France: Going green with nuclear power
14 March 2022 | 2:33 pm
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.
Despite criticism from US President Joe Biden's administration, Israel has given the go-ahead for the construction of 3,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank. They are the first to be approved by the new Israeli coalition.
We take a look at one means of assembling a deepfake video online for free and see how this technique has been used to disseminate fake videos of newscasts in Mali. This comes amid a rise in tensions between Bamako and Paris.
Germany has objected to draft EU plans to label nuclear power plants as an environmentally friendly energy source that can help countries reach their climate change goals. Chancellor Olaf Scholz's new three-party coalition government voiced its objections in a formal letter to Brussels, ministers said on Saturday.
Since December, Russia has gradually amassed more than 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine. Amid stalled talks between the US and Russia, French President Emmanuel Macron is embarking on a solo mission to Moscow and then Kyiv, insisting a diplomatic solution is still possible. For more on what to expect from this latest diplomatic push, we spoke to Natia Seskuria, Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. "Russia will not stop at Ukraine," she warned.
In the heart of France's Burgundy vineyards, where villages bear the names of grands crus such as Pommard, Nuit-Saint-Georges and Chablis, preparations are underway for the Saint-Vincent tournante wine festival; a tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages. Every year, in the last week of January, some 20,000 people are expected for the two-day festival. This time, the villages of Gilly-lès-Cîteaux and Vougeot are the lucky hosts. We catch up with Élisabeth, the head of the not-for-profit organisation, but also Bernard, a volunteer winegrower.
Emmanuel Macron is on a special trip to Moscow to meet and talk with Vladimir Putin. The mission: to try and calm matters on the Ukraine-Russia border and avoid what many analysts say is certain war. Macron is representing the EU, with France holding the rotating presidency. What influence does he take into these talks?
France blindsided by US-Australian submarine deal: Sonia Phalnikar reports
France's President Macron calls nuclear energy "sustainable" and is expanding the nuclear power grid. French people support him, but other European countries have taken their nuclear reactors offline over concerns about disasters like Fukushima.
Police fired tear gas at demonstrators on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris on Saturday shortly after a "Freedom Convoy" protesting against Covid-19 restrictions made it into the French capital.
At least seven people were killed following an explosion and fire in southern France, French interior minister Gerald Darmanin said in a tweet on Monday. Darmanin said on his Twitter page he was planning to visit the scene.
Less than 60 days from April's French presidential election, we focus on conservative candidate Valérie Pécresse after her first big rally. Some of her former allies have recently pledged allegiance to Emmanuel Macron as Pécresse stalls in popularity behind Marine Le Pen. The far-right leader is herself being challenged herself by former pundit Eric Zemmour, who can count on the backing of a movement of young supporters called "Generation Z". FRANCE 24 finds out who they are and what their strategy entails.
Six months ago, an ominous sense of déjà vu swept over Afghanistan as the Taliban took control of the country. Unconvinced by the group's pledges to rule differently than in the 1990s, tens of thousands of Afghans fled. While some were evacuated by foreign powers, others had little choice but to embark upon dangerous journeys to safety. Our reporters met up with some recently arrived Afghan refugees in France to find out how they're faring in their new lives.
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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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Striking school cooks in Ghana want a year's backdated salary and an increased feeding grant. Caterers blame soaring prices on the war in Ukraine. Millions of children will not be fed until the issues are resolved.
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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.