Here is the report of Hazan, French General Inspector of Jails. Extracts:
The controllers were aware of the situation of a detained person reporting to the medical service be a victim of violence by his cellmate. A doctor performed an urgent report to the prison administration for him to be changed of cell. An officer would immediately visited the applicant's cell to solicit, in the presence of the fellow inmate in question, details of the reasons for his concern. He has not changed of cell. The next day, the person stated to have been raped during the night.
At the first visit of the site in 2009, the general inspector had made some observations of detention conditions. Nearly five years later, the situation has not hardly changed or has worsened:
Water points and sanitary of walking courses are still in a deplorable state of dirt and for many unusable.
Some shower rooms were renovated but one of them is degraded and does not include any partition. The shower water is freezing and there is still no hot water in the cells.
Many mattresses are devoured by mold, reflecting the high humidity in some cells. This moisture, causing many damages to walls and ceilings can lead to respiratory and skin diseases.
It's cold in the cells (17 ° C during the day in a cell for minors). Many people leave their [cook] hotplate continuously lit, but this may cause burns or fires.
In disciplinary area, the cell temperature was 14.6 ° C (outdoor temperature: 10 ° C). In one of them, a person, numb with cold, was equipped with an "Emergency protective clothing" (EPC) of a tear pajamas, and a tear-proof cover. [Tear pajamas is a special paper's clothing, you can't hang you with it]
Using the EPC is indicated only if a suicidal crisis has been diagnosed. The majority of suicides in detention occur in a punishment block, the CGLPL disputes the merits of keeping a suicidal person in it, while the administration knows perfectly his condition [with a tear-resistant cover, with which he could hang himself].
These conditions seriously affect the dignity of persons and represent an inhuman and degrading treatment.
Breach of medical confidentiality, dismissal the staff trying to enforce it; opening the confidential letters to or from the General Inspection of Prisons, destruction of prisoners' mails; threats, humiliations and provocations of prisoners to prevent them of testifying to inspectors:
Very few requests for interviews were given to controllers during their visit of the prison. While 758 people were jailed on the day of arrival, only twenty requests reached them, which is far less than the average solicitations when we visiting a prison.