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Why are French students smashing down the education ministry's gates?

Why are French students smashing down the education ministry's gates?

A young man sets himself on fire, a government ministry is attacked, and a French ex-president is chased out of a university: French students are on the warpath. Rory Mulholland finds out why.

Mischa the bear dies after rescue from 'cruel' animal show in France

Mischa the bear dies after rescue from 'cruel' animal show in France

A performing bear used in shows in France has died following an operation at an animal refuge, just two months after he was rescued from owners who allegedly subjected him to years of ill treatment, officials said on Wednesday.

The European university turning student ideas into startups

The European university turning student ideas into startups

Has this university in southern Sweden found the recipe for innovation?

 
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Carte de séjour: France launches website for British citizens to apply for residency

Carte de séjour: France launches website for British citizens to apply for residency

The new French government website that allows British people to apply online for residency has launched. Here's what we know about it.

How to negotiate a personalized expat health insurance plan

How to negotiate a personalized expat health insurance plan

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

 
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Health insurance in France: What you need to know about a mutuelle

Health insurance in France: What you need to know about a mutuelle

In the case of a no-deal Brexit, certain groups of British people will need to prove that they have full health insurance. With the government's new residency site now up and running, we take a look at what exactly a French mutuelle involves.

ANALYSIS: Will Macron really 'tremble' at yellow vest anniversary? I doubt it
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ANALYSIS: Will Macron really 'tremble' at yellow vest anniversary? I doubt it

A year ago half the cars in my part of Normandy carried yellow badges of rebellion on their dashboards, writes John Lichfield. Now you can scarcely see a yellow jacket in what was one of the heartlands of the Gilets Jaunes movement.

French police close beaches in south west France after 1,000kg of cocaine washes ashore

French police close beaches in south west France after 1,000kg of cocaine washes ashore

Authorities have closed beaches in south west France as packages of cocaine continue to mysteriously wash up along the country's Atlantic coast, with more than 1,000 kilograms discovered since mid-October.

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.

How learning a language as a child opened up France and the world to me

How learning a language as a child opened up France and the world to me

There was frustration and tears when nine-year-old Evie moved abroad with barely a word of the language, but after a year she was fluent. And then she discovered something wonderful about languages . . .

What date does the heating get switched on in apartment blocks in France?

What date does the heating get switched on in apartment blocks in France?

If you live in an apartment block in France it's possible that the landlord gets to decide when your heating is turned on. But what are the rules around this?

International students in France handed court victory over plan to hike tuition fees

International students in France handed court victory over plan to hike tuition fees

International students coming to France have received a legal boost with a ruling against a planned hike in tuition fees.

Labour shortages: These are the most needed workers in France

Labour shortages: These are the most needed workers in France

If you’re looking to work in France, the country’s government is actively looking for workers in certain fields where there are serious employee shortages. Find out if your profession is sought after.

Send us your news story tips from around France

Send us your news story tips from around France

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QUIZ: Test your knowledge with the ultimate French cheese quiz
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QUIZ: Test your knowledge with the ultimate French cheese quiz

We know that many Francophiles indulge in the French passion for cheese - but do you know your raclette from your reblochon, your roquefort from your rocamadour?

French expression of the day: Tendre une perche
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French expression of the day: Tendre une perche

Although this might sound like you're about to take part in an athletics event, the phrase has a more straightforward and everyday meaning.

Five things to know about renting out your holiday home in France
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Five things to know about renting out your holiday home in France

Many people who buy a second home in France hope that as well as it being a pleasant bolthole, they will also generate some rental income. But it's a bit more complicated that just posting an advert and waiting for the money to roll in.

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.

Revealed: Which Paris Metro and RER lines are the most punctual?

Revealed: Which Paris Metro and RER lines are the most punctual?

If you want to blame your late arrival on Paris' public transport you might need to think of another excuse - punctuality results have been published for the Metro and they're actually pretty good.