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Could coaches overtake train travel in France?
Travelers board a bus at the Gallieni international bus station and coach terminal in Bagnolet, east of Paris. Photo: Hugo Mathy/AFP

Could coaches overtake train travel in France?

August 24, 2015

France’s coaching industry is taking off as the government finally lifts rules that for decades have protected the state-run SNCF rail company from competition.

FIVE reasons everyone should visit Calais
Calais' impressive Town Hall belfry is part of an Unesco World Heritage Site. Photo: kgyp/Flickr

FIVE reasons everyone should visit Calais

August 14, 2015

Calais is probably bottom of most people's lists for must-see places in France right now. But the embattled northern port city has more to offer than squalid camps and barbed wire. Here are five reasons to at least think about visiting.

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Ten crazy things to do in France for daredevils
Forget lying on a beach, why not parachute over Arcachon Bay.

Ten crazy things to do in France for daredevils

August 13, 2015

Visiting France is not all about people-watching from a Parisian bistro or soaking up the sun on a Riviera beach. Here are ten videos to get the pulses of all daredevils and thrill seekers racing.

Ten French gems you never thought of visiting
Have you heard of the Château de Vizille? Photo: WikiCommons

Ten French gems you never thought of visiting

August 06, 2015

It's holiday season in France and we've gathered ten lesser-known tourist sites from around the country that are well-worth checking out.

Ten French towns you'll likely pronounce wrong
Don't get confused - here's how to pronounce the most deceptive town names in France. Photo: LetsBook/Flickr

Ten French towns you'll likely pronounce wrong

August 05, 2015

The Local has toured France and found ten of the most tongue-twistingly difficult or deceptively tricky town names to pronounce, unless you're French that is. Number one will make you sound like you are coughing up fur balls.

Fêtes de Bayonnes
The Bayonne festival: France's wildest party
Festival goers in Bayonne - a sea of red and white. Photo: AFP

The Bayonne festival: France's wildest party

July 29, 2015

One of France's most famous festivals kicks off on Wednesday and promises to be as wild and raucous as ever. We take a closer look at the Fêtes de Bayonne to find out why everyone needs to go at least once.

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France
The ever-splendid Gorges du Verdon. Photo: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho/Flickr

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France

July 23, 2015

France opens its doors to over 80 million tourists a year, who enjoy everything from world-class museums to pristine natural wonders. But you can't please them all...

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.

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Ten French Unesco sites you won't have heard of
Everyone knows Mont Saint-Michel but what about some of France's more unknown Unesco World Heritage sites? Photo: AFP/Unesco

Ten French Unesco sites you won't have heard of

July 06, 2015

After France was awarded two new World Heritage sites at the weekend The Local has dug up some of the country’s least known gems on a list that now boasts 41. How many of these have you heard of?

Stunning French villages you've never heard of
The tiny village of Eus. Photo: Les plus beaux villages de France

Stunning French villages you've never heard of

June 26, 2015

Right after France voted for its favourite village for 2015, we avoid the crowds and list the ten best French villages you've never heard of, with the help of some French people in the know.

Brittany village named France's favourite

June 24, 2015

A French television programme has revealed France's favourite village. Watch this video and try and tell us you don't agree.

Ten must-visit movie scene locations in Paris
The Inception Bridge also featured in Parks and Recreation. Photo: Deedle-Dee Productions

Ten must-visit movie scene locations in Paris

June 22, 2015

Fancy feeling like you're in a movie? Here's how to find the spots where ten of the most famous movie scenes in the French capital were set, put together by the folks at Set in Paris walking tours.

Tourism in France
13 ways France aims to become more welcoming
Tourists at an information centre in Paris. Photo: AFP

13 ways France aims to become more welcoming

June 12, 2015

The French government has said improving the welcome for tourists should be national priority. Here's some of the ways it plans to do just that, including an instruction for the passport police.

France to spend big to spruce up tourism sector
Marseille Cathedral reflected in the windows of the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations. Photo: AFP

France to spend big to spruce up tourism sector

June 11, 2015

In a bid to attract 100 million visitors a year the French government is to set up a massive investment fund to boost a tourism industry many believe is in serious need of sprucing up. Ambitious plans are also to be revealed.

And the most beautiful square in France is...?
Can you spot which square in France this is? Photo: Carlos Martin/Flickr

And the most beautiful square in France is...?

June 08, 2015

From cities across France, here's a selection of the most stunning squares the country has to offer. But which one gets your vote?

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