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'The French health system has reached a point of major crisis'

Tue, 10/12/2019 - 10:10
We speak to one of France's senior doctors as he takes rare strike action to denounce poor working conditions. Julien Taieb of Paris's Georges Pompidou hospital says for the first time beds are closing and nurses quitting, and it's forced people like him to say enough is enough. It comes as some hospital staff who have already taken part in strikes over the health service also join huge strikes here in France this Tuesday over pension reform.

'Everyone is very worried’: Paris shops hit by ongoing strike

Sat, 07/12/2019 - 15:22
Three weeks before Christmas, Paris’s landmark department stores are virtually empty of shoppers as a result of the ongoing transport strike. Shopkeepers are worried for their future if it continues.

Turmoil continues in France as nationwide strike extends through weekend

Sat, 07/12/2019 - 14:49
The most serious nationwide strike to hit France in years caused new weekend travel turmoil on Saturday, with unions warning the walkouts would last well into next week.

Macron ally, centrist leader Francois Bayrou charged over misuse of funds

Sat, 07/12/2019 - 10:47
French veteran centrist leader Francois Bayrou was Friday charged with "complicity in siphoning off public money" in a case related to the embezzlement of European Parliament funds, a judicial source said.

Discovering Brittany's bistros in winter

Fri, 06/12/2019 - 10:37
We head to the western French region of Brittany to discover its bistros. In a retro-style establishment, young and old alike enjoy playing games like shuffleboard or "little skittles". Meanwhile, whether it rains, snows or shines, it’s always party time at the Tara Inn bistro in Brest. Every Monday, the stage is open to all musicians, regardless of their background. The bistro also continues the tradition of "fest-noz", a festival created more than a century ago as a welcome break from the tiring work in the fields.

Only the beginning? Day one of massive strikes against Macron pension reform

Thu, 05/12/2019 - 19:04
This time, will Emmanuel Macron meet his match? Macron, who has managed to pass public rail reform and survive the Yellow Vest movement is now facing what could be the start of a long movement against pension reform that brings together hospital workers, teachers, students and even the staff at the Eiffel Tower.  

Striking not even an option for overstretched Paris Fire Brigade

Thu, 05/12/2019 - 11:00
As a nationwide transport strike makes it difficult for French people to get to work, one group of workers remain on the frontline: the "sapeurs-pompiers" or firefighting paramedics, who make up the backbone of the French capital's emergency services. The overstretched Paris brigade of 8,000 firefighters respond to half a million calls every year, many of which turn out to be unnecessary. Our reporters have been following one team in the capital who, like their colleagues in Marseille, don't have the right to strike. 

Macron says 'no consensus' with Turkey over definition of terrorism

Wed, 04/12/2019 - 18:23
French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that no consensus could be reached with Turkey on defining terrorism, amid a row with Ankara over Kurdish militia groups.

Macron tells G5 leaders to address 'anti-French sentiment' for continued military cooperation in Sahel

Wed, 04/12/2019 - 16:12
President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday demanded West African leaders dismiss growing anti-French sentiment across the region if they wanted France's military to continue its operations against Islamist militants.

France looks set for potentially its biggest strike in decades

Wed, 04/12/2019 - 15:00
France is bracing itself for a widespread transport strike starting on Thursday, December 5. This looks set to be the most comprehensive strike the country has experienced in decades. Many are predicting the country will be forced to a standstill. It is possible the strikes could last until Christmas.

Petition to block Macron's plan to privatise Paris Airports hits one million signatures

Wed, 04/12/2019 - 11:30
Opponents of a French government plan to privatise Paris’s Airports received a boost on Wednesday after their petition garnered more than one million signatures, crossing a symbolic threshold that could trigger a referendum on the issue.

French students still affected by social inequality despite egalitarian 'façade'

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 19:31
France is still one of the countries where student performance is most affected by their economic and social background, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found in its survey published on Tuesday. It confirms an old tendency: although France's public school system is feted abroad, it does very little to solve social inequalities at home.

Dozens of Jewish graves vandalised at cemetery near Strasbourg

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 18:13
More than 100 graves were found covered with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti at a Jewish cemetery near Strasbourg in eastern France on Tuesday, officials said, just hours after similar vandalism in a nearby village.

New French bill equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism ‘is going very far afield’

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 18:08
A group of 127 Jewish intellectuals has signed a petition against a new French bill which proposes equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. FRANCE 24 spoke with one of the signatories who calls the bill “problematic”, saying it “delegitimizes the legitimate act of criticising the state of Israel".

Macron, Trump continue to spar over French digital tax plans and retaliatory US tariffs

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 17:01
French President Emmanuel Macron and his US counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared unwilling to lay down their arms in an escalating spat over Paris’s plans for a special tax on digital service companies and Washington’s threat to retaliate with massive tariffs on French imports.

France's SNCF cancels 9 out of 10 high-speed trains during massive Thursday strike

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 16:21
As France prepares for a massive strike on Thursday against a planned pension reform, French rail company SNCF announced on Tuesday that only one high-speed train out of ten will run across the country. Other services such as the Parisian metro will also be "disrupted". 

France’s Macron accuses Turkey of ‘sometimes working with IS group proxies’ at NATO summit

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 15:16
French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkish forces of sometimes working with fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group in its operation in northern Syria.

Why is French army not laughing as Charlie Hebdo stands by controversial cartoons?

Mon, 02/12/2019 - 19:44
French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was under fire after it published a series of cartoons over the death of 13 French soldiers in Mali. Although the army’s chief of staff expressed his “indignation”, his strong response could simply translate as a feeling of ingratitude. Or resentment for smearing the army's recruitment campaign.

In French Guiana, gold mining accused of role in destroying Amazon rainforest

Mon, 02/12/2019 - 12:05
As the UN COP25 climate change conference opens in Madrid, we focus on the issue of deforestation. The Amazon rainforest - a major climate regulator - is under immense strain from logging, mining and farming activities. We take you to France's part of the Amazon, in French Guiana. Gold mining - by big companies and small extractors but also thousands of illegal miners - is accused of playing a role in destroying the forest there. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24's Malcolm Surer.

‘They died to protect the people in the Sahel,’ Macron says in tribute to fallen French troops

Mon, 02/12/2019 - 11:13
President Emmanuel Macron on Monday paid tribute to the "sacrifice" of 13 soldiers killed in a helicopter collision while battling jihadists in Mali, a disaster that has prompted fresh questioning of the costs of France's six-year campaign in West Africa.