When polls open in the second round of France’s legislative elections Sunday, some French overseas residents will be voting in a contest that’s shaping up as a political duel between Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and France’s Emmanuel Macron.
French President François Hollande will hand over power Sunday to President-elect Emmanuel Macron in a solemn ceremony full of tradition. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at notable incidents in the transfers of power over the past 60 years.
While the agenda of the freshly elected eighth president of France’s Fifth Republic is still in flux, many key official, electoral, and diplomatic entries are already penciled into Emmanuel Macron’s calendar.
The Whirlpool factory in the northern French city of Amiens is set to close in 2018. FRANCE 24 spent 24 hours meeting workers at the plant that has turned into a metaphor for France’s manufacturing malaise and calls for “economic patriotism”.
French TV and radio host Flavie Flament has accused British photographer David Hamilton of raping her when she was 13 years old. France’s statute of limitations protects Hamilton from prosecution, and the case has revived a prickly legal debate.
France’s estimated 600,000 Chinese, many of them French citizens, are an industrious and largely reticent community that rarely makes waves. But a recent spate of muggings and attacks has prompted thousands to take to the streets in protest.