France

Hidden Gems of Europe - Collioure, Perpignan and Saint Cyprien

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

On our annual visit to Montpellier last month for the Radio France music festival, we marvelled once again at how few English people seem to know about this superb festival of free jazz, classical, world and DJ gigs.

France By Train Part II: Avignon

Zahra Razavi | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

When we step out of the station in Avignon, an intense heat and the sound of cigales act as our greeting. The city is well known for its impressive climate and the region for its sonic buzz, even selling soft-toy versions of the cricket-like creatures in its tourist shops.

France By Train Part I: Lille

Zahra Razavi | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zahra Razavi

On a summer's day in July, we leave behind a rain-flustered London in the middle of an otherworldly thunderstorm following Britain's hottest day in years. The train speeds through English countryside until we're in the darkness of the Eurotunnel, and then - in what seems like the blink of an eye - we find ourselves on French soil.

LOOK: Footballer Momentarily Shrinks

Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Sport

French midfielder Mathieu Valbuena isn't the tallest footballer around - but he's not this tiny. A bizarre photo shows him utterly dwarfed by B...

Why Does France Have a Problem With Islamophobia?

Imran Awan | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Politics
Imran Awan

Although in the UK, we have seen a number of mosques attacked since Woolwich, the steady rise in anti-Muslim hate perpetuated across Europe, has led to an increase in anti-Muslim prejudice and discrimination. According to the rector of Lyon's main mosque, France is witnessing a new "climate of Islamophobia."

French Nurse Rents Out Her Breasts Online To Feed Babies With Gay Parents

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK

A French nurse has created an online advert offering to rent out her breasts to feed newborn babies. And the 29-year-old woman, who describes herse...

Francois Hollande Says 'Non' To David Cameron

Sunday Telegraph | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been privately told by the French president that his country will not go out of its way to help him win key “reforms” of the Eur...

British Gas Plans To Give Away Free Power At Weekends

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

British Gas has said it could offer free electricity on Saturdays in a bid to reduce demand on weekdays. The energy firm has announced plans to tri...

Is France Finished?

Damian Collins | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

On Sunday, the English cyclist Chris Froome swept down the Champs-Élysées to win the 100th Tour de France. He is only the second ever Englishman to carry off the famous yellow jersey, following Bradley Wiggins' triumph last year. But as Froome's fans shout 'allez!' the youth of France are more likely to be crying to each other 'barrez'; which roughly translates as 'scram', 'beat it', 'get out of here'... An open letter published in Le Point magazine by a Sorbonne student called 'Clare G' claimed that half of 18 to 34-year-olds would leave France.

PICS: Climb The Eiffel Tower From Your Desk

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Tech

Google has added a new set of 360-degree images from the top of Paris' Eiffel Tower. The view from la tour joins recent additions to Google Street ...

Neo Nazi Singer Arrested For Plotting Terror Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK

A neo-Nazi heavy metal singer linked to far-right fanatic Anders Breivik has been arrested on suspicion of plotting a major terror attack. Police s...

Twitter Will Hand Over Identities Of Anti-Semitic Tweeters

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

Twitter has agreed that it will reveal the identities of users who posted anti-Semitic messages after a lengthy court battle. French news agency AF...

Faulty Track To Blame For Deadly Rail Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

The devastating rail crash that killed six people, as a train tore in half and careered into a busy station, was caused by a faulty rail track, accord...

Six Reportedly Killed In Paris Train Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK

Six people have reportedly been killed in an "apocalyptic" train crash near Paris, according to the French Interior Ministry. The train derailed on...

15 Funny Quotes About France For Bastille Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Comedy

Oh là là! Merveilleux! Et ainsi de suite. We here at HuffPost UK Comedy are celebrating Bastille Day by having the day off (well, it is a Sunday)...

It's a Man's World - For the Sea Lions of Boulogne

Gareth Johnson | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Johnson

It's only male sea lions at Nausicaá in Boulogne sur Mer. It's a deliberate decision by France's 'Centre National de la Mer', wanting to keep things harmonious in the impressive enclosure housing the five boisterous mammals that are now calling this aquarium and education centre their home.

Vampire Hunting? Dog Food Tasting? Running From The Law?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK

Fancy hunting vampires in Romania, or think France is lacking foot models? These are some of the weirdest reasons given by those making visa applic...

The Bully Of The World

Ronnie Joice | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Politics
Ronnie Joice

On the 27th February 1933, there was an arson attack on the Reichstag building in Berlin. The event is seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Ge...

Bolivian President's Plane Rerouted Amid Suspicion Snowden On Board

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK

A diplomatic crisis engulfing three continents was sparked at midnight after the plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was rerouted to Austria...

Tour De France - A Wine Lover's Guide

Gerard Basset | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gerard Basset

Everyone's talking about the Tour de France this year, particularly as it is the 100th anniversary of this iconic race. But cycling is not the only thing with which France is associated - this is also the land of great wines.

This Is What We Know So Far About Snowden's 21 Asylum Bids

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK

Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in 21 countries, but most of Europe has swiftly rejected his plea. Russia says that Snowden's request for asy...

Hollande Lays Down The Law To America

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

French President Francois Hollande has laid down the law to Barack Obama, telling him that spying on the EU must "immediately stop". Angela Merkel,...

David Cameron 'Locks And Loads And Has One Up The Spout' To Defend EU Rebate

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has rebuked other European leaders for their attempt to "ambush" him and dilute the rebate the United Kingdom receives from the EU. S...

Four Romantic Ski Chalets

Oliver Corkhill | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Oliver Corkhill

Searching the mountains for the perfect intimate retreat isn't easy, especially as most chalets cater to families and larger groups of guests. If you're trying to plan a romantic escape then you'll want the atmosphere and the setting to be just right.

Jeremy Forrest's Wife 'Launches Divorce Proceedings'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK

The wife of runaway maths teacher Jeremy Forrest has launched divorce proceedings against him, his sister said today. Carrie Hanspaul said: "Divorc...