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From Facebook failures to prison holidays, FRANCE 24's week in review

(L to R): France 24 screen grab, laffairedusiecle.net and Aaron Bernstein, Reuters

From Facebook fails to prison "breaks" and the gastronomic delights of Christmas in France, a look back at some of the FRANCE 24 stories, TV shows and interviews of the week.

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ARTICLES

More than 1.8 million sign petition to sue France over climate inaction

More than 1.8 million people have so far signed an online petition launched by environmental groups last week calling for the French state to face court for not doing enough to fight climate change.

Under fire for failing to protect users, 2018 was a losing year for Facebook

For many US tech titans, 2018 was characterised more by scandal than by cutting-edge innovation. Facebook fell into particular disrepute, criticised for its failings on user privacy in a series of scandals that revealed the limits of its business model.

Protests and Yellow Vests: 2018 was a tough year in French politics

It has been a difficult year for French President Emmanuel Macron. Between the Benalla affair and the Yellow Vest movement, many observers feel the French president has lost control of the narrative and imperiled his agenda.

TV SHOWS ONLINE

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

How do the French celebrate the holiday season?

How do the French celebrate Noël and ring in the New Year? Hint: It involves a lot of food.

FASHION

Jean-Paul Gaultier's ‘Fashion Freak Show’, a smashing and original revue

Le Fashion Freak Show at Paris’s famed Folies Bergère is a feast for the senses, with song, dance, acrobatics, fashion and a lot of audacity. The show tells the story of one of the most innovative designers alive today, Jean-Paul Gaultier. Surrounded by unusual and singular personalities, he recounts his story in this special edition.

THE 51 PERCENT

Was 2018 really the ‘Year of the Woman’?

This year has been full of memorable moments such as Ireland repealing its abortion ban and a record number of women entering the US Congress. Yet populist leaders are also on the rise, leading an angry pushback against women’s rights. Susan Chira, senior gender editor at the New York Times, talks about how far we have come – or not.

ACCESS ASIA

Overworked Koreans pay to get locked up in fake prison

Some South Koreans pay to be locked up in mock prisons to escape their overly demanding lives in one of the world's most overworked countries, which also has a high rate of suicide. They say this fake prison time gives them the freedom they no longer have. At the price of $90 per day, they pay to sleep on the floor in solitary confinement, with no contact with the outside world. For many, it’s a chance to get away from it all.

TALKING EUROPE

Europe's islands: Martinique, a precarious paradise

The small island of Martinique is a French overseas department and part of the European Union. But in this Caribbean paradise, a 30-year pesticide scandal has been brewing that is responsible for one of the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world and a premature birth rate four times higher than that of mainland France.

THE DEBATE

Bon appetit? France's changing eating habits

Although the days of the two-hour lunch break might be over, France is still associated with fine cuisine and dining culture – provided you are neither poor nor short on time. The Yellow Vest movement has served as a reminder that most French citizens are still struggling to make ends meet.

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World this Week: Drones at Gatwick, the US withdrawal from Syria, Ghosn’s re-arrest

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