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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2011-01-10

This week: Mexico's drug war blogs, Saint Petersburg's killer icicles and China's fake French wines

Our first Observer this week is in Mexico, where she blogs about the drug war violence journalists no longer dare cover. Our second Observer tells us of an unexpected winter danger in Saint Petersburg: giant falling icicles. And our last Observer tells us why the Chinese love fake French wine.

Presentation: Derek Thomson. Editorial Team: Julien Pain, Lorena Galliot, Segolène Malterre, Sarra Grira, Peggy Bruguière.
We begin today with the drug wars in Mexico. The cartels target anyone in Mexican society who stands up to them... including journalists. The violence is so bad that one newspaper known for its tough coverage of the gangs - has simply given up. After one of its photographers was killed, the paper ran an editorial asking the cartels - what do you want us to do? we don't want to keep dying for our job. Fortunately... bloggers are stepping in, to keep up the pressure.
Observer : Coraje Civil - Civic Courage (pseudonym)
Now to St Petersburg, Russia, the northernmost big city in the world. Winter is just getting started there... and winter is looong... there's snow and ice on the ground for four long months. And worse - it builds up on the roofs too.
Observer : Natalya Khatzayuk.
Next up China… and its growing thirst for good Bordeaux and Burgundies. French wine exports to China doubled last year... and French winemakers are looking greedily at China's 1,3 billion potential customers. But there's a problem... most of them are drinking Chinese wine for now...
Observer : Nicolas Carre.




2017-01-14 Burma

Burmese policemen abuse Rohingya in a video, and a Malian is deported from France in handcuffs

A video emerged of Rohingya attacked by Burmese policemen, a Malian was handcuffed on a plane and deported from France, and a controversial new song hit the airwaves in Saudi...

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2016-12-31 Afghanistan

The Best Of 2016 at The Observers

For our last show of 2016, we look back at our favourite Observers from the year. A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers...

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2016-12-27 Burkina Faso

Round-up of migrants in Algeria, and militias in Burkina Faso replace police in crackdown on crime

Random, mass arrests of migrants have been taking place in Algeria; militias in Burkina Faso are replacing the role of police and imposing their own form of justice; and male...

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2016-12-10 Botswana

Painting eyes on cows' behinds and the group of young women fighting harassment in Mexico

A biologist has a funny idea for stopping lions from attacking herds of cows in Botswana, a group of young women walk through the streets of Mexico City armed with a GoPro to...

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A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris.

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