health
France Lost Thousands of Vials Containing the SARS Virus

Somebody's definitely getting fired, after  vials containing fragments of the deadly SARS virus went missing from the Pasteur Institute in France earlier this week. Not one or two vials, mind you. More than 2,300 of them. Read More >>

instruments
These 10,000-Year-Old Instruments are Playing Their First Modern Gig

Roughly ten millennia ago, musicians didn't lug amps or guitars around to their shows—they lugged lithophones, or instruments made of resonant rocks. The oldest lithophones ever found will be played in their first public concert next week in Paris. Sadly, it'll also be their last. Read More >>

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Weekend-Return Eurostar Travel to Paris for £69 is Your 'Get an Eiffel of This!' Deal of the Day

France is great. Everyone eats meat and gets slowly drunk all day and they all have amazing cheese hidden about their person while smoking filterless fags as they ride their bikes in the sun: not a stereotype in sight. Read More >>

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French Woman to Marry Boyfriend...Who Died Two Years Ago

Romantics may claim that love never dies, but even the most syrupy of lovehearts will find this one a little bit creepy. A grieving French lady has requested that President Francois Hollande gives her permission to marry her deceased boyfriend, and the saucy leader has said yes. Read More >>

robots
France Will Pay You £2.9 Million to Invent an Oil-Drilling Drone

France's equivalent of DARPA has a lofty task for you. The National Research Agency is challenging engineers to design and build an autonomous oil-drilling robot that can operate continuously for six weeks at a time. And they're willing to pay you handsomely. Read More >>

food
Experimental Lab Horse Meat May Have Entered the UK Food Chain

The latest twist in the horse meat scandal is unfolding in France, where horses used in medical laboratories are believed to have been illegally sold on for human consumption. And some may have made it into our bloody lasagne again. Read More >>

dealzmodo
A Trip to France For a Quid is Your "Spend Shitloads on Vino Instead" Deal of the Day

France -- the land of drinking loads of wine and eating loads more bread and cheese, then shrugging at someone for three hours before drinking loads more wine and eating more meat covered in huge amounts of cream and garlic. 40 cigarettes for dessert and an argument about which sport they're best at. Wonderful. Read More >>

security
US Now Claims European Agencies, Not the NSA, Spied on European Leaders

Finger-pointing over the NSA's spying habits ascends to a new level of complexity with the latest revelations of how the United States spies on foreign officials. However, US officials now tell The Wall Street Journal that the phone records at the centre of the surveillance scandal in Europe were actually collected by European spy agencies, not the NSA. Read More >>

military
Switzerland Is Preparing for a French Invasion

Switzerland's got a lot going on. There are the mountains, the lakes, the delicious chocolate, the less-delicious cheese. Oh, and the money, the warehouses full of money. No wonder they're worried about someone crashing through the borders and taking it all. Specifically, a bankrupt France. Read More >>

architecture
A Rare Tour of Le Corbusier's Last (and Most Brilliant) Building

A retrospective closes this weekend at MoMA on French architect Le Corbusier, best known for his residential projects like Villa Savoye (as well as that chair). But I'd argue that his most genius work was Église Saint-Pierre, a remarkable cathedral in Firminy, France. Here, Le Corbusier manages a kind of architectural alchemy: creating the effect of stained glass windows with only paint and concrete. Read More >>

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Phoenix Gives You a Drone Tour of Versailles in Their New Video

No trip to France is complete without seeing the grand gardens and spectacular palace at Versailles, the place that epitomises the excess of 18th century France. Who better to lead the tour than everybody's favourite 21st century French band, Phoenix. Plus also, naturally, drones. Read More >>

tablets
France Considers Phone and Tablet Tax to Force Funding of the Arts

France may introduce a one per cent sales tax on all smartphones and tablets sold in the country, with the money raised funnelled off into an arts fund to back the supposedly more intellectual pursuits of film, art and music. Read More >>

crime
The Louvre Closed as Staff Strike Over Pickpocket Menace

The extremely famous and most visited museum in the world was closed yesterday, thanks to staff walking out over aggressive pickpocketing which has seen organised gangs, some using children, terrorising workers. Read More >>

wtf
French Secret Service Freaks Out About Seemingly Nonexistent Military Secrets On Wikipedia

French agents at the Direction Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur (DCRI), apparently turning their attention to Wikipedia for the first time in years, demanded last month that the Wikimedia Foundation delete an entry about a military radio relay station written in 2009. Read More >>

drones
Drones Could Replace Eager Youths On Paper Routes (Updated)

Innovation in newspaper delivery techniques hasn't really seemed like a priority in a while because of the whole death of print thing and whatever. But since drones categorically improve all situations, a local French postal service is turning paper routes into air routes. Read More >>

monster machines
Meet the French Rugby Team's Six-Legged Scrum Bot

There might not be any Six Nations to quench your violent-team-sport thirst this weekend, but you can get your rugby fix from checking out the kit the Frenchies are training with before next weekend's show-down. In addition to torn ears and broken bones, players risk spinal damage when in the scrum, which is why this six-legged rugby-bot teaches the French National Rugby Team how to move the pile in unison without breaking their individual necks. Read More >>

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