Macron takes on the English-language press, a controversial security law and the myth of Charles De Gaulle


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French President Emmanuel Macron criticised the English-language press this week amid a campaign against “Islamic separatism” in France; fears of election violence in Uganda; France’s parliament debates a controversial security law, sparking fears of censorship; and the man behind the myth of Resistance hero Charles De Gaulle. 

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‘Legitimising’ violence? Macron takes on the Anglo-American press

President Emmanuel Macron took time out of his busy schedule this week to criticise the English-language press for its coverage of the fight against “Islamist separatism”. Macron accused British and US media of “legitimising violence” with their criticisms and of depicting France as being “racist and Islamophobic”.

Armed men in T-shirts enforce the law, sparking fears of election violence in Uganda

Uganda this week witnessed its worst violence in a decade when demonstrators took to the streets to protest the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine. The ferocity of the violence and the state’s use of armed plainclothes militias raised alarm bells as President Yoweri Museveni, Africa’s longest-serving leader, faces a challenge in a January election.

French security bill outlaws images of police

A new French security bill will outlaw the dissemination of images of police officers doing their jobs. Supporters of the legislation say it would protect officers from retribution and “malevolent” personal attacks on social media. Detractors say it threatens to make it harder for journalists and NGOs to report on police wrongdoing.

Senior al Qaeda commander’s killing exposes ‘deep divisions’ between French and Malian authorities

France has announced the killing of Bah Ag Moussa, a top commander of an al Qaeda-linked militant group, during an operation in northeastern Mali. Ag Moussa was allegedly responsible for several attacks against Malian and international forces in recent years. But his death has implications for the security situation on the ground and for France’s diplomatic relations with Mali’s transitional authorities.

The best medicine: Clever and humorous Covid-19 adverts from around the world

A tongue-in-cheek Covid-19 public service announcement from Germany elevating couch potatoes to heroes became a social media sensation. Many coronavirus-awareness adverts rely on fear or strike a sombre note with now-familiar tropes – including the rising drone shots of empty cityscapes and swell of wistful music. But another genre sets itself apart with humour or clever takes on the way we live now, often with an eye to reaching young people. FRANCE 24 takes a look at some of the best.

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French chefs don their aprons to help less fortunate during coronavirus lockdown

Restaurants across France remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. While some chefs have hung up their aprons, others have decided to band together and put their skills to good use to help the country’s most vulnerable.

Chefs organise amid Covid-19 crisis
Chefs organise amid Covid-19 crisis © France 24 screen grab

‘I won’t take the risk’: France leads the world in Covid-19 vaccine skepticism

Promising trial results have led to hopes that a Covid-19 vaccine is soon to be on the way. But will the vaccine prove effective if many refuse to take it? The question is worrying authorities in France, where rates of “vaccine hesitancy” are among the highest in the world.

A recent Ipos study found that just 54 percent of French people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine if one were available.
A recent Ipos study found that just 54 percent of French people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine if one were available. © Reuters / France 24

 

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THE INTERVIEW

Exclusive: Moderna Covid-19 vaccine has been made ‘rapidly but thoroughly’, chairman says

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Noubar Afeyan, the co-founder and chairman of Moderna, discussed his biotech firm’s Covid-19 vaccine, which clinical trials show is 94.5% effective. The Lebanese-American entrepreneur assured that the vaccine is safe, saying it had been created “rapidly but thoroughly”. He also revealed that it can remain stable in the refrigerator for “up to 30 days”. 

Moderna Chairman Noubar Afeyan
Moderna Chairman Noubar Afeyan © France 24 screen grab

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Charles de Gaulle: The man behind the myth

This week, we’re exploring the life and legacy of Charles de Gaulle, who died 50 years ago this week. To many, he’s the undisputed French hero: a wartime leader who led the Resistance to the Nazis in World War II before years later becoming the first president of the Fifth Republic. For much of his life, de Gaulle lived in the village of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, where he and his wife Yvonne raised their children. We visit his much-loved home and learn more about the man behind the myth.

Charles De Gaulle and his wife Yvonne
Charles De Gaulle and his wife Yvonne © France 24 screen grab

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Beaujolais nouveau: Covid-19 pandemic dampens celebration of new French wine

On the third Thursday of November, France marks the arrival of Beaujolais nouveau. It’s the country’s most famous “vin primeur” (young wine) and hails from the beautiful and highly protected Beaujolais wine-producing region north of Lyon. But this year, the coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on what is otherwise a festive celebration across France and much of the world.

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Judges say Booker Prize winner ‘Shuggie Bain’ is ‘destined to become a classic’

A story of poverty, addiction and the force of motherly love in 1980s Glasgow has been crowned the winner of the UK’s top literary award. Debut novelist Douglas Stuart paid tribute to his late mother upon receiving the news of his Booker Prize win, saying that she “is on every page of this book”. 

ENCORE!
ENCORE! © France 24

FASHION

Beirut’s fashion designers show creativity in the face of chaos

Lebanese couture is known around the world for its flamboyance and artistry, with collections destined for clients based in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and the US. But in recent months a crippling economic crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and August’s catastrophic Beirut port explosion have threatened the industry. Some of the biggest names in Beirut fashion, including the likes of Elie Saab and Tony Ward, spoke to FRANCE 24 about their experience over the past few months.

Fashion
Fashion © France 24 screen grab

REPORTERS

Protect the living, honour the dead: ending violence against women in France

Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, we bring you a special documentary on the scourge of domestic violence. Every year in France more than 220,000 women are victims of violence inflicted by a partner or ex-partner. This abuse usually takes place behind closed doors and takes many forms: beatings, rapes, sexual mutilations, kidnappings. Tragically, last year saw more than 150 femicides.

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Crosses, dovecotes and bridges: the heritage of France’s Auvergne region

The crosses of France’s central Auvergne region are relics of the past that tend to be ignored; nearly 3,000 of them sit at the side of a road. A little further south in the Puy-de-Dôme area, the valley of Courgoul is full of weather-beaten bridges.

THE 51 PERCENT 

The New Parisienne: Meeting the women who are changing the city

Unpacking the myth of the Parisian woman, whose sense of style is still seen as the global benchmark for chic. Frequently portrayed as being svelte and seductive, she is also usually White. We speak to Lindsey Tramuta, author of “The New Parisienne”, a book that profiles a group of women who challenge the cliché and tell us who represents the real Parisian women of 2020. 

The 51 Percent
The 51 Percent © France 24 screen grab



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French teacher’s murder prompts anger and fear of a crackdown, as a Paris curfew kicks in


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“We are all Samuel,” was the rallying cry of protesters across France expressing their shock over the beheading of schoolteacher Samuel Paty. At a memorial service in his honour President Emmanuel Macron called on the country to unite, but there are mounting fears that the government’s response will further marginalise France’s Muslims.

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Anger at beheading of French teacher ‘must not override rule of law’

An escalating crackdown on groups suspected of aiding or abetting Islamist extremists has prompted accusations that the French government is riding roughshod over legal protections in the wake of the gruesome murder of 47-year-old teacher Samuel Paty last week.

We are all Samuel’: Thousands gather in Paris to pay respects to murdered teacher

“We are all Samuel. We are teachers too. And we don’t want to be killed just for doing our job,” a protester said on Sunday as thousands gathered in Place de République in Paris, in solidarity with Samuel Paty, the teacher who was beheaded in a northwestern Paris suburb on Friday.

Covid-19 curfew threatens to bring down the final curtain on French cinemas

Despite an appeal from the movie industry to ease the curfew under certain specific conditions, cinemas in the Paris region and eight other cities must shut their doors at 9pm every day along with theatres and restaurants. Industry officials warn that the new regulation threatens the survival of many of these businesses.

Parisians enjoy last night out before Covid-19 curfew comes into force

The day before Paris and eight other metropolitan areas in France headed for overnight curfews starting the October 17-18 weekend, thousands of Parisians enjoyed a last night out. Over the next four weeks, around 20 million people will have to be home by 9pm under a curfew aimed at stemming the second wave of Covid-19 infections. 

France pays homage to slain teacher Samuel Paty at Sorbonne ceremony

France paid tribute to a history teacher beheaded last week by a man angered at his decision to share controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad with his class. President Emmanuel Macron spoke at an official memorial attended by Samuel Paty’s family and some 400 guests at the Sorbonne university in Paris.

Hundreds gathered outside the Sorbonne University to watch the ceremony commemorating the murdered teacher
Hundreds gathered outside the Sorbonne University to watch the ceremony commemorating the murdered teacher Bertrand GUAY AFP

VIDEO REPORTS

Fearing for their lives, thousands flee Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenian town of Goris

Since fighting erupted three weeks ago in Nagorno-Karabakh – an Armenian separatist enclave in Azerbaijan – thousands of people have fled their homes to seek safety elsewhere. As the conflict rages on, FRANCE 24 met with some of the refugees in the Armenian town of Goris.

A mobile network on the Moon: Nokia to build lunar 4G network

NASA is going back to the Moon and this time wants to stay there by building a lunar base. And to help future Moon residents communicate, plans are underway to build the first ever mobile network on the lunar surface.

Nokia hopes to have its lunar 4G network up and running by the end of 2022.
Nokia hopes to have its lunar 4G network up and running by the end of 2022. © Reuters / France 24

US ELECTIONS 2020

Race to the White House: Rules of US election process explained

It’s one of the most confusing aspects about the US election process. Many Americans themselves don’t understand how it works, or even why it’s still around. In five presidential elections so far – including the last one in 2016 – the eventual winner lost the popular vote, but won thanks to the electoral college. As the US heads into a critical November 3 vote, FRANCE 24 explains how it works.

THE INTERVIEW

Armenian president: ‘Turkey has a completely destructive role in Nagorno-Karabakh’

Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian spoke to FRANCE 24 from the capital Yerevan, as the conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh continues to claim civilian lives. Sarkissian accused Azerbaijan of having “started a war” and violating the two recent ceasefires. He also accused Turkey of playing “a completely destructive role” in the conflict “which doesn’t have anything to do with” the aspirations of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh.

THE INTERVIEW
THE INTERVIEW © FRANCE 24

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The gardens of France’s Loire Valley, a feast for the senses

The vegetable garden of the Château de Villandry, with its 27,000 spring vegetables, is one of the stars of France’s Loire Valley. For more than 20 years, it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage site too. The gardeners will soon need to plant the summer flowers: it’s a race against the clock. Meanwhile, at the Château de Rivau, visitors can discover the beautiful scents of some 460 different varieties of roses. We also check out other charming gardens in the Touraine region, in Beaulieu-lès-Loches and in Chaumont-sur-Loire. An unforgettable sensory experience.

Les jardins du Val de Loire
Les jardins du Val de Loire © Capture d’écran France 24

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French nightlife music makers on how they’re keeping going in these Covid-19 times

As France implements a 9pm to 6am curfew set to last at least until early December, Paris nightlife feels like a thing of the past. We spoke to Christophe Hétier, founding member of French trip-hop band Télépopmusik; up-and-coming Ukrainian-born Paris DJ Kate Zubok; and Michaël Mateescu, programmer of La Machine Du Moulin Rouge, to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic has been affecting their lives.

Carla Bruni on her new album and making music during lockdown

Supermodel, singer-songwriter, France’s former first lady: Carla Bruni has already played many roles. She’s now releasing an eponymous album of love songs and speaks to FRANCE 24’s Louise Dupont about making music during lockdown. Bruni also takes a look back at a career that’s taken her from fashion catwalks to the world’s concert halls, with a little detour via the presidential palace in Paris. 

ENCORE!
ENCORE! © France 24

DOWN TO EARTH

Hunters: Enemies or allies of the environment?

Hunters claim to be France’s leading ecologists. Yet the tradition divides opinion and has pitted hunters against nature conservationists. As the debate continues to rage, we’re asking: does hunting hurt or help the environment? We travelled to the Camargue region of southern France to find out more.

Hunters: Allies of the Environment?
Hunters: Allies of the Environment? © France 24

FOCUS

What’s behind the spate of farmer suicides in India?

Agriculture is the largest employer in India, with nearly 50 percent of the country’s workforce employed in it in one form or another. But this crucial sector is reeling from a spate of farmer suicides – one of the highest rates in the world. FRANCE 24 reports from Punjab, India’s breadbasket and one of the worst affected states.

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