Northern France is home of their 4th largest city, Lille. Lille is also the home-base for an extremely talented artist by the name of Eroné. Eroné's figures have an almost religious quality about them, with prayers and meditations seeming to be the primary thread running through them. He does a great deal of screen print on paper but, is no stranger to wood, whether carved or assembled.
I recommend perusing his Flickr HERE and his website HERE