Cost of living set to dominate French presidential run-off
11 April 2022 | 1:36 pm
With inflation hitting multi-decade highs, the rising cost of living has become the most pressing issue for French voters. Both centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen have promised to help French consumers. Their proposals range from tripling the amount of a one-time tax-free bonus to scrapping income tax for under-30s. FRANCE 24's Yuka Royer takes a closer look at some of the key economic pledges made by the two candidates who are through to the second round.
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His country is very much at the heart of the as-yet unresolved Brexit negotiations, facing the prospect of a “no deal” scenario in the middle of a pandemic: FRANCE 24 spoke to Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. He says that bridging gaps such as the ones on fisheries and fair competition “is not an easy political compromise to strike” between Britain and the EU. Brexit however, has to be resolved “within days”, he says, warning that the absence of an agreement would result in “huge uncertainty and costs that both economies and societies can’t afford right now”.
27 Jan 2021
The risk of vaccine nationalism is a moral quandry - that could also have huge economic consequences. A new report from the International Chamber of Commerce says the unequal distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine could cost the global economy 9 trillion dollars. John Denton, Secretary General of the ICC, says supporting equitable distribution of vaccines is not an act of charity - "it's absolutely economic common sense."
24 Feb 2021
NNPC says N206 is landing cost of PMS, labour rejects N206 as pump price
24 Mar 2021
NNPC Group Managing Director of the Mele Kyari says it will cost about seven billion dollars excluding tax and other necessities to build a new refinery.
22 Apr 2021
Sweden is staying the course with its controversial coronavirus strategy. Teri Schultz posed tough questions to the man in charge in Stockholm.
2 Jun 2021
Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has called for the scrapping of senate to cut cost of governance.
12 Jul 2021
The UK says the EU figure of €47.5 billion was for its "own internal accounting" and does not reflect money owed back to Britain.
14 Jul 2021
Walking among the remains of her shop, which was looted during unrest in South Africa, Thandi Johnson says that she has "nothing left", despite troops being deployed in an attempt to prevent the destruction caused by thousands on the streets. The unrest erupted on the 9th of July after ex-president Jacob Zuma started serving a 15-month term for snubbing a probe into the corruption that stained his nine years in power.
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Notwithstanding the hike in the price of foodstuff, ram and other items in Nigeria due to Eid-el-Kabir, Muslims in Nigeria are celebrating the holy festival also known as Eid-al-Adha. However, with the price of a ram ranging between ₦120,000 and ₦400,000, not everyone is smiling as they observe the yearly ritual.
7 Nov 2021
In 2019, scientists working for South Africa’s government completed a study on the health impacts of pollution from the country's sprawling coal industry. So far, it has not seen the light of day. The study, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters, showed more than 5,000 South Africans die annually in the country’s coal belt because the government has failed to enforce its own air quality standards.
24 Nov 2021
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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.
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Military analysts weigh in on the major takeaways from Russia's now three-month-old war in Ukraine. We also discuss the results of a major probe on sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Church across the United States. Finally, what does democracy look like among crows? French paper Le Parisien gives us an idea.
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Three months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we spoke to French historian Antoine Arjakovsky, a specialist on Ukraine and Russia. He told us that the conflict is a "war of civilisation" between two different visions of the world: Russia, a state that wants to become a "21st-century empire", and the "nation state" of Ukraine. Back before the Russian invasion, when Moscow already controlled Crimea, Arjakovsky gathered with 200 experts. They produced a report in 2019 explaining their fears that Russia would indeed invade the rest of Ukraine – but this warning fell on deaf ears in the West.
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Since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan last year, international aid for the country has dried up. The pandemic and the ongoing food crisis have complicated an already dire economic situation. Unicef says that as more families are pushed deeper into poverty, they are forced to make desperate choices, such as putting children to work and marrying girls off at a young age. Our France 2 colleagues report.
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After suffering racism while fleeing the war in Ukraine, many Africans say they are now experiencing further discrimination in Germany.