World Cup 2014
Starting June 12 and wrapping up in the legendary Maracana Stadium a month later, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Brazil, is set to rivet football fans around the world. With 32 countries participating and 64 games scheduled, FRANCE 24 brings you coverage of the competition from “the land of football".
Tour de France 2014
For its 101st edition, the Tour de France gets underway in Yorkshire for three stages in the UK. It will then head across the Channel for a route that gives pride and place to the north and east of France, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Follow all the latest from Le Tour on FRANCE 24.
D-DAY 70TH ANNIVERSARY
FRANCE 24 joins commemorations marking D-Day with a full week of coverage leading up to the ceremonies on June 6. Seventy years after the Allied landings, war heroes and others retell the moments that turned the tide in WWII.
The 67th Cannes Film Festival unfolds in France May 14-25. Among those vying for the Palme d’Or are David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Mike Leigh and Jean-Luc Godard. Stars expected on the red carpet include Marion Cotillard, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Channing Tatum. FRANCE 24 film critic and editor Jon Frosch brings you the latest.
Rwanda: The last genocide of the 20th century
On April 7 1994, Rwanda was gripped by a murderous wave of violence, that left over 800,000 dead in just 100 days. FRANCE 24 looks back at the origins and circumstances that led to the last genocide of the 20th century.
East Africa: A new front for global jihad?
The deadly siege on the Westgate shopping centre in Kenya’s capital Nairobi in September 2013 highlighted the growing presence of extremism in East Africa. Groups such as Somalia’s al-Shabaab, a militant Islamist organisation that claimed the attack, have become more visible in recent years, raising fears the region may be a new jihadist front.
Greece cut to the bone
Greece was drowning in debt and looked to be on the brink of default when it received its first EU/IMF bailout in May 2010. The country has since introduced a series of tough austerity measures in a bid to save its economy, much to the discontent of millions of Greeks who have regularly taken to the streets in protest over the past few years.
The Bettencourt scandal: Politics, cash and cosmetics
The Bettencourt scandal began as a row between France’s wealthiest woman, L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, and her daughter, before escalating as far as former president Nicolas Sarkozy. An investigation into Sarkozy has been dropped but his ex-labour minister Eric Woerth is expected to face trial over allegations of illegal campaign donations.
Democracy in Tunisia put to the test
Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, has been wracked by political turmoil since ex-president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in 2011. After months of crisis and the assassination of two prominent opposition figures, the ruling Islamist Ennahda party is in talks with the opposition to form an interim government ahead of fresh elections.