German Airliner Crashes In The French Alps; At Least 145 Presumed Dead

An Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings was involved in an accident in mountainous area in southern France. The flight carried a crew of six and 142 passengers. » 3/24/15 7:51am 3/24/15 7:51am

Paris May Exempt Historic Vehicles From Its Car Ban

So Paris is rolling out an ambitious plan to ban older cars from its city center. I actually think it's an interesting experiment in traffic and smog control. But what if you're a sexy, interesting person who drives a classic Citroën DS? Then you're in luck! » 3/01/15 2:00pm 3/01/15 2:00pm

Paris Moves Forward With Radical Ban On Cars

The air quality in Paris is among the worst in Europe. It's so bad that last year the city banned cars one day to try and bring down dangerous levels of smog. Under Paris' new mayor, banning certain cars in certain areas will be the new normal in a few years. » 2/11/15 8:30pm 2/11/15 8:30pm

Scenes From The Retromobile Show In Paris

The RÉTROMOBILE car show in Paris, France has largely focused on the classic car collections of the various exhibitors. However, this year, it's not just about actual classic cars. Indeed, the literature for this year claims the show has 41,000 square metres of artists, clubs, spare parts, scale models, and events...… » 2/07/15 10:21am 2/07/15 10:21am

Gunmen Kill 12 in Shooting at Paris Satirical Newspaper

Masked gunmen wielding Kalashnikovs and a rocket launcher killed at least 12 people and injured 10 more at the Paris offices of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday before escaping. French president François Hollande called the shooting "unquestionably a terrorist attack." » 1/07/15 8:15am 1/07/15 8:15am

New Year’s Eve Car Fires Dropped By 12% In France To A Still Crazy 940

France's Interior Ministry says 2015 started well after only 940 cars were set ablaze on New Year's Eve, which is 12 per cent less than the 1,067 that got carbequed last year. Success indeed! » 1/02/15 10:08am 1/02/15 10:08am

Heroes Banned From Driving For Posting Speed Traps On Facebook

A French court has imposed a one-month driving suspension on 15 drivers after they were convicted of posting the locations of speed traps and cameras to a Facebook group.
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FIA does something useful, creates the R-GT Rally Cup

I've been ranting about the Jean Todt and his way to lead the FIA for quite some time. Weak is the best word to describe his efforts in F1, where he doesn't really make an impact and is unable to solve their financial problems. He also doesn't seem to have an answer to the constantly falling fan numbers. And yes,… » 9/30/14 10:16am 9/30/14 10:16am

The Woman In This 70s French VW Manual Looks Like She's In A Movie

This manual shouldn't be this interesting at all. It's a comprehensive operations manual for a 1974 VW Super Beetle, covering some really basic stuff — how to start the car, how to shift, how to use the indicators — but the model they chose and the way she's been shot make these images look like something from French… » 9/23/14 8:05pm 9/23/14 8:05pm

France Withholds Delivery Of Amphib Aircraft Carriers From Russia

The Mistral Class deal with Russia has been very controversial from the start, and in a major reversal today by the French Government, it looks like the delivery of Russia's new amphibious assault ships will be withheld due to that country's continued destabilizing involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. » 9/04/14 7:14pm 9/04/14 7:14pm

Hollande: No Survivors in Air Algerie Crash, Black Box Found

There were no survivors of the 110-passenger Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali this week, French president Francois Hollande said today. Nearly half of the plane's passengers were French nationals. » 7/25/14 9:46am 7/25/14 9:46am

Don't Even Try To Fly To France Next Week

In a land where labor unions strike more often than matches, the two French Air Traffic Controllers unions (SNCTA and Unsa-ICNA) have voted to stage a six-day strike next week between June 24th and 29th. » 6/21/14 3:14pm 6/21/14 3:14pm

All-Female Garage in France Lets Women Get Manicures and Oil Changes

A female-friendly garage near Paris offers manicures and massages to customers waiting for their mechanic services. » 6/11/14 12:24pm 6/11/14 12:24pm

This Cadillac Is Exactly What Elvis Presley Would Have Driven As Batman

On a hapless quest through the internet for pictures of a "Cadillac boat," a reader stumbled across someone's long-neglected home-made custom job. It's a pink 1970something Cadillac, stretched into the shape of a guitar with fighter jet tail fins topping it of. What? » 6/10/14 10:46am 6/10/14 10:46am

A French Railway Company Ordered Hundreds Of Trains That Are Too Big

French railway operator SNCF has to spend $68 million on widening platforms after mixing up measurements and ordering hundreds, maybe thousands, of new trains that are simply too big for the stations. » 5/21/14 8:41am 5/21/14 8:41am

Some Madman Is Rallying A 210 MPH Porsche 911 GT2

You know the Porsche 911 GT2, right? The 523 horsepower, 210 mph, rear-drive ultra 911? It's the kind of car that's so rare, so desirable, so expensive you hardly want to stand too close to it lest you scratch it. Well, here's a guy who's rallying one. » 2/27/14 3:48pm 2/27/14 3:48pm

Boulder Smashes French Train In Worst Public Transit Nightmare

A "car-sized" boulder came careening down a mountain early today in France, smashing a passenger train off its rails and pushing it downhill. Two people were reportedly killed, and nine more were injured, according to The Telegraph. This is the kind of nightmare that everyone fears, but prays doesn't happen. » 2/08/14 1:53pm 2/08/14 1:53pm

This Audi Flew 230 Feet And Nearly Shot Over The Swiss Border

Dear Audi driver: there must have been a better way to cross the France-Switzerland border than somersaulting your car into the air to get over it, right? Yeah? No? Okay, fine. » 11/12/13 2:40pm 11/12/13 2:40pm

Authorities Discover 1.3 Tons of Cocaine Hidden on Air France Flight

Authorities in France noticed something very strange when a Air France cargo flight arrived from Venezuela: it contained 30 suitcases that weren't registered to anyone on the plane, or anyone expecting to pick up the cargo. Intrigued, the officials opened the bags and found 1.3 tons of pure cocaine. That's a lot of… » 9/22/13 1:12pm 9/22/13 1:12pm

France Declares War On Germany By Halting Mercedes Sales

In the most stunning development in Franco-German relations since Hitler's forces crossed the Maginot Line, the French government has moved to halt sales of some new Mercedes-Benz models in their country. Zut alors! » 8/02/13 12:36pm 8/02/13 12:36pm