Week in Review: Jihadi brides, a Brexit rollercoaster & going vegan to save the planet
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Algeria mulls a future without President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the World Wide Web turns 30 and the French state is taken to court for its inaction on climate change. Also, the 25th anniversary of "Schindler's List" and going vegan to save the planet.
Environmental activists filed an unprecedented lawsuit against the French state, accusing it of doing too little to fight climate change, on a week that saw students in towns and cities across the world skip school to demand urgent action on global warming.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika backed down from his controversial bid to seek a fifth term in April elections after tens of thousands of Algerians from a cross-section of society took to the streets in protest.
In three days of high-stakes voting in parliament, British lawmakers determined that they did not support Prime Minister Theresa May's exit deal, did not want to leave the European Union without any deal, and wanted a delay to the March 29 Brexit deadline to give themselves more time to resolve the impasse.
The leaders of France’s left- and right-wing parties reacted with scathing editorials of their own to a public appeal for a European “renaissance” from French President Emmanuel Macron.
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FRANCE 24 spoke with jihadi brides fleeing the final military operation to defeat the Islamic State group in eastern Syria. For some of these women getting out of the so-called "caliphate" is a relief, to others it represents a betrayal of their beliefs.
The week in film, including the 25th anniversary of "Schindler's List", French comedy "Wide Load", "Exfiltrés" and a festival of restored motion pictures in Paris called "Toute la mémoire du monde" (All the memory of the world).
Being vegan was once a fringe movement but today it's going mainstream. Even the land of bœuf bourguignon has joined the game: In 2016 the sale of vegan products jumped by 82 percent in France.
Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld passed away on February 19. Two weeks later at the Grand Palais in Paris, his colleagues and clients were able to see his final creations for Chanel, revealed against an alpine backdrop. It's been a difficult few weeks for the world of fashion – but the show must go on.
Last year the Syrian regime passed new legislation – known as “Law 10” – allowing it to seize assets and property from those who used to live in neighbourhoods previously controlled by the rebels. The controversial law is discouraging refugee families from returning to Syria.
Born in March 1989 from an idea of how the CERN physics lab could store data, the World Wide Web turned 30 years old this week. Creator Tim Berners-Lee also invented the hyperlink, which allows anyone to be redirected to text stored on another computer anywhere in the world with a simple click of the mouse.
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