AFPTV looks back at the top climate stories of 2019
18 December 2019 | 10:50 am
From wildfires and smog to school strikes and Antarctic tourism, AFPTV looks back at some of the top climate and environment stories around the world in 2019.
15 May 2021
As vaccinations increase, Germany is experimenting with tourism in one of its most-visited coastal regions. The popular island of Sylt and other resort areas are allowed to welcome guests — under strict stipulations.
29 May 2021
Before the pandemic, the Italian city of Venice was overrun with tourists and was looking for ways to restrict numbers. Now that Italy’s lockdown restrictions are easing, the city is looking forward to the much-needed tourist revenue.
20 Jun 2021
Seville's pandemic-hit tourism sector is hoping to get a shot in the arm from UEFA's last-minute decision to name the southern Spanish city as a host for Euro 2020 matches. While thousands of football fans are set to flock to the city later this month, hotels, restaurants and bars warn the event won't be enough to make up for the collapse in business brought on by the health crisis.
20 Jun 2021
Disneyland Paris has reopened after nearly eight months of Covid-19 restrictions. Masks are still required, but it could mark a symbolic turning point for France's tourism industry. Also in the show: the EU gives Greece the green light for €30 billion in recovery funds and the World Bank issues a blow to El Salvador's efforts to use Bitcoin as legal currency.
20 Jun 2021
Pyramids, Tutankhamun masks, Nefertiti busts -- Egypt's souvenir craftspeople are pinning their hopes on a new lease of life, after tourism was battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Anticipating a surge in tourists, the government is investing millions in local replica production to boost revenue.
1 Jul 2021
A United Nations report says the global tourism industry will face huge losses due to lockdowns and vaccine disparity. Developing nations and countries with low vaccination rates are expected to suffer more.
In the lush green fields of Egypt's fertile Delta Valley, farmers and artisans are struggling to make a living as they keep alive the Pharaonic-era tradition of making papyrus.
In a square in central Fez, the steady beat of hammers on copper has returned - a welcome signal for the ancient Moroccan city's thousands of artisans that trade is slowly picking up after a brutal COVID-induced slump. Activity is still some way below pre-pandemic levels, and master coppersmith Mohammed Kobbi says the high cost of the metal has hit profit margins. "The situation is starting to improve," he told Reuters as he hurried past Seffarine Square to deliver an order of eight large pans to a local restaurant.
While some are fleeing the erupting volcano on the small Spanish Canary Island of La Palma, others are flying there precisely because of it. Stefanie Claudia Müller reports on an island torn between hardship and tourism.
International travel picked up over the summer, but Covid-19 is still expected to cost the global tourism industry some €1.8 trillion in 2021. Also, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire remains optimistic about the recovery despite concerns over the Omicron variant, and farmers in India continue their protest movement despite concessions from the government.
As Covid-19 infections rise around the EU and some member states impose new restrictions, FRANCE 24 speaks to Greece’s Tourism Minister about the continent’s next steps. We also discuss irregular migration on the European Union's external borders - including those of France and of Greece.
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The telecoms and aviation industries went head to head in the United States this week over 5G, a technology that's constantly finding itself the subject of controversy. Just as AT&T and Verizon began switching on their 5G masts, major US airlines warned of a "catastrophe" should the network interfere with planes' ability to land. FRANCE 24's Technology Editor Peter O'Brien explains the technical details, and casts an eye over the future of cellular communications worldwide.
49 mins ago
In a week when France has been at the forefront of EU news thanks to heated exchanges between President Macron and Members of the European Parliament, we speak to leading French MEP from the president's political group, Fabienne Keller. The former Strasbourg mayor tells FRANCE 24 Emmanuel Macron is "determined" to make progress on key issues including rule of law in the EU, and argues that he should be re-elected as French leader, saying "he needs five more years to finish the job".
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2022 is not yet one month old, but already around a thousand people have made "irregular" crossings from France to the United Kingdom – putting a spotlight back onto the issue of migration between the European Union and its former member state. Margaritis Schinas is European Commission Vice-President, and the Commissioner in charge of migration and asylum issues. He tells FRANCE 24 he wants "clarity" from the UK over how it wishes to proceed in tackling the issue of thousands of people risking their lives each year to cross the English Channel.
50 mins ago
Belarusian activist calls on EU leaders to investigate Lukashenko
1 hour ago
Heavy gunfire could be heard coming from several military camps in Burkina Faso early on Sunday (January 23), the government said, but it denied the military had seized power. Heavy arms fire at the capital Ouagadougou's Sangoule Lamizana camp, which houses the army's general staff and a prison whose inmates include soldiers involved in a failed 2015 coup attempt, began at least as early as 5:00 a.m. (0500 GMT), a Reuters reporter said. The reporter later saw soldiers firing into the air in the camp. A witness also reported gunfire at a military camp in Kaya, around 100 kms (62 miles) north of Ouagadougou.
2 hours ago
European Union interior ministers discussed border security and asylum at a meeting in Lithuania. The EU home affairs commissioner urged preemptive action outside the bloc and condemned the policy of pushbacks.