RFI : France
08  décembre     11h24
Curfew on French island of Martinique extended amid ’worrying’ Covid surge
Amanda Morrow with RFI    Authorities in the French Caribbean island of Martinique have prolonged a night-time curfew for a further two weeks to combat a surge in Covid-19 infections.
Abdeslam lawyer mocks Belgian police, insists on her right to criticise incompetence
Michael Fitzpatrick    At the special criminal court in Paris where 20 men are being tried for their alleged involvement in the November 2015 terrorist killings, Tuesday’s hearing featured the resumption of Belgian police evidence from Brussels. The careers of two of the accused . . . Mohamed Bakkali and Salah Abdeslam ....
Google, AFP join forces to combat fake news ahead of 2022 French elections
David Coffey with RFI    The newswire Agence France-Presse and Google France have announced the launch of a fact-checking project to identify and delete false information ahead of the French presidential and legislative elections in 2022.
07  décembre     16h27
A third of French 18-34 year olds have faced workplace discrimination
RFI    More than one in three young people say they have experienced some form of discrimination or harassment in the workplace or while seeking employment, according to a new report.
Smugglers who made a hefty profit from transporting migrants jailed
RFI    Three people smugglers were handed between one and four year jail terms by a court in Boulogne-sur-Mer in the north of France on Monday.
More arrests in Guadeloupe after protesters clash with police
RFI    Seven more people were arrested in Guadeloupe according to authorities on Monday. The French overseas territory has seen nearly a month of often violent clashes and protests over Covid-19 restrictions and general anger over difficult living conditions.
Pope cautions over ’interpretation’ of sexual abuse report on French Catholic Church
RFI    Pope Francis urged caution Monday in the interpretation of a hard-hitting report released in October into child sexual abuse by French Catholic clergy, saying a historical situation must be viewed in context.
France announces measures to curb fifth wave, including nightclub closures
RFI    The French prime minister has announced a number of measures to curb the fifth wave of the Covid-19 virus ahead of the Christmas holiday season. Although lockdowns are not on the menu, nightclubs in France will be ordered to close for four weeks, schools will apply a stricter protocol and remote...
06  décembre     15h58
France to probe fighting at far-right pundit Zemmour’s election launch
Amanda Morrow with RFI    French prosecutors are to investigate violence that broke out at a presidential campaign rally on Sunday by far-right firebrand Eric Zemmour.
Frustrated Parisians want the City of Light to shine less bright
Amanda Morrow with RFI    A study has revealed that 95 percent of people living in the Paris region find the City of Light to be, well, too shiny. The vast majority of people surveyed said they’d like to see the invasive night-time city lights turned down, while there’s also talk of switching some lights off altogether.
France holds crisis talks on reining in Covid spike ahead of Christmas holidays
Amanda Morrow with RFI    Authorities in France are holding an emergency health defence council at noon on Monday to decide on new measures to fight an explosion in Covid infections, and the threat of the Omicron variant. The government is also expected to pave the way for the vaccination of at least some children aged 5 to...
05  décembre     17h50
French advisory body to meet over Covid fifth wave as infections skyrocket
RFI    The government’s health council is gearing up to hold a special meeting on Monday as the number of Covid-19 infections shot to an all-time high over the weekend. Meanwhile, health minister Olivier Véran announced that ten million French people had received a third booster shot of the vaccine as of...
Pioneer French environmentalist and author Pierre Rabhi dies aged 83
RFI    French-Algerian environmentalist and author Pierre Rabhi died on Saturday aged 83. The organic farmer and nature lover suffered a brain haemorrhage, his son Vianney said.
This week in court: Belgian TV, protests and the mystery of the absent artists
Michael Fitzpatrick    This was another week of televised testimony from Belgian police investigators, with five of the accused still refusing to leave their cells in protest at the fact that the witnesses from Brussels are being allowed to testify anonymously. And then there was the question of what had become of the...
US embassy warns citizens to avoid Paris rally of far-right candidate Zemmour
RFI    The United States embassy in Paris has warned its citizens to avoid the area where far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour is holding his first political rally on Sunday. This comes amid fears the event could be marred by clashes with counter-demonstrators.