In the midst of growing concerns about police brutality, the French police guard has been directed towards a controversial reform. We also look at the human cost of Armenia’s defeat in Nagorno-Karabakh, Denmark, reveals a giant wind-powered vertical farm, and as the pandemic continues to restrict movement, a French soap opera has found a high-tech way to deal with the absence of an isolating cast member.
” Lack of public trust ”: France is considering reforming its police watchdog
Outrage over high-profile cases of police brutality has revived talk of a culture of impunity in French law enforcement and increased scrutiny of the country’s police watchdog, IGPN (l’inspection générale de la Police nationale), which critics say is hampered by a lack of independence.
France is debating human rights at home while still selling arms to oppressive regimes
When French President Emmanuel Macron faces accusations that he is moving to restrict the civil rights of his country and reduce transparency, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi recently emphasized state visits to France. to arms sales.
After bold promises, Macron on the defensive of his climate policy
French President Emmanuel Macron promised € 15 billion in new funding in June to speed up the transition to a greener economy and said he would be prepared to call a referendum on revising the constitution to include climate goals. Six months later, he is defending his record against critics.
French President Emmanuel Macron will speak at the Elysée Palace on 1 December 2020. BENOIT TESSIER POOL / AFP / Archive
Japan is struggling with a record number of bear attacks in the middle of rural depopulation
At least two people have been killed and more than 140 injured in Japan in the past six months, as the number of bear sightings in populated areas has reached a five-year high and the country is facing its worst year ever for attacks. Experts warn that with increasing rural depopulation, bear attacks may still become more common.
Japan recorded its highest number of bear attacks ever in 2020 with experts warning of more frequent attacks. © France 24
In the midst of verbal snags, Macron and Turkey’s Erdogan could be ideal enemies
Relations between Turkey and France fell to new heights this week as the countries’ heads of state engaged in the latest match of vitriol, which had all the colors and spectacle of a ring sport.
A wind-driven vertical farm: Giant urban farm opens in Denmark
Inside a warehouse in an industrial area in Copenhagen, large stacks of plants float almost to the roof. In time, this newly opened vertical farm will be one of the largest in Europe, while power from Denmark’s wind turbines will ensure that it is carbon neutral, according to the company behind it.
A vertical farm run by Nordic Harvest in Copenhagen, Denmark. © AFP / FRANCE 24
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Is the French police in a crisis of confidence?
Historically, the relationship between the French people and the French police has been tough, but in recent years there has been a downward spiral, which raises the question: Is the French police in a crisis of confidence? This increased mistrust comes amid outrage over a new security bill that is considered a danger to civil liberties. President Emmanuel Macron says there is an urgent need to reform France’s security forces, from their working conditions to public relations. He has promised to increase trust between the French and their police. But is it too late?
Face change: France’s best soap uses ‘deepfake’ technology for self-isolating actress
As the pandemic continues to stand in the way of filming, the popular soap opera “Plus Belle La Vie” (“Life’s So Sweet”) has turned to groundbreaking technology to combat the absence of a self-isolating game member. The show, which takes place in the southern city of Marseille, enlisted the help of an anonymous French YouTuber who specializes in “deepfake”, a technique that allows faces to be placed on bodies.
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Culture is left out in the cold as the French lockdown gradually lifts
French Prime Minister Jean Castex lost hope among art lovers and industry professionals when he announced that theaters, museums and cinemas in France would not be allowed to open before the New Year. We look at some of the frustrations in the film industry, where producers and distributors had been looking forward to a lucrative moment for new releases.
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Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun releases powerful and moving back-to-back albums
With almost two decades of music behind him, the Norwegian singer-songwriter Ane Brun has made a name for herself around the world as a moving and passionate songwriter. This fall, she is back with her first original music in five years, two albums released a month apart: “After the Great Storm” and “How Beauty Holds the Hand of Sorrow”. She tells Jowharabout different moods and musical landscapes on the album and how they reflect two sides of her.
Movie show: Clint Eastwood and old erotic movies on our stocking list
FRANCE 24’s film critic discusses this week’s film news, including her favorite French film of the year, the lesbian love story “Deux” (“Two of Us”), which has been sent to Oscar in the International Film category. We are also looking at some remarkable pictures ahead of the 125th anniversary of the world’s first public film screening on December 28, 1895 in Paris.
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“We reject all agreements that would involve Haftar,” Libya’s defense minister told FRANCE 24
Jowharspoke with Salah el Din Al-Namroush, defense minister of one of Libya’s two rival governments, the UN-recognized government for the National Accord. He described the influential rebel commander Khalifa Haftar, who commands the Libyan national army and retains control of large parts of the country, as a “war criminal” and said no future political agreement could be reached with him.
Lord Chris Patten: “Hong Kong has been handcuffed by the Chinese regime”
Lord Chris Patten, who was the last British governor in Hong Kong, said that China had betrayed its commitment to preserve “one country, two systems” in the city. “Hong Kong has been handcuffed by the Chinese regime,” Patten said, referring to Beijing’s crackdown there in recent months. Speaking of the Chinese Communist Party, he was clear: “You can not trust it [it] longer than you can spit. “
Beirut port explosion: Lebanon’s army to the rescue
On August 4, 2020, double explosions hit the port of Beirut when about 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate went up in smoke. More than 200 people were killed, thousands were injured and entire neighborhoods were destroyed. When the locals ran into action, the Lebanese army was in the front line to prevent looting and secure the site. Our Beirut correspondent followed some of these soldiers as they encountered what may prove to be the greatest challenge of their careers.
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France’s Jura mountains, a paradise for cross-country skiers
The white blanket from France’s eastern Jura mountains stretches 340 kilometers along the Swiss border. Hiking across this wilderness is an unforgettable journey. We follow a small group of cross-country skiers for a three-day hike through pines, frozen lakes, soft slopes and sunny peaks. At night we stop at a cottage to try rösti, a local Jura specialty. At the Franco-Swiss border, we discover a passage where resistance fighters and Jews risked their lives to escape occupied France between 1941 and 1945.
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The human cost of Armenia’s defeat in Nagorno-Karabakh
Last month, a Russian-brokered ceasefire ended a six-week battle between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The conflict left thousands dead and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes. In the aftermath of the war, some in Armenia are still looking for family members who have not yet been reported. FRANCE 24’s Roméo Langlois and Mohamed Farhat report.
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Tired, lonely and frustrated: France’s elderly speak
In France, patients over the age of 65 account for at least 92 percent of all Covid-19 deaths across the country, and infection is particularly high among the elderly. But ahead of a second suspension, it has been a difficult balance for authorities, families and pensioners themselves, caught between the fear of infection and misery of isolation. To give us her views on this issue, we meet the activist Armelle Le Bigot Macaux, who chairs the School of European Grand Parents, an association that supports and advocates grandparents.
By 2020, the world had to produce, consume and communicate differently
The year 2020 will go down in history – but not necessarily for the best reasons! But back in January, the pandemic was not yet on everyone’s radar, and Paris Fashion Week continued as planned. People hugged, kissed and did not think twice about jumping on a plane to attend the event. But when France was locked up in March, the fashion world had to invent itself and find new ways to create, consume and communicate.
Laetitia Casta – Jacquemus “l’année 97“ Collection Hiver 2020 © Valentinherfray