Historic victory of ecologist candidate in Bordeaux | AFP

Ecologist Pierre Hurmic is celebrating his victory in Bordeaux, surrounded by supporters, after defeating outgoing mayor Nicolas Florian in the second round of municipal elections. France’s Greens celebrated major gains across the country during a vote marked by record-low turnout and the failure of President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party to make any significant impact. IMAGES

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Tourists, locals cool off in Bordeaux’s famous ‘water mirror’ | AFP

In Bordeaux, locals and tourists can once again enjoy the city’s famous water mirror, which was put back into operation on June 22 after the winter period and confinement due to the coronavirus crisis. An island of cool for all as the thermometre reaches 30 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and is expected to rise again for Wednesday and Thursday in the south-west of France. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Bordeaux deserted on 20th day of confinement | AFP

In spite of the beautiful sunshine and spring temperatures, Bordeaux is in confinement. The traditionally busy quays are deserted, as are the historic squares where markets are no longer allowed to be held. AFPTV was able to fly over the city, on board the gendarmerie helicopter that monitors compliance with containment measures.

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Coronavirus: evacuated patient transferred to Bordeaux medical team | AFP

A coronavirus patient from Mulhouse is stretchered off a military plane on the runway of Bordeaux-Mérignac airport. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Patients arrive in Bordeaux after being flown from Mulhouse | AFP

In Bordeaux, patients infected with the coronavirus arrive at the CHU Pellegrin hospital, after being transferred by a military plane from the eastern French city of Mulhouse. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: streets of Bordeaux empty as French restrictions come into effect | AFP

In Bordeaux, France, the usually busy streets clear as new movement restrictions aimed at fighting the spread of coronavirus come into effect. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: French PM Édouard Philippe visits Bordeaux hospital | AFP

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe arrives at a Bordeaux hospital alongside French Health Minister Olivier Véran, to meet with health professionals to discuss the coronavirus. IMAGES

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Flash-mob livens up anti-pension reform march in Bordeaux | AFP

In Bordeaux, a flash-mob of teachers perform the popular French 80s pop song “A cause des garçons” with the words changed to “A cause de Macron”(because of Macron)during a protest against pension reform. IMAGES

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Bordeaux teachers dress up as ‘Rosie the riveter’ for pension protests | AFP

Demonstrators in work overalls, red polka-dot scarves and household gloves emulate “Rosie the Riveter” as they dance and sing in the streets of Bordeaux during a demonstration against pension reform. IMAGES

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Bordeaux lawyers sing pop hit parody to protest pension reform | AFP

Lawyers gather on the steps of the Judicial Court in Bordeaux to sing “Balance ta robe” (ed: move your robe), a parody of a song by Belgian singer Angèle, which has become a classic in the repertoire of lawyers angry against pension reform. IMAGES

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French museum has ‘probably’ found remains of philosopher Montaigne | AFP

A French museum has said that a tomb opened this week in an unprecedented operation “probably” contains the remains of the great 16th-century philosopher Michel de Montaigne, but that further tests are needed to be sure. The Musee d’Aquitaine in the southwestern city of Bordeaux extracted the tomb from a basement of the museum, which occupies the premises of a convent where Montaigne, famed for his lofty but highly readable “Essays”, was buried.

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“Probable” remains of French philosopher Montaigne uncovered in Bordeaux | AFP

Scientists in Bordeaux say they have found the “probable” remains of famous French philosopher Michel de Montaigne after uncovering a coffin with the name MONTAIGNE etched on to its side. They have suspected the remains were his for the past year but will count on upcoming “further analyses” to prove the theory. IMAGES

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Hundreds rally in Bordeaux to protest against climate change | AFP

Hundreds of people rally in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux to protest against climate change, the day after children skipped school in a global strike for the environment. IMAGES

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Vinexpo: Chinese liquor Baiju targets European market

Turkey and Vietnam are represented for the first time at Vinexpo in Bordeaux. The world wine and spirits exhibition welcomes a total of 1,600 exhibitors from some 30 countries. Among them, China, which is trying to convert Europe to Baiju, the alcohol most consumed by the Chinese.

Bordeaux unveils rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing

The French city of Bordeaux unveils a rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing, specially created to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia as a “symbol in the fight against discrimination”. It is part of a series of initiatives by city authorities to promote awareness of the discrimination suffered daily by the LGBTQ community. A recent study of greater Bordeaux revealed that 83% of the community claimed to have suffered discrimination or aggression in the past 12 months.

RAW: Toulouse police fires tear gas at Yellow Vest protesters

Sporadic clashes with police marred Yellow Vests protests in Toulouse, the city chosen as the ‘capital’ of this week’s anti-government marches in France. Act 22 is the first since a controversial anti-rioting law took effect.

This Saturday marked the 22nd consecutive week of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ movement as France once again saw anti-government protests, which were held in cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseilles, and Strasbourg. In the French capital of Paris alone, some 5,000 demonstrators took to the streets, according to the French Interior Ministry.

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