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ANALYSIS: France can draw breath but the story of the gilets jaunes is far from over

ANALYSIS: France can draw breath but the story of the gilets jaunes is far from over

The gilets jaune tragicomedy has had its Act V. It's shown that violence pays in France and that those who say France is impossible to reform might just be right, but it's not over yet, writes John Lichfield.

French police warn the government: 'We're at breaking point'

French police warn the government: 'We're at breaking point'

French police have sent a stark warning to the government after another weekend of violence in cities around the country left them "at breaking point".

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Our geographically-savvy readers are probably already aware that Estonia is not part of the Nordics (yet). It is, however, very close to its Nordic neighbours, both physically and culturally.

 
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France's 'yellow vest' protests calmer on decisive weekend

France's 'yellow vest' protests calmer on decisive weekend

Groups of defiant "yellow vest" demonstrators faced off with tens of thousands of police around France on Saturday, but their numbers appeared lower on a fifth and decisive weekend.

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Together is a powerful word. It’s one that - no matter what - evokes feelings of love and joy. Geneva, a Swiss gem at the gateway to the Alps, is the ideal place to get together in 2019, and this is why.

 
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QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

Iceland may have a population of just over 330,000 people (all with equally unpronounceable names) but that doesn't stop it churning out a stream of globally-renowned people. Take our quiz to discover your Icelandic spirit animal.

 
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Grenoble: Is the 'capital of the Alps' the best French city to live in?

Grenoble: Is the 'capital of the Alps' the best French city to live in?

When it comes to the choice of cities in France Grenoble in the south east often goes under the radar but new surveys suggest the "capital of the French Alps" could be the place to live.

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

Valletta, Malta’s small but mighty capital, still feels like one of the Med’s undiscovered gems. But it won’t stay that way for long. The Local’s commercial editor, Sophie Miskiw, explored 2018's Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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ANALYSIS: The yellow rebellion is threatening to engulf France - Macron must act

ANALYSIS: The yellow rebellion is threatening to engulf France - Macron must act

As a collective hysteria threatens to engulf the country, John Lichfield looks at what happens next in France.

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PICTURE QUIZ: How well do you know the streets of Paris?

PICTURE QUIZ: How well do you know the streets of Paris?

Paris is full of streets that have their own unique charm, whether they're stunningly beautiful, played an important role in French history or have a quirky past of their own. But how many of them can you recognise? Take the quiz.

Why French high school students are also out on the streets

Why French high school students are also out on the streets

The 'yellow vests' might be getting most of the coverage but they aren't the only ones protesting in France at the moment, with French high school students jumping on the bandwagon to vent grievances of their own.

French Expression of the Day: Faire des chichis

French Expression of the Day: Faire des chichis

Whether you want to describe something over the top or no frills, find out what all the fuss is about when people faire des chichis.

'Brexit won't happen': Why not all Brits in France are panicking about the future

'Brexit won't happen': Why not all Brits in France are panicking about the future

Critics will say they have their heads in the sand but many Brits in France are declining to follow official advice and apply for a residency permit.

How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

For many of the 1.2 million Brits living in the EU, as well as the 3 million EU citizens in the UK, a no-deal Brexit threatens a spate of life-changing repercussions. And the process is taking a toll on people's mental health.

Australians in France: How many are there and where do they live?
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Australians in France: How many are there and where do they live?

There are a few thousand Australians in France and probably a few more we don't know about. Here's where you're most likely to find them.

Myth or reality: A Parisian tells the truth about those Paris clichés

Myth or reality: A Parisian tells the truth about those Paris clichés

Paris comedian Julie Collas sets the record straight about a few of the clichés around Parisians and the city they inhabit.

Macron and Merkel lay wreath at WW1 armistice site

Macron and Merkel lay wreath at WW1 armistice site

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday laid a wreath and unveiled a ceremonial plaque at a war memorial in eastern France where the armistice was signed ending World War I.

12 unusual ways the French mark Christmas

12 unusual ways the French mark Christmas

From abseiling Santas to floating choirs and mechanical elephants, the French do have some unusual customs and events during the festive season that need explaining.