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Dos and don'ts to help you cope with writing in French

Writing emails in French is a whole new challenge that requires a whole new set of tips.

'Curse of Phantom' strikes as Paris theatre burns
Anthony Crivello and Elizabeth Loyacano in the New York production of Phantom of the Opera. Photo: Really Useful Group

The curse of Phantom of the Opera has struck with a fire at a Paris theatre threatening the musical's French debut.

How far have you assimilated into French culture?
Photo: Marie/Flickr

Which stage of the assimilation process are you at?

Eleven things you should know before moving to Paris
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Moving to Paris or just arrived? Read this first.

In celebration of the stinkiest cheeses to come from France
Photo: Chris Buecheler/Flickr

Gerard Depardieu is bashing France for its "stinky cheese", but we couldn't give a whiff.

The Local List
Ten things you really need to know about Pétanque
Ten things you really need to know about Pétanque. Photo: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

If you thought Pétanque (boules) was just about a bunch of Pastis-sipping elderly men idly throwing balls on a village square then think again. The Local lists ten things you really need to know about the sport (yes, sport!).

Non, the Gauls are the not real ancestors of the French
Photo: AFP

Historians, politicians and newspaper editors explain to Nicolix Sarkozix who the real ancestors of the French are.

How quality of life improves when you move to France
A beach in Cabourg, northern France. Photo: AFP

Move to France and life gets better, according to expats. Our readers explain how.

All you need to know about France's wine harvest
All photos: AFP

France's annual grape harvest has begun! Here's what you need to know the long-standing tradition.

Expats who come to France see jump in quality of life
Sunset over the Baie de la Somme. Photo: Ylliab Photo/Flickr

A global survey of expats has concluded what many foreigners in France probably already knew: "their quality of life has improved". We want to know how exactly.

What happens when you dial a random French person
Photo: Pixabay

Talking Tinder, terror, and travel (to Belgium of all places) with random French people on the new "French Number".

All you need to know about France's hunting season
All photos: AFP

And they're off! Love it or hate it, France's hunting season has begun (in some parts of the country). Here's what you need to know.

Ten must-see sites for France's Heritage Days 2016
Why not check out François Hollande's desk? Photo: Journées du Patrimoine

Fancy getting a sneak peek behind the usually closed doors at the Elysée Palace or the world's oldest basketball court?

Paris Opera perks: Bosses rebuked over €100k taxi bill
Photo: AFP

Directors at the Paris Opera might have to walk home in future.

Opinion
WTF France: What's with the French and dubbing films?
Photo: Screengrab Canal Plus

Why are the French so obsessed with dubbing film and TV, asks Paris-based comedian Paul Taylor.

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