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Man reading a manuscript on the roof of Djingareyber mosque.
06/01/2015 - Mali

Rare manuscripts enlighten Timbuktu, now Brussels

In 2012 Tuareg and Islamic separatists took over northern Mali, imposing draconian-style Islam on an already devout people. The invaders destroyed crucial works of Malian heritage including the tombs of Muslim saints listed with Unesco, the UN cultural protection agency.

How do you say that ?!?
15/11/2014 - The Sound Kitchen

How do you say that ?!?

This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the 10 hardest languages to learn.
November 2 marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists
02/11/2014 - Analysis: Media

Crimes against journalists must stop: a day to end impunity

Calls are growing for the media to dig deeper into the reporting of crimes against journalists, and to investigate the aftermath.
A painting of horses from the Grotte Chauvet
22/06/2014 - France - Unesco

French cave with world’s oldest paintings placed on Unesco World Heritage list

A French cave containing the oldest known paintings in the world has been declared a World Heritage Site but the UN’s cultural arm, Unesco.
The Promenade des Anglais in Nice
22/04/2014 - France

Nice seafront pushes for World Heritage status

Nice’s celebrated seaside boulevard lined with palm trees and glitzy turn-of-the-century hotels could become the latest French landmark to join Unesco’s World Heritage list.

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.