Keyword: Lille

French celebrity chefs cook 'dustbin banquet'

Michelin-starred chefs make meal for 5,000 entirely from ingredients rescued from bin to encourage people to throw away less food.

Former French Socialist Party boss caught up in football stadium fraud probe

By Geoffrey Livolsi
Martine Aubry, ancienne ministre socialiste et maire de Lille.  © Reuters Martine Aubry, ancienne ministre socialiste et maire de Lille. © Reuters

The former first secretary of the Socialist Party and one-time presidential hopeful Martine Aubry has recently made a return to national politics in France. In a series of media interventions the mayor of the northern city of Lille has made clear her dismay at the direction taken by François Hollande's socialist government. But Aubry's return to frontline politics could yet be overshadowed by a judicial investigation into how a false document was used to justify the award of a multi-million euro contract to build a major sports stadium in Lille that will feature in the Euro 2016 football tournament. Though the investigation was recently and unexpectedly closed, Mediapart can now reveal the existence of an embarrassing letter written by Martine Aubry that shows she passed on the fraudulent document to councillors. Geoffrey Livolsi reports.

'A family torn apart': staff at mail order firm La Redoute face uncertain future after buyout

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Mail order giant La Redoute was once a financial cash cow, a brand known for its glossy catalogues, dominant industry position and massive workforce. Not any more. Its billionaire owner François-Henri Pinault from the Kering luxury goods group has finally managed to sell the ailing firm for a euro in a management buy-out. The controversial deal, which will lead to the shedding of more than a thousand jobs, has split unions, the workforce and the towns in northern France where the company is based. Even those workers who will keep their jobs have been warned they will have to work harder and get paid less. Rachida El Azzouzi talks to union representatives and workers, many of whom feel they have been betrayed by one of France's wealthiest men.

Orgies, luxury hotels and prostitutes: the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 'the Carlton affair'

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Magistrates investigating a secret prostitution ring that allegedly staged orgies in luxury hotels and apartments in France and the US for the benefit of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn this month announced the completion of their two years of enquiries. The bringing of formal charges and the setting of a trial date will be decided this summer. Mediapart has gained access to a court document that details the case against Strauss-Kahn and others placed under investigation alongside him, extracts of which are published here. The investigating magistrates conclude that Strauss-Kahn was the kingpin in the organisation of the orgies which were paid for by a group of associates based in the city of Lille in northern France, and who included businessmen, a ranking police officer and a lawyer. Michel Deléan reports.

French court maintains DSK pimping charges

Judges reject request by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn to drop sex offence inquiry relating to suspected prostitution ring in Lille.

French prosecutors drop Strauss-Kahn rape probe

End of investigation into accusations that the disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn took part in a gang rape in the United States.

France's Strauss-Kahn and wife 'have separated'

Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife Anne Sinclair now live separate lives, reports a French magazine.

French police quiz Strauss-Kahn over sex and fraud allegations

Former IMF chief and one-time presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn is questioned over alleged links to sex-ring parties in France and US.

DSK and wife to sue senior Sarkozy aide and French media over vice ring reports

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to sue one of President Sarkozy's senior aides and several French media for linking him to a prostitution ring, lawyers say.

Joe Cole loving life in France and 'blinding' frogs' legs

British footballer Joe Cole, on loan at French Ligue 1 club Lille from Liverpool, tells BBC he is enjoying life in France, and notably frogs' legs.