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A photo taken with a mobile phone shows a woman distributing the local newspaper's festival edition outside the Festival palace during the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 14, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE)

(AFP Photo / Valery Hache)


'Journalist scum' and the Cannes glitterati


"Two floors above us is an impossible level of glamour, people of such mind-bending charisma that the mere sight of them walking on carpet can set off a frenzy of shutter clicks and hysterical screaming," writes Eric Randolph, fresh from covering the 68th Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera. "But pan down through the floors into the basement, and things are decidedly less glamorous: long corridors hastily constructed from some kind of off-white plyboard, unmarked doors that open to swarming nests of journalists tripping over cables and crammed around banks of wonky screens, frantically relaying the upstairs glitz to a ravenous public."

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Above the fold

Patience and resilience in quake-hit Nepal

Wednesday 20 May 2015 - Eye witness

Nepalese civilians and police personnel clear rubble at the Narayan temple in Kathmandu on May 2, 2015, one week after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the Himalayan nation on April 25 (AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA)

"Two words tweeted by a Nepali journalist friend moments after the second quake last Tuesday summed up the mood in Kathmandu: 'Enough already'," writes AFP's Claire Cozens. "Few people slept that night. Like the buildings imperceptibly weakened by the first quake that crumbled in the second, the city's stoicism appeared to falter. And yet just a day later, residents were out helping the army clear rubble from the streets. No one expected the government to help, so they were helping themselves – and each other."

(Photo: AFP / Menahem Kahana)

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The extraordinary life of 'Doña Anna'

Tuesday 19 May 2015 - Decoding

Anna Kipper, AFP's first female bureau chief, in her office in Bogota in the 1970s (Photo: El Tiempo)

She was an extraordinary journalist, who lived an extraordinary life. Anna Kipper was a Polish Jew driven from Europe during World War II who went on to become AFP’s first female bureau chief, in Bogota in 1946. A reporter whose career mirrored the upheavals of the 20th century, from Europe to Latin America. This is her story, told by Yves Gacon, AFP's director of archives and publishing.

(Photo: El Tiempo)

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Bolanita: Indonesia's women footballers

Monday 18 May 2015 - Eye witness

This photo taken in Jakarta on March 26, 2015 shows Vica Anyistiawati (L) dribbling the ball past Yulita Cyndi Anggraini of CSC (Cibubur Soccer Club) during a football training session in Jakarta. (AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY)

"The girls emerged one by one from the changing room, in red jerseys with numbers on their backs. But instead of jogging out to the football field, they ducked into a small mosque for afternoon prayers," writes the photographer Adek Berry. "When AFP asked me to shoot a reportage on female football in Indonesia, I jumped at the chance. But women footballers are no common sight in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation."

(AFP Photo / Adek Berry)

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'If you find my dead body…'

Wednesday 13 May 2015 - Eye witness

French far-right Front National (FN) founder Jean-Marie Le Pen sings at the foot of a statue of Joan of Arc at the party's annual May 1 rally in Paris in 2015. (AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON)

"Jean-Marie Le Pen is a complex character, both an erudite with a rich knowledge of history and a relentless provocateur. It takes time to figure him out," writes Guillaume Daudin, who covers the National Front for AFP. "Le Pen may be physically diminished. But he is far from the senile old man some would paint him as. He knows exactly what he is doing."

(Photo: AFP / Thomas Samson)

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Death in their eyes

Tuesday 12 May 2015 - Eye witness

A gang member gestures from a bus as he is transferred to a high-security prison on April 24, 2015 in Izalco, El Salvador (AFP PHOTO / Marvin RECINOS)

"When your phone rings and drags you from sleep at five in the morning, there are only two possible explanations: someone dialled your number by mistake, or there is an emergency," writes the AFP photographer Marvin Recinos. "This Friday it was no mistake. On the end of the line was one of my sources, warning me that hundreds of highly-dangerous gang members, or 'pandilleros', were about to be moved from prisons in the east of El Salvador, to the top-security facility of Izalco to the west of the capital."

(AFP Photo / Marvin Recinos)

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Invited to a porn shoot: ‘I'll wait outside’

Monday 11 May 2015 - Eye witness

Japanese porn actor Ken Shimizu, known as Shimiken, posing after an interview with AFP in Tokyo on March 18, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO)

"When Japanese porn king 'Shimiken' tweeted that there were more Bengali tigers than male porn actors in Japan, AFP Tokyo felt obliged, nay duty-bound, to launch a forensic investigation into this cause célèbre," writes Alastair Himmer. "But this would be no ordinary assignment. Not by a long chalk."

(Photo: AFP / Yoshikazu Tsuno)

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Writing on the wall in Bujumbura

Thursday 7 May 2015 - Eye witness

A Burundian protester wearing a gas mask and holding a sign that reads "Stop the third mandate

"Today was a tense morning. I found myself in the middle of clashes between protesters and police in Burundi where some people were injured by grenades and a protester was shot in the head right in front of me. Ugly scenes," writes the photojournalist Phil Moore. "The writing had been on the wall that these elections in Burundi could be contentious, with such strong opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term."

(AFP Photo / Phil Moore)

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The most German of stories

Wednesday 6 May 2015 - Eye witness

Visitors walk at the memorial site of former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau, southwestern Germany, during a ceremony to mark 70 years since it was liberated by US forces on May 3, 2015 (AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE)

"She lays a hand on his forearm to offer support. She helps him rise from his wheelchair, and take a few faltering steps towards the pulpit where he is to deliver a short speech," writes AFP journalist Yannick Pasquet. "She is the one who leans, in her navy blue raincoat, to help the elderly man whose great age – 95 – is eating away at his strength. Angela Merkel. All of German identity is here, in this moment. A chancellor, survivors and a death camp."

(Photo: AFP / Christof Sache)

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