Keyword: Brittany

Three French schoolchildren injured in London attack

The victims, part of a school group from Brittany on a visit to London, were mowed down when the driver of a vehicle mounted a pavement on Westminster Bridge and rammed into pedestrians, killing at least two people and injuring about 20 others.

Brother-in-law admits murdering missing family of four in France

Hubert Caouissin says he killed his former brother-in-law Pascal Troadec, his wife and the couple's two children in dispute over gold pieces. 

Former French PM Valls slapped during campaigning in Brittany

Manuel Valls, who resigned in December to run in Socialist Party primaries to choose its presidential election candidate, was slapped to the face as he shook hands with a crowd of supporters in Lamballe, north-west France.

Historic damages award for French factory workers harmed by pesticides

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Press conference by former Triskalia workers at Rennes, September 9th, 2016. © JL Press conference by former Triskalia workers at Rennes, September 9th, 2016. © JL

In a legal first in France, a court has awarded damages to two ex-employees of a Brittany animal feed firm after they were exposed to pesticides at work. The award is a milestone because it recognises that what is known as 'multiple chemical sensitivity' from pesticide exposure is an occupational disease, and lays the blame squarely with the employer. The ruling also recognises that agricultural workers can be affected even if they do not work in the fields. Jade Lindgaard reports.

The growing tension between farmers and the French state

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Two health and safety inspectors believe their car was deliberately sabotaged during a visit to a market gardener in west France, and are furious that prosecutors dropped their investigation. The affair highlights mounting tension between state officials and farmers as the latter protest about low prices and as the government tries to placate farmers' ire by telling officials to ease off on their inspections. Mathilde Goanec reports.

France's 'alternative' farmers point to a new rural model

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Pierre-Yves Floch, dans sa porcherie bio © JS Pierre-Yves Floch, dans sa porcherie bio © JS

French farmers last week blocked Paris with more than 1,500 tractors in the latest of a series of protests at the dire financial difficulties many now find themselves in, which they blame on ever-lower prices paid for their produce, taxes and social charges, and industry standards that are strangling them in red tape. But a growing number of smallholdings in France are successfully bucking the trend, proving that there is an economically viable alternative to the failed model of conventional farming and mass production sold on the cheap - in the form of quality produce sold directly to local outlets. Julien Sartre reports from Brittany.

French pork crisis deepens

As benchmark pig auction in Brittany reopened Tuesday, the absence of large meat processors meant prices could fall below agreed minimum.

Four die as car with 14 teenage occupants crashes in France

The tragedy in Brittany in west France, which occurred after a late-night party, came as a senior minister called for lower speed limits.

Winners and losers in the new map of France

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Since François Hollande personally redrew the map of France in June as part of his local government reforms, the shape of the country's regions have been amended several times. However, French MPs recently voted to approve the latest version of the regional boundary changes, which now seems likely to form the new face of France. Mediapart has examined this regional structure, which reduces the number of regions from the current 22 to 13, to see what impact it will have on demographics, economic growth and employment. It seems clear that one result of the reforms will be to increase the wealth of already well-off regions and leave isolated areas languishing even further behind. Yannick Sanchez reports.

France scraps controversial 'eco' road tax

A planned nationwide 'Green tax' on heavy vehicles that led to violent protests is abandoned in favour of road tolls that will raise less revenue.

Storm Ulla batters Brittany, leaves fishing industry deeper in crisis

Fresh storms cause havoc across north-west France, with power lines down, roads blocked and the region's key fishing industry at a standstill.

French café fined for undeclared labour after clients return empties to bar

Zealous social security payments' agency gave owners of a Brittany bar a 9,000-euro fine for 'illegal' use of clients as a workforce.

Making themselves heard: why sacked workers David and Stéphanie will vote for the far-right Front national

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David et Stéphanie Stephan © Rachida El Azzouzi David et Stéphanie Stephan © Rachida El Azzouzi

When abattoir employees David and Stéphanie watched TV reports of workers in bitter disputes with bosses over factory closures, they insisted it could never happen to them. Their abattoir in Brittany was reputed to provide 'jobs for life'. But then last October the news struck that the plant was to close, leaving David, Stéphanie and more than 800 other workers out of a job. Here the couple tell Mediapart's Rachida El Azzouzi about their shock at being thrown out of work, their anger at the government in Paris and explain why for the first time they intend to vote for Marine Le Pen's far-right party.

France risks ‘social explosion’ over high taxes

In a secret report leaked to the press, regional officials warn government that France risks civil unrest over public anger at tax hikes.

The small-town mayor leading the Breton revolt against the French green tax

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Christian Troadec, maire de Carhaix. © Rachida El Azzouzi Christian Troadec, maire de Carhaix. © Rachida El Azzouzi

Despite government promises of millions of euros in aid and a new 'pact for the future' for the region, the people of Brittany continue to protest against job cuts and the planned eco-tax – even though ministers have 'suspended' it. One of the leaders of this rebellion is a local mayor called Christian Troadec. Mediapart's Rachida El Azzouzi profiles this straight-talking left-wing leader, then interviews him to find out what is behind this upswell of regional anger and why the movement has chosen to adopt as a symbol the red hats worn by Breton demonstrators who protested against a tax imposed by King Louis XIV back in 1675...