Just arrived in France? On holiday and relying on your phrasebook? Lived here for years? We've all been left red-faced by small errors while speaking the language. The Local is on hand with the ten most embarrassing mistakes to avoid in French.
First it was Golden Balls, next it could be the Hand of God. Following David Beckham's surprise move to French football Diego Maradona could follow suit after Montpellier said they want to speak to the Argentine legend about becoming their coach.
Sanctions on Iran over its contested nuclear programme need to be strengthened further, French President Francois Hollande and his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres said on Friday.
Two men arrested in France this week on suspicion of wanting to carry out terrorist acts had bought explosives and were “ready to take action”, police sources revealed on Friday.
As the world celebrated International Women's Day on Friday, a new poll found that four out of five German women don't feel that gender equality has been achieved in the country.
This week in My Spain we talk to Barcelona-based New Zealander Charlotte Warren about life by the sea, the fine art of wine tasting and running clubs with drinking problems.
On International Women's Day, we ask expat and Spanish women if there's any discrimination in the workplace in Spain.
A disabled pensioner was recently stopped by German police for speeding on his electric cart and reportedly ordered to continue his journey on foot.
Swedish police announced on Friday that officers would no longer be asking public transport users for identification, after their past efforts to deport undocumented migrants were branded as racial profiling.
Swedish Muslims have slammed the government for failing to combat discrimination, submitting a report to the UN with a list of proposed measures, such as setting up an inquiry into the abuse of Somali migrants in the tiny town of Forserum.
It's official: Eurovision is more popular than football.
Germany's foreign minister said on Friday he wanted his EU counterparts to consider further measures against North Korea beyond UN sanctions in the wake of Pyongyang's recent provocations.
A police station in western Stockholm was evacuated in panic on Thursday after an elderly man turned in two grenades for confiscation.
A 56-year-old man from St Gallen who abused his daughter and her friend over a period of years is to be extradited from Thailand.
A 40-year-old man was sentenced on Friday to 18 years in prison after he was caught smuggling 1.4 tonnes of cocaine into Sweden as part of what has been labelled Sweden's "biggest ever" cocaine ring.
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe has arrived in Caracas where he is attending the funeral of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.
French President François Hollande this week announced plans to give financial incentives to encourage fathers to take their fair share of parental leave.
Spain's top museums are bumping up entry prices, staying open for longer and sending artworks abroad as they scramble for new revenue to offset the effects of government cuts to their budgets.
After complaints from other artists, Germany's top music awards removed controversial rock band Frei.Wild from its nominees list due to its reputed link with the far scene. A neo-Nazi party announced it would now protest the awards show.
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Friday asked ministries to slash spending by €5 billion next year to help balance the budget amid low growth, spiralling unemployment and mass layoffs.
Shares in Spanish budget carrier Vueling surged on Friday after its board unanimously rejected a full takeover bid by Britain's International Airlines Group as being too cheap.
Swedes around the country are readying for Saturday night's Melodifestivalen finale in Stockholm, where the nation will decide which act will represent Sweden at the Eurovision finals in Malmö in May.
Germany's transport minister on Friday appointed Hartmut Mehdorn, the former head of Air Berlin and the country's rail operator Deutsche Bahn, as the new chief of Berlin's much-delayed main new airport.
The murder trial of the last member of the neo-Nazi terror group the National Socialist Underground has turned into a diplomatic incident after a German court refused to guarantee space for the Turkish ambassador.
Switzerland’s second biggest telecoms company, Sunrise, is reporting a big jump in profit and sales for 2012.
Spain is one the world's most gay and lesbian-friendly tourist destinations, the international gay guide Spartacus reported recently.
The central region of Limousin is not usually top of the list for tourists who often drive straight through to reach more well-trodden destinations. But for this week's My France, Brit Taunya Smith, tells us why more should stop by.
Birgitta Ohlsson made waves when she was appointed European Affairs Minister while pregnant, but she still wonders why Sweden lags behind its neighbours in having a woman head the government, the AFP's Camille Bas-Wohlert discovers.
There may be good news ahead for smokers in France, as reports in the French press on Friday suggested the government is to lift a restriction on the amount of cigarettes that can be legally brought into the country from other EU states.
Security staff at Cologne-Bonn airport walked out early Friday morning, throwing the airport into chaos yet again with almost 50 flights cancelled before 9am. Berlin's Tegel Airport was also affected.
Sweden came first in a rating of the gay-friendliest countries in the world, published on Thursday by the Spartacus International Gay Guide.
In our weekly profile of people's lives in different parts of Sweden, The Local catches up with a Spanish couple who traded the sunny climes of Galicia for the snow, reindeer, and northern lights of Skellefteå.
A 4.5 tonne sperm whale that washed ashore in southern Spain in March 2012 starved to death after ingesting large amounts of plastic sheets used in greenhouses in the region, scientists said on Thursday.
A teenager became the latest person arrested for the rape of six Spanish tourists in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco in February, the Guerrero state attorney said on Thursday.
In The Local's latest Weekly News Roundup, Ben Knight looks at the government's purportedly whitewashed poverty report, a fake bishop in the Vatican, some bullied soldiers, and how David Hasselhoff will save the Berlin Wall.
A 12-storey tower block in Aarau came crashing down early on Friday morning after being dynamited by demolition experts.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has visited French troops in northern Mali, where the military says they have killed 150 Islamist rebels over the past month.
An inmate who escaped from prison near Le Landeron in Neuchâtel has been recaptured after four days on the run.
Facebook has caused outrage among French art-lovers by blocking the page of a Parisian art gallery for 24 hours after a photo-study of a nude posted there was deemed by the social network to be in violation of its community standards.
Grilling hot dogs in a photo op show of unity appears not to have whetted Swedish voters' appetite for the government coalition, as support for the centere-right Alliance hits a five-year low.
Most Germans regard social justice and fairness as the most important issue for Germany's upcoming general election, a recent poll revealed – something the centre-left opposition is hoping to use to unseat Chancellor Merkel.
The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) says women are still taking out more than their share of leave days and benefits to care for children or other relatives, according to statistics compiled for International Women's Day.
Prosecutors are set to introduce a new witness to a Malmö shooting in the retrial of Peter Mangs, hoping to secure an additional attempted murder conviction in the high-profile case.
Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack has confirmed he will hold a farewell game in Leipzig on June 5th, with a host of stars set to attend including Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jose Mourinho.
Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series offering an insider's take on life in his or her hometown. This week, Adam Kubik takes us to Heidelberg.
This Week's Highlights: Short plays in Berlin, new books in Cologne, and a festival for women in Hamburg.