Life after lockdown: Exploring the 'new normal' in France
As France eases out of lockdown, people are heading back to their old ways of life, but these feel so unfamiliar. Though the places are the same, the way the French are supposed to navigate life is just different, whether it's wearing a mask or avoiding a kiss to say hello. What long-term impact are the coronavirus and the two-month lockdown going to have on French society? In this episode of French Connections Plus, Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot take a look at the "new normal" in post-lockdown France. FRANCE
A whirlwind tour of French amusement parks
Welcome to the magical world of amusement parks! France is a pioneer in the domain: in 1955, on the northern Opal Coast, Bagatelle welcomed its first visitors, two months before the opening of Disneyland in California. The founder's grandson is at the head of the park today – it’s a family affair! Other must-sees: Parc Astérix, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary last year, and Futuroscope near Poitiers, where amid futuristic buildings, visitors can go around the world in four minutes with their feet in the air. FRANCE 24 takes you on a whirlwind tour.
Barcelona opera house reopens with concert exclusively for plants
After a three-month long closure, the opera house in Barcelona, El Liceu, reopens with its first concert... for 2,292 plants. The initiative, an idea of Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia, looks to examine our relationship with nature and the impact the lockdown has had on public spaces.
'Did TikTokers and K-pop fans foil Trump's Tulsa rally?'
In our first in-studio press review since France's lockdown measures began in March, we explore claims that TikTok users and K-pop fans sabotaged Donald Trump's Tulsa rally, as well as the Egyptian president's threat to intervene in Libya and a petition to change the name of Columbus, Ohio to "Flavortown".
Kurt Cobain's 'unplugged' guitar sells for record-breaking $6 million
Decades after he took his own life, Kurt Cobain's guitar from the legendary MTV Unplugged performance has been sold at auction in Beverly Hills. The instrument sold for $6 million after a bidding war, smashing the previous record for an auctioned guitar.
Ancient Petra a ghost town as pandemic hits Jordan tourism
Only a few months after celebrating one million visitors in a year, the Nabataean ancient city of Petra, Jordan's best known tourist destination, is transformed into a ghost town as it remains closed to visitors after Jordan imposed measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Deserted since Covid-19, Venice reflects on mass tourism and its limits
Italy, severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, is counting on the reopening of European borders to save the summer holiday season. This is particularly true for Venice, one of the country's most visited destinations. Usually severely overcrowded, La Serenissima has found itself without tourists since the lockdown, although they are now arriving back in small numbers. But the city is today questioning its economic model based on mass tourism. Could the Covid-19 crisis become an opportunity to rethink the future of Venice? Our correspondents report.
Faith and feminism: Women and Christianity
Some 2.3 billion people identify as Christians across the globe and yet senior leadership positions in many churches are still prohibited to women. In this special edition, Annette Young meets Reverend Lucinda Laird, the Dean of the American Cathedral in Paris who is a leading female priest in the Episcopal Church. Our team in Rome also reports on how the Vatican is facing growing pressure to boost the representation of women in the Catholic Church.