Week in Review: Fleeing Bolsonaro’s Brazil, on safari in France and the row over 'real' camembert

FRANCE 24 spoke to one of Brazil’s first openly gay lawmakers, Jean Wyllys, about fleeing his homeland and Turkish author Orhan Pamuk about his new book. We also take a look at the centuries-old love-hate relationship between France and the UK.



Exclusive: Jean Wyllys, a gay congressman flees Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Jean Wyllys, one of Brazil’s first openly gay federal lawmakers, is now living in exile after renouncing his congressional seat over death threats. He told FRANCE 24 that the country’s new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is a threat to activists.

Compassion, grit takes 'Jacindamania' to new heights after mosque attacks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has earned new respect for her response to New Zealand's worst-ever terror attack, with praise for her compassionate-but-tough leadership style taking “Jacindamania” to new heights.

Le Classique’, French football’s fallen icon

Le Classique, the football match between PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) and Olympique de Marseille, was once a clash of titans akin to Spain’s Clasico, which pits Real Madrid against Barcelona. But in light of PSG’s hegemony over France’s Ligue 1, Sunday’s game a 3-1 PSG win against a 10-man Marseille was expected to be one-sided from the start.

Riots on the Champs-Élysées: Why violence has become ‘legitimate’ for some Yellow Vests

Yellow Vest demonstrators took to the streets of the French capital for an 18th consecutive Saturday last week, with Paris weathering an ultra-violent edition of the protests. Although the rioting has been blamed on extreme elements infiltrating the movement, some Yellow Vests have now accepted violence as a legitimate means of achieving their goals, an expert says.

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Ireland’s deputy PM: Dublin ‘won’t be an obstacle’ to Brexit extension

Ireland’s Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) and foreign minister, Simon Coveney, says the Irish government “won’t be an obstacle” to an extension of the Brexit process, as requested this week by British Prime Minister Theresa May. Coveney told FRANCE 24 that the UK leaving the EU without an agreement was still a possibility and that the issue of the Northern Irish border had been turned into a “political monster” by some pro-Brexit politicians.


Don’t mess with the big cheese: Is ‘real’ French camembert in danger?

Is “real” camembert in danger? To be considered authentic and given the highly prized Protected Designation of Origin label, it has to be made with raw cows’ milk. But soon, camembert made with pasteurised milk will also be given this special label. Outraged purists say the decision jeopardises the future of “real” camembert and benefits companies that mass-produce bland versions of the soft cheese.


Food for thought: Dishes that are both tasty and good for the planet

Is France’s love of all things tasty leaving the planet with a nasty aftertaste? This week, we follow the Gout de France festival, where sustainable fare can come in many different forms. From an underground city farm to solar cooking and an eco-warrior chef, efforts to put seasonal and responsibly sourced food back on the menu are slowly but surely gaining ground.


Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk: ‘My country is going towards authoritarianism’

Turkish author Orhan Pamuk tells us why evoking father figures in his latest novel “The Red-Haired Woman” is part of a larger reflection on power dynamics. We talk about his accidental muse, the city of Istanbul and the East-West culture clash at the centre of his literary trajectory. The Nobel Prize-winner still has a bodyguard to protect him in the fraught democracy of modern-day Turkey, even though he doesn’t consider himself to be a “political writer”.

Keren Ann on melancholy, love, loss and standing her ground as a woman in music

The Franco-Israeli-Dutch singer, composer and producer Keren Ann discusses her eighth album “Bleue”, which she wrote in French (a first in 15 years) and in which she explores the deep melancholy of love and loss. The album features a duet with David Byrne and was influenced by British author Virginia Woolf. We also take a glimpse at The Motley Crüe biopic “The Dirt” and get our groove on with Ibibio Sound Machine’s funk and electro afro punk-filled new album, “Doko Mien”.


Best frenemies: France and the UK's centuries-old love-hate relationship

France has some passionate love-hate relationships with other nations, perhaps chief among them the United Kingdom: It's a subtle mix of sibling rivalry, admiration and mutual exasperation. But despite all the bickering there is also a lot of love between the two nations (including some secret French love for the British royal family). But what will happen to this relationship in the wake of Brexit?


France’s Peaugres safari park, a wildlife haven

France’s Peaugres safari park brings together animals from all over the world. Spread over 80 hectares, it’s the largest wildlife park in France’s southern Rhône-Alpes region. All year long, keepers and vets take care of more than 1,000 animals, many of them endangered species. FRANCE 24 takes you behind the scenes of this impressive zoo where felines, rhinos and bears coexist.


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