Hello there from France.
I over-read this thread, and I might be the first french here. So I guess I'll have a look on internationalisation process.
A quick note about myself, I founded 4 years ago a local news website in Strasbourg, a city east of France with roughly 450 000 inhabitants. From start, we wanted it to be a community website, driven by news yes but with a large part for citizens inputs.
We're a very small team and we don't have a lot of funding, so we started with the journalism part first and after two website overhaul, we're now, at last, in the process of inventing how we could engage our community more, make sure our readers feel there is an interest in sharing their ideas, contribute and then, give us new topics ideas.
It's all a massive process I have in mind, it's far from our reach yet but I have a precise idea to where we're going. I strongly believe that in local news, comments and global interactivity can provide a huge asset for a website, and maybe some revenues too.
Most of our ideas were summarised in a project we presented to a Google fund for news in 2014. Sadly, the project wasn't accepted. But it's all there, in french for now, and I'd be very happy to contribute as much as I can to a global project.
Edit : here is a link to us : Rue89 Strasbourg