‘Women face pure discrimination in France’
France

‘Women face pure discrimination in France’

France may be the home of ‘égalité' but gender equality in France is still a hot issue. To mark International Women's Day, The Local speaks to rights group 'Osez Le Féminisme' on sexism, equal pay, prostitution and ‘disgraced DSK’.

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France

‘French militant’ expelled from Mali to France

A French-Malian citizen arrested in November for allegedly seeking to join Islamist militants in Mali has been expelled to France where he will be held for questioning, a French judicial source said on Thursday.

Vicious hit leaves Swiss hockey player paralyzed
Switzerland

Vicious hit leaves Swiss hockey player paralyzed

A Swiss ice hockey player is paralyzed after being rammed into the boards by a rival team's forward during the second division play-offs, the victim's club said on Thursday.

Brainstorming for Obama: Rafael Yuste
Spain

Brainstorming for Obama: Rafael Yuste

In this week's Spanish Face of the Week we're taking a look at the man behind Barack Obama's ambitious brain mapping plans. Meet neurologist Rafael Yuste.

Dressing like Hitler not a crime: Swedish court
Sweden

Dressing like Hitler not a crime: Swedish court

A 24-year-old man who attended a party dressed as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has been acquitted of hate crime charges by a Swedish court.

Brangelina’s French rosé wine goes down a treat
France

Brangelina’s French rosé wine goes down a treat

Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's dip into the wine trade got off to a roaring start on Thursday when the first 6,000 bottles of their French Miraval rose wine sold out within hours of going on general sale.

France’s tourism industry loses competitive edge
France

France’s tourism industry loses competitive edge

France may have the Eiffel Tower, Mont-St Michel and the Alps but all is not rosy for the country’s tourism industry, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum released on Thursday.

Bowie rekindles Berlin love affair on new album
Germany

Bowie rekindles Berlin love affair on new album

British rock icon David Bowie revives his love story with Berlin in his first new album in a decade, out this month, and the city is returning his affections with fervent tributes to its adopted son.

Fouled food found at Ikeas in France, Russia
Sweden

Fouled food found at Ikeas in France, Russia

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has halted the sale of sausages in Russia and chocolate cakes in France and more than 20 other countries after finding the products contained horsemeat and faecal bacteria respectively.

Polemicist prepares for political comeback
Sweden

Polemicist prepares for political comeback

In our series profiling Swedish newsmakers, our pick for Swede of the Week is firebrand feminist Gudrun Schyman, who wants to return to national politics to fight surging sexism and a lulling labour market.

Spanish bond sale reaps rich rewards
Spain

Spanish bond sale reaps rich rewards

Spain's economy received a much-needed shot in the arm on Thursday with the government raking in €5.03 billion ($6.6 billion) via the sale of medium- and long-term bonds at lower interest rates than expected.

Boy, 8, left for dead after ‘exorcism’ by family
France

Boy, 8, left for dead after ‘exorcism’ by family

An eight-year-old boy was left for dead in a hotel carpark, after his father and aunt attempted an exorcism on him, believing he was possessed by evil spirits, a court on the outskirts of Paris heard this week.

French garage to auction Ronaldo’s €250k Ferrari
France

French garage to auction Ronaldo’s €250k Ferrari

A damaged Ferrari once belonging to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is to be sold on eBay, after its new French owner came to an agreement with the Internet auction site, the vendor's laywer said on Thursday.

Sweden slides to ninth in world tourism tables
Sweden

Sweden slides to ninth in world tourism tables

Sweden still scrapes into the top ten of countries with a competitive tourism industry, but has slipped down four spots in the ranking, according to a report by the World Economic Forum released on Thursday.

Agency gives gas on speed limit reforms
Spain

Agency gives gas on speed limit reforms

People will be able to drive faster on some of Spain's motorways if a new draft law by Spain's traffic authority gets the go-ahead.

Spring joy premature as snow returns
Germany

Spring joy premature as snow returns

Germany rejoiced earlier this week after what looked like spring peeped over the horizon. But the celebrations were likely premature, as national weather service the DWD has forecast sub-zero temperatures and even snow over the coming days.

Swiss study: Death risk for sausage eaters
Switzerland

Swiss study: Death risk for sausage eaters

Anyone who eats more than 40 grams of sausage products a day is asking for trouble, according to a new study by the University of Zurich.

France targets motorists to fund Paris supermetro
France

France targets motorists to fund Paris supermetro

Amid the French government's much-hyped announcement of its master plan for a new Paris supermetro, the prime minister also revealed that motorists could be called upon to help foot the €30 billion bill.

Buy your own Baltic Sea harbour for just €38,500
Germany

Buy your own Baltic Sea harbour for just €38,500

An abandoned harbour on a scenic Baltic Sea island will be auctioned off this Saturday. With bids starting at only €38,500, the 9,600-square metre property is expected to garner lots of attention. But its fate post-sale is causing concern.

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France

The mixed fortunes of France’s beauty queen

The heiress to the L'Oreal beauty products empire, she was just named the world's richest woman. But mental health woes and a feud with her daughter have tainted her twilight years. Liliane Bettencourt is our French Face of the Week.

Spain soars in global tourism rankings
Spain

Spain soars in global tourism rankings

Spain has the world's fourth most competitive travel and tourism sector, the World Economic Forum said on Thursday.

Sotheby’s to auction off elBulli meals
Spain

Sotheby’s to auction off elBulli meals

Leading sales house Sotheby's is auctioning off two meals by top Spanish chef Ferran Adrià who ran Catalonia's world-famous elBulli restaurant until it closed its doors in July 2011.

Riksbank chief ‘unfazed’ by strong krona
Sweden

Riksbank chief ‘unfazed’ by strong krona

The Swedish currency has hit a six-month high against the euro, with Riksbank head Stefan Ingves telling a parliamentary committee that the exchange rate was nothing "out of the ordinary".

German hospitals focus on hygiene to beat bugs
Germany

German hospitals focus on hygiene to beat bugs

Thousands of patients die of infections picked up in German hospitals every year. Are health authorities cutting too many corners?

Paris 18th: Budget prices with a bohemian vibe
France

Paris 18th: Budget prices with a bohemian vibe

Last week there was good news for those trying to get on Paris's housing ladder with reports that property prices are on the way down. For the first installment of our Neighbourhood Watch series, we explore Paris’s atmospheric 18th Arrondissement.

Swedes’ ire at out-of-hours TV-fee collectors
Sweden

Swedes’ ire at out-of-hours TV-fee collectors

Swedes have been left seething following the tactics of the Swedish TV-licence fee collectors, who are making telephone calls at "uncomfortable" hours in an effort to round up those not paying the annual television fee.

Mother: Son’s ‘I am a bomb’ 9/11 top just a joke
France

Mother: Son’s ‘I am a bomb’ 9/11 top just a joke

A mother who sent her three-year-old son Jihad to school wearing a sweater with the words "I am a bomb" on the front, along with his name and 'Born on September 11th' on the back, told a court on Wednesday it was just to "make people laugh".

Nuclear plants face aircraft crash tests
Switzerland

Nuclear plants face aircraft crash tests

The Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (ENSI) is to examine whether the country’s atomic plants could withstand the impact of a modern-day aircraft crash.

Valencia bow out after failed comeback in Paris
Spain

Valencia bow out after failed comeback in Paris

Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Valencia at the Parc des Princes allowed them to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Judges okay brothels after mosque veto
Spain

Judges okay brothels after mosque veto

A judge in the Catalonian town of Lleida (Lérida) has ordered the city's town hall to hand over a licence to a brothel just two streets away from where Catalonia's supreme court banned the building of a mosque a year ago.

Stasi murder theory haunts footballer’s death
Germany

Stasi murder theory haunts footballer’s death

On the 30th anniversary of his death, the mysterious demise of East German football star Lutz Eigendorf still prompts the question – was he murdered by the former communist regime's secret police?

SNB records higher profit than expected
Switzerland

SNB records higher profit than expected

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has reported a profit of 6.9 billion francs in 2012 – one billion more than estimated in January.

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Spain

Prince Felipe to attend Chavez funeral

Spain's Prince Felipe of Asturias will represent Spain at the funeral of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez on Friday.

Jobless rate in France at highest level since 1999
France

Jobless rate in France at highest level since 1999

Things got a whole lot worse for France on the unemployment front on Thursday with new figures showing the jobless rate had risen to 10.6 percent, the highest level since 1999. The level of unemployment among young people hit 25.7 percent.

Cancer-causing fungus found in raw milk
Germany

Cancer-causing fungus found in raw milk

High levels of a cancer-causing fungus has been found in raw milk from a western German farm. The authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) suspect contaminated cow feed from Serbia.

Sexting teen charged for blackmailing teacher
Sweden

Sexting teen charged for blackmailing teacher

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with blackmail after she threatened to tell his wife and the police that he was sending her risqué text messages.

Corruption nabs spotlight among Spanish concerns
Spain

Corruption nabs spotlight among Spanish concerns

Corruption is now the number two concern for Spaniards, overtaking even the nation's economic problems, the influential social research centre CIS on Tuesday.

Spanish mortgages hit record low
Spain

Spanish mortgages hit record low

The number of mortgages granted to homeowners in Spain plunged by a third to a record low in 2012, the national statistics office said on Wednesday in the latest indicator of the property-driven finance crisis.

Norway warns of Palestinian donor fatigue
Norway

Norway warns of Palestinian donor fatigue

Norway, the chair of a group of donors to the Palestinian Authority (PA), said on Wednesday the political deadlock in the Middle East was causing "fatigue" among financial backers of a future Palestinian state.

Switzerland comes top in tourism tables
Switzerland

Switzerland comes top in tourism tables

Switzerland is number one in the world for the competitiveness of its tourism industry, according to a new report by the World Economic Forum.

Minister vows to cut red tape for businesses
France

Minister vows to cut red tape for businesses

A French minister vowed on Thursday to cut bureaucracy in a bid to lure foreign investors, and said her South Korean roots would help to boost France's profile in booming Asia.

France pursues Saudi princess over €6m bill
France

France pursues Saudi princess over €6m bill

Authorities in Paris are to seize assets belonging to a Saudi princess to help cover the cost of an eye-watering €6 million bill she left behind on a recent, no-expense spared visit to the French capital.

No Arafat poison probe results before May
Switzerland

No Arafat poison probe results before May

The results of a probe into claims Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned by polonium will not be known until the end of May at the earliest, the Swiss lab carrying out the tests says.

Swedes ignore equality law on salary surveys
Sweden

Swedes ignore equality law on salary surveys

Swedish employers are increasingly failing to keep tabs on whether men's and women's salaries are equal, a requirement stipulated by law.

Berlin beating suspects face manslaughter
Germany

Berlin beating suspects face manslaughter

Nearly five months after a 20-year-old man was brutally beaten to death in central Berlin, prosecutors have charged some of his attackers with manslaughter. But two have fled abroad.

Palestinians get embassy status in Sweden
Sweden

Palestinians get embassy status in Sweden

Sweden on Wednesday became the ninth European country to upgrade the status of a Palestinian representative office to that of an embassy.

Cabinet backs ‘white-washed’ poverty report
Germany

Cabinet backs ‘white-washed’ poverty report

A long-delayed report on poverty in Germany has finally been rubberstamped by the government – without the parts that stated that wealth is distributed very unequally.

Stray Swedish weapons show up in Syria
Sweden

Stray Swedish weapons show up in Syria

Syrian rebels appear to be using Swedish weapons, visible in a new video that has emerged from the civil war in which an anti-regime fighter cradles a well-known Swedish model of anti-tank rifle.

Carmakers cruise past Europe’s crisis
Germany

Carmakers cruise past Europe’s crisis

German carmakers offered a rare ray of optimism at the International Geneva Motor Show this week, with their heavy footprints outside of Europe allowing them to almost shrug off the Continent's continued crisis.

‘Acting was more exciting than therapy’
Germany

‘Acting was more exciting than therapy’

Actor Dieter Pfaff, whose death drew more German media attention than that of Hugo Chavez on Wednesday, was the big-boned star of several major TV series who only gained widespread fame aged 50. He's our German of the Week.