With the Festival International de la Bande Dessinee at Angouleme gearing up for its big start later this week, there's usually some attention to macro-issues in the French comics market from the usual sources. This article by Didier Pasamonik looks at some slightly troubling overall numbers (a slight decrease in a year with an Asterix book) and trends (manga as a market prop; what kinds of books float near the top of the charts) in what seems a pretty fair in inconclusive fashion.
Another thing that seems to happen every year is an event or two in Paris leading up to the show. This presentation on Will Eisner is the kind of thing I'm talking about; it included Jean-Claude Mezieres. The article reveals that Eisner's last book, The Plot has sold 30,000 copies in France.