Keyword: Lyon

Lyon airport closed after car smashes through terminal onto runway

A man was arrested on Monday after driving a Mercedes saloon into a terminal building at the airport serving Lyon, France's second-largest city, and then speeding onto the runway area chased by several police cars and an overhead helicopter before he was wrestled to the ground when attempting to flee on foot.

Kidnap heist in France nets thieves 'millions' from cash van

Thieves stole up to 30m Swiss francs ($32mor £23m) on French-Swiss border after first kidnapping the daughter of a cash van delivery driver.

Woolly mammoth skeleton sells at French auction for 548,000 euros

The giant skeleton of a male, which was discovered in permafrost in Siberia ten years ago and is believed to be the largest in private ownership, was sold at an auction in Lyon. 

Archaeologists uncover 'little Pompeii' in France

Site unearthed on land awaiting construction of housing complex south of Lyon is labelled an ‘exceptional find’ by culture ministry.

Bastia fans attack Lyon players forcing abandon of Ligue 1 tie

Fans from Corsican side Bastia twice invaded the pitch during the League 1 match against Lyon, when a steward was suspected of joining a group who attacked the visiting players, forcing the match to be delayed and finally abandoned. 

Lyon-Besiktas Europa League match marred by crowd violence

Fighting between fans at the Europa League quarter final tie in France between Lyon and Turkish side Besiktas was marred by ugly scenes of violence between fans both before the game and during it, causing a delay in the match as crowds fled onto the pitch to escape the mayhem in the stands.

Macron attracts the crowds – but where are his policies?

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The glitzy Emmanuel Macron rally at Lyon on Saturday February 4th, 2017. © Reuters The glitzy Emmanuel Macron rally at Lyon on Saturday February 4th, 2017. © Reuters

With just over 70 days to go before the first round of the French presidential election, former economy minister Emmanuel Macron continues to attract large crowds to his rallies and is doing well in the opinion polls. Yet what does the founder of the 'En Marche!' political movement - who keeps talking about “bringing people together” - actually plan to do if he is elected president? Mathieu Magnaudeix attended Macron's latest gathering but came away little the wiser.

France's Le Pen kicks off election campaign at Lyon rally

Opinion polls see head of far-right National Front topping the first round of presidential election but losing the run-off to mainstream candidate.

Thieves steal gold in brazen highway robbery in France

Police are hunting four thieves who stole dozens of kilos of gold from an armoured truckon the A6 motorway between Paris and Lyon.

Dinosaur skeleton sold for more than 1m euros in French auction

The bones of the 7.5-metre-long allosaurus, a ferocious carnivore which became extinct 135 million years ago, were sold in Lyon to an unnamed French buyer who has pledged to put it on public display in France.

French probe into cardinal’s alleged abuse cover-up dismissed

Cardinal Barbarin had been accused of failing to remove a priest when he became aware he had sexually abused young boys 25 years ago.

French cardinal suspends four paedophile priests

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin said that the four had been working in the Lyon region while other priests were also the 'object of special measures'.

How French Catholic Church discreetly relocates sex abuse priests to avoid scandal

By Daphné Gastaldi, Mathieu Martiniere et Mathieu Périsse
Father Bernard Preynat, on far right in second row, at a church ceremony presided over by Cardinal Barbarin in Lyon in April 2015. © lyon.catholique.fr Father Bernard Preynat, on far right in second row, at a church ceremony presided over by Cardinal Barbarin in Lyon in April 2015. © lyon.catholique.fr

The Catholic Church in France has developed a system of quietly moving priests suspected of sex abuse to other areas or jobs, Mediapart can reveal. The method, aimed at avoiding or damping down local scandals without telling the judicial authorities, includes sending the priests concerned on sabbatical leave, to remote rural parishes, to jobs as archivists or as chaplains for the elderly, or in some cases despatching them to far-flung parishes in Africa and Asia. Daphné Gastaldi, Mathieu Martiniere and Mathieu Périsse report.

The French mayor back in court for halting evictions of the poor

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Almost a third of the 60,000 population of Vénissieux, close to France’s second-largest city Lyon, in south-east France, live under the poverty line. Every year, its mayor, Michèle Picard, signs municipal decrees to prevent the ordered evictions of dozens of families from their homes, and the cutting off of water and energy supplies to hundreds of others. The decrees are just as regularly challenged in court by the local state authorities of the prefecture, which habitually find favour from the presiding magistrates. This week Picard was back in court to defend her case, just as a new series of evictions get underway. Michaël Hajdenberg reports.

French cardinal admits 'errors' in handling of child sex abuse cases

Cardinal Barbarin made admission after meeting to discuss claims church failed to report several child sexual abuse cases in Lyon area.