France’s Reunion Island, a land of contrasts
03 December 2022 | 12:29 pm
It's nicknamed the intense island. Located 10,000 kilometres from the French mainland, in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island contains a thousand treasures for the senses. Some 40 percent of the territory is a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the coast, whale song punctuates the missions of oceanographers.
One of the most popular holiday destinations for French people is the campsite. Argelès-sur-Mer, in the eastern Pyrenees, is the town with the largest amount of camping accommodation in Europe. In the summer, this Western corner of the Mediterranean sees its population increase tenfold. We meet two brothers who run a campsite in Argelès.
French authorities have warned there is a high risk of arbitrary detention in Iran. The announcement comes one day after Iranian television aired "confessions" from two French nationals held on espionage charges.
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A far-right MP shouted "go back to Africa!" as a Black lawmaker spoke about stranded migrants. The member of the anti-immigration National Rally party said he was referring to the migrants and not his fellow MP.
Things aren’t looking great for the future of the planet, but this year's Hyères International Fashion Festival has some innovative suggestions. Designers from across the world are coming up with increasingly daring ways to reduce fashion's ecological footprint. The big winners of the festival's 37th edition – Jenny Hytönen, Valentin Lessner and Sini Saavala – show us how it’s done.
The 27-year-old is the first party chief who is not a member of the Le Pen family. He takes over from Marine Le Pen, who stepped down from the leadership ahead of her unsuccessful 2022 run for the presidency.
The French president on Wednesday announced an end to the nearly decade-long Barkhane counter-terrorist mission in Africa. Operation Barkhane had not been operational since February after France announced its military withdrawal from Mali. The last French troops left their base in the Malian town of Gao on Aug.15.
France and Italy trade barbs in the papers as tensions boil over regarding the Ocean Viking migrant ship rejected by Italian authorities. Also, Donald Trump gets roasted by his favourite newspaper, the New York Post, over lacklustre Republican results in the midterms. Finally, discover your climate change moniker with the Arctic Risk Name Generator!
France's interior minister has sharply criticized Rome for refusing to allow the ship to dock at an Italian port. He announced France is suspending plans to take in 3,500 migrants from Italy.
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