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French transport strikes enter third week with slight improvement in Monday services

French transport strikes enter third week with slight improvement in Monday services

As French transport strikes enter their third week, Paris residents and train passengers will see some improvement after a badly disrupted weekend.

The future of European business: How will it change in the 2020s?

The future of European business: How will it change 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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Will French trains be running by Christmas?

Will French trains be running by Christmas?

As mass transportation strikes in France continue with no compromise in sight, thoughts have turned to the Christmas holidays and what services can be expected on the railways.

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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Fire erupts at France's largest oil refinery

Fire erupts at France's largest oil refinery

Firefighters brought a fire at the largest oil refinery in France under control Saturday, local officials said, hours after it started in the small hours of the morning.

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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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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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?

OPINION: Macron's pension reforms are justified, but he has failed to persuade France
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OPINION: Macron's pension reforms are justified, but he has failed to persuade France

The country is paralysed by furious opposition to a reform which will not take effect until 2025 - or maybe later, writes John Lichfield.

The French Alps valley where traditional log fires will soon be banned

The French Alps valley where traditional log fires will soon be banned

A roaring fire seems a prerequisite for an Alpine chalet in winter, but not for much longer as authorities in one French département ban the use of open fireplaces over pollution levels.

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.

Why English 'discounts' are not OK in France

Why English 'discounts' are not OK in France

The word may have a French root, but that has cut no ice with French language guardians the Academie français, who are not at all happy about discounts.

In numbers: Just how much crime is there in France?

In numbers: Just how much crime is there in France?

Most types of crime have fallen in France, the most recent crime survey reveals, but violent offences and bank fraud have risen.

'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.

Ten reasons why you should consider becoming French

Ten reasons why you should consider becoming French

Whether you’re in love with la belle France, worried about Brexit or just tired of having to keep renewing your carte de séjour, there are plenty of advantages to taking French citizenship.

Send us your news story tips from around France

Send us your news story tips from around France

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Why do the French eat so much seafood at Christmas?
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Why do the French eat so much seafood at Christmas?

If you've spent time in France over Christmas one thing you're likely to have noticed is the amount of fish and seafood that is around, so what are the roots of this festive tradition?

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.

Police in Paris fear more violence at 'yellow vest' marches on Saturday

Police in Paris fear more violence at 'yellow vest' marches on Saturday

Police are bracing themselves for the possibility of more violence on Saturday from rioters attending 'yellow vest' protests.