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From Charlie Hebdo to Viggo Mortensen to fashion trends for 2019, FRANCE 24's week in review

The FRANCE 24 stories, TV shows and interviews of the week, from Viggo Mortensen on racism, the backlash against a French author "incapable" of loving women over 50 and the fashion trends to watch for in 2019.



Four years after Charlie Hebdo attacks, satirists bemoan the loss of reason

As France marked four years since the attacks on Charlie Hebdo that killed 11 journalists and a policeman on Monday, the satirical weekly says intolerance and extremism have only gotten worse on all sides.

Twitter responds to French author 'incapable' of loving women over 50

A French author and TV personality caused a lively controversy this week for saying he would be “incapable” of loving a woman his own age. His comments sparked a swift and merciless backlash on social media, in France and beyond.

Foie gras producers blast attack on French ‘art of living’ as US approves ban

French foie gras makers have accused the US Supreme Court of bowing to “misinformation” from vegetarian lobbyists for its refusal to hear an appeal against a California ban on the delicacy produced from force-fed ducks and geese.

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Viggo Mortensen on 'Green Book' and the fight against racism

Viggo Mortensen's latest film "Green Book", which just picked up three Golden Globes, recounts the true story of a white chauffeur who accompanied a celebrated black musician on a tour of America's segregated southern states. From a small-town guy with a dark past in "A History of Violence" to the fantasy king in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, Mortensen has long been lauded for bringing social, political and psychological complexity to his roles.

Lily-Rose Depp on love, fashion and following in some familiar footsteps

Lily-Rose Depp is carving out a film career on both sides of the Atlantic. She tells FRANCE 24 about her latest role as one side of Louis Garrel's love triangle in "A Faithful Man". The daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp also touches on her Franco-American upbringing and why the romantic stereotypes of Parisian love affairs are not far from the truth.


Fashion trends for 2019: 10 things to know

A look at the trends that will dominate 2019, and what a year it's going to be. Upended aesthetic codes, a rejection of throwaway fashion, and more gender fluidity and ambiguity – FRANCE 24 brings you a sneak peek at the year ahead.


Tax champions: How much do the French really pay?

France tops the OECD rankings when it comes to the amount of tax collected compared to the size of its economy. But many point out that France enjoys a high level of public services. Join us as we dive into the complex and opaque world of taxation.


Peaks and troughs: France's Cantal mountains

Nestled deep in central France, the Cantal mountain range is made up of the remnants of Europe’s biggest stratovolcano, formed 13 million years ago. With 44 individual pistes and 60 kilometres of slopes, it attracts skiers eager to explore its wide-open spaces. But Cantal is not only famous for its great peaks – its eponymous cheese is also a must.


Could genetically modified mosquitoes help eradicate malaria?

Malaria is responsible for 450,000 deaths worldwide each year and kills a child every two minutes in Africa. FRANCE 24 speaks to the research consortium Target Malaria, which is releasing 10,000 genetically modified mosquitoes in Burkina Faso in a bid to lower the number of insects that can actually transmit the disease.


Row over Indian shrine: Women make history by entering Kerala temple

Angry protests erupted in India over a Supreme Court decision last fall that ended a longstanding ban on women entering a Hindu shrine. Two women who became the first to enter the Sabarimala temple in centuries went into hiding after receiving threats from hard-line Hindu groups.

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