From Keira Knightley’s Colette to everything you need to know about Champagne, FRANCE 24’s week in review

Our favourite FRANCE 24 stories, TV shows and interviews of the week, from Keira Knightley on Colette to the growing threat of a "post-antibiotic apocalypse" to everything you need to know about France's favourite bubbly, Champagne.



Macron sparks new anger by saying some of the poor are just 'screwing around'

President Emmanuel Macron's hopes of quelling the economic anger of Yellow Vest protesters by launching a national debate ran aground Tuesday when he sparked new outrage by saying some of those struggling economically were just “screwing around”.

‘Plan B, what plan B?’ Five options to break Brexit deadlock

Advocates of Britain’s exit from the EU had promised a divorce would restore full sovereignty to the “mother of all parliaments”. The trouble is, Parliament cannot agree on what kind of Brexit it wants – or whether it wants one at all.

How former leftist militant Cesare Battisti spent 37 years on the run

A former leftist militant sought by Rome for four murders in the 1970s was handed over to Italian authorities on Monday after being extradited from Bolivia. Cesare Battisti managed to remain on the run for almost 40 years.

Elite French police on trial in alleged rape of Canadian tourist

Two elite police officers went on trial in Paris on Monday, five years after a Canadian tourist alleged they raped her at police headquarters in the heart of the French capital after a late-night encounter at a nearby pub.

Lawyers for Jewish museum attack suspect say their client was 'set up'

Frenchman Mehdi Nemmouche, the main suspect in the deadly 2014 attack on a Brussels Jewish museum, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. His lawyers say they have proof their client was set up by Israeli intelligence, backed by Belgian police.



Keira Knightley plays Colette in biopic of France's most famous female writer

Keira Knightley has made a name for herself playing esteemed literary heroines, from Tolstoy's Anna Karenina to Austen's Elizabeth Bennet, and has earned two Academy Award nominations along the way. In her latest role, she plays French avant-garde author and turn-of-the-century trailblazer Colette.


'We are in danger of entering a post-antibiotic apocalypse'

A Dutch environmental organisation has issued a stark warning: Bacteria could kill up to 10 million people a year by 2050 due to the rise of drug-resistant superbugs caused by the overuse of antibiotics and environmental pollution from producing medicines.


Champagne: All you need to know about France's famed fizz

The northern city of Reims is the capital of that much-loved French classic, Champagne. FRANCE 24 tells you everything you need to know about the world-famous fizz.


Sunday shopping remains a divisive topic in France

Shops in France are mainly closed on Sunday, a relic of the country's Catholic heritage. But some argue this tradition is archaic and incompatible with the era of 24-hour online shopping, mass unemployment and economic uncertainty.

The 51%

The women of France’s Yellow Vest movement

The Yellow Vest movement has attracted many female protesters, as an Oxfam study shows women in Europe are twice as likely as men to work in low-paid jobs. Also, an influx of female filmmakers is redefining India’s massive movie industry.


Warming up in northern France's traditional taverns

A winter evening spent at some of France’s long-established taverns: In the northern village of Cassel, we listen to music in a convivial setting and watch traditional games being played by young and old alike.

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