Week in Review: G7 meets in Biarritz and France relaunches reforms as the Amazon burns
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Uncontrollable wildfires in the Amazon stole the headlines this week amid growing alarm that the damage could be irreversible. Meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron welcomed world leaders ahead of a G7 meeting in the French resort of Biarritz.
The Amazon is the “lungs of the world” – and it’s going up in smoke. There has been an 83% increase in forest fires since early 2019, according to Brazil's National Institute for Space Research. Many blame the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro.
As Biarritz prepares to host the G7 summit this weekend, residents and business owners worry that the “unprecedented” security measures could put a damper on the French seaside resort town’s economy.
In August 1619, an English ship landed on the shores of Virginia with some 20 African captives aboard. Four hundred years later, the date is being commemorated as the beginning of the age of slavery in North America.
France's Council of Ministers reconvened this week for "la rentrée", France's official return to work after the summer break. Charged with moving ahead with a host of unpopular reforms, the government is looking to avoid some of the controversies of the past.
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Boris Johnson for Brexit talks Thursday, with Macron saying ahead of the meeting he hopes the British prime minister will offer some "clarification" on his plans for an orderly exit from the bloc.
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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis sat down with FRANCE 24 ahead of his meeting Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace. Mitsotakis talked about some of the pressing issues confronting his newly elected government and affirmed that the Iranian oil tanker detained for a month in Gibraltar sparking a diplomatic row was "not headed for Greece".
You may not know it, but your trash probably travels more than you do. The moment a plastic container ends up in your recycling bin marks the beginning of a long trip halfway across the world.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says his government lacks the resources to fight the raging wildfires spreading through the Amazon rainforest after satellite images showed a record number of fires this year.
Plastic pollution has reached one of the most remote places on Earth: the Arctic. That is according to two separate studies released last week that found tiny plastic particles, known as microplastics, in Arctic snowfall and frozen within the sea ice.
Around 40 undocumented migrant workers, hired to work for the courier delivery firm Chronopost, have been on strike outside the company’s facility in Alfortville in the Paris suburbs. They say their working conditions are unacceptable and that the French company is taking advantage of their status to, in the words of one worker, “treat us like slaves”.