Ride-hailing apps go for a test drive in Senegal
15 March 2022 | 5:27 am
Heetch, a French ride-hailing app, has launched in Senegal - one of two such apps to arrive in recent months to test a largely untapped market.
11 Mar 2021
During the past week, Senegal has been rocked by its worst violence in years. It was sparked by the arrest of charismatic opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, who has been charged with rape. Sonko, who is considered a serious contender to replace President Macky Sall in 2024, denies the allegations. He says the charges are politically motivated.
3 Apr 2021
Wrestling in Senegal is a centuries-old tradition rooted in harvest festivals, and draws a fanatical following. Training has resumed after a year of coronavirus-related restrictions that had stopped them from practising their sport and on Sunday, the first major bout since the start of the pandemic will take place in a 20,000-seater stadium just outside of Dakar.
24 Apr 2021
Away from football pitches, horse racing is becoming more and more of a passion for Senegal's youth. For poor families, it can even be a huge opportunity to lift them out of poverty. In Senegal, jockeys earn on average twice the salary of a civil servant. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24's Wassim Cornet.
28 Aug 2021
Twins Aminata and Ramatoulaye Diaw have impressed Senegal by achieving their baccalaureate at the age of only 13, a new record in the African nation.
24 Aug 2021
The former president has died while serving a life term in prison for crimes against humanity. Local media reported that the 79-year-old died of coronavirus.
2 Sep 2021
In a place where concrete is cheap, one man, Doudou Deme, dreams of an ecological, sustainable alternative. Compressed earth bricks, manufactured in his factory outside Dakar, offer better temperature regulation as well as benefiting the planet.
8 Oct 2021
In the northern Senegalese city of Saint-Louis, excavators are ripping up the beach to lay giant blocks of basalt, to keep the sea at bay. Dire warnings about the risk of rising sea levels due to climate change are already a grim reality in Saint-Louis, where seafront residents in the historic fishing quarter are abandoning their homes to the encroaching Atlantic Ocean.
6 Nov 2021
France's oldest and most prestigious literary prize is won by a Sub-Saharan African writer for the first time. Senegal's Mohamed Mbougar Sarr impressed the judges with his novel "The Most Secret Memory of Men". But first, world leaders pledge more support for Africa, a continent which has contributed the least to climate change but which bears the brunt of rising temperatures and environmental disasters.
Senegal's book industry has been riding high on the wave of Mohamed Mbougar Sarr's Goncourt prize. The 31 year-old sensation is reviving interest in Senegalese writers after he won France's top literary award earlier this month.
The president of Guinea-Bissau has negotiated an oil deal with his counterpart from Senegal, without parliamentary approval. Umaro Sissoco Embalo is now facing a ministerial uprising supported by civil society.
Tournament favourites Senegal get off to a rocky start, beating Zimbabwe 1-0 thanks to a penalty in injury time. In Group B's other match, Guinea triumph 1-0, with Malawi's squad depleted from Covid-19. Meanwhile, Morocco and Gabon jump to the top of Group C after beating Ghana and first-timers Comoros. Wassim Cornet is joined by sports editors Simon Harding and James Vasina to talk about the highlights of Day 2.
The Atlas Lions join hosts Cameroon in the knockout stages after they beat Comoros 2-0. Meanwhile pre-tournament favourites Senegal play out a disappointing goaless stalemate with Guinea. Selina Sykes is joined by FRANCE 24 Sports Editor Simon Harding and James Vasina.
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In an interview with FRANCE 24, former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko expressed concern over the fate of the Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant in the eastern city of Mariupol, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin should "never" be trusted. Ukrainian authorities say the fighters have been taken to areas under the control of Russian forces or pro-Russian rebels and will be exchanged at a later date for Russian prisoners.
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They say life imitates art. But in the case of Volodymyr Zelensky, art seemingly predicted life. He went from an acting role as Ukranian leader to a highly admired, real-life wartime president. How to explain such widespread appeal? What does he have that other leaders seem to lack? Régis Genté and Stéphane Siohan are the authors of one of the first French biographies of Volodymyr Zelensky. They joined us for Perspective.
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On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden visited the site of a deadly attack motivated by racial hatred. On May 14, an 18-year-old went on a shooting rampage in the city of Buffalo, killing 10 and injuring three, with the express purpose of targeting Black people. In an emotional speech, the US president spoke out against White supremacy, saying it was a "poison in our body politic".
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Opposition parties and constitutional experts have slammed President Umaro Sissoco Embalo's decision to dissolve parliament. The move has heightened fears in the coup-prone West African nation.
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Driving without legs may seems impossible. But Babatunde Kewejo keeps pushing himself and others to prove that amputees are not a burden to anyone.