Barbados to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state
In a speech before the Parliament of Barbados, Governor-General Sandra Mason calls for a Barbadian head of state and for the Caribbean island to become a republic by November next year. "The time has come to leave our colonial past behind," says Mason.
Highlights from the Deauville film festival
Sean Durkin’s second feature film The Nest starring Jude Law sweeps the American Film Festival in Deauville. FRANCE 24’s Genie Godula gives us an inside look at the awards ceremony and the highlights of the first big French festival to be held since the Covid lockdown.
The masked Mostra: Highlights from an unprecedented Venice Film Festival
From masked, walled-off red carpet premieres to more female directors than ever, Eve Jackson takes us to Venice with film critic Emma Jones to bring us the highlights from the 77th Venice Film Festival, including interviews with the team behind "Pieces of a Woman", "The Duke" and "I am Greta".
The wonders of wood: Discovering rare French craftsmanship
We take you across France to discover some examples of increasingly rare craftsmanship. On the banks of the Loire River, Gilbert makes wooden moulds for some of France's biggest hat designers. Some 600 kilometres south, in the Pyrenees, the profession of clog maker still exists. The proud inhabitants of the Bethmale valley continue to wear locally made clogs for special occasions. Last but not least, wooden boats known as barquettes have been sailing in and out of Marseille's old port since the 18th century. Denis's family have been making and restoring them for three generations.
Uganda's mountain gorillas enjoy baby boom as pandemic keeps tourists away
The papers look at the situation in Lebanon, one month after the deadly explosions which devastated large parts of Beirut. Also, the Australian papers are outraged over the arrest of a pregnant woman who created a Facebook event seen as "anti-lockdown". Here in France, a literary scandal has erupted between a famous writer and his philosopher son. And Uganda's mountain gorillas enjoy a Covid-19 baby boom!
Bordeaux reborn: A cultural guide
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.