In France, scientists study hidden ‘intelligence’ of trees

A sense of gravity, postural control, and reactions to wind… Trees, beneath their still appearance, are hiding a deep sense of ‘intelligence’, much to the fascination of French researchers at the National Institute of Agronomic Research in Clermont-Ferrand.

French fishermen fear “war” after Brexit

“It’s going to be war.” Three weeks from Brexit, fishermen in northern France say they fear “a battle between flotillas” in the event of a ‘no deal’, saying the seas they currently depend on will be fought over by not only the British, but the Dutch and the Belgians.

French swimming champ sponsors ‘Special Olympics’ athletes

Former Olympic swimming champion Alain Bernard is sponsoring an 85-strong delegation of special needs athletes set to represent France at the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi in 2019, an event expected to welcome 7,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world on March 14-21.

Justice minister “shocked” by knife attack in French prison

French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet says she is “extremely shocked” after the “cowardly, terrorist attack” in the high security prison of Condé-sur-Sarthe, in northwestern France. A prison inmate seriously wounded two guards in a knife attack described as a terrorist incident and was later detained in a police raid. SOUNDBITE

Swastikas and statues, SE Asia’s fixation with Nazi iconography

As Europe battles a surge in anti-Semitism, including the desecration of graves in France, Southeast Asia is wrestling with a lack of understanding about the provenance of Nazi paraphernalia that casually creeps into public spaces.

“Yellow Vest” march in Nantes, as protests enter 16th week

The “yellow vests” are demonstrating again in France for the 16th consecutive round of weekend protests. IMAGES in Nantes

‘Yellow vest’ protesters gather in Paris for 16th week

A few hundred “yellow vest” protesters begin to march in Paris in a calm atmosphere, for the 16th day of weekend demonstrations in France. The movement began in protest against rising fuel taxes quickly evolved into a wider opposition to President Emmanuel Macron’s style of government and policies. IMAGES of demonstration on the Champs-Elysées