Discovering France’s most spectacular roads
18 November 2022 | 2:51 pm
There are some places in France where the destination is less important that the actual journey; beautiful roads that are just delightful to take. The road bordering Lake Annecy is both a challenge and a reward for cycling enthusiasts.
In the southern French city of Nîmes, the passion for Ancient Rome is more alive than ever. For the past decade, the city has been holding the Great Roman Games show every spring. Legionaries, centurions and gladiators invade the city and bring its incredible Roman monuments back to life: in particular the arena, where the Great Games are organised. Thousands of people, young and old alike, turn out to be transported back to the Rome of Julius Caesar.
French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with newly appointed British Prime Minister Liz Truss on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, just a few weeks after Truss had raised eyebrows with comments about him.
France is bustling with classical music events this autumn. Paris's Opéra Bastille is performing Mozart's timeless "The Magic Flute", with Franco-Italian conductor Antonello Manacorda at its helm. He stopped by the FRANCE 24 studios to tell us more about how the themes of this Singspiel still apply in 2022.
Since a partial mobilisation was announced in Russia on September 21, some 260,000 Russians have fled their country to avoid being called up to fight in Ukraine, according to the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
Like the US and other European countries, France is experiencing its own "Great Resignation". Between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, resignations hit an all-time high, at almost 520,000 per quarter. The previous record dated from 2008, just before the financial crisis.
Two French detainees were shown on TV saying they had been plotting to take down the Iranian regime. France has said the spectacle was staged and illegal.
We take a closer look at the petrol shortage hitting certain French service stations. We also hear about the options that US President Joe Biden is mulling in regard to OPEC+'s decision to cut oil supply. Plus, a small French town grapples with rising energy bills.
One of the most popular holiday destinations for French people is the campsite. Argelès-sur-Mer, in the eastern Pyrenees, is the town with the largest amount of camping accommodation in Europe. In the summer, this Western corner of the Mediterranean sees its population increase tenfold. We meet two brothers who run a campsite in Argelès.
French authorities have warned there is a high risk of arbitrary detention in Iran. The announcement comes one day after Iranian television aired "confessions" from two French nationals held on espionage charges.
Flight AF447 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean 13 years ago, killing all 228 people on board. Airbus and Air France are accused of involuntary manslaughter and could face fines of up to $220,000 each.
With energy prices in Europe and around the world rising, there are concerns that this winter in France will be tough. Consumption will need to be reduced, and in a worst-case scenario, cuts will be unavoidable. This is just one of the consequences of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
TRUE. These climate protesters call themselves the “Tyre Extinguishers” and have already targeted more than 10,000 SUVs worldwide. Recently, the vigilante group received negative publicity in French media and online after deflating the tires of a car belonging to a disabled person in Lyon. We tell you more about these anti-SUV activists in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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