Every year thousands of students come to France to study and most of them head to Paris. Giving us the lowdown on student life in the capital this week is American Anne Waldrop, who says even on a budget Paris is the place to study.
After the dramatic downfall of Jérôme Cahuzac this week, The Local looks back at some of the juiciest political scandals in French history. Underage ballerinas, African dictators, and sinful cardinals - here are the Top Ten outrageous French political scandals.
Researchers have found that job applicants with Swedish sounding names are 50 percent more likely to be called back for an interview than people with Arabic names, based on a randomly generated experiment with CV and cover letters.
In this week's My Spain we talk to Madrid-based sports enthusiast David Stirton about where to keep fit in the capital, his role as Government Liaison Officer for Cricket España and the best curry restaurant in town.
Not content with housing a pair of celebrity pandas that attract hordes of avid onlookers, a zoo in France has decided to put their droppings to good use by recycling them into gas and electricity.
Social Democrat congress delegates on Friday forced the top brass to make sure private actors in the state-funded welfare sector will have to spend a certain proportion of their budget on staffing.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti on Friday rounded on critics of David Beckham for his performance in the Champions League quarter-final first leg match against Barcelona.
Divers in northern Sweden were stunned to discover a dry cave offshoot from a flooded underground passage in the mountains, which they explored for the first time this week.
A family in southern Sweden is in mourning after their beloved pet cat, Sam, was shot dead by a vigilante hunter who was killing stray cats in the area.
A Seville lawyer has been sentenced to a year in prison after she kicked, verbally abused and spat at police officers who caught her smoking a joint.
A German restaurant has taken swan off its menu after complaints from animal lovers and and environmentalists.
German factory orders jumped in February, driven by buoyant domestic and export demand, suggesting that rising confidence in Europe's biggest economy may finally be reaching the real economy, analysts said on Friday.
Spanish prosecutors lodged an appeal on Friday against a judge's decision to summon King Juan Carlos's oldest daughter the Infanta Cristina as a suspect in a corruption case.
Workers at Amazon's Leipzig logistics warehouse voted on Friday to go on strike to protest for higher wages. They are fighting to get a minimum wage of €10.66 an hour from the online retail giant.
In our weekly profile of life in different parts of Sweden, Colombian-born entrepreneur Carlos Perdomo waxes poetic about Karlstad, a town that offers small-town charm, a bevy of foreign students, and no shortage of outdoor adventure.
Global credit rating agency Moody's warned on Friday that Spain's battered banks face a grim outlook even after a European-funded rescue, with high levels of bad assets set to worsen "significantly" in the recession.
A 'shaman' who allegedly fondled his female patients against their wishes has escaped several charges of sexual harassment in Spain's Supreme Court.
Three Swedes visiting Zurich were shocked when local police pulled over their black Volvo station wagons and arrested them at gunpoint.
One of six people wounded when a gunman opened fire at a factory in Central Switzerland last month has died from his injuries, bringing the death toll to five, including the shooter, police said on Friday.
Germany summoned North Korea's ambassador Friday to convey Berlin's "serious concern" over the sharp spike in tensions on the Korean peninsula, a spokesman said.
Drivers in the southwestern city of Stuttgart have to contend the worst traffic congestion in Germany and face delays comparable to the clogged streets of Los Angeles, according to a new study.
The President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said on Thursday that the Cyprus bailout model would not act as a model for future financial rescues.
Three Swedish men got a shock surprise in Zurich when police pulled over the two black Volvo station wagons they were in and arrested them at gunpoint.
Ice breakers navigating the Gulf of Bothnia have been astounded at the record spread of ice on the Baltic Sea, while scientists say they have never seen anything like it.
The last time Si Liberman saw Berlin, he was thousands of feet in the air on a US bombing raid over Nazi Germany. Nearly seven decades later, he returned to the city.
For 30 years he's been France's muck-raking journalist par excellence, and this week his investigative news site caused one of the most spectacular political downfalls in recent French history. Edwy Plenel is our French Face of the Week.
The head of a French charity fighting Aids has called on the government to install free condom machines in schools to help prevent the spread of the disease. The government also announced it will authorize the use of home HIV test kits.
Eleven Swiss teenagers face charges of downloading and distributing a video which features a minor pleasuring herself with a bottle of Migros Ice Tea.
The current Spanish government spent more than a €100,000 on changing the names of various ministries and departments when it came into power it has emerged.
When it comes to international cuisine, it's easy to name a dish from France, India, or Japan. But what about Sweden? What has Sweden offered the culinary world? We talked to Stockholmers to find out the opinion from the home front.
The neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) had to fire all the staff at its Berlin headquarters due to money worries - and cancelled a party conference after a municipal authority refused to stop building works near its chosen venue.
India's negotiations with France's Dassault Aviation on a $12-billion deal for Rafale fighter jets have stalled due to disagreements over the production of the planes in India, a report said on Friday.
The Spanish government is looking at upping the legal age of marriage from 14 to 16 but makes no mention of raising the age of sexual consent beyond the current age of 13, the lowest in Europe.
Residents of French-speaking Switzerland are the biggest consumers of chocolate in the world, shows a new study that maps regional differences in Swiss taste.
Speaking in Madrid on Thursday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged nations to do more to fulfill the goal of reducing extreme poverty and improving living standards by 2015. Spain, however, halved its aid spending in 2012.
The amount of violence on Berlin's public transport in 2012 may have dropped by nearly a fifth from the year previously, but experts called on Friday for even better staffing of vehicles and stations.
The winter continues to bite back in northern France with three departments placed on alert for snow on Friday.
Three men suspected in the 2012 killing of Antoine Sollacaro, a top lawyer in Corsica, were behind bars on Friday as part of a French police probe that has netted 11 arrests, prosecutors said.
A Swedish café owner who told parents to keep their kids away from his shop stands by his decision, despite losing a fair chunk of his "latte parent" customers and complaints about discrimination.
Busy shooting a film about disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gerard Depardieu failed to turn up at a Paris hearing Friday to face a drink-driving charge. His no show could leave him facing criminal charges.
Chancellor Angela Merkel remains Germany's most popular politician as the country prepares for September elections, a poll for public television station ARD said on Thursday.
A Turkish newspaper is complaining to the German Constitutional Court that it was denied a place to report on the trial of a neo-Nazi terror suspect charged with ten murders, eight of them of Turkish men.
Barcelona said on Thursday they have lodged a written complaint with UEFA over the refereeing of German official Wolfgang Stark, who took charge of Tuesday's Champions League draw with Paris Saint Germain.
A now repaired electrical fault near Gothenburg affected rail traffic locally on Friday morning, with backlog delays expected after engineers restored the current on the first stretch of the important west to east coast track.
A Swedish mother who fed cat food to her infant has lost the right to care for her child after she posted video clips of the incident to Facebook.
Get The Local flavour of Germany with our series where insiders offer a personal take on their hometown. This week, Xueyao Jiang shares her tips about Aachen.