French President Emmanuel Macron returned to Lebanon and pushed for urgent reform a month after the devastating Beirut blast that compounded the misery of a nation in economic crisis. Also this week, FRANCE 24 covered the start of the long-awaited Charlie Hebdo terror attacks trial, the unspoken legacy of slavery in France and challenges to centuries of male dominance in the French language.
French President Emmanuel Macron pressed Lebanese leaders to form a new government and enact urgent reforms as he returned to Beirut for his second visit since the devastating August 4 blast. The French leader planted a cedar tree to mark the stricken nation's 100th anniversary and toured neighbourhoods ravaged by last month's deadly port explosion.
The trial of the deadly January 2015 terrorist attacks on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers and a kosher supermarket opened in a Paris court Wednesday after five years of investigations and a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Charlie Hebdo defiantly marked the occasion by republishing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
A row over a right-wing magazine depicting a black lawmaker as a slave in shackles has cast a stark light on the toxic – and largely unspoken – legacy of slavery in France, a country more accustomed to discussing its abolitionist past than the lucrative slave trade it took part in.
Dozens of Iranian women have taken to social media to share their stories of sexual harassment and rape, breaking years of silence and shedding light on a legal system that is weighted against the victims.
With school bags on their backs and masks on their faces, France’s students headed back to class this week at the start of a school year in the shadow of the coronavirus.
"Coronation", Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s latest documentary directed remotely from Europe, probes how ordinary citizens in Wuhan coped during the height of the coronavirus pandemic under the gaze of the all-monitoring state determined to relay a narrative of efficiency, not human loss or sorrow.
President Emmanuel Macron’s drift to the centre-right of France’s political spectrum has opened up a sea of opportunity for the country’s fractured and rudderless left – a space the Greens, long a byword for factionalism and division, are hoping to span and unite.
The coastal Normandy town of Deauville prepared to kick off its annual ode to American cinema despite the coronavirus pandemic. This year's red carpet may be conspicuously short on Hollywood stars but the fête promises to be an inclusive one, with some feature-length imports from the cancelled Cannes Film Festival joining the party.
Talks to resolve a political crisis in Mali remain at a standstill after military commanders toppled president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in an August 18 coup. West African leaders want power ceded to a civilian government within a year but the ruling junta proposes waiting until 2023. FRANCE 24 met with de facto opposition leader and Imam Mahmoud Dicko, who led the movement to oust Keita.
The names of 122 women murdered by men over the past year in France were plastered onto a Paris wall on Sunday night as part of a memorial to mark the first year of a poster campaign that has put the country’s femicide crisis in the spotlight.
Parisians are having to wait hours for a Covid-19 test as demand increases amid soaring new infection rates across the capital.
As the trial of the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks opened in Paris, FRANCE 24 spoke to Maryse Wolinski, widow of cartoonist Georges Wolinski, who was killed with 11 others in the attack on the magazine's offices in Paris. She has written a book in which she addresses Chérif Kouachi, the elder of the two brothers who carried out the massacre.
As French President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up an official visit to Baghdad, former Iraqi prime minister Ayad Allawi spoke to FRANCE 24 about the challenges facing the country's new government and its increasingly complex relations with neighbouring Iran, saying Tehran's interventions "weaken the whole region".
French is a tricky language. On top of the complicated grammar, there’s the masculine and feminine. It makes you wonder: Is the French language inherently sexist?
Lebanon is on its knees following the deadly explosion that hit the port of Beirut on August 4 and destroyed part of the city against a backdrop of government negligence, corruption and popular revolt. Our reporters followed the daily life of a group of young friends who opened up about their fears, hopes and dreams with the sincerity of those who have nothing left to lose.
It's being touted as the first major international film festival since the outbreak of Covid-19. Culture editor Eve Jackson gives us the lowdown from Venice as the curtain rises on the Mostra, with strict health and safety measures in place. We also take a musical journey to Marseille, where the MUCEM museum has an exhibition exploring music and oral traditions from the Middle East.
Bordeaux is best known as France's wine HQ. But over the past decade, this wonderful old metropolis that's 10 times smaller than Paris has been enjoying a new lease of life thanks to huge investment in culture and transport – that includes an impressive wine museum. Eve Jackson travels to this UNESCO-listed city to discover its buzzing arts scene with a visit to the Cité du Vin and a tour of the regenerated banks of the Garonne river.
In the Karantina neighbourhood of Beirut, which was devastated by the colossal August 4 blast that killed almost 200 people and injured thousands more, psychologists are meeting residents who have lost everything in a bid to help them overcome their trauma.
The French government has unveiled the next phase of its coronavirus stimulus plan. The €100bn will be used to boost economic activity, protect businesses, and create jobs. A third of the funds are earmarked for green investment — with the environment a key pillar of the administration's vision.
THE 51 PERCENT
The 51 Percent returns for its eighth season and kicks off by asking: What will it take to demolish the boys’ club culture that still exists in so many workplaces? We speak to professor Herminia Ibarra, a specialist in leadership and career development, on what it will take to level the playing field.
Seven decades after the end of the Korean War, Seoul embarked on a painstaking task to search for and identify the bodies of fallen soldiers still missing since the war. Our reporters witnessed this unprecedented programme in action that developed along the border between the two Koreas, thanks to an agreement forged with Pyongyang two years ago.