A whistleblower issues a "damning account" of the UK's withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying tens of thousands of Afghans were left behind to die. Meanwhile, there's disappointment in the US after the Justice Department closes an investigation into the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till. Plus: Angela Merkel marks her last day in office, Berlin techno DJs apply for World Heritage status and the French city of Rouen votes on replacing a Napoléon statue with one of a woman.
11 May 2021
In a stunning 180-degree turn, the Biden administration has announced that the United States will now support waiving exclusive rights to Covid-19 vaccine formulas owned by the pharmaceutical giants who manufacture doses on US soil. The idea had been pushed by India and South Africa as far back as October. At first, France also seemed to reverse course.
6 May 2021
This year marks the bicentenary of Napoléon Bonaparte's death, but two centuries on, his legacy remains controversial. Was he a heroic reformer or a racist, misogynistic tyrant? While he contributed massively to the modern French state, there are also darker aspects to his legacy, such as his reintroduction of slavery to islands in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean in 1802. The debate over how and even whether to commemorate the emperor rages on in France. We take a closer look in this edition of French Connections.
4 May 2021
In the museum of the battle of Borodino, on 110 square kilometres of fields and forests with a landscape practically unchanged for almost two centuries, the historian Sergey Khomchenko tells AFP about the fate of the French soldiers who remained in Russia after the withdrawal of the Great Army, in the run-up to the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's death, which occurred on May 5, 1821.