NEWS: Paris (AFP) – Several thousand people marched through Paris on Sunday in a “Day of Anger” against embattled President Francois Hollande which ended in clashes between police and protesters.
NARRATION: Peter Ferenzci, Paris based journalist
EQUIPMENT: Canon EOS 60D, Go Pro
ALL SHOTS EXCLUSIVE TO PAUL NOLAN EXCEPT PICTURE OF FRENCH COMEDIAN DIEUDONNE (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
Mali is set to hold presidential elections in less than one month on 28 July despite concerns that the country is not ready. Rebels are still in control of the northern city of Kidal and the head of Mali’s Independent National Electoral Commission, Mamadou Diamoutani, has expressed doubts about the vote. Despite the concern, campaigning got underway on 7 July. France is home to approximately 300 000 Malians with the vast majority living in Paris. Many have been attempting to register to vote but have discovered they are not on electoral lists. (FIRST PUBLISHED ON AFRIK.COM)
Tens of thousands of people protested against France’s new gay marriage law in central Paris on Sunday.
The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go ahead with the long-planned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well as their frustration with President Francois Hollande, who had made legalizing gay marriage one of his keynote campaign pledges in last year’s election.
Marchers set off from three separate points across Paris, and by early evening they filled the Invalides esplanade just across the Seine River from the Champs Elysees.
The win in the recent presidential elections by Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of the country’s founder Jomo Kenyatta and inheritor of the country’s biggest fortune, will maintain the status quo that in Kenyan politics it is money rather than policy that matters most. Kenyans historically vote along tribal lines and yet three candidates of the populous Kikuyu running in the presidential elections were practically ignored. The unspoken reason for Kenyatta’s popularity can only be his extensive wealth. Continue reading →
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, the only person convicted over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing which killed 270 people, has died. Megrahi was convicted by a Scottish court in 2001 of the 1988 attack on Pan Am flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, but he was released on compassionate grounds in 2009 after doctors said he had only three months to live. Jim Swire lost his 23-year-old daughter Flora in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. (INTERVIEW) first on RFI
The new French President François Hollande has remained relatively tight-lipped about foreign policy, including France’s relations with Africa. France has often been accused of maintaining a paternalistic attitude towards its former colonies, embodied in the term Françafrique, that refers to shadowy dealings between French and African elites. Here is an interview with Douglas Yates, a specilaist on French-speaking Africa, about whether Hollande’s election will signal a new departure in Franco – African relations. INTERVIEW, first on RFI
Malawian President Joyce Banda has named one of her closest allies – Khumbo Kachali – as the new vice president as part of a shake-up of the government following the death of her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika. Since taking office at the week-end, Banda has sacked top officials, including the chief of police and the information minister. Below is an interview with Malawi’s new Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu, about whether he expects more heads to roll. (first on RFI)