The World This Week

Covid-19 curfew, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Nigeria protests and 'Emily in Paris'


The French government is trying a new tack: a 9 pm to 6 am curfew for nine metropolitan areas including Paris. The idea this time is to keep schools open, to keep businesses open, to allow the French to travel for the autumn recess holidays. It is hard to be 20 in 2020, the French president said in his remarks on Wednesday evening. Emmanuel Macron who made it crystal clear that the curfew concept was indeed aimed at young people.


While France records more than 30,000 infections a day, neighbouring Gerrmany tightened restrictions on Wednesday - despite having four times fewer cases. A Berlin court suspended an order for bars and restaurants to close from 11 pm to 6 am, finding that "it was not apparent" such a measure could help fight coronavirus. The court noted that new infections in Germany currently stem from private gatherings of family and friends, or at community facilities, meat-processing plants, religious gatherings or in connection with travel.

Over in the UK, where restrictions are tightening and ICUs are filling up fast, Manchester is refusing to follow nearby Liverpool into a state of near-total lockdown.

First, it was called a ceasefire. But it is in fact more of a lull. The death toll from the worst border clashes in a quarter-century between Armenia and Azerbaijan appears to be much greater than official tallies on both sides and again this Friday, there are claims and counterclaims, with Baku accusing backers of the separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh of shelling a different region of Azerbaijan and Yerevan denouncing the execution of two Armenian prisoners of war. As was said a week ago on this show, what's different this time is Turkey going all in on the side of Baku. FRANCE 24's Catherine Norris-Trent sat down with Azerbaijan's president Ilhan Aliyev.

Nigeria's president began the week by disbanding SARS, the police's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad. But #endSARS protests continue, with demonstrators fearing that the plainclothes unit formed in 1992 to tackle violent crime such as car jackings, armed robbery and kidnapping will continue to kill and extort under a different guise.

Finally, all Parisians can use a bit of escape and romance these days. So what do they make of a new Netflix series that plays to a whole lot of stereotypes about the French? We discuss "Emily in Paris".

Produced by Yann Pusztai, Juliette Laurain and Laura Burloux.

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