French President Emmanuel Macron criticized the English-language press this week in the middle of a campaign against “Islamic separatism” in France; fear of electoral violence in Uganda; The French parliament is debating a controversial security law, which raises fears of censorship. and the man behind the myth of the resistance hero Charles De Gaulle.
Legitimize violence? Macron receives the Anglo-American press
President Emmanuel Macron took time on his hectic schedule this week to criticize the English-language press for its coverage of the fight against “Islamist separatism”. Macron accused the British and American media of “legitimizing violence” with his criticism and of portraying France as “racist and Islamophobic”.
Armed men in T-shirts apply the law and trigger fear of electoral violence in Uganda
Uganda witnessed its worst violence in ten years this week as protesters took to the streets to protest the arrest of opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine. Violence in violence and the state’s use of armed militias raised alarms when President Yoweri Museveni, Africa’s longest-serving leader, faces a challenge in an election in January.
French security bill bans photos of police
A new French security bill bans the dissemination of images of police officers doing their jobs. Supporters of the legislation say it would protect officials from retaliation and “malicious” personal attacks on social media. Destroyers say it threatens to make it more difficult for journalists and NGOs to report police crimes.
The death of the senior al Qaeda commander reveals “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 reportedly responsible for several attacks on 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: Smart and humorous Covid-19 ads from around the world
A heavy-in-the-cheek Covid-19 public service announcement from Germany that lifted couch potatoes to heroes became a sensation on social media. Many ads for coronavirus awareness rely on fear or strike a gloomy tone with now-well-known tropics – including the rising drone shots in empty cityscapes and swells of sad music. But another genre differs with humor or smart ways of living now, often with a view to reaching young people. Jowharlooks at some of the best.
French chefs put on their aprons to help less fortunate during coronavirus lock-in
Restaurants all over France are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. While some chefs have hung up their aprons, others have decided to gather and use their skills to help the country’s most vulnerable.
Chefs organize in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis © France 24 screenshots
“I do not take the risk”: France leads the world in Covid-19 vaccine skepticism
Promising test results have led to hopes that a Covid-19 vaccine will soon be on the way. But will the vaccine be effective if many refuse to take it? The issue worries the French authorities, where “vaccine certainty” is among the highest in the world.
A recent Ipos study showed that only 54 percent of French people say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine if there was one. © Reuters / France 24
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Exclusive: The modern Covid-19 vaccine has been made “quickly but thoroughly”, says the chairman
In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Noubar Afeyan, founder and chairman of Moderna, discussed his biotechnology company’s Covid-19 vaccine, which clinical trials show is 94.5% effective. The Lebanese-American entrepreneur assured that the vaccine is safe and said that it had been created “quickly but thoroughly”. He also revealed that it can remain stable in the refrigerator for “up to 30 days”.
Modern President Noubar Afeyan © France 24 screenshots
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Charles de Gaulle: The men behind the myths
This week we explore the life and legacy of Charles de Gaulle, who died 50 years ago this week. To many, he is the undisputed French hero: a warlord who led the resistance against the Nazis during World War II before years later became the first president of the Fifth Republic. For most 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 © France 24 screenshots
Beaujolais nouveau: The Covid-19 pandemic dampens the celebration of new French wine
On the third Thursday in November, France marks the arrival of Beaujolais nouveau. It is the country’s most famous “vin primeur” (young wine) and originates from the beautiful and very protected wine-producing region of Beaujolais north of Lyon. But this year, the coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on what is otherwise a festive party in France and large parts of the world.
Judges say Booker Prize winner ‘Shuggie Bain’ is ‘destined to become a classic’
A story of poverty, abuse and the power of motherly love in the 1980s, Glasgow has been named the winner of Britain’s best literary prize. Debut writer Douglas Stuart paid tribute to his late mother after receiving the news of his Booker Prize win, saying she “is on every page of this book”.
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Beirut’s fashion designers show creativity in the face of chaos
Lebanese couture is known worldwide for its flamboyance and artistry, with collections designed for clients based in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and the United States. But in recent months, a devastating economic crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and August’s catastrophic port explosion in Beirut have threatened the industry. Some of Beirut’s biggest names, including Elie Saab and Tony Ward, spoke to Jowharabout their experience in recent months.
Fashion © France 24 screenshots
Protect the living, honor the dead: end violence against women in France
Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25, we give you a special documentary about domestic violence. Every year in France, more than 220,000 women are abused by a partner or ex-partner. This abuse usually takes place behind closed doors and takes many forms: assault, rape, sexual mutilation, kidnappings. Tragically, more than 150 women were seen dead last year.
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Crosses, pigeons and bridges: the legacy of the Auvergne region of France
The crosses in France’s central Auvergne region are relics of the past that tend to be ignored; almost 3,000 of them are sitting on the side of a road. A little further south in the Puy-de-Dôme area, the Courgoul valley is full of weather-based bridges.
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The New Parisienne: Meet the women who change the city
Unpack the myth of the Parisian woman, whose sense of style is still seen as the global benchmark for chic. She is often portrayed as smooth and seductive, she is usually also white. We talk 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 © France 24 screenshots