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Our Focus programme brings you exclusive reports from around the world. From Monday to Friday at 7.50 am Paris time.

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    Is Canada on losing end of CETA free trade agreement with EU?

    Is Canada on losing end of CETA free trade agreement with EU?

    Although not yet fully ratified, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) should allow Canada and the European Union to boost their trade, especially in meat exports. But at what cost? In Europe, opponents of CETA focus on fears over Canadian beef such as the use of growth hormones. But over in Canada, farmers criticise the non-tariff barriers imposed by the EU and say the win-win deal that was promised is taking too long to materialise. Our correspondents went to meet them.

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    Trade war: Will French wine exports turn sour?

    Trade war: Will French wine exports turn sour?

    In October 2019, the World Trade Organization ruled in favour of the United States in a long-running dispute over plane subsidies, giving Washington the green light to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of EU goods. Top of the list was French wine. Our US correspondents report on the negative impact the tariffs are now having on American importers of French wine - as well as consumers.

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    Is Istanbul prepared for a major earthquake?

    Is Istanbul prepared for a major earthquake?

    A large part of Turkey is located in an active seismic zone, where earthquakes are recorded every day. Twenty years ago, the city of Izmit saw one that killed more than 17,000 people. Since then, local authorities in the economic capital Istanbul have been working to prepare the city and its 16 million residents for the next big quake, which experts say could take place in the very near future. Our correspondents report.

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    In Pakistan, ‘dirty theatre’ is a hit

    In Pakistan, ‘dirty theatre’ is a hit

    Pakistan's pop culture has seen better days. The combined effects of censorship, religious conservatism and economic crisis have all but obliterated a once flourishing film industry. However, so-called "dirty theatre" has been thriving lately. Tolerated by the authorities, these lucrative vaudeville plays are based on heavy sexual innuendo, misogynistic dialogue and lascivious dances. While this creates a novel distraction, exclusively for male audiences, it does nothing to improve the image of women or boost freedom of speech. Our correspondents report.

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    French senior citizens at work: A choice for some, a necessity for others

    French senior citizens at work: A choice for some, a necessity for others

    French workers' and employers' unions have until April to find a way to balance out the country's pension schemes. If they fail, the government will reintroduce the controversial "pivot age" in its reform plan, which would force all French citizens to work until the age of 64 to be eligible for a full pension.

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    Thousands of asylum seekers waiting in streets, makeshift camps around Paris

    Thousands of asylum seekers waiting in streets, makeshift camps around Paris

    After an asylum seekers’ camp in northern Paris was cleared last November, France plans to continue to break up others across the country. Although the number of places in shelters has doubled, with over 108,000 beds available for asylum seekers, makeshift camps are still scattered around the capital's ring road, where several thousand people are living in squalid conditions. FRANCE 24’s team reports.

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