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From the top stories of 2018 to bittersweet memories of Iraq, FRANCE 24's week in review

The FRANCE 24 stories, TV shows and interviews of the week, from a look back at what made headlines in 2018 to how US Democrats are preparing to take on Trump and the Top 10 Paris art shows to watch for in 2019.



Top 10 stories of 2018: Facebook in freefall, the Khashoggi affair and Brett Kavanaugh

It was the year that Facebook's reputation went into freefall, Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated, a US president met with Kim Jong-un and Prince Harry got hitched. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at the Top 10 stories of 2018.

After the 'Yellow Vests', climate crusaders challenge Macron

With temperatures averaging 14°C, 2018 was France's warmest year on record. While the French government's response has been criticised, climate crusaders are fighting back with a record-breaking petition and plans to sue the government.

Retaking control of the House, Democrats prepare to rein in Trump

A new Democratic majority has been sworn into the House of Representatives, with party leaders saying campaign finance reform, voting rights and ethics investigations are among their priorities as they prepare to act as a check on the White House.

Top 10 visual art shows to see in Paris in 2019

Tutankhamun’s treasures, major works by Leonardo da Vinci, Victor Vasarely’s optical illusions, Pablo Picasso and his muse Dora Maas – 2019 looks set to be a memorable year for exhibitions in Paris. Here is our guide to the Top 10.

Record-breaking year for the Louvre with more than 10 million visitors

Not only is the Louvre the most visited museum in the world, but it welcomed more than 10 million visitors in 2018 – an unprecedented figure for an international museum, according to the management.



Estonia: Soviet history, Russian relations and being on the cutting edge of digital tech (Part 1)

It has been 100 years since the Baltic states declared their independence and 27 since they emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union. President Kersti Kaljulaid tells us her view of the security threat posed by Russia and why she still has confidence in NATO.


Flavours of Iraq: Bittersweet memories

Feurat Alani is a Franco-Iraqi journalist and the author of "Flavours of Iraq", a series of short animations broadcast on FRANCE 24. The first episode takes us back to Iraq with a young Feurat, age 9. We discover the country through his senses, tasting his favourite apricot ice cream, smelling the gunpowder in the air and hearing the sounds of the bombs.


Brazil officially enters the Bolsonaro era

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as Brazil’s new president on January 1 and has chosen an eclectic mix for his cabinet. The firebrand far-right leader tapped into a rising tide of resentment in a country devastated by rising crime and two years of political and economic turmoil. His victory signals Brazil's most radical political change in 30 years.


The lingering despair of Greenland's Inuit youth

Inuit teenagers on the east coast of Greenland have few opportunities. In Tasiilaq, a remote town of 1,600 inhabitants, most of the adults rely on Danish welfare benefits. Amidst unemployment, alcoholism, sexual abuse identity crises, young people are suffering the most: On average, one teenager per month commits suicide.


What to expect from 2019

Will this be the year that Brexit really means Brexit? Will Jair Bolsonaro rule Brazil the way he campaigned? Our panel tackles those questions and more in a special New Year's edition.

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