reporter: boris johnson on the rack. the british prime minister squirms through an interview where he apologizes for anti-covid rules being broken. calls grow louder for him to resign. germany threatens to block the nord stream 2 gas pipeline if russia invaded ukraine. the chancellor told this to the nato secretary-general, jenna sonnenberg. germany's prime minister tells
them the 100,000 soldiers could only be seen as a threat. winters, five times runners up. dumped out. the group stage after a defeat at the islands. we will have the action and analysis from our team in cameroon, where the action is taking place. thank you very much for being with us. boris johnson says he did not even know an event he was attending in the garden of 10 downing street was a party that broke all of the strict lockdown rules of the time. he stands accused of lying to the british people, to the parliament and to the queen. an official investigation is underway led by a civil servant. the pressure is on, inside and outside of his own political group. >> he did not know that he was breaking rules which he, himself set. that is boris johnson's rebuttal of claims by his former top aide that he lied about a downing street party held during the
uk's strict lockdown. he has laid the blame on nobody. boris johnson: nobody told me. nobody said it to me this is an event that is against the rules that is in breach of what we are asking everybody else to do. it should not go ahead. when i went into that garden, i thought that i was attending a work event. reporter: the prime minister has emerged from covid isolation to be met with growing calls for his resignation, including from several of his own mps over a string of alleged social gatherings. >> boris johnson set the rules. he didn't need anyone to tell him that the party violated them. if he had any respect for the british people, he would resign. >> an internal investigation is looking into whether boris johnson lied to the public. he dodged questions asking if he had stepped down, should this
proved to be the case. the conservative party's ratings have plummeted, there has been public outrage over the gatherings, some of which took place when british people could not visit relatives who were dying from covid-19. francis education minister is now facing calls to resign after regretting the symbolism of holiday escape. where he announced a strict protocol and sparked a fierce backlash from french schoolteachers. a close ally of emmanuel macron unveiled these new testing and isolation rules in a video interview with a newspaper in france on january the second, just hours before classes were due to resume after the holiday break. france 24 with this. >> as teachers in france gear up for their second walk out in a week, the country's education minister is on the defensive. john and michelle in hot water after an investigation unveiled
he was on holiday in ibiza. >> i recognize there is symbolism in the place i chose. i should have chosen somewhere else. i regret the symbolism, but two years with the majority with my teams, with all the teachers across france, we have maintained an open school policy. this is what is essential and let's not get lost in trivial matters. reporter: but while the education minister is eager to turn the page, opposition politicians say it is time he goes. >> i am calling once again for john and to resign. it is the amateurism of this minister. >> while teachers are all right with the education minister going on vacation, they say being so far away while unveiling a protocol which impacts millions is a problem. >> it's the straw that broke the camels back with this back-to-school policy. the minister is checking all the boxes like it is a game of bingo
on how to mess up a return to cls. it is the symbolism that on an eve of a difficult day, he was far away from our troubles. reporter: teachers in france have taken aim at the government over what they say has been a chaotic covid strategy. their second walkout is planned for thursday. reporter: the u.s. secretary of state antony blinken is to meet with russia's prime minister in geneva. this in hope of securing a diplomatic offramp to the ukraine crisis. the u.s. official at gambon is prepared if russia prepares, you are watching france 24. >> that friday meeting in geneva was not initially planned on tony blinken's trip to europe. he was supposed to go to ukraine, than to germany. and that was supposed to be it. but he had a call this morng with the russian foreign minister, sergey.
and according to the americans, that is when the two men agreed that it would be good to actually meet, just the two of them. and since tony blinken was going to be in europe, that was probably the best way to do it. and that is how they came to that agreement for a friy meeting in geneva. we had a briefing just recently with a senior administration official about what that meeting actually meant, considering that the russians have been saying that maybe diplomacy is dead. there is no way forwa on this issu and that senior administration official said that the fact that tony inken and surrogate agreed to meet on friday in geneva, that they agreed to keepalking, maybe that was a sign that dlomacy was not dead. you have a sense from the american side that while they n't have any illusions about
what the russians are doing, what they could be doing in the future, that they still believe in keeping the line of communication open. as long as that communication is open, there is still an opportunity for diplomacy, an opportunity for de-escation. butaking also very clear that russia has a very simple choice to make. it diplomacy and de-escalation on one side, or escalation and massive consequences on the other. reporter: our correspondent of course there in washington. next, the coalition fighting emmons rebels -- yemen rebels. it claimed 20 lives overnight, including civilians. this is the deadliest strike since 2019 and follows the drone strike on abu dhabi. >> the home of a general in
ruins. it successfully targeted by the saudi led coalition. news agency says that abdullah was killed overnight. his relatives and neighbors have become collateral damage. >> the search is still ongoing to find my uncle, but so far we have not. many of the family were killed and only one woman survived. reporter: more than a dozen people have lost their lives and several are still missing. in one of the saudi led coalitions, most deadly attack since 2019. their conflict with insurgents has intensified. the rebels strike fuel tankers, killing at least three people. a warning shot for taking part in yemen's war. >> the armed forces were in companies and are citizens, enemy state that they will not hesitate to expand the bank of
targets to include more important sites and facilities during the coming. reporter: abu dhabi it has vowed that the strikes will not go unpunished. condemnation of ford in from other states and the west, including the u.s., u.k. and france. the united states has called for calm. -- condemnation poured in from other states. this could mark a major escalation in the country's 70 year war. -- 70 year war. international efforts to broker a cease-fire. reporter: the colombian a politician and grin -- ingrid who was held by a guerrilla group said this tuesday she will be running for her country's presidency. the announcement comes almost two decades after they were kidnapped by the revolutionary armed forces of colombia or fark. while campaigning for the country's top office in the
party that she founded when she was a congresswoman. let's turn our attention to football. four-time winners, five times runners-up, garner have been dumped out of the africa cup of nations at the group stage after defeat this evening to the camorra silence. a remarkable match. defeating one of the giants of african football and taking a flight home. the result leading up the competition being staged in cameroon. let's join our sports reporter. he is with the other late fixture that has just ended. that one gambon versus morocco. he will fill it in the details of that one. simon: well, an explosive game at the stadium. the final score between gambon and morocco, devonte took the lead against the run of play. when jean scored the winning
goal. saw him through one-on-one with a keeper. no mistake on that occasion, but after that devonte were by far the most dangerous side. -- gambon were by far the most dangerous side. a header as well, which forced the goalkeeper to make a fantastic save for morocco after the interval. it was much the same story. morocco frustrated in large parts of the match. it was not until head coach made some attacking changes that the impetus and the dynamic of the game started to change. equalized via the penalties for them to score a goal and put them back ahead with barely 10 minutes left of play. and then perry lasted in a wonderful free kick to make it 2-2, which means morocco finished top of the group. gambon finished second in the camorra silence that you were alluding to in your introduction.
we also note the first last 16 match on the menu, which will be on sunday and that will seek devonte take on the peanut fast some of. reporter: i know you were not at the game, but for a team like gambon to be out of the competition, it is really something, isn't it? a real giant killing. simon: it is a cataclysmic failure for the football club. the national team. because garner finished the tournament with just 1.2 defeats. yes there was controversy with the way that they drew to gambon. we were at that game, but they did not to the ball out of play. certainly losing to the islands, where they had captain andre sent off for a rough challenge. it is a huge disappointment for them. it must be said that garner actually did very well to finish where they did in the sense that they were losing and they brought it back to to all. they had to win and as they were pushing for that winning goal,
the camorra silence were able to hit on the counterattack. but football has been in decline ever since they reached the quarterfinals in south africa in 2010. we all are member that came. with a lost to your guy -- uruguay. in extra time. but since then, it has been difficult. and guess they have won this competition four times, but the last time they did that was in 1982. so we do have the feeling that garnier football needs to hit the refresh button. it needs to build on its youth system because a lot of their players will not be in the next africa cup of nations. andre certainly won't be there. the lights of his brother, jordan, thomas, these are all players that are going to have to lead to the team in the future and leadership is what has been missing with this team here in cameroon. mark: exciting stuff isn't it simon? thank you very much. simon hardy and the place to be for the africa cup of nations.
thank you very much indeed. of course, we will have more from simon and the team out there in our special coverage coming up very shortly. of course, more updates to come. and of course, all the news. stay with us here on france 24. >> think you for joining us. today we're talking about the long forgotten music of the palestinian uprising of 1987. ♪
reporter: that was a song called i am from jerusalem recorded at the time of the first anti-fed auto or uprising. it is one of the songs that has been lost for 30 years. that was until now. at the start of the pandemic, london-based filmmaker discovered it among 10,000 tapes in the west bank. he spent eight months listening to them, making it him -- his mission to digitize and we release this window into the pastor he joins us from london. thank you so much for joining us. -- window into the past. tell us how you discover this music? >> i was on a trip with a film crew from germany, from muni film funds. so we were going to do a research to write a new documentary about my former
teacher, giuliana, who we were listening to outside the freedom theater i2011. the lockwn started and i stayed in palestine for eight months. and then i went through a childhood memory, into germany to my memory, basically. and part of this memory, it was always a big part of music. i am a palestinian bed when growing up always listening to my family music around the 80's. and so i was looking for my family in the first place and then i came across this palestinian archive from the first intifada. this is the intifada album cowritten by hannan. his sister, the famous palestinian poet. >> tell us why this is such a special discovery?
>> as a palestinian, we are dis-attached and dismantled as a society and a community. because of colonization and being displaced. we don't have a veryttached culture to our owndentity as a palestinian. so this is why it is impornt. because this is connect over 10 million palestinians to their identity. it to their real identity, which is from a culture, poetry, music, cinema, architecture, landscape, all of at. >> and during the intifada, most of the 3000 tapes created were confiscated by the israeli forces. apparently because they feared the lyrics mentioning molotov cocktails and throwing stones would incite violence. what are the lyrics about? >> well, this specifically is
talking and exploring the landscape of palestine, and his childhood memory. the memory of displacement. of course, as well as talking about the right of resisting in palestine. if you want to compare of somebody from stones to molotov and somebody throwing a rocket from f-16, that is like there is no comparison here. there is no reason to take those three dozen copies and -- 3000 copies and cut them off from distribution. >> the musician who made the music paid a high praise for his ar he was detained for several months. -- ape high price for his art. after his release he sadly died in a car crash. now you're bringing his music back to life. you brought it back to london and formed a label that is called the jazz project. and he released the intifada album at the end of last year. tell us about your mission with
his music and the label? >> so basically the label, the project, it is born because of the archive. it is born from the archive, itself. mission of this project is to protect and to prevent palestinian archive or individual. and also to give them a new life. and to bring them back to the mainstream or to the music streaming platforms like band mp, spotify or youtube. at the same time, also sample them and play them in at the nightclubs. across the world. like in london and paris and new york. which we have a radio show now on nps where we invite artists every month to sample those archives and to bring them from sort of palestiniatraditional music into electronic immersive
music. >> the final version of the album is due to be launched in april. there has been a lot of demand. you are also a filmmaker. you have made a short film that is called "stones in hand", what >> it is about listeners being a palestinian. happily with a lot of memory and images and pictures and living in london. i had this feeling when i walk around london street, i always ve these pictures coming throh my brain. of the first intifada and the second intifada, as well as my family's beduoin music. so i think i have to bring this out into an object. >> your film will be showing at devise real dumb festival later this month. it's elevates palestinian stories. another showing in french cinemas at the moment is little palestine, dollar -- diary of a
scene. the camp in damascus after the syrian revolution breaks out. the regime besieges the camp, which provides refuge for more than 100,000 palestinians, cutting it off from the outside world. the film is by a former resident of the camp. let's take a look. >> palestinian voices on the world's cultural landscape. >> we see a big shift of young
people who are starting to understand the propaganda, the machine that makes the wrong story all the time. there is no wrong, there is no right, but there is propaganda. against the palestinian. and now, for example, mentioning what happens in palestine and israel is a conflict. it is completely politically incorrect, because it is not equal. it is not equal. war is between two strong countries fighting each other. international platforms should open for the young palestinian voices to be heard. reporter: we got some images actually of pro-resistance television series. it is being filmed in tv studios in gaza. olivia has more on the show, which is called fist of the free. take a listen.
olivia: the star of david on the flag, glances of hebrew text and photos of zionist leaders, it suggest we are in israel. yet, this scene is being filmed in the heart of gaza. these palestinian studios provide the set for a series singing the praises of the resistance movement. they have re-created the offices of the israeli administration with props. the political wing of the armed islamist group to present their side of the story. >> the more people hate me, the more i know that my character is believable. if i provoke palestinian people in the street, then i know the character is a success. olivia: these made in gaza tv series are a response to the wave of israeli productions in recent years, most notably, one that translates as chaos in arabic. the hit focuses on a group of israeli special forces who go undercover to investigate palestinian suspects.
yet in gaza, some say this depiction civilly serves to paint palestinians as criminals. >> we want an alternative model. to show a palestinian point of view and make fictional series with a spirited resistance in the same way that other channels produce zionist cap -- productions. olivia: it of this series, the heroes are hamas scientists, considered to be terrorist by israel, the u.s., and the eu. on the some dust on the small screen, they are the stars of the show. with local productions in because of being so rare, do you think the conflicts is the right thing to focus on for a tv series? >> well, i mean, if you asked me about myself and my work, i love my work to be around sci-fi and completely very fictionalized. the situation in palestine. i am happy that they have this film, something like this.
ey need the studio, they need film, they need to let go with over 18 years of the largest prison. there is a two-sided narrative here of course, and you can sense itery strongly. and we do not feel like as a palestinian, we are all resisting agast the israelis. we feel like we are resistant against her dish and american and the germans and the european union in general. -- against british. >> it is such a complicated subject. so much to talk about and we are out of time. but just before we go, we and our show with our guests cultural pick of the moment. you've chosen to highlight the work of palestinian canadian rapper who has been working with the weeknd. tell me why you have chosen him? >> we live in the same neighborhood. i know his family, i know his cousin, we went to the same school. just before the second intifada
kicked off. i really love his music. and yeah, so this is why i chose him. he had released an amazing album recently, flowers, for example, his latest music video. a few other with the weeknd. reporter: ok. we're going to leave you with this. thank you so much for joining us to talk about intifada album 1997. our website, twitter, facebook and it's a gram. there is more news coming up on france 24. ♪
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