#197 - Fractured fragile France
Today's episode from 27th April 2022. Emmanuel Macron has been re-elected as the President of France but a third of voters abstained and his closest opponent had her biggest turnout yet. We take a look at the fractured and fragile state of France and Macron's biggest task yet- to unite the country's divisions. Then later, the Pixar animation Wall-E was released 14 years ago but how did it manage to accurately predict so much about the future? We hear from its writer and director on how he never wanted the movie to foresee the future and how a certain Steve Jobs helped shape some if its ideas. To the relief of much of Europe, Emmanuel Macron won the final round of the April 2022 presidential election. Although he won by 58.5% of the vote, this has been Marine Le Pen's highest score in her three attempts at presidency since 2012, indicating that there is a growing desire for change across France. Ahead of the June parliamentary election, The Financial Times' Victor Mallet, Sarah White and Leila Abboud discuss how the Nationalist, Eurosceptic, and anti-immigration far-right movement is stronger than ever. We haven't quite left Earth yet, but for a movie released in 2008, it's pretty impressive (and worrying) how much Wall-E has gotten right about our future. Similarly to how humans do in the film, most of our communication today happens through screens. And climate change is as big a concern as it has ever been. For Bloomberg Businessweek, Alex Webb delves deeper into the eerie coincidences. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.
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