This week FRANCE 24 spoke with astronaut Thomas Pesquet about getting ready to board SpaceX Dragon 2 and musician Keith Urban in his latest release, “The Speed of Now”. We also explored the legacy of Egyptian singer Umm Kulthoum to arouse excitement, the suffering of French midwives and the hajj which is unusual for some lucky people, who were streamlined in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.
The famous French outdoor cafe culture might be affected when the heating ban on the outdoor terrace came into effect in early 2021 as part of a push towards a greener economy.
A French woman who became a célèbre cause for those who fight domestic violence has died at the age of 72. Jacqueline Sauvage was found guilty in 2012 for murdering her husband after she and her family suffered decades of persecution but were later pardoned by then president François Hollande.
The controversial new French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin sparked new anger this week when he said police brutality charges made him “choke”, echoing the words of a man who died January 5 after being pinned to the ground by French police while repeatedly pleading: “I am I choked. “
Although they are at the forefront along the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic, midwives feel forgotten by health care reforms adopted by France after its coronavirus crisis.
Perhaps there is no modern Egyptian cultural treasure that is more beloved than Umm Kulthoum. Anyone who has visited the Arab world may have heard a different, resonant tone in his voice. The Israeli city of Haifa recently moved to respect its legacy – and sparked controversy in the process.
From the expansion of the Umayyad Empire in the seventh century to the fall of the Ottomans in the early 20th century, Muslim artists produced a steady stream of great works circulating throughout the world – adorning places of worship, palaces and luxurious residences of the nobility.
French cinema reopened on June 22 with a certain amount of intensity after a three-month coronavirus hiatus. At least one Paris film house, Les 5 Caumartin, has led film enthusiasts eager for the much-awaited revival with a film screening one minute after midnight. But a month later, the cinemas in the birthplace of this medium felt the effect when the global industry remained asleep.
Fear of corona virus coupled with travel restrictions has made foreign tourists a rare sight in Paris. Instead the French converged in the city to rediscover their capital. But France has a tighter wallet than US or Asian tourists, and they don’t spend enough money to compensate for the loss of tourism revenue.
Muslim pilgrims begin arriving at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to begin the annual pilgrimage on Wednesday. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s hajj has been dramatically reduced.
NASA’s Perseverance Explorer began its journey to Mars on Thursday with a successful launch from Cape Canaveral Florida. The ambitious mission will be the first for NASA to look for signs of past life on Mars and follow China’s own exploration mission to the red planet earlier this month.
In an interview with FRANCE 24, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law promised to continue his struggle from his new base in Britain. While he acknowledged that Hong Kong pro-democracy activists facing Beijing were a “David versus Goliath” scenario, he expressed hope that he would win with help from other countries.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will be the first European to fly using the new SpaceX Dragon 2, which will fly from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station in the spring of 2021. Pesquet has spent six months riding the ISS from November 2016 to June 2017. He spoke to FRANCE 24 is about training to return to space, why his new mission is called “Alpha” and why he thinks manned missions to Mars will occur in his lifetime.
The multi-award winning Grammy musician chased us in an existential atmosphere, reflecting the nature of the time when he released his latest album, “The Speed of Now”. We talk about the artistic paralysis he felt at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, and how life today is a cure for all types of illness. Urban tells us about starting in Nashville as a country singer with an Australian accent, and how different musical styles always enter his voice.
TV critics Dheepthika Laurent and Clovis Casali see a new release ahead of the European summer. They discussed the horrifying detention asylum seeker drama “Stateless”, co-produced by Cate Blanchett, plus “P-Valley”, a drama about strippers in the heart of the African-American community in the US. They also chatted about the program from NBC’s new streaming platform “Peacock”, including the modern adaptation of “Brave New World”. Finally, they saw Netflix’s windy new reality show!
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to claim casualties throughout the world, many countries have made mandatory face masks in an effort to stop the spread of the corona virus. But throughout medical history, the use of masks has long been controversial. How can that be a symbol of civic responsibility and public health? We see the history of masks for centuries.
Our reporter Pascal Mourier also teaches communication at a number of fashion schools. During eight weeks of unprecedented locking in France, he asked his students to write and produce fashion films from their own homes. Project: to only use available material immediately to tell the story of the character’s interaction with clothing items. We saw several offers.
THE 51 PERCENT
In many architecture schools throughout the world, women make up the majority of students. But why are so many buildings in cities and towns still designed by men? In the special edition ‘The 51 Percent’, we ask what is needed to build a more balanced approach in the world of architecture. Our reporter visits a neighborhood in Vienna that has become a research experiment to test the idea of equality in design. Annette Young also spoke with Brigitte Métra, one of France’s leading female architects.
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