There are four species of Lynx in the world, the Eurasian Lynx lives in Europe and Asia, The Iberian Lynx which is only found in Spain, it was in Portugal but no longer. Then there is the Canadian Lynx and the Bobcat which is also a type of Lynx.
All alive and well in certain parts of France, not yet in Poitou-Charentes but getting closer year by year. Well actually do not worry I do not think there is any chance of these three turning up in your back garden now or in the near future. Probably the nearest any of them will get is the Massif Central and the most likely species is the Lynx. However in some regions these three species do exist and are slowly extending their range.