Macron contracts Covid-19, Alvin Ailey becomes virtual and essential for a French holiday party

French President Emmanuel Macron’s diagnosis of Covid-19 made several EU leaders who had been in contact with him isolated just one week before Christmas. Jowhartraveled to Tunisia, where a fruit supplier’s self-ignition 10 years ago launched the Arab Spring; the famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater begins a new season completely online; and why are the French so skeptical of vaccines?

ARTICLES

French President Emmanuel Macron tests positive for Covid-19

Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, the Élysée Palace announced on Thursday, causing other French and EU leaders to isolate themselves after coming into contact with the French president over the past week.

Covid-19: Bars, restaurants and dinners with friends among high-risk activities, finds French study

Spending time in a bar or restaurant increases the risk of catching Covid-19, French researchers said on Thursday, while guests at dinner also play a key role in the transfer.

Covid-19: No return to “normal” life until autumn 2021, says French government adviser

The public is unlikely to see a return to “normal” life after coronavirus before the fall of 2021, the president of the French Scientific Council, which advises the government on the Covid-19 pandemic, said on Friday.

Pedestrians walk down a street in Nantes in western France on December 16, 2020. © Loic Venance, AFP

Widow in January 2015 Paris attacker sentenced to 30 years in prison

A French court found 14 accomplices of the French Islamist militants guilty of the January 2015 jihadist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper and a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

From foie gras to búche de Noël: The essentials of a French holiday party

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, as the song goes – if you do not live in France, where it could be a guinea fowl or a wild boar that puts on weight. With Covid-19 playing Scrooge this year and the World Health Organization recommending limiting holiday collections to the nuclear family (with masks on), what is there to look forward to if not a delicious party?

Suspension of councilors raises concerns about silencing victims of sexual abuse in Japan

A rural Japanese town voted its only female adviser out of her seat after she accused the mayor of sexual abuse. The public referendum on whether she had damaged the city’s reputation highlighted the backlash against women who appear with allegations of sexual abuse.

France’s cultural sector is mobilized over continued closures when the locking of Covid-19 is lifted

France came out of its second Covid-19 lockdown with new daily infections that are still well above the government’s 5,000-daily target. A curfew from 20 to 06 is still in force and cultural venues are still closed, causing anger across the sector.

Le Sinne Théâtre vide de la Sinne à Mulhouse, 29 October 2020 SEBASTIEN BOZON AFP / Arkiv

VIDEO REPORTS

Sea foam trains Australian beaches in the middle of extreme weather

Children rushed in thick, bubbling sea foam that covered parts of beaches on Australia’s Gold Coast for two days. The foam consists mostly of decaying organic material and occurs naturally, but this time appeared in larger quantities than usual in the middle of an extreme sea weather.

‘Coral IVF’: A Way to Save the Great Barrier Reef?

A fertilization technique called “coral IVF” involving the collection of coral sperm and eggs has shown signs of recovering some of the damage to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which has lost more than half of its coral over the past three decades due to global warming pollution. and other threats.

A researcher distributes coral larvae on part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. © Great Barrier Reef Foundation / Reuters / France 24

TV SHOWS ONLINE

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Company debuts its first season online

‘It’s the season to watch virtual dance and music shows from your couch. The famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater began its brand new online season called “Ailey Forward” in December, with new works choreographed and performed during the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing in mind. Deputy Artistic Director Matthew Rushing spoke to FRANCE 24.

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How the music industry managed Covid-19 and what we look forward to in 2021

Our music critics look back on the highs and lows of 2020, when Covid-19 lock-in and restrictions hit the music world hard. How have artists fared? What were the big hits and our favorite interviews? And what do we look forward to in 2021?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Why are the French so skeptical of vaccines?

France is getting ready to launch a nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign – but more than 50 percent of French people say they have no intention of getting a jab. It may seem paradoxical, but the country that saw Louis Pasteur’s groundbreaking discoveries in immunology is also one of the world’s most skeptical about vaccines. Where does this attitude come from and what does public health care do about it?

FOCUS

Tunisia still faces major economic challenges, a decade after the revolution

It has been almost exactly ten years since the Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire to protest police harassment and triggered the Tunisian revolution and the Arab Spring. Tunisia’s economy is still very fragile, with hundreds of thousands of academics out of work and the Covid-19 pandemic making things worse. Our correspondents traveled to several regions and found that the revolution’s demands for social justice, employment and dignity were largely not met.

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Exporting banned pesticides: EU double-action tactics?

Since the EU banned the use of various dangerous pesticides in its Member States, agrochemical giants have continued to produce them in Europe for legal export. More than 80,000 tonnes left the EU in 2018, with the US, Brazil, Ukraine and Morocco the main destinations. The irony is that these countries then export food products back to Europe. An investigation by Greenpeace and the Swiss non-governmental organization Public Eye revealed the extent of the trade.

THE 51 PERCENT

End the stigma of miscarriage: Why do people shy away from talking about it in public?

Very few people talk openly about miscarriage, and yet about one in four women will experience one. We look at how to end this stigma in a special issue focusing on reproductive health and talk to the Finnish journalist Pihla Hintikka, the author of a feminist guide to pregnancy.

REVISIT

Afghanistan: The French heritage in the province of Kapisa

When France sent troops to Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014, most served in Kapisa. The province had a reputation for being the worst place to send: Of the 89 French soldiers who died in Afghanistan, two-thirds died in Kapisa and fought the Taliban along with the Afghan army.

YOU ARE HERE

Winter warmer: Discover typical French soups

Each region of France is proud of its own local soup. Cabbage soup from the village of Queyrières in the Auvergne region, simple and satisfying, has been passed down through the generations – old photos and poems even testify to its importance. In the southwestern region of Béarn, a thick broom is served at any time of the day.

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TECHNIQUE 24

Cyberpunk 2077: Can Risk of Attack Be Avoided in Video Games?

After a journalist had an epileptic seizure while playing the video game Cyberpunk 2077, which uses fast flashing lights and other animations, we look at problems with the game. And from tactile gloves to stealth technology and from lasers to drones, how will the soldiers of the future be equipped?

MIDDLE EAST ISSUES

Windsurfing and rugby in Baghdad: New sport arouses Iraqi interest

The Iraqi capital may not be known as a hub for sports skills, but that may be about to change. A new generation that wants to have fun and embrace new challenges emerges from the chaos of war. But it is not always ordinary sailing, as our correspondents in Baghdad discovered.

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