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Paris: Street fishing on Seine snares new fans
Fancy fishing in the Seine? Apparently it's not as dirty as you might think. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

Paris: Street fishing on Seine snares new fans

Thought the waters of the Seine were too dirty to support any living creature? Think again. Apparently it's bursting with fish and it's leading to a new waver of "street fishers". READ  

Paris hotel guests invited to 'pay what they want'
What would you pay for your hotel in Paris? Photo:Shutterstock

Paris hotel guests invited to 'pay what they want'

A group of hotels in Paris are experimenting with the idea of allowing customers to pay the price they believe their stay was really worth. It sounds like a great idea for tourists, but could the initiative take on permanently in the future? READ  

Climbing Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc deaths spark calls to end 'free-for-all'
A deadly start to the Mont Blanc climbing season has re-ignited a debate over limiting access to the mountain. Photo: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP

Mont Blanc deaths spark calls to end 'free-for-all'

A deadly start to the climbing season on Europe’s tallest peak, Mont Blanc, has prompted renewed calls to impose restrictions on scaling the mountain that attracts up to 30,000 climbing parties each year and has the reputation of being one of the world's deadliest summits. READ  

Climbing Mont Blanc: 10 reasons to think twice
The usmmit of Mont Blanc - "more crowded than your average bus stop". Photo: Chriscom/Flickr

Climbing Mont Blanc: 10 reasons to think twice

Always had an urge to stand atop Europe's highest mountain, Mont blanc? Well there's a few things you really need to think about it before you head to the Alps. But don't let us put you off. READ  

French MPs train sights on 'secretive' Airbnb
French MPs have set the popular accomodation rental website Airbnb in their sights. Photo: Screengrab Airbnb

French MPs train sights on 'secretive' Airbnb

A new report into tourist accommodation in France has raised doubts about the legality of the popular accommodation rental site Airbnb. It comes after one Frenchman was fined €2,000 for illegally subletting his apartment on the site. READ  

Summer's here
Mercury rises as France set to be baked in sun
The mercury is set to rise in France on Thursday, if only for a couple of days. Photo: Jim Larrison/Flickr

Mercury rises as France set to be baked in sun

After weeks of grey skies, downpours and even hail storms, France will be bathed in sun on Thursday, with the mercury set to rise towards the 40°C mark in parts of the south west. READ  

France ‘most welcoming’ country for Chinese
Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed in France by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

France ‘most welcoming’ country for Chinese

A new survey published on Tuesday might raise a few eyebrows among those in the tourist industry and help pour cold water on a few misconceptions after it found that Chinese travellers saw France as the most welcoming country in Europe. READ  

French rickshaw rider given UK police escort
An unnamed Frenchman is escorted by British police after he ends up on a dual-carriageway after a wrong turn.Photo: Lewes Police

French rickshaw rider given UK police escort

Police in the UK were forced to give an escort this week to a Frenchman cycling home to France on a rickshaw, after he took a wrong turn and ended up on a dual-carriageway. READ  

IN PICTURES
Alps get summer snow as wet weather to stay
The French Alps looked more like a winter wonderland this week as the rotten summer weather continued in France. Photo: Webcam

Alps get summer snow as wet weather to stay

Holidaymakers in the Alps in recent days would have been forgiven for thinking they had come in the wrong season after the region was hit by some very unseasonal snowfalls. There was bad news for sunseekers too with the sun set to stay away for much of July. READ  

UPDATED
Channel Tunnel delays to run into Tuesday
Eurotunnel and Eurostar trains hit by delays on Monday after a power failure. Photo: Denis Charlet/AFP

Channel Tunnel delays to run into Tuesday

Passengers can expect delays on the both the Eurotunnel and Eurostar services on Tuesday a day after around 400 people had to be evacuated after a power failure caused their train to stop in the tunnel. READ  

VIDEO: Froome cycles Channel Tunnel to France
Photo: Jaguar/Screengrab YouTube

VIDEO: Froome cycles Channel Tunnel to France

Ever wondered what it would be like to cycle from the UK to France through the Channel Tunnel? Take a look at this video of Tour de France winner Chris Froome becoming the first cyclist to do just that. READ  

France 'to scrap' steep rise in hotel tax
A plan to increase hotel tax in France by up to five times is set to be scrapped. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

France 'to scrap' steep rise in hotel tax

A controversial plan to slap a five-fold increase on hotel tax in France is set to be ditched, according to reports, after the government expressed its opposition to the rise. READ  

Ten essential free phone apps for a visit to Paris
Ten essential free apps for a visit to Paris. Photo: Shutterstock

Ten essential free phone apps for a visit to Paris

Paris might be a city rich in history but any visitor these days would be wise to make use of modern technology to get the most out of their trip to the City of Light. So The Local has gathered together ten free smartphone apps that could come in handy. READ  

Disability group slams Disneyland for prejudice
Disneyland is being taken to court for "institutionalized discrimination" towards those with learning difficulties. Photo: Glen Gutierrez/Flickr

Disability group slams Disneyland for prejudice

"Mickey Mouse treats us like we are crazy", a French disability organization complained on Thursday, after announcing that it has lodged a legal complaint against Disneyland Paris accusing the theme park of “intolerable acts against people with learning disabilities”. READ  

Little Prince theme park opens in France
Forget Astérix and Disneyland, France has a new theme park on the block. The Little Prince Park opened on Wednesday in the east of the country. Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Little Prince theme park opens in France

Move over Parc Astérix and Disneyland, France has a new theme park on the block and it's inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's timeless classic 'The Little Prince', which opened this week in the east of the country. READ  

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