Historian Vincent Duclert is the head of the research commission on the French archives relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He recently handed over to President Emmanuel Macron a highly-awaited report on France's role in the massacres. Duclert explains that "there isn't a single archive... that showed that France wanted to be part of the criminal enterprise". But he adds that by supporting Rwanda's Hutu President Juvénal Habyarimana, François Mitterrand-era France bears an immense responsibility: "when you put such an ethnic colour on matters, you end up with a genocide".
The French government wants to reserve homeschooling for children suffering from illness or undergoing intensive training in music or sports. The proposed legislation takes aim at families who supposedly opt for homeschooling to subvert France's much-cherished value of laïcité, or state secularism. But impacted families say they have the legal right to teach their children as they see fit.
Hyacinths as far as the eye can see grow over dozens of hectares of land in the Finistere area of Brittany in France. Every spring, the horticultural company "Kaandorp" organises the "Flower Festival", and invites the public to come and discover its multicoloured fields, on the tip of La Torche in Finistere.
In this special edition of the Debate: It was a measure Emmanuel Macron had hoped to avoid, but on Thursday the government finally felt forced to lock down Paris and the greater Île-de-France region, as well as a string of other regions as the Covid-19 pandemic is swamping overall hospital capacity. Our guests discuss the efficiency of the government's latest announcement.
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Financial rewards for turning in poachers: that's the unusual new approach being adopted by several French animal welfare organisations in a bid to stop people killing protected species such as the lynx. The feline is on the IUCN's "Red List" of endangered species and there are only an estimated 150 of them left in France. Some NGOs are offering up to €50,000 as a reward for information on poachers. But locals are divided on the initiative, as our colleagues at France 2 found out, with FRANCE 24's Emerald Maxwell and Wassim Cornet.