Emmanuel Macron slammed for suggesting cutting internet access in future riots
06 July 2023 | 2:09 pm
We look at the first details emerging from the police investigation into a policeman's fatal shooting of Nahel last week. Also, Emmanuel Macron's suggestion to cut internet access during future riots draws scorn and accusations of authoritarianism.
27 Sep 2021
A man pelts French President Emmanuel Macron with an egg during his visit to a restaurant and hotel trade fair in the southeastern city of Lyon.
7 Oct 2021
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announces that the tech giant will invest $1 billion over the next five years to allow for faster and more affordable internet access and support entrepreneurship in Africa. Internet reliability is a problem in Africa where less than a third of the continent's 1.3 billion people are connected to broadband, according to the World Bank. But the continent, where nearly half the population is under 18, is a promising market.
10 Feb 2022
Monday's meeting between the Russian and French presidents in Moscow gave rise to a lot of photoshopped content on social media - mostly sufficiently far-fetched so as not to be believable. We take a closer look. We also take a look at some convincing fake news stories that have been doing the rounds about Russia's current tensions with Ukraine and NATO.
19 Feb 2022
The internet is an essential resource for daily life. We use it to stay informed, for school and increasingly for work. But major inequalities in terms of access to the web persist. Africa lags behind much of the rest of the world in terms of connectivity, deepening existing inequalities. The spread of misinformation is also a major issue across the continent. For more on what's being done to address these challenges, Nnenna Nwakanma from the World Wide Web Foundation joined us for Perspective.
1 Apr 2022
There are just 13 days to go before the first round of the French presidential election. In this edition of the show, we see how the president was called a murderer by some supporters of Eric Zemmour at a rally – and how Macron reacted. We also take a closer look at far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's chaotic visit to the French overseas department of Guadeloupe.
9 Apr 2022
We take a look at some examples of content shared by pro-Russian Twitter and TikTok accounts related to the recent Bucha massacre in Ukraine. One shows a body being dragged by Ukrainian soldiers using a metal chord. In reality, this had nothing with a staging of the massacre; the images were filmed by AP and show Ukrainian soldiers removing a dead body that they feared had been booby-trapped.
13 Apr 2022
Facing a tougher-than-expected fight for re-election, Emmanuel Macron has hit the campaign trail at last. Since he and far-right nationalist rival Marine Le Pen qualified for the April 24 run-off, the incumbent has seemed eager to go into the field to explain his policies.
19 Apr 2022
No, French President Emmanuel Macron did not say that 60 million African and Middle Eastern refugees would coverge on Europe over the next 20 years and the BBC did not tweet such a quote either. We take a look at the forensics of a fake news story. Plus, a quote from an old interview with defeated French leftist candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is taken out of context.
25 Apr 2022
For the second election in a row, Emmanuel Macron has beaten Marine Le Pen, becoming the first French president to win a second term in 20 years. But most French papers say his victory is one "without glory," as he benefited more from a desire to keep the far right out of office than from widespread support for his policies. We also take a look at international papers' constructive criticism of Macron's re-election and what they think he can do to improve.
25 Jun 2022
French politics continues to dominate the papers as Emmanuel Macron desperately seeks an alliance to secure a parliamentary majority. The US Senate finds bipartisan support for new gun possession laws for the first time in 30 years. Organisers of the Miss France beauty pageant introduce radical new changes to shake up the contest. Finally, a man escapes his kidnappers by driving erratically on a highway in order to be stopped by authorities.
25 Jul 2022
Macron is in a unique position to urge his opposite number, Paul Biya, to embrace inclusive peace talks to end the nearly six-year conflict devastating Cameroon's Anglophone regions, writes Rebecca Tinsley.
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One month after opening a Tesla factory in Berlin, tech enterprenuer and billionaire Elon Musk opened the newest electric car making facility in Austin, Texas.
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We look at the profiles of some of the hostages released by Hamas over the past three days and take a look at how Israeli papers are reacting to the hostage release deal. We also see why there's little optimism ahead of this week's COP28 climate summit in Dubai. We finish with a look at this year's highly timely Booker Prize winner.
5 hours ago
Samuel Paty was killed by a suspected Islamist after showing cartoons of Prophet Mohammad to his class. Five teenagers are charged with identifying the teacher to his killer for payment.
6 hours ago
North Korea has sent troops to restore border posts that were taken town as part of an agreement to ease tensions, Seoul says.
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The protesters were blocking shipping traffic at the Port of Newcastle over the weekend, challenging the nation's dependence on fossil fuel exports.
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