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François Hollande and Xi Jinping, Elysée Palace, 26 march 2014.
27/03/2014 - France - China

Contracts signed, China's Xi Jinping due for lavish Versailles dinner

On the last day of his visit to France, Chinese leader Xi Jinping heads to the Palace of Versailles for a concert and a lavish dinner as the visit ends on a more cultural note after the commercial ...

UNESCO says the Tomb of Askia in Gao is in a poor state of disrepair.
16/02/2014 - Mali

Race to repair Malian heritage site before rainy season

The United Nation’s cultural agency UNESCO has told RFI of an urgent need to preserve the Tomb of Askia in northern Mali before the rainy season starts in June.

France wants Unesco heritage status for D-Day beaches
12/02/2014 - On-the-spot France

France wants Unesco heritage status for D-Day beaches

At the approach of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, which turned the tides of the World War II, France’s government is lobbying for the beaches where allied troops landed to be ...

This year's tour de France passes in front of the Mont-Saint-Michel.
29/08/2013 - France

Court bans wind farm from near Mont Saint Michel

A French court has banned a local council from setting up a wind farm near the Mont Saint Michel abbey island which could threaten the site's Unesco World Heritage status, a lawyer said ...

The road leading to the Mont Saint Michel
25/07/2013 - France

Mont Saint Michel cut off by sea for first time since 1879

The Mont Saint Michel island off the Normandy coast was completely cut off from mainland France on Wednesday evening for the first time for 184 years.

Namib Sand Sea wins World Heritage title
22/06/2013 - African news explained

Namib Sand Sea wins World Heritage title

Six new sites have been inscribed on the World Heritage list by the Paris- based United Nations cultural organisation, Unesco. Among them is the Namib Sand Sea in Namibia, a unique coastal ...

Lighting up lives when the sun goes down in Congo
06/06/2013 - On-the-spot France

Lighting up lives when the sun goes down in Congo

Over 1.4 billion people in the world don’t have access to electricity; roughly 25% are in India, many more are on the African continent. An Indian project known as LaBL -

21/05/2013 - Report: Israel - Palestinian territories

Israel blocks Unesco visit in protest at Palestinian statements

Israel has blocked a planned visit by Paris-based UN cultural body Unesco to Jerusalem’s Old City in what it termed a protest at Palestinian action.

Battir fights to preserve its history
14/03/2013 - International report

Battir fights to preserve its history

The Palestinian village of Battir sits between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on the 1949 Armistice Line and includes ancient agricultural features and aqueducts built into the surrounding hillside.

12/03/2013 - Report: Palestinian territories

Historic Palestinian village fights Israel's separation wall

Residents of a historic Palestinian village are fighting Israel's plan to extend its separation wall across its land, threatening ancient agricultural remains.

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