The World This Week

France teacher attack, last US debate, Nigeria & Thailand protests, EU 'veggie' burger row


Samuel Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old who had to pay pupils to identify his victim, this after a row over a civics class on free speech that included cartoons of the prophet spiraled into a social media campaign against the teacher. How does Emmanuel Macron plan to protect other "faces of the Republic"? To the US next, where the last presidential debate looked like the calm before the storm. We also take a look at youth-driven protests in Nigeria and Thailand. Plus, the European Parliament has sided with vegetarians and environmentalists against the beef industry.


French schoolteacher Samuel Paty's killing has shocked the nation, and sparked a crackdown on Islamist organisations. Paty was the victim of an online hate campaign, having shown cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to students as part of a class about freedom of speech. The French government is now talking about offering more protection to those potentially at threat from terrorism.

One last US presidential debate and two winners: the moderator and the mute button. The confrontation between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was in no way, shape or form a replica of that stunning slugfest we witnessed two weeks ago. But while the tone may have been civil, the contrast was just as sharp.

They're on opposite sides of the globe, so what do Nigeria and Thailand have in common? Both nations are in the throes of youth-driven protests that have made their leaders seem haplessly out of touch. In Bangkok, pro-democracy activists flash that three-fingered salute inspired by "The Hunger Games" as they call for the release of imprisoned campaigners. Over in Nigeria, overwhelmingly peaceful protests against police brutality had transcended traditional regional and ethnic lines. Then the whole world reacted with shock when the army opened fire on a rally at a toll plaza in the heart of Lagos.

Finally, is a veggie sausage really a sausage? Otto von Bismarck famously said: "Laws are like sausages, it's better not to see them being made". But we take a look at the EU parliament's latest vote, deeming that plant-based products that do not contain meat can continue to be labelled "sausages" or "burgers," rejecting the arguments of Europe's largest farmers' association, which argued the term was misleading for consumers.

Produced by Freddie Gower, Alessandro Xenos, Maya-Anaïs Yataghène and Laura Burloux.

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