Keyword: Ardennes

France confirms case of mad cow disease

Officials say cow in Ardennes region tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the third known case in Europe since 2015.

A diagonal view of social misery in France

Trapped in an industrial wasteland

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Serge Baroni, dans sa maison du quartier de la Soie © Simon Castel Serge Baroni, dans sa maison du quartier de la Soie © Simon Castel

The town of Givet, in the Ardennes region of north-east France, was once a flourishing industrial site, its earliest factories dating back to the late 18th century. Today, however, Givet is studded with industrial wastelands, the landmarks of a steady decline that began in the 1980s and which has accelerated over recent years. Little by little, seemingly without any fuss or mass layoffs, the town has lost its lifeblood, reaching a point of almost complete de-industrialisation. Simon Castel reports on the despair and gloom of a population trapped in crisis.