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.
Cardinal Barbarin made admission after meeting to discuss claims church failed to report several child sexual abuse cases in Lyon area.
In recent weeks a paedophilia scandal has engulfed the diocese of Lyon in eastern France. A Catholic priest is said to have abused dozens of boy scouts who were in his care, while the cardinal at the head of the diocese has been forced to deny covering up the affair. The scandal came to light largely thanks to the work of a group of victims who joined together and set up an association to break the silence surrounding the abuse. In the space of just three months this group has brought to light not just the scandal in Lyon, but has also unearthed other potential affairs. Daphné Gastaldi, Mathieu Martinière and Mathieu Périsse report.
Incident at Marseille-Lyon match, in which fans threw bottles onto pitch, comes less than a year before France hosts Euro 2016 finals.
The socialist president will have to explain why his security services failed to prevent another terror attack in France, argues Politico.
Reports claim that the photograph was then sent to unspecified person now in Syria, where the radical Islamic State group controls territory.
However, Yassin Salhi, 35, a father of three, had not been actively monitored by security officers since 2008 say French authorities.
The FT reports from a neighbourhood in France's second city where poor immigrants and the poor indigenous white working class cohabit.
Passengers on the service from St Pancras International will be able to reach the French Mediterranean port city in just over six hours.
Officials say the seven men and a woman detained in the Paris and Lyon areas are not suspected of links to the Paris attacks of January 7th to 9th.
Two minors were among those arrested near Lyon on suspicion of recruiting young women to fight in Syria.
Man started his ten months of harassment after the woman ended their relationship - he wanted her to thank him for doing up their flat.
Pro-democracy and minority groups protested PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to meet with Turkish expats ahead of presidential poll.
Officials want the European Parliament to strip National Front leader of MEP's immunity with a view to pursuing her over a remark about Muslims.
The controversial plans for a 26-billion-euro high-speed rail link between the two countries face opposition from environmental activists.