Drug smuggling network dismantled

The Guardia Civil has broken up a drugs trafficking network involved in smuggling hashish from Morocco to France via Spain and 14 people have so far been detained.

ETA possibly linked to shooting in France

A French gendarme was seriously injured on Saturday in a shooting incident with suspected ETA members in the central French department of Creuse.

Four ETA suspects detained in France

Four ETA members have been arrested in France, including Alejandro Zobaran Arriola, described as the new military chief of the Basque separatist organisation.

The Great Hamster of Alsace

According to the advocate-general of Europe’s top court, France is failing in its duty to protect the Great Hamster of Alsace from extinction, with apparently fewer than 200 of these cute critters now remaining. Although the opinion of the advocate-general is not binding, the judges in Luxembourg generally take the same line, which means that France could be in line …

Visitors from afar

Must be Alien Day today. Alien with size 440 shoe among New Zealand UFO sightings Mayor of French village threatens to call in army to deal with influx of UFO hunters who believe nearby mountain is ‘alien garage’

Something different for Christmas

A Belgian fast food firm says it will be offering customers in France a burger containing a slice of foie gras in the days leading up to Christmas.

Pressure to ban bullfighting in France

It is not widely covered in the press, but bullfighting also has a loyal following in France, although the sport is coming under strong pressure from animal rights groups. Since the vote to ban it in the Spanish region of Cataluña from 2012, French animal welfare groups have been stepping up their campaign to get bullfighting outlawed in France as …

French strike causes flight cancellations

A dozen flights in an and out of Andalucia and a total of forty-eight flights nationwaide have had to be cancelled as a result of industrial action in France.