. File photo: AFP

French dating sites 'not protecting client privacy'

July 29, 2015

French dating sites have been taken to task for not doing enough to protect "intimate" data provided by their clients.

Bikini beating furore shows tension in France
A file image of a woman sunbathing in swimwear at a park. Photo: AFP

Bikini beating furore shows tension in France

July 27, 2015

French social media erupted in fury at the weekend after news spread that a woman sunbathing in a park in northern France was badly beaten for wearing a bikini. The blame was immediately pointed at Muslim 'religious police' but it appears people were too quick to point the finger.

'Plot to kidnap' French man in right to die battle
Vincent Lambert is in the middle of a tortuous legal battle over the right to die. Photo: AFP

'Plot to kidnap' French man in right to die battle

July 24, 2015

Doctors have asked for a quadriplegic Frenchman who is at the centre of a bitter dispute over his right to die, to be given protection after threats were made to kidnap him.

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Should two expats in France 'faire la bise'?
Should expats in France "faire la bise"? Photo: AFP

Should two expats in France 'faire la bise'?

July 21, 2015

The Local's Ben McPartland and Oliver Gee disagree about what appears to be a touchy subject - performing a French greeting kiss or "la bise" with a fellow expat. Who do you agree with?

Paris Plages 2015
Paris Plages: Ten great reasons to hit the beach
Here's 10 things not to miss at the 2015 edition of Paris-Plage. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

Paris Plages: Ten great reasons to hit the beach

July 20, 2015

The French capital's beach festival "Paris Plages" opens on Monday and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. We've scoured the programme and found the top ten activities on offer.

The highs and lows of 'growing up French'
Many French people shared culinary memories of their French childhood. Photo: Massimo Barbieri/Flickr

The highs and lows of 'growing up French'

July 16, 2015

Social media users in France described on Thursday how they have had to deal with a raft of misconceptions about the French that were revealed as the hashtag "GrowingUpFrench" soared to the top of Twitter trends.

Mythical foreign legion keeps drawing recruits
Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

Mythical foreign legion keeps drawing recruits

July 14, 2015

You've seen the movies and heard the rumours, but what is the truth behind the French Foreign Legion? Read on to find out.

Nike fined for putting French shirt on Churchill
The French basketball team posing with the dressed-up statue. Photo: BFMTV

Nike fined for putting French shirt on Churchill

July 02, 2015

American sportswear giant Nike has been ordered to pay thousands of euros by a court in Paris after arranging a stunt that saw a French basketball shirt placed on the statue of Britain's war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill near the Champs-Elysée.

French school teacher shows pupils porn
The teacher was suspended after showing pupils pornographic material. Photo: AFP

French school teacher shows pupils porn

June 16, 2015

A teacher of a southern France school has been suspended after he allegedly showed a pornographic video on his cellphone to 11-year-old pupils.

British scientists search France for Viking DNA

June 16, 2015

British researchers on Monday began collecting the DNA of residents from Normandy in northern France in search of Viking heritage, but the project has raised concerns among some local anti-racism activists.

French family gets letter... 138 years late

June 15, 2015

A woman in her eighties in northern France has more reason than most to grumble about the country's postal service after receiving a postcard destined for her great grandfather 138 years ago.

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