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Good afternoon from Paris,

First up, Air France unions have announced four days of strike coming up in May as the pay dispute rumbles on.

Here's a reminder of what to do if you're one of the unlucky travellers whose plane is cancelled.

Next up, France has unveiled its battle plan to tackle the problems affecting the 6 million people living in the banlieues. Here's what you need to know.

And the Paris Metro is set to honour France's 'most admired woman', Simone Veil.

Meanwhile, there was the sad story of a French baby who was hospitalised due to the habits of her “multi-drug addicted” parents.

And finally for the news today, during Macron's US state visit there were firm handshakes, kisses and even a bit of grooming… and unsurprisingly it provided plenty of material for America's late night TV comedians.


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For Members 

France has a reputation for having the best unemployment benefits in Europe but, as a foreigner, it can be hard to know where you stand. We've taken a look at what you need to know.

And if you want to become a member, you can join for just 50 centimes a week for the first three months.

Thanks for reading. 

Evie Burrows-Taylor
[email protected]
Deputy editor, The Local France



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What The Local’s new design means for you

You may have noticed that The Local looks quite different today. Here’s how our new design makes it easier to get around the site.

What The Local’s new design means for you

After several years with the same design we decided last year that it was high time to give the site a makeover. For one thing we wanted it to look nicer, but most importantly the new design is aimed at making it quicker and easier for you to find what you need without hassle.

You will notice, for example, that the site has a new menu bar that will direct you to the most popular categories. The example below is taken from our France edition but you will find variations on the same menu items on all our country sites. 

You won’t be surprised to learn that we are hoping to retire the Covid-19 category as soon as possible. 

On the desktop version of the site, if you hover your mouse over a category title you will find some of the most important related topics. 

If you click on one of the main categories in the menu bar you will find links to what are currently the most popular related topics. 

On the homepage, each article’s main topic will be displayed above the headline so you can quickly click or tap your way to more articles on that subject. 

You will also find more topics at the bottom of every page that will take you to related articles. 

One significant change is the introduction of a feature that will automatically load up a new article for you once you have got to bottom of the page.

Similarly, articles (like this one) that are not affected by the paywall will show an unlocked padlock. 

If you want to search for a particular topic the search tool is prominently displayed at the top left of the desktop and mobile sites. On desktop it’s just under the dropdown menu you can use to switch editions. 

As a members of The Local you will be able to quickly access your account details and update your newsletter preferences using the buttons in the top right. 

If you are not yet a member you can cast your eyes to the top of the site to see offers that are such good value you will wonder what you’re waiting for. Now really is as good a time as any to join. 

READ ALSO: How The Local’s members are helping us get better

We have also worked hard on significantly speeding up the site, which we hope will make your visits to The Local more enjoyable. 

You are sure to notice plenty of other changes as you get familiar with the new design. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to producing independent journalism that leans heavily on dialogue with our readers. 

With this in mind, we would love to hear from you if you have any feedback on the new design or suggestions for improvements. You can drop us a line at [email protected] or, if you are a member, you will as always be able to let us know what you think in the comments below the article. 

Thanks for reading, and we hope you like the new look!