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France Info – Mali et Algérie dans la presse européenne

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France InfoL’intervention française au Mali et la situation au Sahel ont réellement été le principal sujet d’actualité de la semaine selon les deux invités : Gero von RANDOW de l’hebdomadaire allemand “Die Zeït” et Daniel FINNAN, journaliste britannique à RFI (Radio France International).

La presse allemande a été critique sur la réaction du gouvernement de Mme Merkel ; il a affiché sa solidarité avec la France mais a passé plus de temps à expliquer qu’il ne pouvait agir plus loin. Les allemands ont-ils compris l’importance du Sahel ?

Réaction différente dans la presse britannique car comme la France, le Royaume-Uni a une longue histoire de guerres en Afrique. Londres apporte son soutien à la France.

Jeudi à Bruxelles, les 27 ministres des Affaires étrangères ont approuvé l’opération Serval, et certains ont annoncé un appui logistique. Tous sont tombés d’accord sur la nécessité d’envoyer vite des instructeurs européens pour la formation de l’armée malienne. Mais cela est-il suffisant ?

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Written by Daniel Finnan

20 January 2013 at 08:50

Mitt, the Mormons, and a controversial temple in France

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An architectural rendering of what the Mormon temple will look like in Le Chesnay. Photo: Intellectual Reserve Inc

An architectural rendering of what the Mormon temple will look like in Le Chesnay. Photo: Intellectual Reserve Inc

As Mitt Romney continues to work toward his goal of replacing Barack Obama, one aspect of his past is achieving success after a long struggle — in France, not the US. French Mormons are preparing to break ground in construction of the country’s first temple, to be built in the leafy Paris suburb of Le Chesnay, right near the Palace of Versailles, one of the country’s major international tourism draws. The plan, though, is not without controversy.

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Written by Daniel Finnan

5 May 2012 at 18:02

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

Air France refuses to carry deported gay Cameroon man from UK

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An Air France plane at Heathrow airport. Photo: Mathieu Marquer

An Air France plane at Heathrow airport. Photo: Mathieu Marquer

A gay Cameroonian man who faces expulsion from the UK will be allowed out on bail from a detention centre after Air France refused to transport him. A statement from the UK Border Agency seen by RFI on Monday says asylum seeker Joseph Kaute was “disruptive” during attempts to deport him. He will receive a temporary reprieve from being returned to Cameroon.

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

10 August 2011 at 12:54

Is France the next big video game contender?

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Xbox Kinect at Paris Games Week, 27 October 2010

The video game industry has become one of the fastest growing sectors in entertainment, worth billions of dollars. France’s government is trying to cultivate its video game industry with tax breaks.

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Snow hits France early

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Written by Daniel Finnan

26 November 2010 at 14:05

Zimbabwe – MDC appeals to France for election support

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Zimbabwe Prime Minister and MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai, June 2009, CC licence: Nick-Clegg

In an exclusive interview, Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change spokesperson Nelson Chamisa told RFI on Tuesday that they will ask for help in organising elections which President Robert Mugabe has called for by the middle of 2011. Despite not having a new constitution the MDC is happy with, they have come up with what they call a “stopgap measure”.

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France-UK defence deal could bring cooperation on Africa, report

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Tony Chafer, François Gaulme and Gordon Cumming (L to R), 3 November 2010, Ifri

After a ground-breaking military deal between France and Britain earlier this week – a report presented in Paris at the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri) says there should be more cooperation between the two countries in Africa.

Radio Report: Africa Report

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France plans 13 ecocities

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Hammarby urban redevelopment, Stockholm, Sweden, February 2010, CC licence: La Citta Vita

France is set to have 13 ecocities attracting 50,000 extra inhabitants over the next 25 years in specially designed eco-quarters. The government has told local authorities to submit their plans by March next year. Eighty per cent of France’s population lives in urban areas which produce 70 per cent of French greenhouse gas emissions. The plan aims to “show that it’s possible to grow, to welcome new inhabitants and do it in a sustainable way,” government adviser Emmanuelle Gay told RFI.

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Competition in France’s conservative camp as reshuffle looms

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François Fillon, October 2008, CC licence: europeanpeoplesparty

It was make or break time for French Prime Minister François Fillon on French television on Sunday night. Facing a government reshuffle by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in October, Fillon could be said to be positioning himself as a possible future presidential candidate. He has remained obedient to Sarkozy since his appointment in 2007, maintaining what he calls an “alliance”. But is now the time for him to go it alone?

Radio Feature: Focus on France

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