French weekly magazines review 26 April 2015

French magazines warn EU leaders about the dangers of egocentrism as Islamists look to exploit the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.

The tugboat was boarded by a team from the Royal Navy's HMS Somerset and Border Force cutter Valiant.
26/04/2015 - France - Scotland

Two tonnes of cocaine seized in Franco-British bust

More than two tonnes of cocaine have been seized in the North Sea after French customs officers identified a vessel's unusual route and tipped off the Royal Navy and British coastguards, officials ...
Incumbent presidential candidate Faure Gnassingbe casts his ballot in Lome 25 April 2015.
25/04/2015 - Togo

Winds of change will not sweep Togo says government, as hopes of new "Black Spring" fade

Voters in Togo took to the polls on Saturday to elect their new president. Outgoing leader Faure Gnassingbé is expected to win a third term, yet his main rival Jean Pierre Fabre has called for an end to his family’s rule of almost 50 years.

Serge Atlaoui has been granted a temporary reprieve from execution in Indonesia
25/04/2015 - Indonesia - France

Indonesia notifies convicts of execution, Frenchman granted temporary reprieve

A Frenchman on death row in Indonesia has been granted a temporary reprieve as eight other foreign drug convicts have been transferred to a high-security prison island to be executed by firing ...

French press review 25 April 2015

The French press has robust coverage of Africa, including the anti-xenophobic rallies in South Africa, the high-tension presidential elections in Togo, political unrest in Guinea and revelations that ...
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Archbishop of Paris Cardinal André Vingt-Trois speak to the press after the discovery of a terrorist plot to attack a church in France
25/04/2015 - France

Terror charges brought against suspect in plot to attack church

The Algerian scholarship student accused of planning to attack at least one church in France was charged Friday night with terror-related murder and criminal conspiracy after five days of police ...

French press review 24 April 2015

The French press takes on a duty of remembrance as Armenians mark 100 years since the Ottoman World War I genocide.
French President Francois Hollande was joined by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic at a ceremony in Yerevan commemorating the Ottoman massacres, 24 April 2015.
24/04/2015 - France - Armenia - Turkey

Turkey should share Armenia's grief, recognise genocide: French president

French President Francois Hollande has urged Turkey to recognise as genocide the Ottoman empire’s massacre of Armenians during World War I.

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival completes its selection
23/04/2015 - Cannes Film Festival 2015

Cannes completes official line-up, with 19 films competing for the Golden Palm

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival completes its selection including an entry from Ethiopia.

Migrant protesting in front of Italian parliament, 21 April 2015

EU should focus less on smuggling, more on plight of refugees: NGOs

The European Union held an emergency meeting on refugees after more than 1,100 people drowned in the Mediterranean in what is the worst single such accident on record.

French press review 23 April 2015

An amateur jihadist wrecks his terrorist attack on Paris after shooting himself, and France raises its terror alert to an all-time high.
Serge Atlaoui at a hearing near Jakarta, 1 April 2015
23/04/2015 - Indonesia - France

Death sentence in Indonesia reveals 'serious dysfunctions': French foreign minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has condemned the sentencing to death of a Frenchman in Indonesia, calling the trial hasty and filled with errors.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve and President Hollande at the Elysee palace after French police detained a man they suspect of planning an imminent armed attack on churches, 22 April 2015
23/04/2015 - France

French police search for possible accomplices in foiled attack on church

French police are searching for possible accomplices in an alleged plot to attack at least one Catholic church, while Prime Minister Manuel Valls says it is the country's fifth thwarted attack since ...
"Homeland has to be inside" says Franco-Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra
23/04/2015 - World music matters

"Homeland has to be inside" says Franco-Moroccan singer Hindi Zahra

After a successful debut album Hand Made in 2010, Hindi Zahra returns with Homeland. The voice which goes effortlessly from 40’s-inspired jazz to soul, blues and folk, is as suave as ever.
The Mistrals were being built in Saint-Nazaire in northern France, 21 November 2014.
22/04/2015 - France - Russia

France will reimburse Russia if warships are not delivered: French president

Russia would be reimbursed for two Mistral helicopter carriers if they are not delivered and the 1.2-billion-euro contract is cancelled, French President Francois Hollande told reporters Wednesday.


French press review 22 April 2015

The French press is disappointed with the European Union's scanty offer to end unprecedented humanitarian disaster in the Mediterranean, though some papers offer strong backing to Australia's ...
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Prime Minister Manuel Valls leave after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, April 22, 2015.
22/04/2015 - France

Attack on Paris churches foiled, suspect arrested: French minister

French police have arrested a 24-year-old Franco-Algerian man who was allegedly planning an attack on churches outside Paris.

Paris independent cinema a Mecca for international films
22/04/2015 - Culture in France

Paris independent cinema a Mecca for international films

In this week's Culture in France, RFI speaks to one of the founders of La Clef.
The Directors' Fortnight 2015 poster based on photo by Cécile Burban, graphics Michel Welfringer
21/04/2015 - Cannes Film Festival 2015

Cannes Director's Fortnight selection lines up social awareness and comedy

The 2015 Cannes Director's Fortnight film festival has announced its selection. It's full of surprises, myths, legends and serendipity, according to artistic director Edouard Waintrop.

Survivors of the boat that capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday arrive in Catania, Italy, 20 April 2015
21/04/2015 - Europe

North Europe must help tackle migrant crisis, Mediterranean MEPs

Europe is the cause of the current migrant crisis in the Mediterranean - or the solution, depending on whom you talk to. European heads of state have been called to an emergency summit on Thursday to address the growing number of people drowning in the crossing from north Africa to Europe.

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