Lille is a vibrant and welcoming place. But the former industrial belt around it has long become a stronghold for Marine Le Pen’s National Front. As local journalist Hervé Havre points out, the far-right party is now on track to become the strongest political force nationwide.
Also: a bureaucratic monster or an EU success story? We look at the EU’s multi-billion euro Common Agricultural Policy and we ask why a disease plaguing Britain’s ash trees has become a metaphor for the role of the UK in Europe.
Reports by Claire Williams, Alix Le Bourdon and Donia Nouar.