The new normal: FRANCE 24 reports from Pakistan to DR Congo


In our show "The New Normal", which examines the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond, FRANCE 24 brings you four reports from our correspondents around the globe.


Our reports:

  • In Italy, with most foreign tourists staying away due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has decided to introduce a cash scheme known as a "holiday bonus" to encourage Italians to summer in the country this year. Natalia Mendoza and her team report from Rome.


  • This week, Muslims are celebrating the festival of Eid al-Adha, a time when families and friends traditionally gather together in large numbers – a worry amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In Pakistan, authorities are sounding the alarm about the risk posed by cattle markets. Shahzaib Wahlah reports from Lahore.


  • In DR Congo, the Congolese franc has lost 15 percent of its value in the past three months, slashing purchasing power for ordinary people. In a country where 80 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day, the results are devastating. Clément Bonnerot and Juliette Dubois report from Kinshasa.


  • And in Hong Kong, the draconian national security law imposed by Beijing last month gives authorities sweeping powers to crack down on dissenting voices. What about businesses that have vocally supported the pro-democracy movement – how is the new law affecting them? Oliver Farry reports.

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