Our panel of Paris-based journalists review the week’s international news: the stories that made the headlines and also those you may have missed! Join us every Friday at 7.10 pm Paris time.
Covid-19 vaccines, Merkel's legacy, America under Joe Biden and Ethiopia's conflict
The year 2020 may have ended with Christmas effectively cancelled in Britain, but the country broke ground in offering its population a shot in the arm. Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old British pensioner, became the first member of the general public to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. BioNTech was founded in 2008 by Austrian cancer researcher Christoph Huber and scientists Ugur Sahin and his wife Özlem Türeci, both children of Turkish immigrants. But now the virus is mutating. So far, fingers crossed, the vaccines seem effective.
A year of Covid-19, a US election, Black Lives Matter, Samuel Paty and Nagorno-Karabakh
An invisible foe indifferent to man-made borders, the world's greatest pandemic in a century triggered fear, anxiety, and sometimes the worst but also the best in humanity. In Italy and elsewhere, we clapped for care workers who appropriately bore the name of front-line workers, heading into battle desperately short of protective equipment and all too often sacrificing their own lives.
Macron contracts Covid-19, Biden wins again, Nigerian schoolboys freed, remembering John le Carré
A fever, a cough, and fatigue... Emmanuel Macron is the latest head of state to have contracted the coronavirus. The French president is now self-isolating at La Lanterne; a guest house on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles which is an official residence for French presidents. From there, Macron is soldiering on with his official engagements and also taking to social media. Good luck in contact-tracing the 42-year-old workaholic: Over the past week, Macron’s schedule has been filled with meetings and public appearances.
Maradona, France security law, Ethiopia crisis, US presidential transition
No pandemic was going to keep Argentina from its Evita moment. For hours on Thursday, mourning Argentinians filed past the coffin of Diego Armando Maradona, the rags-to-riches hero, who, thanks to his footballing genius, moved the nation out of the shadows of its generals and defeat in the Falklands War. The rollercoaster fortunes of Maradona, both on and off the pitch, long mirrored that of his country. The outpouring of grief has been massive after Maradona died of a heart attack Wednesday at the age of 60.
Ethiopia crisis, EU budget, Pompeo's farewell tour and Covid-19 vaccines
We go to the Middle East to discuss Mike Pompeo's farewell tour of the region. We also discuss Donald Trump's legacy, as well the Covid-19 vaccines. Is there now light at the end of the tunnel? But first, the United Nations says a full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Ethiopia. And in the EU, is there a way through the budget stalemate?
Paris attacks commemorations, Covid-19 vaccine, US presidential election
November 13, 2015 was also a Friday: a Friday many of us sadly will never forget. One hundred and thirty people were killed in a terror attack in Paris. This Friday 13, tributes have been laid at scenes where people, out enjoying Paris life, were killed by terrorists. The Stade de France was where it began with a failed, though still fatal attack. It was followed by a series of attacks on bars and restaurants as well as the Bataclan concert hall.