Keyword: Bordeaux

Marseille's Covid-19 hospital beds 'close to saturation'

New limits on gatherings are being introduced around Marseille and in the south-western city of Bordeaux, two major virus hot sports.

How France's Atlantic ports still ignore their grim slave trade past

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An aerial view of Le Havre from 2009. © Reuters An aerial view of Le Havre from 2009. © Reuters

France's west coast port cities of Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Le Havre followed in the footsteps of Nantes by amassing much of their wealth from the Atlantic slave trade. Yet unlike in Nantes, in these three cities this history remains largely forgotten or hidden from view. And as Lucie Delaporte reports, in the forthcoming local elections which take place on March 15th and March 22nd, neither current councillors nor many candidates seem much inclined to revive these painful memories.

Legal battle amid claims of conflicts of interest against top French winemakers

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Former prime minister and ex-mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppé and one of the two winemakers in the case, Hubert de Boüard in, 2016. © AFP Former prime minister and ex-mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppé and one of the two winemakers in the case, Hubert de Boüard in, 2016. © AFP

Two leading names in winemaking in the prestigious wine area of Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux region of south-west France have been accused of an illegal conflict of interest. A judge sent Hubert de Boüard de Laforest and Philippe Castéja for trial over claims that they had helped set the rules over who could qualify as a top-ranking Saint-Émilion wine producer, rules from which they themselves benefited. However, in a new and unusual twist after many years of legal procedure, local prosecutors have appealed against the judge's decision to send the two influential men for trial. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan explains the background to the case.

France declares first cases of coronavirus to be diagnosed in Europe

Two Chinese nationals in Paris, and another in Bordeaux, are being treated in hospitals after being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, confirmed the French health ministry, which announced on Saturday that several others are being monitored for the virus which has killed 41 people and infected an estimated 1,400 others since its discovery in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

Why new 'anti-White racism' ideology is the legacy of ignoring France's colonial question

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The notion of 'anti-White racism' is an ideological construct aimed at downplaying the systemic, social and cultural racism endured by black people and people of North African origin in France. Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel says that its emergence in public debate is a sign of how France has failed to face up to the issue of colonialism, to both its long past and its persistence today.

The hidden poverty in one of France's most prestigious wine regions

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The medieval village of Saint-Émilion, one of the most prestigious wine areas in France. The medieval village of Saint-Émilion, one of the most prestigious wine areas in France.

French journalist and author Ixchel Delaporte spent a year investigating the wine industry in the Médoc region near Bordeaux in south-west France. It produces some of the most prestigious – and expensive – wines not just in France but anywhere in the world. Yet the journalist's book on her experiences and discoveries reveals a deep chasm between the impoverished local workers, many of them seasonal and occasional staff, and often suffering from poor health and living in substandard accommodation, and the glittering world of the small but powerful elite who control the major vineyards. Mediapart's Joseph Confavreux reports.

Ryanair plane impounded in France over unrefunded subsidies

A London-bound Ryanair plane with 149 passengers on board was seized by the French authorities at Bordeaux airport on Friday because the Irish low-cost airline had failed to repay more than 500,000 euros it had received in undue subsidies from local government, which it finally settled several hours later.

French champion athlete Bosse 'brutally assaulted'

World 800m champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse says he sustained 'multiple facial fractures' after a vicious late-night attack.

Angry French food couriers deliver protest at pay change

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A Deliveroo courier in Paris, April 2017. © Reuters/Charles Platiau A Deliveroo courier in Paris, April 2017. © Reuters/Charles Platiau

The meal delivery company Deliveroo, which uses 7,500 couriers across France, is ending its system of paying its riders by the hour. This has led to protests from many of the food couriers who say they will end up earning hundreds of euros a month less. As Dan Israel reports, the move also shines a light on the precarious livelihoods of those working in this and other sections of the 'gig' economy.

French winegrowers pin harvest hopes on June bloom

Wine-makers in several regions, notably that of Bordeaux, are nervously anticipating the crucial June flowering phase, hoping that pollination will occur, after the most damaging frost in more than 25 years ravaged swathes of vinyards in April.

Bettencourt 'butler tapes' ruling strikes victory for press freedom and right to know

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In a landmark ruling on Tuesday, five journalists from Mediapart and French weekly news magazine Le Point, together with the former butler of L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, were cleared of invasion of privacy charges relating to the publication of the contents of secretly-recorded conversations between the billionaire and her close entourage of legal and financial advisors. The publication of the contents of the tapes, which lifted the lid on a web of corruption and manipulation, contributed to “debates of public and societal interest” and “without entering into elements of private life and family conflicts”, concluded the magistrates in Bordeaux following the trial of the six defendants last November. The full text of their ruling is presented in this report by Mediapart legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan.

Journalism on trial in absurd closing act of the Bettencourt saga

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Liliane Bettencourt, le 29 mars 2012 © Reuters Liliane Bettencourt, le 29 mars 2012 © Reuters

This week, five journalists, including Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel and Mediapart investigative reporter Fabrice Arfi, stand trial in Bordeaux on charges relating to the violation of personal privacy. The case centres on the publication by Mediapart in 2010 of extracts of secretly recorded conversations between L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and her entourage of advisors which revealed a catalogue of corruption and manipulation surrounding the ageing billionaire and which led to the convictions of eight people earlier this year. Here, Fabrice Arfi denounces a trial that flouts press freedom laws and threatens the fundamental 'right to know'.

British and French architects compete with designs in Bordeaux vinyards

Norman Foster and his great French rival Jean Nouvel separately modernise two Bordeaux wine chateaux within spitting distance of one another.

'Out of control' forest fires circle Bordeaux

Pine forest fires which began Friday had scorched about 400 hectares late Saturday when winds picked up, engaging several hundred firefighters.

Outrage over Muslim gender 'ban' in French grocery store

Shop in Bordeaux has put up a sign stating male and female-only days for customers but owner says it is not 'compulsory'.