Nick Hornby, the Academy Award-nominated writer of "About a Boy", "High Fidelity" and "Fever Pitch", talks to Eve Jackson about his book "State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts" that's being translated into French, writing about women and why in 2020 Zoë Kravitz was the right choice to play the male protagonist of his cult classic "High Fidelity" in the TV series.
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.
As protests against racial prejudice continue across the world, we look at how discrimination and xenophobia materialise in specific ways in France. We begin with a look back at the history of this French taboo. Next, we take a look at police violence and how some current and former officers have started speaking out. Lastly, we speak to activist and Professor Maboula Soumahoro, who looks at why language and republican ideals add an extra level of complexity to the issue.
We bring you editorial reactions to a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court which enshrines LGBT rights within a sexual discrimination law. Here in France, Libération reacts rather creatively to Emmanuel Macron's warning to French employees that they will have to work more to help turn around the economy. And the French climbing federation is in mourning after the death of its teen prodigy and world champion Luce Douady.
This week, we're following in the unmistakable stride of Charles de Gaulle, as we mark 80 years since his June 18 Appeal to join the Free French Forces against Nazi occupation. Of course, it was actually from London, on the BBC airwaves, that the General launched his call to action, just four days after victorious German troops paraded down Paris's Champs-Élysées. But while the date is forever ingrained in France's collective memory for its historic significance, the truth is that it didn't immediately play out as the founding moment of the French Resistance.
As France slowly opens up after the lockdown, many are wondering about the long-term effects coronavirus is going to have on French society. One big question is "to bise or not to bise?" The "bise" is the traditional French way of saying hello with one or several kisses. As health and hygiene dominate the post-lockdown headlines, Florence Villeminot and Genie Godula discuss whether the French will kiss this cherished practice goodbye. Also, what are the French going to do with their cherished summer vacation? We take a closer look.
French paper Liberation reports on concerns about restrictions on freedom continuing after the Covid-19 pandemic; Bernie Sanders slams Donald Trump in a piece for the Guardian; The New York Times looks at the fate of one billion people in slums at risk of being infected and finally one bored man in confinement recreates iconic movie posters adapted to current pandemic conditions!
It's winter on the French island of Corsica, a place nicknamed the island of beauty. In the village of Piana, we meet Antoine (pictured), a shepherd who will spend six months creating the brocciu, a traditional cheese made from goat's milk. Meanwhile, we see how the island's last travelling butcher keeps life going in the most remote hamlets. For the past 34 years, Jean-Charles has been criss-crossing the treacherous roads of Corsica to keep his customers happy.
In the highly concentrated - and very lucrative - market of dating applications, two French companies are trying to make a difference. "Happn" works with geolocation to bring together strangers who have been in a nearby vicinity. "Once" on the other hand opts for "slow dating" by creating "virtual couples" every day at noon.