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.
Mars landing, Vaccine strategy, Texas snow storm, 'Islamo-leftism'
The world but also what is out of this world: NASA's Perseverance Rover has successfully touched down on the Jezero Crater on Mars. It's the delicate first step in a mission to bring back to Earth in 2031 actual soil samples from the red planet.
Navalny's trial, Myanmar coup, Italy's politics, Marjorie Taylor Greene
Alexei Navalny found himself in a Moscow court twice in the same week. Thousands were arrested over the charges filed against the first poisoned, then imprisoned anti-corruption crusader. The 44-year-old Navalny once again seemed relaxed and straight-shooting as he faced charges of insulting a World War II war hero. Unbeknownst to Josep Borrell, the Kremlin chose the same day to announce the expulsion of diplomats from Poland, Germany and Sweden who'd covered the protests. The optics are not great when the conversation shifts to the promising prognosis for Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.
EU-AstraZeneca vaccine row, Students' mental health, #MeTooInceste, Egypt 10 years on
Earlier this week, we discussed the politicisation of the Covid-19 vaccines; how the jabs to stop the pandemic have become in many ways a geopolitical tool. The row between the EU and vaccine producer AstraZeneca is gathering pace and the EU is getting all protectionist.
Trump impeachment, Uganda elections, Covid-19 in France & the EU, Germany after Merkel
He's the first US president to be impeached twice. This time though, it's a whole different atmosphere. Lawmakers had to pass metal detectors and National Guard troops who'd slept overnight inside the Capitol. This as ten Republicans voted with the Democrats, agreeing that Donald Trump, one week earlier, had incited an insurrection and the violence that left five dead at the Capitol. Joe Biden is trying his best not to let charges against Trump upstage the biggest urgency he will face on Day One, tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. On Thursday, he unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan.
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.