The new normal: FRANCE 24 reports from South Africa to Portugal

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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:

After a massive blast tore through the port of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, on August 4, thousands of homes were destroyed. While emergency crews were first on the scene to recover the wounded and the dead, many residents were left to pick through the debris and salvage what was left of their homes. Now it's Lebanese civilians who are leading the cleanup and recovery efforts, coming together to help those who’ve lost everything. This report by Karim Yahiaoui, Abdallah Malkawi and Fraser Jackson.

Confronted by rising rates of domestic violence during lockdown in South Africa, the country's authorities responded by banning the sale of alcohol. After months of enforced abstinence and no sales, the ban was recently lifted but it has left many winemakers on the brink of bankruptcy. Even before Covid-19 hit, the industry was struggling with about a third of all winemakers in 2019 operating at a loss. Now experts warn of a looming crisis for South Africa's viticulture sector. This report by Sam Bradpiece, Caroline Dumay and Stefan Carstens.

Tourism is one of Morocco's main sources of revenue but since Covid-19 forced the closure of borders and travel become restricted, the sector is at a standstill. Morocco lost an estimated 10 million tourists this year due to the pandemic and it's tourist hotspots like Marrakesh, that have been hardest hit. Bars remain shut and many hoteliers wonder how long before they may be forced to shut for good. Report by Nina Kozlowski, Josh Vardey and Jean-Marie Lemaire.

Preparations have begun for the final stages of the 2020 Champions League in the Portugal capital, Lisbon, which is home to the league’s reigning champions. But the pall of the pandemic hangs over the game - and the city - with countries imposing travel restrictions that have led to drastically fewer fans and tourists compared to previous years. According to local estimates, Lisbon has 80 percent fewer tourists this time of year than usual. Though matches will be played behind closed doors, bar owners and tourism operators are hopeful they can still cash in on the game. Report by Simon Harding, Natalia Ruiz Giraldo, Hedi Ajmi and Cedric Ferreira.

Programme presented by James Andre.



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