The Oyapock River divides the Brazilian state of Amapá from French Guiana. Until recently, it was possible to cross freely from one bank to the other. But now everything has changed. The construction of a bridge has brought permanent border controls. Far from bringing France and Brazil closer together, the bridge has become a symbol of mutual misunderstanding.
French Guiana, an overseas department bordering Brazil, is one of France's poorest regions, where unemployment is at a record level. But with oil being discovered, locals are starting to hope for a better life. Will they benefit from the black gold?
The race is on in France as old rivals Martine Aubry and François Hollande take each other on in the Socialist primaries. Next, the first victim of the crisis, Franco-Belgian bank Dexia, gets bailed out. Finally, les Bleus get ready to take on Wales in next weekend's rugby World Cup semi-final in New Zealand.
An Ariane rocket carrying a French military spy satellite, the Helios 2B, took off from the European Space Agency launch-pad in Kourou, French Guiana, on Friday, heralding a new push by France for independent access to space intelligence.