Writer Nick Hornby: ‘The struggles of women are often more compelling than those of men’
27 June 2020 | 3:47 pm
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.
Tucked away in an indoor market in Manchester, northwest England, lies the last shop in Britain dedicated to selling cassettes. Mars Tapes, founded in 2019 by a group of music lovers, is tapping into a nostalgic trend in cultural consumption accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic.
British electronic duo Jungle appeared out of nowhere in late 2013 as a mystery group, but their slick funk-pop singles quickly propelled them to fame. Their 2014 self-titled debut album was certified Gold in the UK and their follow up album "For Ever" confirmed their success around the world. This summer, they released their third studio album "Loving in Stereo", a collection of wall-to-wall bangers bursting with life. Josh Lloyd-Watson sat down with FRANCE 24's Florence Villeminot to talk about what inspired this 13-track bundle of love.
The press is widely covering the UN General Assembly, with discussions on climate change, Covid-19, AUKUS and China. We also discuss a debate over "shameful" medical terms, the benefits of gardens, plus new research that has found that, yes, cheese is good for your heart.
A man pelts French President Emmanuel Macron with an egg during his visit to a restaurant and hotel trade fair in the southeastern city of Lyon.
We start by looking at how the German papers are covering the upcoming coalition talks. We then focus on disgraced US singer R. Kelly’s conviction for sex trafficking. Variety wonders if his music should be banned from streaming sites. We also see how the fight for the right to an abortion continues in France. Finally, we take a look at the non-fairy tale coverage of Japan's upcoming royal wedding.
At the Rennes women's prison in western France, a team of inmates and guards are working hard to beat the French indoor rowing record for the most kilometres covered in 24 hours, a challenge that offers a moment of escape, cohesion and self-improvement.
Pope Francis expresses his personal shame and that of the Church at the sexual abuse of children by French Catholic clergy, and offers the victims his prayers, after the scale of the problem was laid bare in a devastating report. An independent commission revealed earlier this week that French Catholic clergy sexually abused around 216,000 minors over seven decades since 1950, calling the scandal a "massive phenomenon" that was covered up by a "veil of silence".
Rifaat al-Assad, dubbed the butcher of Hama, was exiled by the Syrian president's late father. He was facing four years behind bars in France for laundering embezzled funds.
It is estimated that 216,000 children have been abused clerics in the French Catholic Church since the 1950s. The inquiry that unearthed the scale of the abuse could also lead the way to reforms within the church.
He's been sending up the French as an English man in Paris for a good few years now - and they LOVE it.The British comedian’s YouTube videos have been viewed more than 20 million times. His show ‘So British ou Presque’ is on tour around France starting at Paris' Grand Rex. It's in English, half in French. Paul Taylor speaks to Eve Jackson about the clichés or differences between Brits and the French.
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