France in focus – CCTV, masks, drones: Is France's 'liberté' under threat?

Issued on: 05/06/2020 – 18:56Modified: 05/06/2020 – 18:56 In this week’s show we’re putting the focus on how France’s response to Covid-19 has threatened the country’s founding notion of “liberté” or freedom. Between lockdown, restrictions on freedom of movement, a ban on gatherings and forcibly shuttered shops, individual and collective rights have been dealt some serious setbacks…

Inside the Americas – Special programme: The Covid-19 challenge in Latin America

Issued on: 05/06/2020 – 18:33Modified: 05/06/2020 – 18:35 As Latin America emerges as the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, we take you on a journey across the continent with reports from our correspondents. From Argentina to Mexico, via Brazil, Cuba and Colombia, how are governments handling the pandemic? Despite being neighbours, these countries have adopted very different approaches to the health…

French connections – 'La' Covid-19: How coronavirus has affected the French language

Issued on: 05/06/2020 – 16:33Modified: 05/06/2020 – 16:34 In this week’s French Connections show, Florence Villeminot and Genie Godula continue to explore the long-term impact coronavirus is having on French society, starting with the language. According to the Académie française, the official guard dog of the French language, Covid-19 is feminine. What other new words…

Encore! – C is for Covid-19: The children's books getting us through a pandemic

Issued on: 05/06/2020 – 13:24Modified: 05/06/2020 – 13:24 From Oscar-winning actor Donald Sutherland narrating the new children’s book “Rainbows in Windows” that explains the global pandemic, to Dolly Parton reading weekly bedtime stories to give parents a break from home schooling, children’s books have become more key than ever in recent months. Comics and cartoons are a…

The 51% – Equality in Japan: Why does the Asian nation lag way behind in women's rights?

Issued on: 05/06/2020 – 13:10Modified: 05/06/2020 – 13:10 So what exactly is holding Japan back when it comes to promoting gender equality? We take a look at how the Asian nation lags way behind other developed nations in regards to promoting women’s rights. Also how a pilot program in Zimbabwe is offering women electric bikes…

Focus – Covid-19 in Canada: Quebec's immigrant 'guardian angels' hope for formal status

Issued on: 05/06/2020 – 12:35Modified: 05/06/2020 – 12:36 In Canada’s Quebec region, many people answered the provincial government’s call to work in the understaffed health sector during the Covid-19 crisis. But these “guardian angels”, who make regular visits to retirement homes or isolated elderly people, are often female asylum seekers or refugees. Exposed to the virus, they risk their own health…

In the press – 'A shocking example of research misconduct': The Lancet retracts hydroxychloroquine paper

Issued on: 05/06/2020 – 11:26Modified: 05/06/2020 – 11:26 IN THE PAPERS – Friday, June 5: Donald Trump’s threat of a military crackdown on protesters has drawn a strong reaction from cartoonists, many of whom contrast it with China’s Tiananmen Square massacre. It’s also drawn a strong reaction from the military, notably the US president’s former defence…

Encore! – Global pandemic takes video games success to the next level

Issued on: 04/06/2020 – 15:16Modified: 04/06/2020 – 15:17 The gaming industry has seen sales hit records in recent weeks. In March, when much of the world went into lockdown, global sales approached $1.6 billion – a 35 percent increase on the same period last year. To talk more about the impact of Covid-19 on the gaming…

People & Profit – Who's investing during the Covid-19 pandemic, and in what?

Issued on: 04/06/2020 – 14:43Modified: 04/06/2020 – 14:44 The Covid-19 pandemic has stalled business decisions in many parts of the world, including major investments. Some start-ups, however, continue to raise funding. In this programme, we speak to Pascal Cagni, founder of C4 Ventures, about his fund’s investments and the landscape in general during the crisis. Also in…

Focus – Covid-19 in Hungary: Are emergency powers being used against the opposition?

Issued on: 04/06/2020 – 12:36Modified: 04/06/2020 – 12:36 In Hungary, many opposition-run municipalities accuse the government of taking advantage of the emergency decrees passed to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and using the legislation for political purposes. Many large cities, including the capital Budapest, elected an opposition mayor during the local elections of October 2019. The ruling Fidesz…

In the press – Tiananmen Square, 31 years later: What legacy awaits Hong Kong?

Issued on: 04/06/2020 – 11:56Modified: 04/06/2020 – 12:00 IN THE PAPERS – Thursday, June 4: We bring you Chinese reactions after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered to welcome millions of Hong Kong residents in the wake of China’s approval of a national security law that could extend Beijing’s authority over Hong Kong. Also, official…

The Interview – George Floyd protests: America is at a 'turning point', philosopher Cornel West says

Issued on: 04/06/2020 – 10:44Modified: 04/06/2020 – 10:45 In an interview with FRANCE 24, Harvard University professor Cornel West said the protest movement unleashed by the killing of George Floyd had brought America to a “turning point”. He said he was elated by the quantity, the intensity and the diversity of the protests, noting that it had…