Keyword: Bordeaux

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'.

Man arrested in SW France over murder of 80-year-old British woman

The man, convicted of manslaughter a decade ago, is suspected of killing Violet Price, whose mutilated body was found at two sites.

Sarkozy minister and billionaire Bettencourt's wealth advisor stand trial for influence peddling

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Eric et Florence Woerth Eric et Florence Woerth

The trial this week of former minister and conservative UMP party treasurer Eric Woerth, charged alongside the former wealth investment manager of L'Oréal heiress and billionaire Liliane Bettencourt with influence peddling, provides a graphic account of backscratching and favour-mongering in the salons and private clubs of French high society and, more importantly, an unseemly intimacy between the political world and finance. Woerth is accused of arranging for Maistre to receive the Légion d’honneur – France’s highest award of civil merit – in exchange for his hiring of Woerth’s wife as a highly-paid advisor in Bettencourt’s personal wealth investment company Clymène. If found guilty, the two men each face a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a fine of 150,000 euros. Mediapart has gained access to the document prepared by magistrates summarising the evidence against the pair. Michel Deléan reports.

Ranting football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls France 'shit country'

The Swedish player was caught on camera angrily shouting at an assistant referee after his Paris St-Germain team lost to Bordeaux on Sunday.

‘Tyranny’ in the kitchen at famed French chef’s new restaurant

Staff at Joël Robuchon’s new restaurant spoke of 15-hour shifts without a break, insults and, says one, being forced to drink salt water.

Bettencourt trial: the humiliation, fear and anger of the accused

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Defendant François-Marie Banier at court for the Bettencourt trial. © Reuters Defendant François-Marie Banier at court for the Bettencourt trial. © Reuters

After predictable procedural wrangles – plus some unforeseen delays – the long-awaited Bettencourt trial got under way in Bordeaux last week. Those on trial, who include a former minister in Nicolas Sarkozy's government, stand accused of either directly preying on the frailty of L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt or of profiting from it. Eight of the accused gave evidence during the week, all struggling to hide their dismay at being in the dock. The first was writer and photographer François-Marie Banier, a close confidant of Bettencourt from whom he received some 414 million euros, and who told the court he understands nothing about the world of money and business. “I'm not a spoilt child or a dandy,” he insisted. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan was in court to witness the start of this extraordinary trial.

Row as French football boss suggests African players lack 'intelligence'

Former French player Willy Sagnol also implied that 'typical' footballers from Africa lack disclipline but are powerful and 'ready to fight'.