In another instance of governments cracking down on tax evaders in hard economic times, France has asked Swiss authorities for help determining whether 353 French clients of the Swiss bank, UBS, were trying to cheat the taxman by having undeclared assets in Switzerland. On Wednesday May 15, official figures from the EU's statistics office showed the French economy had contracted by 0.2% in the first quarter of this year, officially entering a recession.
Paedophilia scandals have rocked the Catholic Church across the world in recent years. Yet Poland, the most Catholic country in Europe, appeared to have been largely spared. But as increasing numbers of alleged victims of sexual abuse begin to speak out, it looks as if the problem may have simply been better covered up in Poland. France 24's Gulliver Cragg and Tomasz Lubik went to investigate the allegations and got a dramatically hostile reception.
With only one month to go before the Confederations Cup, Rio’s Maracana stadium is still not finished. Originally supposed to be up and running in December, then February, the Maracana had a gentle test in April when a game was played in front of an invited crowd of some 27,000 stadium workers and their families. A more rigorous test set for May 15 was cancelled, giving more time to get everything right for the friendly between Brazil and England on June 2nd.
A recent surge in shootings and knife attacks in Denmark’s capital city is causing alarm amongst residents and local politicians. As authorities clamp down hard on gang warfare, France 24's Malcom Brabant investigates the situation on the streets of Copenhagen.
Two car bombs in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli left 51 people dead at the weekend. The Turkish government was quick to blame Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, this as Syrian refugees in Reyhanli have become the target of abuse from some local residents. France 24 went to Reyhanli to find out more about the situation on the ground.