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Unique French ski resort runs on old slag heap
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Unique French ski resort runs on old slag heap
February 05, 2016

France's busy little ski resort of Noeux-les-Mines is also its most unusual. It has no mountains, no snow, runs all year round and is built on a decades-old slag heap.

What's on in France: Ten things to do in February
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What's on in France: Ten things to do in February
February 02, 2016

The holidays are over and spring may seem far away, but there’s always something of interest going on in France, even in February. Here are ten ideas.

What makes Paris 'the most admired city in the world' once again?
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What makes Paris 'the most admired city in the world' once again?
January 29, 2016

Was it ever in doubt? Paris has regained its crown as the “most admired city in the world”.

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Climb Mont Blanc from your armchair thanks to Google
On the summit of Mont Blanc with Google. Photo: GoogleMaps

Climb Mont Blanc from your armchair thanks to Google
January 21, 2016

Stay right where you are and allow Google's stunning new Street View project to take you to the very top of Mont Blanc.

France to woo Chinese by cutting visa process
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France to woo Chinese by cutting visa process
January 12, 2016

In a bid to pull in more Chinese visitors France is set to slash the time it takes to process visas.

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15 sites to visit in France before tourists find out
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15 sites to visit in France before tourists find out
January 11, 2016

Here's a look at 15 sites in France that are well worth a visit before the whole world hears about them.

Airbnb bookings show tourists not put off Paris
Revellers on the Champs Elysées for New Year's Eve. Photo: AFP

Airbnb bookings show tourists not put off Paris
December 23, 2015

Despite the recent terror attacks more people have booked up with Airbnb to spend New Year in Paris than any other European city.

Paris-bound Air France flight in 'bomb' scare
Bomb experts from the Navy and the CID were called in to check the package on the plane. Photo: Boris Horvat/AFP

Paris-bound Air France flight in 'bomb' scare
December 20, 2015

UPDATED: An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspicious, but ultimately harmless, package was found on board, Kenyan police said.

Is this the best map of the Paris Metro there is?
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Is this the best map of the Paris Metro there is?
December 18, 2015

Could a British academic's new map of the Paris Metro, dubbed the Metro map for dummies, be adopted by Paris transport chiefs? Many complain the existing one is too complicated.

French Alps in need of Christmas snow dump
Skiers at France's Alpe d'Huez resort on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

French Alps in need of Christmas snow dump
December 18, 2015

France's warmer than usual temperatures this December are bad news for skiers but snow cannons could still provide joy in some areas over the Christmas period.

France pulls security passes for airport staff
A French soldier patrols at the the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

France pulls security passes for airport staff
December 13, 2015

Secure-zone clearance has been withdrawn for nearly 70 people working at two Paris airports following the November 13 terror attacks on the French capital, the boss of the airports company said on Sunday.

Posh Paris island locals rake in cash on Airbnb
The Saint-Louis Island and the Seine river in Paris. Photo: AFP

Posh Paris island locals rake in cash on Airbnb
December 11, 2015

Homeowners on the Ile Saint-Louis in central Paris, which has some of the city's most expensive real estate, are being kept in style by Airbnb rentals, a survey showed Thursday.

There's Life Outside Paris
Lyon ranked France's most attractive city
Central Lyon. Photo: Les SIM's/Flickr

Lyon ranked France's most attractive city
December 02, 2015

Lyon has been ranked as the most attractive city in France, toppling the likes of beautiful Bordeaux and picturesque Paris. Find out what it has over the other French cities.

Arab woman inspiration for the Statue of Liberty
The original Statue of Liberty in Paris. Photo: AFP

Arab woman inspiration for the Statue of Liberty
December 02, 2015

The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of democracy and freedom that has greeted countless immigrants to US shores, was inspired by a project representing an Arab woman guarding the Suez Canal, researchers said.

What's on in France: Ten things to do in December
Why not take in Saint Nicholas weekend in Nancy? Photo: AFP

What's on in France: Ten things to do in December
December 02, 2015

From chestnuts to handball, and of course plenty of Christmas-themed events, The Local gives you a rundown of what's going on around France this month.

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