The American model of growth based on consumers is well and truly dead. The decline has begun in earnest. So says Patrick Artus, head of research at the French bank, Natixis, co-author of a new book, "Is it too late to save America?"
While rich countries are busy bailing out their banks, tens of millions of people in the developing world risk falling into extreme poverty this year. Most live in Africa and Asia. France 24's Douglas Herbert met Kevin Watkins, from the UNESCO.
The world economic crisis has left even the most optimistic minds searching for a glimmer of hope. Among these, the movie business has earned a reputation for doing well in difficult economic times. Raphael Kahane met Nicolas Seydoux.
FRANCE 24's correspondent in Egypt, Ygal Saadoun, talks to Naguib Sawiris, Chairman and CEO of Orascom Telecom, the top telecommunications provider in Africa and the Middle East, constantly on the lookout for new markets.
Software giant Microsoft released Explorer 8: the main gateway to the internet for about two thirds of the world's computer users. Raphael Kahane spoke to the President of Microsoft International, Jean-Philippe Courtois.