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A fresh take on the news big and bizarre in the newspapers, on websites, blogs and social media. From Monday to Friday at 8.45 pm Paris time.

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A fresh take on the news big and bizarre in the newspapers, on websites, blogs and social media. From Monday to Friday at 8.45 pm Paris time.

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    French teenager becomes hate figure online after anti-Islam comments

    French teenager becomes hate figure online after anti-Islam comments

    The debate over freedom of speech and the right to be blasphemous has resurfaced in France. A teenager has spoken out against Islam and all religions and has now become a hate figure online. The tensions are a reminder of the debate surrounding the blasphemous cartoons published by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

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    Emmanuel Macron channels Jacques Chirac in Jerusalem

    Emmanuel Macron channels Jacques Chirac in Jerusalem

    Twenty-four years separate two very similar confrontations between a French president and Israeli security officers in Jerusalem. Did Emmanuel Macron intend to evoke the memory of Jacques Chirac when he took a vocal stand against the security detail outside Saint Anne's, a French Roman Catholic Church in the Old City?

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    Luanda Leaks: Over 120 journalists crowdsource corruption investigation

    Luanda Leaks: Over 120 journalists crowdsource corruption investigation

    Angola's ex-president's daughter Isabel dos Santos has been accused of massive corruption and graft due to her father's influence and position as head of state in Angola for almost 40 years. She denies the allegations, but a collaborative effort by over 120 journalists has piled the evidence very high indeed.

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    France's art of the protest: Louvre museum falls victim to pension reform strike

    France's art of the protest: Louvre museum falls victim to pension reform strike

    Industrial action over planned pension reforms is in its 44th day here in France. Workers forced the closure of the world's most visited museum, the Louvre. Some voiced their frustration - and one critic has become the focus of attention on social media. Plus, Eminem ignites controversy with a new song referencing the 2017 Manchester bombing that killed 22 people. 

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    Trust in media at all-time low in France

    Trust in media at all-time low in France

    A study for French daily La Croix shows the public's interest in news has dropped by 8 percent in the past year, to under 60 percent. On top of this, there is a growing impression that journalists are "not independent". We also look at the story of a French street cleaner who was sacked after a photo of him went viral where he is seen supposedly sleeping on the job.

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    To bong or not to bong?

    To bong or not to bong?

    A Big Ben Brexit dilemma: Should one of the UK's key national symbols be repaired in haste at a heavy cost to the taxpayer so as to ring in a new era in style? But first, we look at constitutional changes in Russia that are being perceived as a possible means for Vladimir Putin to conserve power beyond 2024. Also, a pregnant weather presenter in Belgium gets flack for her clothing, while an Italian artist draws attention to violence against women with a novel series of images. 

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