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A live debate on the topic of the day, with four guests. From Monday to Thursday at 7.10 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2014-06-04

Assad's Election: Damascus Stages Vote Amidst Civil War

Last week it was Egypt, today it's Syria where the established order is staging a presidential election. There's precious little doubt of an overwhelming landslide in favour of Bashar al Assad. His supporters argue that even in a fair fight where the whole of that war-torn country could cast ballots, he would still win. The opposition meanwhile claims that this is simple invention, with Assad directly responsible for bombing his own people from the air. What will today's election change?

By François PICARD

Our guests

Ammar ABD RABBO

Franco-Syrian photojournalist

Julien THÉRON

Middle East specialist, University of Versailles

Fahed Ibrahim BACHA

Member of the Union of Syrian Democrats

Mimi AL LAHAM

National Union of Syrian Students

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2017-05-29 Debate

Mending Strained Ties: French President Macron hosts Putin at Versailles Palace (part 2)

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in France today for talks with newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron. Relations between the two nations have been strained for some...

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2017-05-29 Debate

Mending Strained Ties: French President Macron hosts Putin at Versailles Palace (part 1)

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in France today for talks with newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron. Relations between the two nations have been strained for some...

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2017-05-27 Africa

Let's talk Africa-Asia partnerships (part 2)

Our distinguished panel of guests discuss how to step up trade and investment between Africa and Asia. A special debate filmed in Ahmedabad, India.

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2017-05-27 Africa

Let's talk Africa-Asia partnerships (part 1)

Our distinguished panel of guests discuss how to step up trade and investment between Africa and Asia. A special debate filmed in Ahmedabad, India.

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2017-05-25 NATO

Trump at NATO: What future for the Atlantic Alliance? (part 2)

US President Donald Trump is this Thursday in a city he once described as a "hellhole" for talks with leaders from an alliance he once called "obsolete". So perhaps it is no...

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