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French Expression of the Day: C'est énorme!

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:49:05 +0100

This expression literally means 'it's enormous' - but it's used in many situations in France.

French murder suspect could be linked to 40 unsolved cases

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:13:37 +0100

French investigators have identified around 40 unsolved disappearances and other cold cases potentially linked to a former soldier who was arrested last year and charged with two murders in southeast France.

ANALYSIS: Where does all the hatred towards Jews in France come from?

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:00:16 +0100

Jews in France make up 0.7 percent of the population, so why is there so much hatred directed at them? John Lichfield examines the reasons behind yet another spike in anti-Semitism in a country which has a sorry history of animosity towards it's Jewish community.

'You feel the hate rising': Jews in Paris speak out about rise in anti-Semitism

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:41:07 +0100

The French will take to the streets on Tuesday to denounce the rise in anti-Semitic acts in France. The Local spoke to members of the Jewish community in Paris to find out what they think about the rising levels of hatred, the 'yellow vest' protesters and what politicians can do about it.

How alcohol is still proving deadly for the French

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 14:28:38 +0100

In France, alcohol kills tens of thousands of people each year, with French men particularly affected, a new report shows.

Karl Lagerfeld, fashion's quick-witted king, dies aged 85 in Paris

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:27:34 +0100

Superstar German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel, has died aged 85 in Paris.

Why south west France has much to fear if Brexit goes pear-shaped

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:18:29 +0100

France's largest region Nouvelle-Aquitaine, home to tens of thousands of Britons, potentially has a lot to lose from Brexit. Here's why the prospect of a hard-Brexit is sending jitters through the business community there, not least the vineyard owners around Bordeaux.

Anti-Semitism in France: 80 graves vandalised at Jewish cemetery

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:16:09 +0100

Swastikas and anti-Semitic tags were found daubed over 80 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France on Tuesday on the day of nationwide marches against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.

'National wake-up call': French to march against anti-Semitism

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:27:51 +0100

Marches against anti-Semitism will be taking place all across France on Tuesday night, with 14 political parties calling on people to take to the streets at a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise.

French far-right magazine barred from Twitter over 'hate speech'

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:00:40 +0100

A French far-right magazine has had its Twitter account suspended, French officials said, after multiple complaints of hate speech including anti-Semitic abuse.

Seven essential tips for starting a business in France

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 17:02:43 +0100

Setting up a business in France can be a daunting prospect. Here are some handy tips from two people who have experience of launching their own company.

French Expression of the Day: Que dalle!

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:51:59 +0100

French people use it all the time and it's one of those snappy expressions that shows you've cracked it when it comes to speaking like a local. Plus its origin is pretty unusual.

How Brexit is making the dream move to France more complicated

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:58:12 +0100

Britons who are looking to move to France are facing a difficult question: should they wait until the Brexit dust has settled and they know what their rights are, or should they get their foot in the door right now? We spoke to those who are facing this tricky dilemma.

Brexit: What you need to think about if you're planning the move to France

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:49:28 +0100

Moving to France is always a major decision but with Brexit looming and nobody as yet quite sure what it will mean for Britons decamping to the other side of the Channel, here are the things experts think you should be thinking about before you take such a big step.

Why are hundreds of dead dolphins washing up on French beaches?

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:55:10 +0100

Since the beginning of the year alone, a record number of up to 600 dolphins have washed up on France's Atlantic coast. So what's going on?

Chic and cheerful: The best budget hotels in Paris

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:39:05 +0100

Paris regularly tops the list as the most romantic city in the world, but there’s no reason to throw financial caution to the wind for a weekend in its embrace. Here are our favourite Parisian hotels that will make your pulse race – and not because you’ve seen the bill.

On the Agenda: Everything that's happening in France this week

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:28:52 +0100

Here's a look at the big news and cultural events taking place in France this week that you should know about.

'Intolerable': French yellow vests condemned again over anti-Semitism and police attacks

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:41:05 +0100

Videos showing some yellow vest protesters hurling anti-Semitic abuse at a well-known French philosopher and attacking a police car have led to more condemnation by politicians. A protest against anti-Semitism will take place in Paris this week.

French firm strikes Saudi weapons deal despite Yemen pressure

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 16:06:23 +0100

Saudi Arabia's state arms producer and a French government-majority firm signed an agreement Sunday on a joint venture to boost the kingdom's navy, amid calls to halt weapons sales to Riyadh over it role in Yemen.

Join us: Why The Local France needs your support

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:16:56 +0100

In 2019 The Local France aims improve our coverage of France, the French and how the country works. And we need help from readers.