An important chapter in the history of the French navy is coming to an end. A floating embassy and a showcase for France for 45 years, the navy training ship Jeanne d’Arc is setting out on its last mission. From Rio to Buenos Aires, we traveled with the officer cadets on the last voyage of this mythical vessel which has trained all French naval officers since 1964.
Ukrainians are voting in their first Presidential Election since the Orange Revolution, the popular movement that swept Viktor Yushchenko to power five years ago. This time though, voters rejected Yushchenko in the first round of polling. So what is left of the Orange dreams?
What does it mean to be French? For the past few months, France has been asking itself that very question. But the debate over national identity launched by President Sarkozy now appears to be deepening racial tensions present for years. To get to the heart of the matter, our reporter James André went to Marseille, the most ethnically diverse city in France.
Some are blind; all are disabled. But on the banks of the river Congo, between Kinshasa and Brazzaville, they are the kings of commerce. Because they can travel at reduced prices and pay no customs duty, their handicap is a gold mine. Our reporters met the tradesmen who use their disability to escape a life of begging.
Who is the next Didier Drogba, or Samuel Eto’o? And where is he playing right now? Perhaps at Senegal’s elite football academy: Diambars, one of the best in Africa. For years, boarders practice every day. In the end, only a handful of them will sign with a professional club in Europe.