Membership at The Local France

Membership gives you more than just the news. It’s also:


  • Essential how-to guides and tips to help you understand life in France
  • Unrestricted access to all editions of The Local across Europe
  • Advertising banner-free reading
  • A community of more than 40,000 other international residents and abroad aficionados



Become a member


What is The Local?

Whether you are an international resident in France, trying to understand the culture and customs of your new home so that you can feel more at home, or an admirer of France from afar, looking to improve your language skills for the next time you visit, we are here to help.

With a membership to The Local France, you will receive unlimited access to all of the coverage we produce – from the latest breaking news stories, to the cultural explainers and language guides that will help you to navigate France like a local.

The Local exists to make France available to all – from those who live in the country but are still getting to know the culture, to those whose passion for French culture is their main hobby.

Who are we?

We are a team of internationals ourselves, who started in 2004 with an email newsletter and a desire to translate the news into a language we could understand. We know the ups and downs of international life and have funnelled all of these lessons and experiences into countless how-to guides and explainer articles, all designed to make your life easier.

We are award-winning journalists, who don’t settle for just making the news accessible to English-speaking internationals. Having a team of journalists spread over nine European countries, there are a lot of viewpoints to draw from, and we think this makes for articles with a perspective completely unique from anything else you’ll find..

What our members mean to us

We are purposefully connected with our members and use your questions and requests to inform what we write about. We connect with our readers on a regular basis through our editorial newsletters and social media, and encourage readers to email us directly with their questions, concerns and comments on international life.

We exist to serve you, our international resident and abroad aficionado community.

What our members have to say

“My lifeline to France: Being in Los Angeles— a long way from France— I look forward to hearing from Emma every day. Keeps me up to date and feeling francais!” – Ernest, California
“The Local France has been brilliant for me in the last few months as I make the transition from visitor to resident. Full of great tips, humour, advice and intelligent analysis.” – Andy
“Look forward to another year together. We look forward to receiving The Local and your articles, we find them a great help. So a huge thank you to you for your hard work.” – Iris

Here’s a sneak peek at the content our members have access to:

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A life abroad, informed and at ease

Become a member of today for unlimited access to news, cultural features, language guides and community across all 9 country-sites. Choose between a monthly or annual subscription and start reading.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am already a member but keep getting asked to join. What do I do?

If you are already a member, you can log in here and keep reading without interruption.

Can I read articles on The Local if I am not a member?

Members of The Local have unlimited access to all the articles. Visitors to The Local can read a limited number of articles each month.

Can members read all editions of The Local

Yes, the membership cost includes access to all editions of The Local.

Can I cancel my membership?

Yes, you can cancel your membership at any time.

What does auto-renew membership mean?

All of our memberships are set to automatically renew. However, you can easily deactivate this feature by changing your account settings or reaching out to us at [email protected].

I still need help. What do I do?

You can email us at [email protected] or check out our Help Centre.

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