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Fighting IS from the Sea

On November 18 2015, five days after the attacks in Paris, the President of the Republic ordered the carrier Charles de Gaulle to sail with her 2000-strong crew. For four months the sailors and airmen of this steel monster will be France’s front-line force in the response that is being organized against the terrorists of Daesh The French nuclear carrier does not set out alone to the coasts of Syria: a veritable fleet sails with her to ensure her protection. Warships specializing in anti-aircraft combat, a submarine detector ship as well as a fuel supply vessel… no less than a half a dozen ships make up the escort. And that’s not all: further ahead,...

Pesticides: a creeping evil?

Designed to kill insects or weeds, these products are sold as herbicides, fungicides or insecticides. France uses lots of them. France is even the European champion. Every year, more than 60,000 tonnes are spread over our fields. And despite the polemic, our use of pesticides is constantly increasing. After nearly 60 years of use in Europe we knew that pesticides were harmful to the environment and to health. They are said to cause a number of cancers. Among the victims are many farmers, but not exclusively. These chemical substances, present in our water, the air and even in our food, have invaded our daily lives. Exposure begins right from the fetus stage...

Inside IS

Jürgen Todenhöfer was the first and only Western reporter to enter IS territory and come out alive. After 10 days inside IS with his son, they returned with their heads in place, many stories to tell and the -mostly unreleased- footage of their journey. A year later the book on their trip is a major best seller and much has happened from the European perspective, as terrorists from the EU have killed many innocent people in the name of IS. In Paris, the place of the attacks that left 130 dead, Dr Jürgen narrates his journey to Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, a leading American Muslim scholar who helps him understand the group, providing a voice of sanity from a...

Planet FIFA

Since its last congress on May 28 last, FIFA has emerged as a totally corrupt organization. Rigged elections, World Cup competitions bought, bribes, arrests… the news of recent months has brought world football’s leading body to the ground. Sepp Blatter, FIFA president for over 17 years was even forced to resign. Unprecedented in the history of football. At a moment when the organization is rocked almost every day by a host of intrigues and scandals, this documentary reveals how a small, non-profit association founded in 1904 was able to transform itself over the years into a sprawling financial empire. From Paris, to Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Yaoundé,...

Vanuatu, laboratory of climate change

Winds of over 300 kmh. On March 13 2015, Cyclone Pam ripped through Vanuatu with devastating power. This distant archipelago in the South Pacific is in the minds of the entire world. However, for Science, Vanuatu is the focal point of our concerns. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, coastal erosion, global warming, this Eden made of coral and ash is a veritable laboratory of environmental upheaval and natural disaster. At the heart of the storm are four men: a journalist from Vanuatu, a volcanologist, an explorer and a humanitarian worker trying to understand, raise awareness and rebuild this paradise that, more than anywhere else, is the victim of the forces...