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Could Sean Baker's movie be the best at the fest?

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A frosty Vatican reception?

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THE DEBATE

We'll always have Cannes: World's most famous film festival turns 70 (part 2)

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THE DEBATE

We'll always have Cannes: World's most famous film festival turns 70 (part 1)

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ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Sofia Coppola returns with fraught thriller 'The Beguiled'

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Meeting 'cultural activist' and soprano Dima Bawab

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Spain's Doñana National Park is dying of thirst

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THE POLITICAL BRIEF

French labour reform: Macron's first push to fix the economy

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THE OBSERVERS

The perilous journey from Libya to Italy, told by a migrant; and capoeira for former child soldiers in central Africa

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-05-16

Who is to blame for Damascus bombings?

In Syria, more than 50 people were killed last week when car bombs targeted a six-lane highway and an intelligence building. The attacks raised questions about extremist activity in the country. Meanwhile, a feisty TV debate between leading presidential candidates provides plenty of entertainment for Egyptians. Finally, we meet an Iraqi film director who is determined to bring the silver screen to the people of Baghdad.

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2017-05-24 West Bank

Meeting 'cultural activist' and soprano Dima Bawab

This week, we introduce you to soprano Dima Bawab. A Jordanian citizen born to Palestinian parents, she has been singing since the tender age of four. Dima is now putting her...

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2017-05-17 Iran

Iranian elections: Taking the temperature in Tehran

This week's special show is brought to you from Tehran as some 55 million Iranians prepare to elect a new president on Friday. FRANCE 24 hit the streets to talk to voters about...

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2017-05-09 Gaza Strip

Water crisis in Gaza Strip puts lives at risk

In Gaza, a water crisis is putting Palestinian lives at risk. Less than four percent of fresh water is drinkable and the surrounding sea is polluted by sewage. That's according...

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2017-05-02 Egypt

Egypt opens the door to women preachers

In Egypt, women are breaking the stained glass ceiling with pulpits open to Muslim female preachers for the first time. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Religious Endowments...

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2017-04-25 Lebanon

Lebanon: Activists ramp up pressure over rape law

In Lebanon, an archaic law currently allows rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victim. But a motion was proposed last year to get rid of the measure. Now, ahead of...

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