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La fête de l’Humanité – A weekend of politics and rock’n’roll

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A political debate taking place

A political debate taking place

Communist, socialist and left-wing organisations gathered in the working class suburb of Le Bourget this weekend for La fête de l’Humanité. Although political debate dominated the agenda – a programme of music, art and theatre pleased the crowds at one of France’s biggest cultural festivals.

Radio Report: Focus on France

Radio France Internationale

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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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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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Tunisian blogger Slim Amamou calls for post-revolutionary new world order

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Amamou at L'engagement 2.0, Le Grand Salon de la Sorbonne, Paris

Tunisian blogger Slim Amamou was in Paris on Tuesday to debate the use of social networks during the Tunisian revolt, and the future of politics shaped by online activism. Amamou, the former Tunisian Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, joined four other bloggers who played a key role in the Tunisian revolution for a conference focused on the role technology played in the country’s uprising. The event, hosted by Jeannette Bougrab, the French Secretary of State for Youth and Community, comes as political parties in Tunisia and the country’s electoral commission debate over the timetable for elections. On Monday the Progressist Democratic Party and the Islamist Ennahda movement conceded a possible delay for the vote. Organisers of the ballot would like to see it moved to October.

Interview: Slim Amamou, Tunisian blogger

Radio France Internationale

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Africa-France business conference kicks off

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The Column of Quinconces, in Bordeaux

The Column of Quinconces, in Bordeaux

The second Africa-France business conference starts in Bordeaux on Wednesday, described by some as the African Davos. It aims to bring together 100 African and 100 French firms to foster new business ties.

Coming just after the Nice summit, which saw French President Nicolas Sarkozy acknowledge the importance of African economic powerhouses such as South Africa and Nigeria, this conference sees companies from across the continent gather in what is traditionally the wine capital of France.

Radio Report

Conference opening

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

2 June 2010 at 10:00

France/Gabon – alleged stolen assets: Who will get Bongo’s cash?

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Apartment buildings in the 16th arrondissement, Paris

Apartment buildings in the 16th arrondissement, Paris (Photo: Vincent de Groot / CC license)

PARIS, FRANCE – While the people of Gabon mourn the death of their President and await his funeral, others are asking themselves what will happen to the criminal case brought against Omar Bongo in relation to alleged stolen assets, and a string of luxurious apartments, bank accounts and cars. Last year Transparency International and the Sherpa association lodged a complaint against Omar Bongo and two other African leaders suspected of profiting from the proceeds of public assets. The complaint led to a criminal investigation into Omar Bongo and his relatives, which established ownership of 39 apartments, 70 bank accounts and nine cars in France. Bongo’s death puts a halt to the criminal case, however. Radio France Internationale

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