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Week in Review: Iran marks 40 years of revolution, Obama adviser Ben Rhodes and anti-Semitism in France

FRANCE 24 spoke to Obama's deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes on Syria and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi on the disappointments of Iran's revolution. We also look at the rise of anti-Semitism in France and the love for "la Manif".



'The Alps just got taller': Italy's populist leaders push Franco-Italian relations to the brink

Rome is bracing itself for retaliatory strikes from its neighbour, ally and key trade partner after a barrage of attacks by Italy’s populist leaders pushed Franco-Italian relations to the brink.

Yellow Vests struggle to define their movement as protest turnout falls

The Yellow Vest movement is falling prey to deep internal divisions even as it seeks greater legitimacy, with turnout at last week's protest falling sharply to just 51,400 demonstrators nationwide as opposed to 69,000 two weeks ago.

France faces upsurge in anti-Semitic attacks

A spate of high-profile anti-Semitic incidents has shocked France, where officials say attacks against Jews rose by 74% last year – an alarming trend experts have linked to the spread of hate speech and the tension surrounding Yellow Vest protests.

The painful past of Spanish Civil War refugees in France, 80 years on

Nearly half a million Spaniards crossed the border into France after Barcelona fell to General Francisco Franco 80 years ago. Many were detained in makeshift internment camps during a dark chapter of French history that has been all but forgotten.

In pictures: 40 years of Iran's Islamic Republic

On February 11, 1979, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei and religious hardliners established an Islamic Republic in Iran after the fall of the US-backed Shah. FRANCE 24 takes a brief look back at developments over the last 40 years.



Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes on Trump, racism and Syrian 'red lines'

FRANCE 24 sat down with Ben Rhodes, a member of Barack Obama's inner circle. He served during both of Obama's terms as speechwriter and deputy national security adviser. Rhodes reflected on Donald Trump's shock election win in 2016 as well as Obama's decision not to strike Syria in 2013.

Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi 'disappointed' by Iran's Islamic Revolution

Shirin Ebadi, an exiled Iranian human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, expresses her "disappointment" in the gains of the Islamic Republic, particularly in regard to women's rights.


An inside look at Iran, 40 years after the revolution

Iran marked the 40th anniversary this week of the popular uprising that led to the fall of the monarchy and the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979, when the Ayatollah Khomenei became Iran's political and spiritual leader. Today, Iran is a society trying to find a balance between the religious tenets of the revolution and the demands of a young population that is hungry for social and political change.


Vive la manif! How demonstrating is part of French DNA

France has made "la manif" into an art form, with a history marked by massive protests both before and after the French Revolution that are often successful in forcing those in power to give in to the demands of the street.


Inside a deradicalisation centre in Syria

The self-declared "caliphate" of the Islamic State group is shrinking by the day. Some of the young people linked to the extremist group are being sent to a deradicalisation centre in northern Syria, where authorities hope they will be rehabilitated into citizens who can one day rejoin society.


French language steadily losing ground in Canada

Canada's French-speaking minority is sounding the alarm: the language has been in steady decline for the past 30 years even in Quebec province, Canada's Francophone stronghold.


Christian Bale's 'bullfrog' transformation into Dick Cheney and a murder in France

The week in film news, from the screwball yet superbly acted biopic "Vice" about Dick Cheney to a film about a real-life murder mystery in France entitled "Conviction".


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