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French strikes cause second day of widespread transport disruption on Friday

French strikes cause second day of widespread transport disruption on Friday

The biggest mass strikes France has seen since 1995 entered their second day on Friday with commuters and travellers across France facing more widespread transport disruption.

Your step-by-step guide to getting the best expat health insurance plan

Your step-by-step guide to getting the best expat health insurance plan

A step-by-step guide for all expats with a health insurance.

 
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15 French phrases to use if you get caught up in a strike
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15 French phrases to use if you get caught up in a strike

If you are spending time in France it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that you will be caught up in a strike - here's the French vocabulary you will need.

Why Americans love studying in Sweden

Why Americans love studying in Sweden

International students from around the world often jump at the chance to study in the US. So why is that some American students are defecting to study in Sweden instead?

 
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Paris transport workers extend strike until Monday... at least

Paris transport workers extend strike until Monday... at least

Unions representing workers for the Paris transport authority announced on Thursday afternoon that they would continue their strike until Monday.

What will business look like in Europe in the 2020s?

What will business look like in Europe in the 2020s?

Here in the waning weeks of 2019, it’s natural to look back at the decade that’s drawing to an end. But the close of a decade is not just about looking backward - it’s also a good time to consider what the next ten years have in store.

 
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The biggest culture shocks experienced by expats in Europe

The biggest culture shocks experienced by expats in Europe

We asked our readers what surprised them most about working and living in Europe. This is what they had to say.

 
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What do French women mean when they say they have 'heavy legs'?
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What do French women mean when they say they have 'heavy legs'?

If you live in France you have probably heard a few French women complaining of "les jambes lourdes" or "heavy legs". So what's behind this strange ailment and why do only French women seem to suffer from it?

ANALYSIS: Why it might be time to thank the Gilets Jaunes for France's strong economy
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ANALYSIS: Why it might be time to thank the Gilets Jaunes for France's strong economy

Economic growth in France is now stronger than Germany and - ironically - it might be thanks to the Gilets Jaunes, writes John Lichfield.

Swastikas daubed on graves in Jewish cemetery in eastern France

Swastikas daubed on graves in Jewish cemetery in eastern France

More than 100 graves were found covered with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg in eastern France on Tuesday, officials said, just hours after similar vandalism in a nearby village.

11 Metro lines to close: How Paris public transport will be crippled by Thursday's strike action

11 Metro lines to close: How Paris public transport will be crippled by Thursday's strike action

Paris' public transport services look set to come to a virtual halt on Thursday when unlimited strike action begins. Here's how services will be severely hit by the walk-out in protest against the government's pension reforms.

November screenings of French films with English subtitles in Paris

November screenings of French films with English subtitles in Paris

Paris-based cinema club Lost in Frenchlation has a special ‘Women in the spotlight’ programme planned for November, with plenty of amazing films to look forward to.

14 ways to say 'OK boomer' in French - according to Twitter

14 ways to say 'OK boomer' in French - according to Twitter

The phrase 'OK boomer' has swept to popularity first in the USA then in the UK in recent weeks, and now one Twitter users has offered her suggestions, including some fairly insulting ones, on saying it in French.

French schools among the most unequal in the world, new report reveals

French schools among the most unequal in the world, new report reveals

France remains one of the most unequal education systems in the world, according to new international rankings, with children from disadvantaged backgrounds less likely to succeed.

'Almost half of French students have to get jobs while they study'

'Almost half of French students have to get jobs while they study'

Increased grants, requisitioning homes and an end to students having to get part time jobs while they study - these are some of the demands of the students who have taken to the streets of France to protest at their living conditions.

How the French government could pay for your training or driving licence
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How the French government could pay for your training or driving licence

Employees in France are entitled to up to €800 a year of training, which they can spend on extra workplace training or put towards the cost of a driving licence. And now there's an app to make it easier to access.

Last chance for Brits in France to register to vote in the UK election

Last chance for Brits in France to register to vote in the UK election

British people living in France and around Europe have just one day left to register to vote for what is being described as "the most important election in a generation".

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Send us your news story tips from around France

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Your guide to making a traditional French cassoulet

Your guide to making a traditional French cassoulet

As the cold weather starts to bite you will be looking for food that will warm you up, and for that purpose there's nothing better than a hearty cassoulet. Riviera-based food blogger Laura Tobin shares her recipe.

French word of the day: Purée
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French word of the day: Purée

Few French people actually think about mashed potatoes when using this expression.

From taxes to toilets: All you need to know about renovating a house in France
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From taxes to toilets: All you need to know about renovating a house in France

Doing any renovation is a complicated and lengthy project - but doing it in a foreign country adds a whole new level of challenge. Here is our A-Z guide to renovating a house in France.

My French Business: Fly fishing and well-being in rural northern France

My French Business: Fly fishing and well-being in rural northern France

This week's My French Business features a unique spot in idyllic rural northern France for those seeking rest, relaxation and perhaps a bit of fly fishing. James Hughes tells us about La Cascade, and offers some crucial advice for anyone setting up business in France.

Public pipi: Paris opens first ever exhibition of pissoirs

Public pipi: Paris opens first ever exhibition of pissoirs

They were as much a symbol of Paris as croissants and the Eiffel Tower, though they had more than a whiff of scandal from the start.