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French President Francois Hollande has endured a difficult few weeks, with a high-profile break-up and an alleged affair dominating the news agenda. 

Perhaps a three-day visit to the United States in the company of Barack Obama is just what the doctor ordered. 

But can closer ties with the US help put France's rocky economy back on course?
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Guess which country has the slowest internet in the EU? 

The answer might surprise you...

http://bit.ly/1hRvKPu
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+Jamie Somebody No shock really. It's like dial-up there.
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We at The Local publish a lot of articles every day across our network, many of which make one question the boundaries of human nature. Then, just when you think you've seen it all, this comes along. 
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Things we learned today: Flatulent cows start fire with massage machine.
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News de France... via l'étranger
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Always wanted to buy a house in picturesque rural France but never had the money?

Well now is your chance. 

This €2 million mansion is up for grabs for JUST €10 (that's a couple of pints, or just one in Paris).
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VIDEO: An elk took a startling, eight-metre leap from the top floor of a shopping mall car park in central Sweden on Wednesday, with a shocked motorist capturing the implausible event on camera.
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Find out what Google had to say when we asked it to autocomplete Germany and the Germans.
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Dolphin meat: that's what an Italian restaurant has been serving its 'elite' customers. 
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Mafia crime stretches way beyond Italy - Europe needs to wake up, author Riccardo Guido tells The Local Italy.
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+Greg Kelly Institutionalized mafia
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