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France

En-suite bear: French zoo offers tourists a room next to polar bear enclosure
In an attempt to attract more visitors to animal parks, a zoo in France has launched a service, offering guests to stay in a lodge next to the park's furry inhabitants. At quite a bearable price, the project aims to help renovate animals' living spaces.

19.12.2014 14:05

US lieutenant jailed for deserting Army, joining French Foreign Legion to fight in Africa
An American soldier who abandoned his army unit in 2009 to join the French Foreign Legion has been convicted of desertion and sentenced to four years in prison by the US military.

18.12.2014 16:26

‘We won’t pay extra’: France threaten to veto Cameron’s proposed EU treaty
French President Francoise Hollande will threaten to veto David Cameron’s attempts to renegotiated Britain’s relationship with the EU at a meeting on Thursday.

18.12.2014 09:44

France to ban Uber taxi app in 2015
The French government has decided to ban the Uber taxi app in 2015, though a court has stated that the service can continue to practice in the country. The decision follows protests from official taxi drivers who say Uber represents unfair competition.

15.12.2014 18:50

French marijuana e-vaporizer to go on sale
Electronic cigarettes with cannabis extracts are set to go on sale this month. The French makers claim their product is legal, as it lacks the chemicals that cause the mind-altering effects of marijuana. French law is firmly against the use of cannabis.

15.12.2014 19:13

Belgium paralyzed in biggest transport strike in years
Belgium has been brought to a standstill, as air, rail and ferry workers nationwide embarked on their biggest strike in years. The 24-hour walkout over the government’s austerity policies is set to ground 600 flights into and out of the country.

15.12.2014 12:24

​Tour de scallops: French sea products travel to China for cleaning, and then back
Scallops caught off the western coast of France wind up going on a torturous tour: they are shipped to China for cleaning, and then sent back to France for cooking. Authorities insist the far-flung trip is worth it.

14.12.2014 14:24

CIA torture is reason for France to exit NATO – Le Pen
The shocking revelations of CIA torture techniques give France a reason to exit NATO, National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said on Saturday. The report on the CIA’s former interrogation practices has drawn wide criticism since its release.

13.12.2014 18:20

Skin deep tech: Cicret bracelet aims to turn your arm into 'new tablet'
Reading emails on your skin may sound wacky, but not for the French designers working on a bracelet that projects your smartphone content onto your arm. To turn the surreal Cicret device into reality, the designers are seeking funding.

13.12.2014 13:20

Veiled threat? Tougher regulations against wearing niqabs in court – UK judge
Britain’s most senior female judge has called for tougher regulations forcing women to remove traditional Islamic veils while giving evidence in court.

12.12.2014 17:05

Euthanasia one step closer? France to debate draft law
The French parliament is set to debate draft legislation allowing doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death. The bill is supported by President Francois Hollande, who included the controversial euthanasia issue on his election agenda.

12.12.2014 14:50

Low education budgets, universities ‘in ruins’ see thousands protest in France
Thousands of French university staffers and students have marched to protest low education budgets and universities’ facilities that are “literally in ruins.”

12.12.2014 11:01