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Michelle Obama: From Chicago's south side to the White House

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France's love/hate relationship with Beaujolais nouveau

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David LaChapelle: 'Celebrity is replacing religion in these times of turmoil'

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We're in the Brexs*it! Tabloids react to Theresa May's Brexit plans

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Costa Rica's president on climate change, migration and Nicaragua

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What does the future hold for the oil market?

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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 : 2018-02-14

Alan Geaam: From dishwasher to Michelin-starred chef

Alan Geamm arrived in Paris two decades ago. In the beginning, he found himself sleeping rough in the streets of the capital and unable to speak any French. Now, without any formal training, the Lebanese chef has managed to bag himself a sought-after Michelin star. He tells us his incredible story.

Also, Kuwait is holding a donor conference aimed at raising funds for the reconstruction of Iraq following the onslaught of the Islamic State group. Authorities estimate the nation needs some $88 billion. That covers 157 projects across multiple sectors including transport, energy and agriculture.

And women in Saudi Arabia still have a long way to go in order to be completely free. But every little step counts. First, the conservative kingdom agreed to let women drive. Then football stadiums started to welcome them. Now, one senior cleric is calling for a more relaxed dress code for Saudi women.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Camille FEVRIER , Sanam SHANTYAEI

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2018-11-14 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Secret screenings: Director Sam Abbas brings LGBTQ film to Middle Eastern audience

While the majority of the world has legalised homosexuality, the countries where it is still outlawed are concentrated in the Middle East. The subject remains contentious in the...

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2018-11-07 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Rapping with reason: Mona Haydar's music tackles racism and Islamophobia

Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American artist. She raps about Islam, her decision to wear the hijab, and racism in the US, among a host of other polarising issues. And while some have...

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2018-11-01 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Tech in the Middle East: Roxanne Varza, the Iranian-American start-up queen

This week we're joined by the Director of Station F, the world's largest start-up incubator, based here in Paris. Roxanne Varza is an Iranian-American dual national. She tells us...

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2018-10-24 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Khashoggi’s editor: His personal and professional battle

This week we speak to Karen Attiah, Jamal Khashoggi's editor at The Washington Post, as questions continue to linger over the Saudi journalist's murder. Khashoggi was one of the...

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2018-10-17 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Salim Saab: Showcasing the women of the Arab art world

This week, we're drawing attention to the women who are fighting to assert their influence in the Arab world. We're joined by one man who's doing exactly that: Franco-Lebanese...

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