France’s Great National Debate is skewed, says chief organiser

France’s Great National Debate has been distorted into nothing but a “communications’ operation”, according to the president of the Commission of National Public Debate (the CNDP). Chantal Jouanno, the former sports minister and head of the CNDP, on Friday denounced…

Macron backs down on pledge to ban glyphosate in France

French president Emmanuel Macron says that the phasing out of glyphosate-based weed killers in France by 2021, as previously announced, will be impossible, as it would hurt the agricultural industry. Glyphosate is a weed killer which the World Health Organisation…

Doomsday Clock stuck at two minutes to midnight

It’s two minutes to midnight! That’s according to the so-called Doomsday Clock, a symbolic device maintained and reset annually by the specialist magazine, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists . The idea is very simple, as reported in today’s Le Monde…

Leyla McCalla’s Capitalist Blues

For her third album The Capitalist Blues, Haitian American singer and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla questions the race to get ahead, and sings for the people left behind. “It’s hard to call a revolution when you’ve got the blues,” she says,…

French documentary Shell Shock tackles PTSD war wounds

War, conflict and peace are necessarily part of Fipadoc’s more or less 100 documentaries, across all categories. In the national competition section, Nicolas Mingasson’s Shell Shock brings unseen army wounds into the picture. Lara is a nurse who served several…

Greek parliament agrees to new name of ‘Republic of North Macedonia’

Macedonia has agreed to officially change its name to the ‘Republic of North Macedonia’ effectively ending the 28 year old dispute with its neighbor Greece. The landmark decision now opens gate for the former Yugoslav republic to join European Union…

Nato, Russia still at loggerheads after meeting

Senior NATO and Russian officials have failed to make a breakthrough in talks on saving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, raising the spectre of a renewed arms race in Europe. Western capitals allege that Russia’s latest generation of medium-range missiles…

Full steam ahead for contested France-Italy train line, says Salvini

A controversial high-speed train line between France and Italy should go ahead, Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Thursday. The comments potentially put his far right Northern League party at odds with its governing partner the Five Star Movement….

France’s Macron throws support behind Venezuela opposition leader

France’s Emmanuel Macron has given his backing to Venezuela’s self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido, saying last year’s re-election of Nicolas Maduro was illegitimate, and that “Europe supports the restoration of democracy”. In a tweet posted Thursday by President Emmanuel Macron…

Venezuelan army backs Maduro, condemns Guaido

Venezuela’s influential army has thrown its support behind President Nicolas Maduro in the face of a challenge to his rule by US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido. Top military brass promised to defend the country against what they called a “coup…