French politicians unite to march against anti-Semitism

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:34:59 GMT

Thousands of people took to the streets of Paris Tuesday evening to protest a spate of recent anti-Semitic attacks, including the vandalism of nearly 100 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France.

Yellow Vests at crossroads as anti-Semitic incidents cloud message

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:08:48 GMT

The ugly anti-Semitic invective levied Saturday against French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut by yellow vest-clad demonstrators in Paris left a new stain on a movement that has already seen its popular support undercut by outbreaks of violence.

Politicians and celebrities pay tribute to fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 17:15:17 GMT

German designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the fashion industry with his extravagant outfits and striking catwalks, has died aged 85. Tributes are pouring in from politicians and celebrities around the world.

US-backed Syrian forces seek to evacuate civilians from IS group holdout

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 18:02:14 GMT

US-backed forces Tuesday said they were trying to evacuate civilians from the Islamic State group's last dreg of territory in Syria and warned jihadists to surrender or face death.

Lyon hold wasteful Barca to Champions League stalemate

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 23:27:05 GMT

Barcelona will hope to make home advantage count in the return after Lionel Messi and his team-mates drew a blank in Lyon on Tuesday, the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie ending in a goalless stalemate.

Macron visits desecrated Jewish cemetery, Holocaust memorial after spate of anti-Semitic attacks

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:31:43 GMT

Vandals have daubed swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on around 90 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, local officials said on Tuesday, shortly before planned marches nationwide against a surge in anti-Semitic attacks.

Lack of oversight at Senegal’s Arabic schools raises radicalisation concerns (Part 2 of 5)

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:06:34 GMT

While Senegal has so far successfully shielded itself from the threat of Islamist extremism, experts warn that gaps remain in the country's security strategy, most notably in the field of education. Last July, the trial of 30 suspected terrorists shocked the nation and showed that the country is not free of jihadist influence, particularly among youths. In the second of five reports ahead of the country’s presidential election, FRANCE 24's Sarah Sakho and William de Lesseux report from the northern city of Saint-Louis, where the development of Koranic schools signals the emergence of a more conservative brand of Islam than is usually practised in Senegal. Activists and researchers warn that the lack of oversight of private schooling in Arabic means moderate Muslim groups are being threatened by Salafist undercurrents.

Bernie Sanders announces 2020 White House bid

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:06:41 GMT

Senator Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday he is running for president, launching a second bid for the White House after a surprisingly strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Mali’s displaced herdsmen set up camp in a landfill – and pay a toxic price

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:23:41 GMT

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:25:10 GMT

Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away on Tuesday at a hospital outside Paris, enjoyed the stature of a god among mortals in the world of fashion, where he stayed on top for well over half of a century and right up to his death.

Karl Lagerfeld, an absolute fashion icon

Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:41:32 GMT

Humour, rigour and know-how! Over more than six decades, Karl Lagerfeld has become one of the most recognised and admired fashion designers in the world. A brilliant stylist, an outstanding draughtsman and a skilled photographer, he has breathed new life into all the brands he has worked with. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at some of his most memorable Chanel shows – and quotes!

US states sue Trump over border wall funding

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 04:08:16 GMT

A coalition of 16 U.S. states led by California sued President Donald Trump and top members of his administration on Monday to block his decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Politicians condemn anti-Semitic abuse and anti-police attacks at Yellow Vest protests

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:48:22 GMT

French officials on Sunday strongly condemned anti-Semitic abuse and anti-police attacks by some "yellow vest" demonstrators as up to 2,000 of them gathered in central Paris to embark on a third month of the anti-government protests.

Trump warns Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro or 'lose everything'

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:32:02 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela's military who remain loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Brazil's Bolsonaro sacks close ally amid campaign financing scandal

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:33:34 GMT

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday sacked a close aide who helped get him elected after a storm within his party over suspected improper campaign financing.

Seven lawmakers quit UK Labour Party over Brexit and anti-Semitism

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:01:55 GMT

Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism - the biggest shake-up in years for one of Britain's major political parties.

Being a man was 'the only way to survive' under the Taliban

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:12:08 GMT

Born in Kabul in 1985, Nadia Ghulam was 8 years old when a bomb flattened her home, killed her brother, destroyed her parents' livelihood and left her badly disfigured. Women were not allowed to work under the Taliban. But to support her family, Ghulam decided at 11 to take on her brother's identity and spent the next 10 years disguised as a man. She spoke to FRANCE 24 about her incredible story.

‘Not as easy as they think’: Europeans balk at US calls to repatriate jihadist fighters

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:59:33 GMT

US President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria is receiving a mixed reaction as nations ponder how to bring home-grown members of the Islamic State (IS) group to trial.

Saudi crown prince starts Asia tour – and stirs regional rivalry

Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:22:54 GMT

Investment deals were to top the agenda during the Saudi crown prince's latest Asian tour. But with terror attacks and rivalries gripping the region, can the crown prince manoeuvre geopolitical fault lines with his petrodollar diplomacy?

Visegrad summit in Israel canceled after Poland pulls out over 'Nazi' comments

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 18:32:00 GMT

Poland on Monday pulled out of a summit in Jerusalem, triggering the collapse of the entire meeting, after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."