Rio de Janeiro

Families seek truth as Airbus, Air France face trial over AF447 crash

France — Link

The families of the 228 people killed in 2009 when their storm-tossed Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris plunged into the Atlantic finally have a chance at justice.

French judges drop case against Air France for 2009 crash

France — Link

Decision infuriated victims’ groups in France and Brazil who have pushed to bring case to trial, after Rio to Paris crash killed all 228 on board.

France ideal to host 2024 Olympics, says Hollande

France — Link

French president insisted the tougher security measures imposed by France after recent terror attacks made Paris ideal venue for 2024 Games.

François Hollande flies to Rio to back Paris 2024 Olympic bid

France — Link

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was already in Brazil and she and French president will canvas support for France's 2024 Olympic Games bid.

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

International — Link

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

French prosecutors to investigate 2016 and 2020 Olympic bids

France — Link

France to broaden probe into corruption in athletics to include the bidding and voting processes for hosting Rio and Tokyo Games.

The shanty town literary gatherings that are transforming Brazilian culture

Culture et idées

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.