Keyword: Brazil

Corruption in Brazil: suspicions over meeting between Sarkozy and Lula

President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on September 7th, 2009,during Brazil's annual celebration of independence day. © Reuters President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on September 7th, 2009,during Brazil's annual celebration of independence day. © Reuters

A former Brazilian finance minister, Antonio Palocci, claims that the issue of hidden payments was discussed during a meeting held between the French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on the evening of September 6th, 2009. An investigation into the sale of French Scorpène submarines to Brazil and the construction of a naval base at Itaguaí in the South American country has revealed the existence of up to 70 million euros in commissions paid by the Brazilian partner company of the French naval defence firm Naval Group. Karl Laske investigates.

France's new 'airline for millennials' unveils its flights

Joon, part of Air France, will fly to four short-haul cities from December - Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon and Porto - and then Brazil and Seychelles.

Fordlandia: utopian industrial dream in the Amazon

One of the old Fordlandia warehouses. © Thomas Cantaloube One of the old Fordlandia warehouses. © Thomas Cantaloube

Ninety years ago the American car magnate Henry Ford created a town in the Amazon jungle in order to secure a supply of rubber for his vehicles' tyres. Today it is just a ghost town, another example of the hubris so commonly associated with this region of the world. Mediapart's Thomas Cantaloube reports from Brazil on whether the lessons of that failed venture have truly been learned.

Paris 'told of plan to attack French athletes at Rio Olympics'

French military intelligence chief told parliamentary committee that his agency was informed of plot by a Brazilian national via a 'partner' agency.

France records first sexually transmitted case of Zika in Europe

Health minister says woman was not pregnant and is recovering well after contracting virus from her partner who had visited Brazil.

The shanty town literary gatherings that are transforming Brazilian culture

Le sarau fora do eixo, un exemple de rencontre littéraire. © (dr) Le sarau fora do eixo, un exemple de rencontre littéraire. © (dr)

Last week Brazil was the 'guest of honour' at the celebrated Paris book fair, the Salon du livre, to which a delegation of 48 leading Brazilian authors was invited. Among them were writers from the favelas, or urban shanty towns, who are behind the 'literature of the periphery', a major cultural trend sweeping the giant South American nation. The emergence of these writers has coincided with a growing taste for prose and poetry among the residents of Brazil's deprived residential districts. This has been fuelled by the phenomenon of grass-roots gatherings known as 'saraus', which are attracting more and more people to listen to and take part in literary readings. Lamia Oualalou reports from Rio de Janeiro on this dynamic movement in Brazilian popular culture, one that might just have some lessons for France's own deprived and troubled suburbs.

Jubilation and arrests on France’s streets as Algeria progress in World Cup

Algerians in France celebrated their team's achievement in reaching knockout stages; there were 74 arrests as some fans clashed with police.

Air France Paris-Rio crash due to 'human error'

June 2009 crash which killed all 228 people on board 'could have been avoided if the crew had taken appropriate action' says expert report.

Air France senior manager and wife 'ran international prostitution ring'

The couple, suspected of shuttling young women between France and Brazil on discounted tickets, were placed under investigation and jailed.

France's Dassault loses Brazil fighter jet contract

Dassault's hopes of a multi-billion-euro deal to sell its Rafale fighter jet to Brazil have been dashed after the contract was given to Saab.

France staring at Brazil World Cup qualification failure after loss to Ukraine

A 2-0 defeat in Kiev means France will need stunning performance in Tuesday's return leg in Paris to avoid missing first World Cup since 1994.

Air France crash pilots not emergency-trained, says coroner

British coroner was speaking at the inquest into the deaths of two British men in the Air France jet disaster, which killed 228 people in 2009.

Rethinking the art of landscape photography


Pilot error and faulty equipment caused 2009 Air France crash, investigators say

A combination of mistakes by inadequately trained pilots and faulty equipment caused an Air France jet to plunge into the Atlantic in 2009.

Brazilian economy to overtake France 'before 2015'

After overtaking the UK economy to become the world's sixth-largest, Brazil's finance minister predicts it will take fifth spot from France before 2015.