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The World This Week

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 7:10pm Paris time.

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Farewell Gorbachev, Ukraine's nuclear plant, UN Xinjiang report, Pakistan floods

Mikhail Gorbachev, who changed the course of history, passed away this week at 91. Thirty years after the last Soviet president left power, he is remembered in the West as an unlikely hero. After the Berlin Wall, as the Soviet empire started to crumble, Muscovites took to the barricades to thwart a counter-coup by the old guard. Gorbachev was freed from house arrest but left weakened, months away from the Christmas Day announcement of the breakup of the USSR – one he defended when he spoke to FRANCE 24 back in 2007.


2 Sep 2022

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NATO vs Russia, Xi Jinping in Hong Kong, Trump & January 6, Paris attacks verdict

After forcing the Russians out of Snake Island, Ukrainians endure the shelling of civilians. Is Vladimir Putin also sending a calling card to NATO after an historic summit that has pledged its biggest boost in troops since the Cold War and approved new members Finland and Sweden? Also, what Xi Jinping means by "true democracy" when he travels to Hong Kong, Donald Trump's mark on democracy in America and the takeaway from the verdicts of the Paris terror attacks trial.


1 Jul 2022

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America's right turn on abortion, ground war in Ukraine, Macron's new reality, a summer of strikes

A century-old gun law gone and 50 years of abortion rights overturned: the Republican-stacked Supreme Court is pushing the needle to the right. Also this week, as Severodonetsk is set to fall to Russian forces, Ukraine has just gained official candidate status to the EU. Is the bloc braced for the backlash? And as Emmanuel Macron sees his wings clipped by France’s legislative elections, he is bargaining with all sides and outwardly accentuating the positive. Finally, this travel season looks set to be the summer of strikes.


24 Jun 2022

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EU leaders in Kyiv, Battle for Donbas, Sanctions and soaring energy prices, Saudi sportswashing

The World This Week analyses the first visit to Ukraine by the leaders of France, Germany and Italy since the start of the war. Is it enough to steel the European Union's resolve when it comes to Russia? Our panel of journalists also weighs in on soaring inflation, oil prices and how Russia's loss could be Saudi Arabia's gain. Leaders and golfing professionals alike are ready to overlook the kingdom's human rights record.


17 Jun 2022

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US Capitol siege hearings, Russia's hostage diplomacy, Johnson's confidence vote, Islam in India

A public primetime hearing in Washington conducted by the Jan 6 investigative committee has thrust Donald Trump back into the headlines. The hearing began with moving eyewitness testimony of what happened on that day in 2021, where a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and seemingly attempted to disrupt and overturn the counting of the electoral votes that made Joe Biden the president of the United States.


10 Jun 2022

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Hundred days of war in Ukraine, Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Verdict in Depp-Heard trial

What can stop Russia's offensive in eastern Ukraine? François Picard's panel weighs in on the impact of Western sanctions on Moscow and the world economy. Also on the show: Britain holds Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 70 years on the throne. On the other side of the Atlantic, the verdict in the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial raises many questions about online hate.


3 Jun 2022

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Texas school shooting, Battle for Donbas, Indo-Pacific tensions, Women's rights in Spain

As funerals continue for the massacre in Buffalo, New York, the news cycle has already moved on to South Texas, where a teenager shot up an elementary school classroom using an assault rifle legally purchased the day after his 18th birthday. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed. The inaction is playing out with emotional pleas at NBA basketball press conferences, on the floor of the US Senate and in the middle of a press conference by Texas governor Greg Abbott, with the Republican incumbent being interrupted by Democratic rival Beto O'Rourke.


27 May 2022

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The fall of Mariupol, far-right ideology goes mainstream, France's new government

Nearly three months after the invasion of Ukraine, Russia is finally sealing its first major victory as Ukrainian fighters surrender from Mariupol's last pocket of resistance. Long after the Azov seaport was overtaken, the Ukrainians had kept control of the Azovstal steel mill compound, pinning down an estimated twelve Russian battalions. Now that the fighting is over, Moscow's focus turns squarely to the eastern Donbas region.


20 May 2022

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Ukraine invasion bolsters NATO, Shireen Abu Akleh killing, China's zero Covid policy, Eurovision

Who has the momentum in Ukraine? François Picard's panel weighs in on Russia bolstering NATO unity. Also on the show: outrage over the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, China doubles down on its zero Covid policy, and the politics surrounding the Eurovision Song Contest.


13 May 2022

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Putin's ‘Victory Day’: As war rages in Ukraine, how will Russia mark the occasion?

Final preparations are under way on Red Square for next Monday's Victory Day military parade. As Russia commemorates victory over the Nazis, will President Vladimir Putin capitalise on the patriotic pomp and ceremony to announce new developments in his Ukrainian offensive?


6 May 2022

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