A possible far-right victory in France: Scare tactic or real danger?
07 April 2022 | 12:38 pm
With three days to go until the first round of the presidential election, French voters are uninterested and undecided, leaving paper La Croix concerned about the country's future. Is alarm over a possible far-right victory a campaign strategy of Emmanuel Macron, or is far-right contender Marine Le Pen "more of a threat than ever before"? We also look at reactions in Burkina Faso to the trial over Thomas Sankara's 1987 assassination, as well as US sanctions on Vladimir Putin's daughters and French campaign goodies.
France to build up to 14 new nuclear reactors by 2050, says Macron. Emmanuel Macron has announced a “renaissance” for the French nuclear industry with a vast programme to build as many as 14 new reactors, arguing that it would help end the country's reliance on fossil fuels and make France carbon neutral by 2050.
The French presidential election is just around the corner. With the official campaign period in full swing, we explore a particularity of the French electoral system: a candidate's access to mass media. France has a very egalitarian view when it comes to a candidate's access to TV and radio. The idea is for candidates, big or small, to have an equal playing field and for voters to have access to a wide range of ideas. But is this complex system still in step with modern politics?
60 years ago today the Evian accords were signed that ended the Algerian War of Indpendence. For eight years, French colonial forces and Algerian independence fighters had been locked in a bloody war, but in March 1962, the guns fell silent and 130 years of colonial occupation came to an end. Tonight we are discussing what this means today, where Algeria is going, and the shadow still cast by Algeria's colonial past.
Back in June 2021, Switzerland sentenced Liberian warlord Alieu Kosiah to 20 years in prison for war crimes. Speaking to FRANCE 24, Alain Werner, a Swiss lawyer and the director of the NGO Civitas Maxima, hailed a "historic" verdict for both Liberia and Switzerland. He also shared his thoughts on international justice more broadly, almost two decades after the start of the International Criminal Court.
The signing of the Évian Accords on March 18, 1962 paved the way for Algerian independence in July of that year. But the agreements included a clause that allowed France to continue carrying out nuclear tests in the Algerian desert, causing vast radioactive contamination of land and air. Sixty years later, the victims have not been properly compensated and the extent of the damage not properly assessed. FRANCE 24's Karim Yahiaoui and Jennie Shin report.
Ferat Kocak from the socialist Left party wasn't told of a fresh threat against him by the far-right NSU 2.0 terrorist group, German media reported. His car and parents' home were damaged in an arson attack in 2018.
Paris-based Ukrainian DJ and producer Kate Zubok had to cancel a tour of her homeland and put her musical projects on hold following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. She tells us how the conflict has affected her personally and professionally and how she is trying to remain positive. Up-and-coming Parisian electro popster Lewis OfMan also stopped by the FRANCE 24 studios to tell us about his upbeat, sundrenched debut album "Sonic Poems", which he's currently touring across Europe.
Yvan Colonna, an iconic figure of the Corsican separatist movement, has died in jail after an attack by a fellow inmate. His death has raised fears of violence on the French island just weeks before presidential polls.
After weeks of running neck-and-neck, vetran far-right leader Marine Le Pen has surged ahead of her rival Eric Zemmour. The far-right former TV pundit Zemmour is trying to revive his campaign by toughening, again, his rhetoric.
France's TotalEnergies to stop buying oil from Russia by end of 2022. The French oil giant TotalEnergies will stop buying oil and petroleum products from Russia by the end of this year, after facing criticism over its inaction following the invasion of Ukraine. The company will, however, continue buying Russian gas.
After weeks of running neck-and-neck, veteran French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has surged ahead of her rival Eric Zemmour. The far-right former TV pundit is trying to revive his campaign by toughening his rhetoric once more.
There are just 18 days to go before round one of the French presidential election. In today's show, we see how former socialist president François Hollande is inching towards making a political comeback after the election. We also take a closer look at decades of tumultuous ties between the French state and Corsica in the wake of recent tensions and delve into the powers of the French president.
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