New ideas are helping to revive the old and fading workers' town of Roubaix. The mayor hopes subsidies will attract young families and new businesses to one of France’s poorest regions. His goal is to restore the town to its former glory.
The ruling 5-Star Movement and League coalition are split over a multibillion-euro rail link with France. League supporters see the project as a source of jobs and growth, while the M5S has called it a waste of money.
An economy in transition has made a historically industrial town a Petri dish of French politics. The mayor is trying to bridge the gaps between those who feel left behind and those rolling with the changes.
France's Emmanuel Macron has drawn fresh criticism for telling an aspiring gardener he could easily find work in hospitality or construction. "I can find a job by crossing the road," Macron told the young jobseeker.
The City of London will lose its status as a global financial services hub if Brexit goes ahead without certain guarantees for the services sector. It could take time, but it will happen, French regulatory experts warn.
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