France’s former president Hollande inches towards a political comeback
27 March 2022 | 1:42 pm
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.
Colombia's President Ivan Duque has called for an end to the mass anti-government rallies. More than two dozen have died in the unrest stemming from anger over living conditions and heavy-handed police tactics. Planned tax increases set off the protests.
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A Honduran judge authorized on Wednesday the extradition of former president Juan Orlando Hernandez to the United States on drug-trafficking and firearms charges, a decision his defense said it will appeal.
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?
As Russia continues to bombard Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky made a landmark virtual address to the US Congress this week. US lawmakers gave him a standing ovation the moment he showed up on screen. Speaking almost three weeks after the Russian invasion first began, Zelensky showed a graphic video of victims of the war and referred to the September 2001 terror attacks in the US, saying Ukraine has been experiencing a 9/11 every day for three weeks.
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.
Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan is the country's first female president and Africa's only female leader. As she marks one year in office, women in the region judge her performance.
The leader of the continent's top crude oil producer apologises to the country for fuel shortages. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says the race is also on to resolve a national grid failure. Meanwhile, our reporters follow a joint operation between the Ugandan and Congolese armies to track down the ADF militia, who are believed to be behind the killing of thousands of people in eastern DR Congo. And we take a closer look at Colombian entrepreneur Claudia Castellanos' flourishing business in Eswatini.
Who are the people keeping Vladimir Putin in power? Much is made of the oligarchs and their billions of dollars. Their support has been vital to keeping Putin financed. But how is his influence protected? This is now down to his Saint Petersburg friends: a collection of "hard men" who are in positions of power that they own to Putin. If the Russian leader were to be deposed – or even more unlikely – democratically voted out of power, these strongmen would do everything possible to stop that. Our guests discuss how democracy, freedom and the truth are quashed in Russia today.
Nearly a million East Timorese voted for a new president amid a protracted political crisis and economic uncertainty in Asia's youngest nation. Leading candidates have vowed to end the political impasse.
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In France, coming out of the closet and living openly as a member of the LGBTI+ community can be a significant psychological, emotional and social challenge. Until just 40 years ago, it was also a legal one. In 1982, the age of consent was lowered from 21 to 18 for homosexuals in France, making it the same for everyone. This landmark law paved the way for important civil liberties, including the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2013. But there are still obstacles to be overcome. To find out more about the ongoing fight for equality, we speak to Sébastien Tüller, LGBTI+ legal advisor for Amnesty International France.