French strike prep, a scooter referendum, a controversial statue and Blue Monday
16 January 2023 | 3:24 pm
We take a look at how the French press is covering plans by major labour unions to hold strike action on Thursday, January 19. We also find out about a Paris referendum on scooters, a mass kidnapping in Burkina Faso, varied views on Martin Luther King Jr Day (including a controversial statue) and finally, why Blue Monday isn't really a thing.
The artist was famous for his use of black and was an icon of post-World War II European abstract art.
A devastating new report has revealed that Catholic priests and lay church members sexually abused more than 300,000 children in France over seven decades. The landmark investigation alleges the church showed total and cruel indifference to victims.
Forests cover almost a third of French territory. While part of this wood is protected, a growing share is transformed into timber or used for heating. The teams from France's National Forestry Office help manage this essential resource. More than simple lumberjacks, they roam the forests every day to ensure the development of this "green gold".
Dating back to the 2nd century BC, more than 20 bronze statues discovered during excavations in a thermal resort in Tuscany is one of the finds of the century.
Japanese comics and graphic novels have long enjoyed a huge following in France. The majority of those mangas are Asian imports, but a few European artists have ventured into the genre. Our reporters went to meet Frenchman Reno Lemaire, whose series "Dreamland" has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide.
From the new wave of French language sci-fi movies to Paris's immersive movie experience bringing you face-to-face with an Arnold Schwarzenegger lookalike, plus a visit to an exhibition commemorating 100 years since the death of French literary giant Marcel Proust, join Eve Jackson for a look at the week's culture news.
A statue of German colonial official, Curt von Francois, was moved from its pedestal in Namibia's capital Windhoek to a museum after activists criticized it as a symbol of oppression.
Humanitarian groups are warning that the situation in Mali risks deteriorating rapidly after Bamako announced a ban on NGOs financed by France. The move came in response to France's decision to cut off public funding to Mali because of its alleged involvement with the Russian paramilitary group Wagner.
The European Space Agency (ESA) unveiled its new class of career astronauts on Wednesday, selecting France's Sophie Adenot and four other candidates from a list of more than 22,500 applicants.
We take a look at how French consumers have adopted the American tradition of Black Friday sales. With clothing expected to the number one item that will be purchased in France during the discounted period, we also find out how the globe's appetite for fast fashion is having a dire effect on Chile's desert.
In France, working the soil is often a family business. In the western city of La Rochelle, we meet three generations of cereal farmers who have been working the fields since 1912. A little further north, in the Mayenne region, a whole family has converted to organic farming. For all of them, each working day is a chance to learn or pass on know-how.
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