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05  mars     11h37
Paris 2024 Olympics unveil official posters that tell a story’
RFI    The official posters for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games, were unveiled on Monday at the Musée d’Orsay a former railway station transformed into an imposing museum stretching along the Seine River.
Filmmaker Roman Polanski on trial in Paris on defamation charges
RFI    Filmmaker Roman Polanski will face a defamation trial on Tuesday in France for questioning the veracity of the sexual assault allegations made by actress Charlotte Lewis.
04  mars     19h23
Abortion is enshrined as a constitutional right in France
RFI    French lawmakers on Monday overwhelmingly approved a bill that will enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion in France’s constitution. The historic move is designed to prevent the kind of rollback of abortion rights seen in the United States in recent years.
France called to fully recognise use of torture during Algerian war
RFI    Several NGOs and rights groups have asked France to recognise its use of torture during the Algerian war of independence, moving beyond an incomplete recognition in .
Three held in France after migrant girl’s drowning
RFI    Three men were in custody Monday over the capsizing of a migrant boat in northern France in which a seven year old girl drowned, prosecutors said.
Trial of deadly 2015 high speed train crash opens in Paris
RFI    The French national rail operator, SNCF, along with two of its subsidiaries and three rail workers are due to appear at the Paris criminal court at the start of a two month trial for their role in the accident involving a high speed TGV train on a test run in that left people dead and ...
French far-right makes immigration focus of EU election campaign
RFI    Launching its campaign for June’s European parliament elections, France’s far right National Rally wants the vote to be a referendum on immigration.
France set to make history by enshrining abortion rights in constitution
RFI    French lawmakers head to Versailles Palace Monday for a special parliamentary congress the final step in an historic process to guarantee the right for women to access abortion. The issue has been at the centre of a long political and legal tug of war, and comes two years after the United States...
03  mars     16h23
French police arrest activists for breaking into ’forever chemicals’ plant
RFI    Eight environmental activists were arrested on Saturday after they broke into a French chemicals to denounce the production of so called forever chemicals PFAS compounds which reportedly can have serious impacts on health and the environment.
Cinémobile, a cinema on wheels bringing the big screen to rural France
Jessica Phelan    For the past four decades, people in the centre of France have had a cinema unlike most: one on wheels. The Cinémobile a lorry that transforms into a movie theatre tours towns across the Loire Valley, delivering thousands of showings to rural communities each year.
02  mars     17h36
Imported honey lands French beekeepers in sticky situation
Isabelle Martinetti    French beekeepers showing off their gooey goodies at the Agriculture Fair in Paris say that selling their honey has become increasingly difficult because the market is saturated with imports. A rollback on pesticide rules is also causing worry for the welfare of bees.
France blames bed bug panic on Russian ’disinformation’
RFI    A bedbug scare in Paris last autumn that grabbed headlines across the globe and led to schools closing was artificially amplified by social media accounts linked to Russian disinformation activities, a French minister has said.
Who is Valérie Hayer, Macron’s unknown champion for the European elections?
RFI    Centrist MEP Valérie Hayer has been appointed to head President Emmanuel Macron’s list for the European elections in June. RFI looks into the background of this little known candidate, who has a fight on her hands as the French far right prepares for battle on the hustings.
01  mars     13h02
Podcast: #MeToo hits French cinema, mobile movie theatre, leap year paper
Sarah Elzas    How a wave of MeToo allegations against French directors is shaking up the cinema industry; the Cinémobile movie theatre bringing culture to the countryside; and the satirical news rag that appears just once every four years, on February.
Dozens of French farmers arrested during protest at Arc de Triomphe
RFI    French police on Friday arrested people at a farmers’ protest at the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees in central Paris. The action comes amid anger in the French and European agriculture sectors over rising costs and falling revenues.
29  février     15h21
Strasbourg terror suspects in court over deadly 2018 Christmas attack
RFI    The trial of four men suspected of having played a key role in supplying weapons to the perpetrator of the December shootings at the Strasbourg Christmas markets began on Thursday, with court hearings set to continue for five weeks.
Macron inaugurates Olympic Village for 2024 Paris Games
RFI    The keys to the Paris athletes’ village were officially handed to Olympics organisers as President Emmanuel Macron visited the site on Thursday.
Air France-KLM posts record profit despite problematic 2023
RFI    Franco Dutch airline Air France KLM on Thursday announced a record net profit of million euros for , despite a tough end to the year marked by operational difficulties and the Middle East conflict.
French Senate approves bill making abortion a constitutional right
RFI    France’s Senate has adopted a bill to enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion in the constitution clearing a key hurdle for legislation promised by President Emmanuel Macron in response to a rollback in abortion rights in the United States.
French newspaper takes long view of news, coming out every 29 February
Sarah Elzas    French administration has not always made it easy for those born on February, but one entity has embraced and lives for the date: the Bougie du sapeur, a bissextile publication that takes a long view of the news, every four years.
28  février     16h42
France’s organic farmers ’green with rage’ over lack of government support
Alison Hird    French farmers are showcasing their wears, and their woes, at the annual agricultural fair in Paris. And while each sector has its particular problems, organic farmers say they’re facing the double blow of a drop in sales and a reduction in government support.
Hate content on social media fuels French rise in anti-Semitism reports
RFI    Reports of anti Semisitm in France rose sharply in , with Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin heaping criticism on social media sites whose owners do little to moderate hateful content.
France bans use of ’meat’ labelling for vegetarian products
RFI    The French government issued a decree Tuesday banning the term steak on the label of vegetarian products, saying it was reserved for meat alone.
Paris Olympics security plans stolen from train
RFI    A bag containing a computer and two USB memory sticks holding police security plans for the Paris Olympic Games has been stolen from a train at the capital’s Gare du Nord station.
27  février     19h56
French athletes with young babies offered hotels at Paris Olympics
RFI    The French Olympic Committee said Monday that it would provide hotel rooms for breast feeding French athletes during the Paris Olympics. A social area for families will also be created because children are set to remain barred from the athletes’ village.
French customs stop trafficking in ancient coins looted in Turkey
RFI    French customs have uncovered trafficking in ancient coins looted in Turkey. More than, items were seized from a private individual in central France suspected of having already sold thousands of them.
26  février     16h28
French town tests controversial school uniforms
RFI    In a first for the country, hundreds of pupils in southern France headed to school in uniforms for the first time on Monday as part of a national experiment to determine whether to make them compulsory.
25  février     15h38
French far-right leader calls for ’economic patriotism’ for agriculture
RFI    After the chaotic visit of President Emmanel Macron at the Agriculture Show in Paris on Saturday, far right National Rally leader Jordan Bardella was keen to show his support for farmers with a two day visit starting Sunday.
Paris’ Eiffel Tower to reopen after six-day strike
RFI    France’s Eiffel Tower that had been closed for six days by a strike will reopen Sunday after the monument’s management announced a deal had been struck with unions.
24  février     08h41
Paris Agriculture Show opens as angry farmers continue quarrel over costs
Sarah Elzas with RFI    French President Emmanuel Macron was met with whistles and insults from angry protesters who clashed with police ahead of the opening of France’s annual Agriculture Show in Paris on Saturday. This comes as farmers continue to protest in France and Europe over rising costs and dropping revenue.