Vénissieux

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

France — Report

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 Muslim calls on peers to stop terrorism

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Bassem Braiki tells fellow French Muslims 'the solution will come from us' in an emotional video that has gone viral in France.