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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

Paris protesters call for Syria’s al-Assad to go

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Demonstrators at the Place du Trocadero call for regime change in Syria, 11 June 2011. Photo: LA Bagnetto

Syrian demonstrators took to the streets of cities across the world on Saturday in protest against the Syrian regime. In downtown Montreal about 300 people gathered, chanting, “the people want an end to the regime”. While in Paris near the Eiffel tower activists were demanding for an end to corruption and tyranny.

Radio Report: Anti-Assad protests in Paris

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

12 June 2011 at 22:10

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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Congo has to take the lead in November elections, says Crisis Group’s Délétroz

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Representatives of the DRC's electoral commission in Kinshasa, 7 May. Photo: CENI

Representatives of the DRC's electoral commission in Kinshasa, 7 May. Photo: CENI

Anger and consternation dominated the feelings amongst Congolese pro-democracy activists at a meeting with representatives from the French foreign ministry in Paris on Monday. During discussions about the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 28th November polls, three themed round tables focused on the electoral process, security, justice and impunity. There are worries that the government is not ready to improve on 2006’s dismal voting conditions, and many Congolese are unhappy with French support for elections that they already see as flawed.

Interview: Alain Délétroz, Vice President, International Crisis Group

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

17 May 2011 at 20:13

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.

Radio Report: Marketplace Morning Report

(presenter: Steve Chiotakis)

Marketplace Morning Report

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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