• France's news in English

Discuss - Conditions of use

You understand and agree that THE LOCAL may review and delete any material or content, including but not limited to text, comment, message, photo or profile that in the sole judgment of THE LOCAL does not comply with this Agreement, applicable law or regulation, or which might be offensive, illegal or that might violate the rights, harm, or threaten the safety of other users. THE LOCAL will regularly monitor the Services for inappropriate and illegal contents posted by the users. The number of users and amount of contents in the Services are very large, and therefore it is not possible for THE LOCAL to monitor all and every material posted on the Services. If illegal or inappropriate material or content escapes THE LOCAL’s notice when monitoring, this is not to be seen as THE LOCAL approving of such material or content and THE LOCAL has no responsibility or liability for such material or content. THE LOCAL assumes no responsibility or liability for the conduct of users, including you, submitting any such material or content. It is very important that you report any illegal or inappropriate Contents that you become aware of to THE LOCAL or by clicking on ["Report Inappropriate Contents"].

You are entirely responsible for the material or content that you publish or display or in any other way make available on or through any of the Services or in any other way transmitted to other Users. Material or content are not automatically reviewed by THE LOCAL before posted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of THE LOCAL. THE LOCAL is not responsible for the accuracy and reliability of the material or content or other information provided by the users or any other information that you transmit to other users.

The list below is a partial list of the kind of Contents that is illegal or prohibited to post on or through the Services and the kind of activity that is illegal or prohibited on the Website and through your use of the Services. Note that the list can not be made complete but should be regarded as a guideline to the spirit of what is prohibited. THE LOCAL reserves the right to inspect and take appropriate legal action against anyone who infringes this prohibition, including but is not limited to, removing the offending material or content from the Services, terminating the membership of the violator and reporting to the appropriate law enforcement authorities. Prohibited material or content include, but are not limited to material or content that:

  • are offensive and promote racism, prejudice, hatred or physical harm against any individual or group;
  • exploit people in a sexual or violent manner;
  • display pornographic, sexually explicit or violent material of any kind;
  • harasses or encourage harassment of another individual or group;
  • criminal activity such as drug dealing, trafficking, child pornography, fraud, obscene material, gambling, harassment, stalking, spamming, sending of harmful computer files, theft of trade secrets or intrusion of copyright or patent rights;
  • provides any street addresses, photograph of another person, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses or any other personal information of that kind without consent from that individual;
  • use any information from the Services in order to stalk, harass, abuse or harm another person;
  • promote information that you know is deceptive or phony or promote illegal activities or conduct that is insulting, obscene, threatening, derogatory or slanderous;
  • provide instructional information about illegal activities such as making or buying illegal weapons or fireworks or creating or distributing computer viruses, etc;
  • promote an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person's or company’s copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to such, providing information to evade copy-protect devices, or providing pirated music or video or links to pirated music- or video files;
  • contain restricted or password only access pages not linked to from another accessible page or hidden pages or images;
  • ask for passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users;
  • involve commercial activities and/or sales without our prior consent such as advertising, contests, barter, sweepstakes, or pyramid schemes;
  • involve the transmission of junk mail, chain letters, or unsolicited mass mailing or spamming etc;
  • filmmaker or band profiles that uses sexually suggestive imagery or any other unjust, false or deceiving material or content intended to draw traffic to the profile;
  • contact, advertise to, solicit, or sell contents or services to a specific user without their prior explicit consent;
  • covering or concealing the banner advertisements on your personal profile page or any other THE LOCAL page;
  • contain political or religious propaganda;
  • any automated use of the Service, such as using scripts to add friends;
  • interfering with, disrupting or creating an undue burden on the Services or the networks or services connected to the Services;
  • pretending to be another user or person;
  • using the account of another user or disclosing or transferring your password to any third party or allowing any third party to have access to your account; or
  • using the Services in a way that intentionally or unintentionally violates any applicable local, national or international law or regulation.

Click here to see the entire Terms of use »


How many will you have? 10 dishes to make up a French Christmas feast
Conspiracy theory: Was the missing Malaysia Airlines flight shot down?
Santa bikers ride through Paris for orphans
Top 10 tackiest 'Made in France' gifts
10 traditions that make a French Christmas
GALLERY: The French language's fixation with 'les Anglais'
So what does the web tell us about the French in the year 2014
Have the French fallen out of love with Christmas?
Immigration in France: Hollande hits back at the scaremongers
What's on: 10 things to do in France before Christmas
Why has The Local got a new logo?
Muslims rule France in 2022: The bad boy of French literature is back
There are so many things that claim to be French but aren't. Here are 12.
Crazy cat stories: Moggie returns after 1,200km trek across France
Tea sets for boys? French feminists protest 'gendered' Christmas presents
Jacques Chirac's 'head' - The perfect place to hide 1.5 kilos of weed
Myths debunked: 11 things you (wrongly) presumed about France
Prices are tumbling but the property ladder is increasingly out of reach for the French
IN IMAGES: French universities 'in ruin'. The students have the evidence
Life's about to get a lot cheaper for Paris commuters. Or is it?
Ten dos and don'ts for partying with the French this Christmas
Some famous French fine wines are under threat from high speed trains
VIDEO: Homeless bodybuilder turns the streets of Paris into his gym
Business & Money
Noble Prize for Economics: Six things to know about Jean Tirole
Nobel Literature Prize: Ten things to know about Patrick Modiano
Looking for a good Christmas market in France? Here's our top 10
IN PICTURES: The top 15 new inventions to come out of France
Sponsored Article
Top ten gifts for an expat Christmas
Miss France Farmer: The contest to find a 'real French beauty'
IN PICTURES: Lyon's spectacular festival of lights dazzles once again
IN IMAGES: Ten French Bond girls through the ages
Outrage forces French city to scrap yellow triangle ID cards for homeless
Who does Christmas better - The French or Anglos? We decide.
All you need to know about the new French Bond girl Léa Seydoux
'My iPod's broken' - French jihadists moan about lack of home comforts
Race you to the top of the Eiffel Tower. No seriously, I'll race you.
And what if Mona Lisa was really a slave from China?
Why company bosses in France have just about had enough
What impact did a 'giant butt plug' in Paris have on sales of sex toys?
National Geographic's top world destination for 2015 is in France.
French babies switched at birth: Families seek €12 million damages
Why are so many French police officers taking their own lives?
Immigration in France: Ten numbers that matter
Sponsored Article
Win a €250 voucher for your Christmas list
Sarko is back in the ring: Did he ever really leave it?
Sponsored Article
Live like a local - anywhere in the world
Sponsored Article
Shop Christmas gifts at Debenhams international store
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se