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How do artists and writers see the world? We take you to the crossroads where culture meets the news and engages with what's happening in our lives today. From Monday to Friday at 12.15 pm Paris time.
 
Welcome to “Yes, you Ken English” Podcast! WHO IS THIS PODCAST FOR? I designed this weekly Podcast for any busy native French speaker (of any age and in any country) who is interested in learning highly practical things in English (things that French people don’t learn in school) for free. WHAT WILL YOU LEARN BY LISTENING? You will learn to express in correct English French words/phrases that are difficult to render in English. Examples: “savoir être”, “faire un bilan”, “quitte à”, “avoir un ...
 
Francis Parkman (1823-1893) is one of the great nineteenth century United States historians along with William Prescott, John Lothrop Motley, George Bancroft, and Henry Adams. Parkman has been hailed as one of America's great historians and as a master of narrative history. He is most known for his The Oregon Trail and his seven volume work on the history of the French and English in North America. A Half Century of Conflict is the sixth volume of the series but was the last to be published ...
 
The Life and Death of King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatises the reign of John, King of England (ruled 1199–1216), son of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine and father of Henry III of England. It is believed to have been written in the mid-1590s but was not published until it appeared in the First Folio in 1623.John (24 December 1166 – 19 October 1216), also known as John Lackland or Softsword, was King of England from 6 April 1199 until his death. His reign s ...
 
Jonny Bentley and Jordan Dover bring you 15 Minutes of Football: a podcast where the most complex of football topics are concisely discussed in 15 minutes or less. The main focus is the Premier League and all teams will be covered over the course of our 4 topics. 15 minutes per-topic. One hour of quality content. Statistical, emotional but, most of all, entertaining!
 
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French carmaker Renault will be rolling out half a million fewer vehicles this year. That's more than double its previous forecast. The company says it should be able to maintain its profit outlook, despite the chip shortage, by hiking car prices and cutting costs.By FRANCE 24 English
 
EU leaders have been holding a two-day summit in Brussels at which a spat with Poland over its rejection of the EU's legal order was high on the agenda. This after the Constitutional Court in Warsaw ruled earlier this month that EU law applies only in specific, limited areas and that Polish law prevails in all others circumstances. Before the summi…
 
EU leaders have been holding a two-day summit in Brussels at which a spat with Poland over its rejection of the EU's legal order was high on the agenda. This after the Constitutional Court in Warsaw ruled earlier this month that EU law applies only in specific, limited areas and that Polish law prevails in all others circumstances. Before the summi…
 
This week, we’re putting the focus on how France is handling screen addiction in kids. According to the latest figures, over 70% of 12 to 17 years old in France are in possession of a personal cellphone, the main culprit when it comes to screen dependency. For more on the workings and possible responses to “screen dependency disorder” we meet pedia…
 
This week, we’re putting the focus on how France is handling screen addiction in kids. According to the latest figures, over 70% of 12 to 17 years old in France are in possession of a personal cellphone, the main culprit when it comes to screen dependency. For more on the workings and possible responses to “screen dependency disorder” we meet pedia…
 
Swedish film-maker Ninja Thyberg and main actress Sofia Kappel speak to Eve Jackson about their groundbreaking film ‘Pleasure’ – an unprecedented look at gender and power in the adult film industry.The subjects on the table? Six years of research on LA’s porn sets, the decision to use real actors from the industry and why it’s time to talk honestly…
 
Swedish film-maker Ninja Thyberg and main actress Sofia Kappel speak to Eve Jackson about their groundbreaking film ‘Pleasure’ – an unprecedented look at gender and power in the adult film industry.The subjects on the table? Six years of research on LA’s porn sets, the decision to use real actors from the industry and why it’s time to talk honestly…
 
60 years before Fukushima, Japan was hit by an ecological disaster in the port city of Minamata. Forgotten by some, its memory is preserved by the illness that bears its name: Minamata disease, or severe mercury poisoning. Now, a new film about one of the worst cases of industrial poisoning in modern times is about to be screened in Minamata for th…
 
60 years before Fukushima, Japan was hit by an ecological disaster in the port city of Minamata. Forgotten by some, its memory is preserved by the illness that bears its name: Minamata disease, or severe mercury poisoning. Now, a new film about one of the worst cases of industrial poisoning in modern times is about to be screened in Minamata for th…
 
In this edition of Europe Now we take you to Slovenia, a country that has been at the crossroads of European empires and power struggles for centuries.This small, mountainous and heavily-forested country is almost completely landlocked. Today, it’s home to just over two million people, many of which love nature and have a soft spot for their countr…
 
In this edition of Europe Now we take you to Slovenia, a country that has been at the crossroads of European empires and power struggles for centuries.This small, mountainous and heavily-forested country is almost completely landlocked. Today, it’s home to just over two million people, many of which love nature and have a soft spot for their countr…
 
In this edition of Europe Now, we take you to Slovenia, a country that’s been at the crossroads of European empires and power struggles for centuries.This small, mountainous and heavily-forested country is almost completely landlocked. Today, it’s home to just over two million people, many of which love nature and have a soft spot for their country…
 
When she was only a teenager, Valerie Ka graced catwalks across the African continent as a model and muse. As her political consciousness grew, she became a flagbearer for contemporary African fashion around the world. Today, in a boutique hotel in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, she is overseeing the very first edition of her latest project: Share Afr…
 
When she was only a teenager, Valerie Ka graced catwalks across the African continent as a model and muse. As her political consciousness grew, she became a flagbearer for contemporary African fashion around the world. Today, in a boutique hotel in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, she is overseeing the very first edition of her latest project: Share Afr…
 
How do you define courage? Annette Young talks to Chanel Miller, whose sexual assault at Stanford University sparked public outrage after her assailant served just three months in jail. She bravely decided to go public with her identity and her book has just been published in French.By FRANCE 24 English
 
How do you define courage? Annette Young talks to Chanel Miller, whose sexual assault at Stanford University sparked public outrage after her assailant served just three months in jail. She bravely decided to go public with her identity and her book has just been published in French.By FRANCE 24 English
 
In Perspective, FRANCE 24 looks at the past and present of one pocket of Southern Africa: the country of Angola. Paula Cristina Roque, who spent much of her Covid-19 lockdown penning a new book on Angola called "Governing In The Shadows", joins us from Lisbon to talk about her work.By FRANCE 24 English
 
Since the beginning of 2021, illegal entries into the United States through its border with Mexico have multiplied. This coincides with the inauguration of President Joe Biden, who promised to undo a restrictive immigration policy put in place by his predecessor Donald Trump. Those who have come to try their luck are mostly single men, but unaccomp…
 
Since the beginning of 2021, illegal entries into the United States through its border with Mexico have multiplied. This coincides with the inauguration of President Joe Biden, who promised to undo a restrictive immigration policy put in place by his predecessor Donald Trump. Those who have come to try their luck are mostly single men, but unaccomp…
 
Amid projections that a staggering 97 percent of Afghan households could fall below the poverty line by the middle of next year, the United Nations Development Programme has launched a $670 million trust fund to provide economic relief. Also, Evergrande makes a key debt payment and shares for Snapchat's parent company plunge as the application face…
 
Can you do a 'Brussels fudge' on this one? European Union summits are renowned for the ingenious ways devised to blur the lines and horse trade on hot button issues. Those light-night compromises are what keep the 27 at the bargaining table until next time. Either Poland stops defying the prerogatives of the European Court of Justice and respects p…
 
European Union summits are renowned for the ingenious ways devised to blur the lines and horse trade on hot button issues. These compromises are what keep the 27 states at the bargaining table until next time. Either Poland stops defying the prerogatives of the European Court of Justice and respects protection of basic rights for all, or Brussels s…
 
The head of the Fairtrade Foundation says consumers, businesses and governments need a ‘reality check’ on the situation facing farmers in developing countries. CEO Michael Gidney speaks to FRANCE 24 ahead of the COP26 climate conference, where Fairtrade will be bringing a pledge for businesses. In this pledge, companies will promise to invest in mo…
 
The head of the Fairtrade Foundation says consumers, businesses and governments need a ‘reality check’ on the situation facing farmers in developing countries. CEO Michael Gidney speaks to FRANCE 24 ahead of the COP26 climate conference, where Fairtrade will be bringing a pledge for businesses. In this pledge, companies will promise to invest in mo…
 
According to a Senate report out of Brazil, the country's far-right president should face at least 10 charges, including crimes against humanity, for his handling of the pandemic. It paints a damning portrait of Jair Bolsonaro's government: one of corruption, negligence and incompetence. With more than 600,000 deaths, Brazil has the world’s second-…
 
According to a Senate report out of Brazil, the country's far-right president should face at least 10 charges, including crimes against humanity, for his handling of the pandemic. It paints a damning portrait of Jair Bolsonaro's government: one of corruption, negligence and incompetence. With more than 600,000 deaths, Brazil has the world’s second-…
 
This week, we dip into the world of France’s most iconic cheese: le camembert. It’s a national symbol that French people are very proud of, but recently Italian mozzarella outsold camembert in France. Has there been a major change in the hearts and minds of the French? Meanwhile, small and industrial-scale producers of camembert have been waging a …
 
This week, we dip into the world of France’s most iconic cheese: le camembert. It’s a national symbol that French people are very proud of, but recently Italian mozzarella outsold camembert in France. Has there been a major change in the hearts and minds of the French? Meanwhile, small and industrial-scale producers of camembert have been waging a …
 
The FIAC may have temporarily decamped from its Grand Palais headquarters, but the concept remains the same: 170 galleries from 25 countries, selling cutting edge works of contemporary art. We look at some of the exhibitions, performances and public art installations parallel to the fair.By FRANCE 24 English
 
Covid-19 has caused over 600,000 deaths in Brazil. But who, or what, is responsible for the situation that many see as a complete mishandling of the health crisis?A parliamentary commission suggests President Bolsonaro should now face charges of crimes against humanity for his responsibility in the management of the pandemic. Our Brazil bureau has …
 
Covid-19 has caused over 600,000 deaths in Brazil. But who, or what, is responsible for the situation that many see as a complete mishandling of the health crisis?A parliamentary commission suggests President Bolsonaro should now face charges of crimes against humanity for his responsibility in the management of the pandemic. Our Brazil bureau has …
 
Shares in the Chinese real estate giant Evergrande have slumped by more than ten percent in Hong Kong, after an offer to buy its property management unit fell through. The company's stock had been suspended from trading for two weeks while the potential offer was being considered. Evergrande is facing a liquidity crisis after missing several debt p…
 
Nigerian protesters demand answers for deaths during the Lekki tollgate crackdown one year ago, as police deny opening fire that day. In Sudan, thousands of pro-military demonstrators camp out around the clock outside the presidential palace, while groups pushing for civilian rule plan their own counterprotests. We also take you to Burkina Faso’s O…
 
The former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in Dubai recently for Expo 2020. Many were struck by the many modern, attractive women he was photographed with. Was it by accident or design? Was one photo taken at the Israeli Pavillion?By FRANCE 24 English
 
The International Monetary Fund expects Europe's inflationary pressures to fade out in early 2022. Alfred Kammer, Director of the Europe Department at the International Monetary Fund, says the European economic recovery is 'resilient', but must not be jeopardised by withdrawing stimulus measures too quickly.…
 
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is capping a three-nation tour of Africa with Nigeria, where the hard bargaining is about much more than commercial deals. After the success of Turkish-made drones in the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, arms sales are certainly in the mix. We’ll also ask about drone diplomacy and Erdogan's bid to take custody of Nigerian sch…
 
Lebanon is now months into an investigation of the Beirut port blast – but no one has been held accountable yet. Politicians have repeatedly obstructed the work of the lead judge, Tarek Bitar. Last week, Hezbollah led a protest to demand his dismissal. It sparked a gun battle in the heart of Beirut that left seven people dead and reignited fears of…
 
Lebanon is now months into an investigation of the Beirut port blast – but no one has been held accountable yet. Politicians have repeatedly obstructed the work of the lead judge, Tarek Bitar. Last week, Hezbollah led a protest to demand his dismissal. It sparked a gun battle in the heart of Beirut that left seven people dead and reignited fears of…
 
Taking aim at the press and those who peddle it, “Lost Illusions” sees Honoré de Balzac settling scores within his sprawling multi-volume epic Comédie Humaine.Director Xavier Giannoli has brought 19th century Paris to life for his film adaptation of the novels, with celebrity, advertising and journalism in the crosshairs. Critic Lisa Nesselson tell…
 
Eswatini, a landlocked country nestled between South Africa and Mozambique, was called "Swaziland" until 2018. The very last absolute monarchy on the African continent has been facing a growing wave of unrest since June 2021. What initially started as peaceful demonstrations was met with repression, violence and death. King Mswati III is being blam…
 
October 9th, 2021 was the 40th anniversary of France’s abolition of the death penalty. To mark the occasion, President Emmanuel Macron announced the organisation of a “high-level meeting” at the United Nations starting in early 2022. The meeting’s goal? To “convince” leaders of countries that still use the death penalty of the “urgency of abolishin…
 
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