Individual cases of those who have caught the coronavirus are grabbing headlines, such as the culture minister here in France. As markets suffer a disastrous day in the US, we take a look at online reactions. Finally, the fear factor is expanding - we take a look at some examples.
Thousands gathered in western France on Saturday to break the world record for the largest ever gathering of Smurfs. Around 3500 people set aside fears of the coronavirus to dress up as the characters, which come from a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest.
Over the past year in France, the Yellow Vest protest movement often descended into violence, with some police officers facing criticism for what many saw as their heavy-handed response. Our France 2 colleagues Ambrine Bdida and Mathieu Hauville take us behind the scenes of the French national police training academy, where some 330 new recruits are being prepared for the unique challenges of a demanding job.
Here in France, the average life expectancy is going up, while the proportion of people aged over 65 is also rising steadily. While some older people can live independently for years, others with more complex needs often choose to live in a retirement home. We discuss the increasingly pressing question of housing and care options available to senior citizens with Serge Guérin, sociologist and retirement specialist. We also look at a groundbreaking initiative to bridge the gap between generations.
A teenager from Grenoble is at the centre of a debate on freedom of expression and the right to blaspheme, this after she became a target of death threats for criticising Islam online. The divisive discussion that has followed is a reminder of the aftermath of the 'Charlie Hebdo' shooting. The satirical magazine's mockery of religion led its journalists to be targeted by vengeful jihadists. #JeSuisMila (I am Mila) is the online campaign of support for free speech in all its forms, even where it offends, in an echo of the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag that emerged after the 2015 terror attack.