Information round to clock

    • Thursday 24 September
    • EU refuses to acknowledge Lukashenko as Belarus’s president

      France 24 - 14h00

      The European Union refuses to recognise Alexander Lukashenko as Belarus president after his inauguration that lacked “democratic legitimacy” and Brussels is reviewing its relations with Minsk, the EU’s diplomatic chief said Thursday.

      Lukashenko’s secret inauguration on Wednesday triggered fresh condemnation in the West and new mass demonstrations in Belarus that have erupted frequently since the disputed August 9 elections.

    • Wednesday 23 September
    • ‘The Gluers’: French group denounces femicide with a poster campaign

      France 24 - 18h49

      Over the past year, anti-femicide posters have been appearing on walls all around France and across Paris. The campaign, which denounces violence against women and aims to raise awareness, has been praised but also criticised. FRANCE 24 met some members of “the Gluers” group running the campaign.

    • Atletico-bound Suarez leaves last Barca training in tears

      France 24 - 18h47

      Luis Suarez left his last Barcelona training session in tears on Wednesday as he prepares for a move to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

      Spanish television channel Gol showed the Uruguayan striker wiping away tears with his sleeve as he drove off after saying his last goodbyes.

    • Legendary Bears running back Gales Sayers dies

      France 24 - 18h44

      Gale Sayers, the legendary Chicago Bears running back who became the youngest player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after injury cut short his career, has died at the age of 77 after years of declining health, the Hall of Fame said Wednesday.

      “All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers,” Hall of Fame president David Baker said in a statement.

    • Atletico-bound Suarez leaves last Barca training in tears

      France 24 - 18h42

      Luis Suarez left his last Barcelona training session in tears on Wednesday as he prepares for a move to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

      Spanish television channel Gol showed the Uruguayan striker wiping away tears with his sleeve as he drove off after saying his last goodbyes.

      Suarez had become close friends with above all Lionel Messi since his arrival at the Catalan club in 2014.

    • Bayern coach Flick plays down Super Cup virus risk in Budapest

      France 24 - 18h40

      Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has played down the risk of Thursday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Sevilla becoming a super spreader event despite host city Budapest being designated a coronavirus risk zone.

      “After all, I live in Munich which is almost a corona hotspot,” Flick said Wednesday with numbers of new infections also rising in the Bavarian capital.

    • Coronavirus pandemic: French govt to annouce stricter measures for Paris

      France 24 - 18h38

      The French government is expected to unveil a new colour-coded map on Wednesday of regions where the #coronavirus situation is deteriorating, a government source said, paving the way for local authorities to tighten restrictions, in #Paris in particular.

    • Arab leaders voice alarm at UN over Iran tensions

      France 24 - 18h37

      Arab leaders voiced fears Wednesday before the United Nations of new conflict in the region as tensions soar between Iran and the United States.

      The annual extravaganza of international diplomacy at the UN General Assembly has been turned into a virtual affair this year, with leaders sending in recorded speeches due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

      Two days after US President Donald Trump ramped up pressure on Iran in a widely contested move, leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia voiced concerns about the region.

    • French media sign open letter backing Charlie Hebdo following new death threats

      France 24 - 18h34

      More than 100 French news outlets on Wednesday called on people to support satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by gunmen in 2015, after its staff received new death threats.

      The magazine republished cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed earlier this month at the start of a trial of suspects in the 2015 attack on their Paris office. While the edition sold out in France, it provoked condemnation from several Muslim countries, and al Qaeda militants reportedly threatened a repeat of the 2015 massacre of the magazine’s staff.

    • Pierre Troisgrois, French chef who pioneered nouvelle cuisine, dies aged 92

      France 24 - 18h32

      Pierre Troisgros, the legendary French chef and head of the country’s greatest gastronomic dynasty, died on Wednesday aged 92, his restaurant told AFP.

      The chef and his brother Jean helped found the nouvelle cuisine movement, with their signature salmon with sorrel dish copied the world over.

      Troisgros is the third great French chef to have died in two years, with his lifelong friend Paul Bocuse and the world’s most starred chef, Joel Robuchon, both passing away in 2018.

    • Marseille official says ready to welcome migrant boat heading for France

      France 24 - 18h27

      The deputy mayor of Marseille said the southern French city would welcome the Alan Kurdi after the NGO-run rescue boat announced on Wednesday that it was sailing to France with 125 migrants on board.

      “If the Alan Kurdi says it wants to come to Marseille, then we will reiterate our position: that we won’t let people drown in the Mediterranean,” said Benoît Payan, the deputy mayor, who is filling in for Mayor Michèle Rubirola during her absence on health grounds.

    • Kremlin critic Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital, full recovery ‘possible’

      France 24 - 13h09

      Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who the West believes was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, has been discharged from hospital after just over a month, the Berlin medical facility treating him said Wednesday.

      “Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible,” Charite hospital said in a statement, adding however that it remained too early to assess any long-term effects of his severe poisoning.

    • Lewandowski, Neuer and De Bruyne nominated for UEFA player prize

      France 24 - 13h08

      Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer have been nominated alongside Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne for the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year prize for last season, European football’s governing body announced on Wednesday.

      The winner will be announced –- along with the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year — on October 1, when UEFA hold the draw for this season’s Champions League group stage at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

    • French rugby chief Laporte still in custody over favouritism suspicions

      France 24 - 13h06

      French rugby federation (FFR) president Bernard Laporte was questioned for a second day in police custody Wednesday as part of an investigation into suspicions he favoured Top 14 club Montpellier, a source close to the case said.

      Montpellier’s billionaire owner Mohed Altrad and the chief organiser of the 2023 Rugby World Cup to be held in France, Claude Atcher, are also in custody, along with two senior FFR officials.

    • Migrant crisis: EU to unveil long-delayed asylum plan to share responsibility

      France 24 - 13h04

      Five years after Europe’s migrant crisis, Brussels will propose on Wednesday that member states share the responsibility for asylum seekers under a “compulsory solidarity mechanism”. FRANCE 24’s Dave Keating tells us more.

    • Coronavirus in Europe: Germany & Belgium’s confirmed cases increase

      France 24 - 13h03

      The #coronavirus crisis deteriorated across #Europe Monday, with Britain working to draw up new restrictions, Spain clamping down again in Madrid and the Czech Republic replacing its health minister with an epidemiologist… FRANCE 24’s Nick Spicer & Dave Keating tell us more about the situation in #Germany and #Belgium.

    • ‘Nothing to hide’ – Tour de France team leader Quintana denies doping

      France 24 - 13h01

      The lead rider of a Tour de France team caught up in a doping investigation said he had “nothing to hide” after two unnamed members of the French outfit were briefly detained before being released.

      Colombian rider Nairo Quintana, 30, leader of the Arkea-Samsic team and winner of the 2014 Giro d’Italia, said no drugs were discovered during the investigation.

    • Big promises, but can China be carbon neutral by 2060?

      France 24 - 12h59

      Xi Jinping’s shock promise to lead the world into a safer climate future was thin on details, leaving many questions unanswered on how the world’s worst polluter will meet a 2060 carbon neutral target.

      China is responsible for over a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming.

      But it is also the biggest global investor in renewable energy — a country whose energy policy points both ways.

    • French media sign open letter backing Charlie Hebdo following new death threats

      France 24 - 12h57

      More than 100 French news outlets on Wednesday called on people to support satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by gunmen in 2015, after its staff received new death threats.

      The magazine republished cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed earlier this month at the start of a trial of suspects in the 2015 attack on their Paris office. While the edition sold out in France, it provoked condemnation from several Muslim countries, and al-Qaeda militants reportedly threatened a repeat of the 2015 massacre of the magazine’s staff.

    • EU set to propose plan on asylum seekers, but Austria warns against quotas

      France 24 - 12h54

      Five years after Europe’s migrant crisis, Brussels will propose on Wednesday that member states share the responsibility for asylum seekers under a “compulsory solidarity mechanism”. But it could spark outrage from countries such as Austria, whose Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned against any attempts to force EU countries to take in migrants.

    • Ginsburg’s death sparks notorious divisions, exposes frailty of US judicial system

      France 24 - 12h51

      Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s mortality haunted liberals in recent years and the death of the country’s beloved “RBG” has exposed the frailties of the US judicial selection process. But can the world’s leading democracy shed the American exceptionalism woven into its national DNA and heed the lessons?

    • In Rio’s favelas, a physiotherapist witnesses Covid-19’s long-lasting effects

      France 24 - 12h50

      In Rio de Janeiro’s poorest suburbs, Covid-19 tests have been hard to come by. Yet many residents have suffered the virus’s symptoms for months, forcing one physiotherapist to adapt her practice in response. FRANCE 24’s correspondents brings us inside her clinic.

    • Tuesday 22 September
    • Trump, Xi, Macron address virtual UN General Assembly from afar amid pandemic

      France 24 - 17h05

      The United Nations General Assembly opens Tuesday in New York in an unusually quiet hall as the annual global diplomatic meet goes online amid the Covid-19 pandemic. World leaders have been invited to provide pre-recorded messages for the gathering, where delegations will be represented in person by a lone diplomat.

      US President Donald Trump told reporters that he would be delivering a “strong message” to China in his speech at the virtual summit.

    • West’s unity on Iran hinges on US vote

      France 24 - 17h04

      The reimposition of UN sanctions on Iran by the United States in the face of protests by Washington’s European allies marks a highly unusual trans-Atlantic rupture that may only be healed by the coming American elections.

      The administration of US President Donald Trump says it has decided to unilaterally reinstate virtually all UN sanctions on Iran lifted under a 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran negotiated under former president Barack Obama.

    • Global police sting against dark net drug sales nets 179

      France 24 - 17h02

      A global police sting has netted 179 vendors involved in selling opioids, methamphetamine and other illegal goods on the internet underground, in what officials of Europol said Tuesday put an end to the “golden age” of dark web markets.

      Over nine months Operation DisrupTor seized 500 kilogrammes of drugs including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine, more than $6.5 million (5.5 million euros) in cash and online currencies, as well as well as 64 guns, Europe’s police agency said.

    • Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech at UN General Assembly

      France 24 - 17h00

      The UN’s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet’s biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. In his speech, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said any future Covid-19 vaccine should be universally available, regardless of where it is produced.

    • De Bruyne urges Man City to make fast start in title race

      France 24 - 16h55

      Kevin De Bruyne has urged Manchester City to make a fast start as they aim to win back the Premier League title.

      Pep Guardiola’s side finished 18 points behind champions Liverpool last season after making an inconsistent start to the season.

      Having won the title two years in a row before last term, De Bruyne knows exactly what it takes to lift the trophy.

      Monday’s 3-1 win at Wolves in their opening game was a solid beginning.

    • Trump lashes China as UN warns against ‘Cold War’

      France 24 - 16h54

      US President Donald Trump angrily cast blame on China over the coronavirus pandemic in an address on Tuesday before the United Nations, whose warned against a new “Cold War” between the two powers.

      At a General Assembly held almost entirely virtually due to Covid-19, Trump delivered a speech in full election campaign mode, even using his loaded term “China virus.”

    • Lebanon’s Shiites stall formation of new government

      France 24 - 16h51

      The Shiite bloc, composed of Hezbollah and the Amal Movement, are stalling the formation of Lebanon’s new government by insisting that the Finance Minister post be given to a person from their community. Their stance has isolated them from the rest of the country’s political class, as well as Hezbollah’s Christian ally, President Michel Aoun.

    • UK’s Johnson urges Britons to ‘work from home’ amid surge in Covid-19 cases

      France 24 - 16h50

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people on Tuesday to work from home where possible and ordered bars and restaurants to shut earlier in a bid to tackle a fast-spreading second wave of Covid-19.

      After government scientists cautioned that deaths may soar without urgent action, Johnson stopped short of another full lockdown as he did in March but said further action could be taken if the disease was not suppressed.

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