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‘Golden’ budget rule too complicated: economists

French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to push through a balanced budget amendment, dubbed the "golden rule", to reassure rattled markets, but economists complain the measure is too complicated.

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The Local takes news in English across Europe

Press Release: Launch of The Local in France first step of rapid expansion plan.

Work less and eat more chocolate, say heart experts

Work less and eat more chocolate, say heart experts

Eat dark chocolate, watch funny movies, avoid stressful jobs, and pedal hard when biking are all ingredients in the recipe for a healthy heart, according to experts meeting in Paris this week.

Top Socialist provokes storm with far-right taunt

Top Socialist provokes storm with far-right taunt

The interim leader of the Socialist party, Harlem Désir, has sparked outrage by comparing the interior minister, Claude Guéant, to one of the far-right Front National's most well-known elected officials, Bruno Gollnisch.

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French embassy in Tripoli reopens

France reopened its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday after it had been closed for the last six months, a foreign ministry spokesman said.  

Bosses’ leader blames US for euro problems

Bosses’ leader blames US for euro problems

Laurence Parisot, the head of the influential bosses' organization, Medef, has hit out at what she sees as deliberate attempts by the US to shift their own economic woes to Europe.

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Shark spotted in English Channel

Swimmers in the northern resort of Wissant had a shock when they were ordered out of the water after a shark sighting.

Live Blog: Launch time for TheLocal.fr

Live Blog: Launch time for TheLocal.fr

After seven years in the online news saddle, The Local’s congenial canter across Europe has finally taken us to one of the continent’s most thrilling destinations. Keep checking in during the day for all the latest on The Local’s launch in France. 

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Strauss-Kahn mistress should testify: lawyer

The economist who had an affair with Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2008 should testify in the case of a French writer who has accused the former IMF chief of rape, the writer's lawyer told Le Parisien on Sunday.

Wine growers call in help from satellites

Wine growers call in help from satellites

As grape-picking season gets started in some areas for this year's wine harvest, more French wine-growers are using satellite technology to improve the quality and profitability of their wine.

The Economist slams Socialist ‘dinosaurs’

The Economist slams Socialist ‘dinosaurs’

Influential British news magazine The Economist has published a damning analysis of the French Socialist party in its latest issue, describing it as "Europe's most unreconstructed" left-wing party.