Brazil: How real is Rio's renewal ahead of 2016 Olympics?
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After the FIFA World Cup last year, Rio de Janeiro is set to host the Olympic Games next summer. Over the past few years, the city has been transformed and reinvented to be able to host the world’s biggest sporting events. But the Brazilian metropolis remains plagued by insecurity and glaring social inequalities. FRANCE 24 reports.
For several years now and particularly for the 2014 World Cup, Rio de Janeiro has been undergoing profound change. Large infrastructure projects and urban renewal schemes have been launched. Ten billion euros have been invested. But with what results? Is the city of Rio de Janeiro really transformed, or is this just a facade that threatens to crack once the Olympics closing ceremony is over?
Indeed, deep-seated problems persist in Rio. Even though several favelas have been pacified at the price of a relentless war against drug traffickers, violence, poverty and social divisions remain. The population still feels unsafe. People in rich areas are afraid of being attacked at any time, while the inhabitants of the most sensitive areas fear stray bullets during almost daily clashes between police and gangs.
Our reporters in Rio went to meet the city’s residents and discover this "new" Rio being transformed before their eyes.