France

The Mistrals: An Ill-Wind for EU Arms Transfer Controls

Roy Isbister | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Politics
Roy Isbister

It is not just France's credibility that's at stake over the way it has handled a sale of two Mistral class assault ships to Russia, but the credibility of the whole EU Common Position on arms transfers.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Nine: Oslo

Kai Humphries | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

We shot beverages of high alcohol content in Norway from vessels the size of an average household vase. After several of these refreshments we challenged some of our newly acquired Scandinavian acquaintances to a friendly game of their national sport, Shuffle-Board.

European Comedy Tour Journal, Day Eight: Paris

Kai Humphries | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Kai Humphries

The only thing more annoying than an irritating child being rambunctious on a crowded train, is a child conducting himself in such a manner in French. There is something rather excruciating about hearing incomprehensible high pitched words produced from the back of someone else's throat when you are already of a nauseous disposition.

Paris Tiger Is Not A Tiger. But No One Really Knows What It Is...

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

French authorities say a big, wild cat eluding police near Disneyland Paris is not a tiger, but they don't know exactly what it is. The administrat...

Will the Kiwis Pass the Ball Yet?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Sport
Preetam Kaushik

When one looks at the stats of New Zealand having arrived on the world rugby scene, it must fill the heart of a sports fan with pride. This country, which has simply one quarter of a population of London, get there to conquer the field?

Five Top Tips for Starting Your Year Abroad in Paris

Rosie Snowball | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Snowball

As my Eurostar train was pulling into Paris, the reality of what I was doing and where I was going had not really hit. I didn't know where my flat was, how to get there, or what I was going to do about mon petit déjeuner...

A Long Time Between Drinks

Tina Arena | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tina Arena

I've always loved London. I feel it's time to reconnect with its culture and the people. And see my audience again after all this time. Personally, I think London has evolved more than most European cities, it's really one of, if not the most dynamic cities in the world.

Anarchy: A Story "Written by a Thousand Hands"

Sophie Bauer | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Bauer

Anarchy is a story "written by a thousand hands" that is aired through weekly episodes on France 4. A team of 15 scriptwriters got the ball rolling on Thursday with the serie's first episode. From now until the 18th of December it is up to Anarchy's viewers to craft the plot and to shape each and every character, red-herring and gag.

Programmes Go Off Air As Fire Ravages French Radio HQ

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK

A fire at the Paris headquarters of French state radio is sending columns of thick black smoke out of more than a dozen windows. Photos of the scen...

Performers in Paris, Upstaged by a Niqab

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Khatun

Intolerance breeds intolerance and laws that allow bigotry and racism as though they were a part and parcel of society are exactly the thing that encourages such attitudes. When we look at injustices far and wide it's so easy to express distaste but we must look closer to home and deal with the injustices and attitudes that are being imposed.

Magic in the Moonlight

Dr Ling Ge | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Ling Ge

This summer I was privileged to be invited by François Thibault, the legendary creator of Grey Goose, as one of his first guests to visit the new home for the world's best tasting vodka, Le Logis

Oil Boss Dead After Freak Private Jet Snow Plough Crash

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK

The millionaire boss of oil company Total was killed last night when his private jet hit a snow plough driven by a drunk airport worker in a freak acc...

This Is What Life Is Like After Being An Islamic State Hostage

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

A former Islamic State hostage who shared a cell with four executed Westerners has revealed his struggle to overcome "brutal memories" in an emotional...

Change Is Good: Euro 2016 Qualifiers Benefit From Expansion

Jack Target | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Sport
Jack Target

What we didn't expect was for the qualifiers to become something more than a formality. The big teams may still qualify with ease, (four more wins, all their home games, should be enough to see England qualify), but the competition for those extra places has brought life back into what was quite a dull part of international football.

Recall Lord Hill and Boycott the EU Commission

Sean Howlett | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

The UK and David Cameron have everything to gain and nothing to lose from a temporary withdrawal, it would more than make up for the PM's dismal campaign to oppose Juncker and give his Eurosceptic backbenchers a bone to gnaw in the run up to May 2015. It's a no brainer really.

Arrogant France Defender Gets Sweet Comeuppance

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Sport

Arrogant and French, Layvin Kurzawa could not resist goading Sweden striker John Guidetti after his 87th minute goal put France ahead in their Under-2...

The Nobel Prize Winner's Wikipedia Needs Some Tidying Up

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK

For any journalist furiously googling Nobel Prize winner economist Jean Tirole this morning, they would have been greeted on his Wikipedia page with a...

Think France Is 'Finished'? French PM Has Some 'Bad News' For You...

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics

France will now see shops stay open on Sundays, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has revealed, in a bid to turn around the country's flagging economy. T...

John Lewis Boss Says France Is 'Finished', Now The French Fight Back

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Politics

John Lewis boss Andy Street's attack on "sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat" France, warning British entrepreneurs that the country was "finished" has p...

Why You Should Visit the American D-Day Beaches in Normandy

Samantha Wills | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Wills

First up was an early morning visit to the Longues-sur-Mer gun battery. The battery is one of the most remarkably preserved sections of the Atlantic Wall, the extensive series of fortifications along France's coast that were created by Hitler to protect against seaborne invasion from England.

Why You Should Visit the British and Canadian D-Day Beaches in Normandy

Samantha Wills | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha Wills

In my teens, I wore long velvet skirts, read Che Guevara's 'Motorcycle Diaries' and listened to a lot of Bob Dylan. From that you can probably infer that I'm not the kind of person who generally visits battlefields or has any interest in guns, battle tactics or incomprehensible war lingo.

Europe's Emerging Quality Hostels: Part One - France

Peter Yeung | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Yeung

Things are gradually changing, and in the past few years quality hostelling has been embraced. Here are the best picks of France...

Herve Gourdel Beheaded By Islamic State Affiliate

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK

An Algerian splinter group from al-Qaida has beheaded a French hostage over France's airstrikes on the Islamic State group, in a sign of the possible ...

French Hostage Taken 'On Behalf Of IS' Raises Fears Over Terror Group's Reach

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

Fears are growing that Westerners could be targeted across the Middle East and north Africa after an Islamist splinter group kidnapped a Frenchman in ...

Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo

The Spa Spy | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Dubbed 'The Millionaire's Playground', it's a playground where you need quite a few of those millions before the government will even let you live here. So it comes as no surprise then that as I walked past the Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys parked along the hotel's cypress lined avenue, I assumed I would get kicked out for wearing a pair of Havaianas and a bank balance that cowered in shame...