Coronavirus lockdown adding to misery of Moscow's homeless
The "Rescue Hangar", a project of the Orthodox Church's social department, runs mostly on donations, normally serves around 100 people per day, also offering showers, haircuts and helping broke out-of-towners with tickets home. But during the lockdown, the number of people seeking a hot meal has gone up 500 on some days. And with only one government shelter in the city of 12 million, it has been up to charity groups to fill the demand from the growing homeless population during the lockdown.
In France's Basque Country, traditional skills are a family affair
We take you to France's Basque Country, where traditional know-how is a family affair. We meet Thérèse and Michel Riouspeyrous, wine producers in Irouléguy. Their two sons will one day take over the running of the vineyard. It's a similar story at the Goicoechea artisanal pottery, not far from there, which will pass from father to son in order to perpetuate an old manufacturing technique using a length of rope. We end our journey at the Arrantzaleak restaurant in Ciboure, where father, mother and son are united by the same love of food.
Home-made masterpieces and solitary snaps: Imagery in a time of coronavirus
Art lovers deprived of the possibility of wandering around museums have taken up the "Getty Challenge", recreating iconic paintings with household objects, inspired staging and a large dose of creativity. We also meet the French photographer capturing the ghostly aspect of Paris's streets, as Eric Bouvet documents these unprecedented scenes for the history books.
Pet adoption in times of lockdown: Spotlight on the challenges in France
The lockdown orders aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19 mean most people are stuck at home, with plenty of free time and limited social contact. For some, this has seemed a perfect opportunity to welcome a new furry friend into their lives. Here in France though, adopting a pet hasn't been easy. Animal welfare organisations both large and small have faced major challenges as they try to find homes for the country's four-legged orphans. FRANCE 24's Bryan Quinn reports.
French culture: An 'exception' to be protected?
France is known around the world for its culture. Some go so far as to say it’s exceptional! Literature, cinema, music and art are seen as precious things that must be protected and promoted. The state therefore invests a lot of money in the country’s cultural output. This costly policy - known as the "cultural exception" - has a good return on investment in terms of economic growth, but isn't without controversy. Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot take a closer look in this episode of French Connections Plus.
TV series show: What to watch in your coronavirus quarantine
TV critic Dheepthika Laurent speaks to Eve Jackson about the shows to watch in confinement, including French hit series "Le Bureau des Légendes" and Israeli spy drama "Fauda". They're also joined by the creator of "Le Bureau des Légendes", Eric Rochant.