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African Union summit – 2014 Year of Agriculture

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African Union summit, Addis Ababa, January 2014

African Union summit, Addis Ababa, January 2014

Radio France Internationale’s English service

A series of interviews and reports from the 22nd African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Includes coverage from the Executive Council and Assembly as well as stories on South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Libya, Algeria, the AU Immediate Response to Crises force and agriculture, the summit’s theme.

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Caught between ‘The Ringtone and the Drum’

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The Ringtone and the Drum

The Ringtone and the Drum

Images of Africa in the western media are often characterised by famine and conflict. The discussion of poverty in African countries often overlooks the facts of everyday life. A new book The Ringtone and the Drumsets out to change this. Its author, an expert on development policy, presents the fast-changing politics and culture in three of the world’s poorest and least visited countries – Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Burkina Faso.

Interview: Mark Weston, author, The Ringtone and the Drum

Why did you decide to travel around three of the world’s poorest countries?

I’ve worked in international development for quite a long time now, trying to work out what’s gone wrong in the world’s poorest countries. What can be done to help improve the lives of people living there? But although I’d spent time in Africa before, and in Asia on short trips, I felt as that I hadn’t really got under the skin of what it’s like to live in poverty. I wanted to find out what the people who lived in the world’s poorest countries talk about. What do they do every day? How are they adjusting to the onrush of modernity and globalisation that’s transforming so much of the developing world?

Radio France Internationale

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Interview: Watching the Last Lions with Dereck and Beverly Joubert

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The Last Lions - Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Photo: Wildlife Films Botswana / Mike Meyers

The Last Lions - Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Photo: Wildlife Films Botswana / Mike Meyers

More than 90 per cent of the lion population has disappeared from Africa over the past 50 years, according to some estimates. A film to be shown on the National Geographic channel in France charts the story of one family of lions. RFI spoke to the makers of The Last Lions about their journey into the world of one of the most ferocious predators known to man…

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

2 February 2012 at 17:02

Slideshow: France’s geeks power up at Paris Games Week

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People lined up to enter Paris Games Week

People lined up to enter Paris Games Week

This year’s Paris Games Week powers up on Friday with more than 150,000 gaming geeks expected to pass through the doors of the city’s Parc des expositions. French video game fans will get an exclusive look at the new Playstation Vita handheld console, as well as new titles including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Assassin’s Creed Revelations and Saint’s Row The Third.

Slideshow: Radio France Internationale

Written by Daniel Finnan

21 October 2011 at 13:23

Commonwealth Sec Gen Sharma on G20, Africa and human rights

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Kamalesh Sharma, 2009. Photo: UNDP

Kamalesh Sharma, 2009. Photo: UNDP

Promoting the interests of Commonwealth countries was the primary focus of Commonwealth chief Kamalesh Sharma‘s meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday night, ahead of next week’s G20 finance ministers meeting.

Radio France Internationale

Interview: Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General, Commonwealth

Sharma represents 54 countries across the world, including a number from Africa. The Commonwealth recently observed elections in Zambia and has a team in place for this weekend’s elections in Cameroon. However, there are some criticisms over the Commonwealth’s approach to holding countries accountable for their human rights record.

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Written by Daniel Finnan

5 October 2011 at 19:48

About

Photo of Daniel Finnan by Agata Wolanska

Photo: Agata Wolanska

Daniel Finnan is a broadcast journalist working for Radio France Internationale’s English service in Paris.

His work mainly concerns international news and politics, especially Africa  and France. He also covers arts, culture, economics, the environment, music, sports and technology. He has skills in multimedia production with a high level of expertise in audio editing, graphics, video and web technologies. His work has been heard on international radio stations, including American Public Media, Radio Netherlands and Deutsche Welle.

Before working as a journalist he spent time in commercial and community radio in the United Kingdom. He developed The Hillz FM community radio station and helped it to secure a full-time FM license.

Written by Daniel Finnan

24 August 2011 at 10:00

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Nouvelle Vague sprinkles couleurs on Paris

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Liset Alea on stage at Le Plan, Ris Orangis, 20 March 2011

Liset Alea on stage at Le Plan, Ris Orangis, 20 March 2011

Nouvelle Vague hits the concert circuit once again to promote their new album, Couleurs sur Paris, with multi-talented singer Liset Alea. Their fourth studio album includes offerings en français such as Putain, Putain a 1983 song originally by TC Matic.

Interview: Liset Alea and Olivier Libaux

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Written by Daniel Finnan

23 March 2011 at 11:40

Bonobo at Le Plan after winning Best Album award

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Bonobo at Le Plan, 17 December 2010

After winning DJ Mag’s Best Album award this week for Black Sands, Bonobo performed at Le Plan in Ris Orangis on Thursday night. Alongside vocalist Andreya Triana and a barrage of other musicians, Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, captivated French fans with a mix of down-tempo house, atmospheric soundscapes and more bassline heavy electronica.

Interview: Bonobo AKA Simon Green

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Written by Daniel Finnan

17 December 2010 at 11:27

Video games, bonobo, lemon curd and lies

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Screens at MuseoGames exhibition

Screens at MuseoGames exhibition

This week’s Sound Kitchen visits the MuseoGames exhibition at the Arts et Metiers museum in Paris to play video games and find out why it’s just been extended until December. Rachel Khoo, a food creative, and author of Pâtes à tartiner shows us how to make lemon curd. Our regular quiz taxes your ears with another mystery sound. And we have dance music from Bonobo, Alltrics and Fenech Soler.

Radio Magazine: The Sound Kitchen

Radio France Internationale

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Skunk Anansie and Cypress Hill at Rock en Seine

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Rock en Seine poster

Rock en Seine poster

With a line-up to die for, Paris’ Rock en Seine festival this weekend gives French fans a last chance to party before the hordes return to the capital. Californian hip hop bad boys Cypress Hill told RFI about collaborating with Blink 182’s drummer, while British rockers Skunk Anansie talk about thievery, preaching to the converted and their new album Wonderlustre.

Radio Feature: Focus on France

Radio France Internationale

Written by Daniel Finnan

29 August 2010 at 15:38

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