In tonight's show, a Paris appeals court has rejected a request to reopen an investigation into the 1994 death of Rwanda's then president in a plane crash - that crash was a key trigger in the genocide of the Tutsis. Also, major political turmoil continues in Mali with ongoing calls from the opposition for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. And elephants are dying in numbers much higher than usual in Bostwana, a tragic phenomenom that is confounding scientists.
Pragmatism and resilience aren't usually words associated with high-end fashion, but that was before the Covid-19 pandemic. FRANCE 24 takes you around the world to see how designers are innovating. In Beirut, fashion house Tony Ward is turning its attention away from high-end ball gowns and towards other more immediately useful creations. In Marseille, Atelier Bartavelle is sourcing locally and prioritising artistic collaborations. Last but not least, in Taipei, we discover two labels pushing the boundaries of innovation: DYCTeam and Just In XX.
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
In this edition, Banlieue Project visits Ile-Saint-Denis and northern Paris for a glimpse of the world of wax, bazin and bogolan – West African fabrics. We meet Maimouna Traoré, who combines the colourful textiles with her design experience to give school dropouts in France a second chance.
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, when the French hospital system faced an unprecedented health crisis and medical workers were overwhelmed, many foreign medics volunteered to support their French colleagues. Our reporters went to meet Syrian doctors living in France, who are committed to helping their host country – sometimes at the risk of their own lives – and whose skills in warzone medicine proved a valuable asset.
France is continuing to cautiously open up following a nearly two-month lockdown. In Paris, there's a welcome sense of normalcy as people once again fill the capital's famous café terraces. Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot explore how that works with social distancing rules. Also, the Eiffel Tower and cinemas are getting ready to re-open, but strict hygiene rules will apply there too. Finally, will the French be able to celebrate the cherished Fête de la musique music festival? Find out in this edition of French Connections.
It is a sobering statistic: eleven deaths at sea in ten years. Along the coastline of France's Reunion Island, surfers, but also swimmers, are regularly attacked and sometimes killed by sharks. For the island paradise, it's a problem that's causing major concern for the surfing community and the tourism sector. Our reporters Clovis Casali and Julien Sauvaget went to the French overseas department in the Indian Ocean to find out what's being done to shake off its "Shark Island" image.
France is full of different beliefs, but it's also packed with legends. In the southern Hérault region, the miraculous fountain of Lunas is believed to have a healing effect on the eyes. Those who come regularly, equipped with handkerchiefs, make a ritual of it. Meanwhile, at the highest point of Brittany, at an altitude of 385 metres, the Arrée Mountains are populated by strange-looking creatures: the Korrigans. FRANCE 24 takes you on a journey of discovery from south to northwest.
Why is #BlackLivesMatter topping Twitter trends in France? As the whole world watches protests in the United States over the death of George Floyd, François Picard's panel expresses surprise at seeing 20,000 people brave a ban on protesting in Paris to rally over the 2016 death in the custody of gendarmes of 24-year-old Adama Traoré. France abolished slavery for good in 1848, but resentment lingers over its past and tensions between minorities and police spiked during lockdown. How far do the comparisons go?