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Lagos: A city bursting at the seams

Every day, thousands of people move to the Nigerian city of Lagos. Many of them come from rural areas in the hope of finding work and a better life. But the swelling population is putting the city under intense pressure.

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19 Oct 2021
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22 Oct 2021
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30 Oct 2021
30 Oct 2021
When you picture the French capital, you probably think of beautiful monuments, romantic cafés and pretty parks. But for many tourists in Paris, the city is just too dirty. Whether it’s the urine-soaked streets, ubiquitous dog poop or countless cigarette butts, the reality of everyday Paris is often at odds with the postcard version. Paris authorities pump a lot of money and manpower into keeping the city clean. So what's the problem? Could it be Parisians themselves? In this episode of French Connections Plus, Florence Villeminot and Genie Godula investigate the capital's filthy reputation.
3 Nov 2021
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2 Nov 2021
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1 Nov 2021
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2 Nov 2021
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4 Nov 2021
On Monday, a 21-storey building collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos, trapping an estimated 50 people. Over 20 people have so far been confirmed dead and brought out of the rubble but there have also been survivors.⁣ As emergency workers continue their quest to hopefully get more people out alive, here's what we know so far about the November 1 disaster.⁣