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INFOGRAPHIC: Paris – 14 unexpected facts on careers, culture, food and fashion

Paris has long been globally renowned for everything from fine food to designer fashion. But how much do you really know about the French capital in 2020?

INFOGRAPHIC: Paris – 14 unexpected facts on careers, culture, food and fashion
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Paris today is a leading international city in commerce, as well as culture. It attracts entrepreneurs focusing on the future, as well as tourists seeking tradition.

A thriving student population makes the city even more dynamic – with over 700,000 students (including 120,000 foreign students) in the wider Paris Region. Paris also takes quality of life very seriously (where else could you sip sparkling water from drinking fountains?) 

The Local, in partnership with Paris-based business school ESSEC, presents an infographic that captures the essence of Paris in the 21st Century – a city to boost your joie de vivre and your career prospects.

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Obama reveals he wants to work for… Spotify?

Barack Obama may be leaving the White House, but it looks like he's got his future all planned out.

Obama reveals he wants to work for... Spotify?
Barack Obama on a visit to Sweden in 2013. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

One of Obama's favourite trips abroad was his 2013 visit to Sweden, US tech entrepreneur, podcast editor and former The Local blogger Natalia Brzezinski has revealed the president told her.

She and her husband Mark Brzezinski, who was the US ambassador to Sweden 2011-2015, were invited to the White House on Wednesday evening along with other diplomats appointed by Obama.

“I finally got the chance to thank him for the life-changing appointment to Sweden,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.

“He said word for word: 'I loved visiting you in Stockholm, it was my favourite trip. I plan to go back there really soon'.”

Obama went to Stockholm on an official state visit in 2013. And Brzezinski, the CEO of creative tech festival Symposium Stockholm, revealed she tried to tempt him back to attend its Brilliant Minds conference in June.

He did not promise anything, but did at least urge Brzezinski to “send him the details”.

Obama leaves his post on January 20th, handing over the reins to Republican president-elect Donald Trump. As for the outgoing president's future, it looks like he's got his heart set on a certain Swedish music streaming giant.

“I'm still waiting for my job at Spotify… 'cause I know y'all loved my playlist,” Brzezinski quoted him as saying.

We are pretty sure he was joking, but it is not the first time Obama has praised Sweden.

Former prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt revealed in an interview last year that the US president had told him on his visit to Stockholm that he would love to return again with his family.

“Shortly thereafter I met Michelle and Barack Obama again in New York and Michelle confirmed that Barack talked to her about it after his visit to Stockholm. I said I hoped they would find time to return after his presidency,” Reinfeldt told the Aftonbladet tabloid in September.