Helene Franchineau

I am a multimedia journalist covering Turkey, the Middle East and China's presence in the region. After several years in mainland China and Hong Kong, I am now based in Istanbul. Originally from France, I graduated from Columbia University Grad School of Journalism in New York.
Helene Franchineau
I am a multimedia journalist covering Turkey, the Middle East and China's presence in the region. After several years in mainland China and Hong Kong, I am now based in Istanbul. Originally from France, I graduated from Columbia University Grad School of Journalism in New York.

Latest from Helene Franchineau

Uygur restaurateur from Xinjiang, detained in Turkey for suspected terror links, wary of China’s reach

Istanbul restaurateur Kerem Mamut relishes a moment with his son whom he did not see for three months while detained in Turkey deportation centres. He denies links to terrorists and suspects Turkey may have been cooperating with Chinese authorities.

5 Feb 2019 - 1:39PM

Istanbul restaurateur Kerem Mamut relishes a moment with his son whom he did not see for three months while detained in Turkey deportation centres. He denies links to terrorists and suspects Turkey may have been cooperating with Chinese authorities.

Uygur restaurateur from Xinjiang, detained in Turkey for suspected terror links, wary of China’s reach
Muslim Uygur children taught the ‘forbidden language’, far from their restive homeland in China’s Xinjiang

Several Uygur language centres have opened in Istanbul, home to a community of Muslim Uygurs who have fled China.

25 Nov 2018 - 12:08PM

Several Uygur language centres have opened in Istanbul, home to a community of Muslim Uygurs who have fled China.

Muslim Uygur children taught the ‘forbidden language’, far from their restive homeland in China’s Xinjiang
Safety first as Hongkongers return from free diving world championships with big-competition experience
Erdogan’s Kanal Istanbul may save ships from crashing but critics say it’s ‘a real estate project’ and environmental hazard

While it will alleviate traffic in the Bosphorus, the canal will effectively trap 8 million people on a new artificial island in a city notoriously prone to earthquakes

3 Jun 2018 - 10:09PM

While it will alleviate traffic in the Bosphorus, the canal will effectively trap 8 million people on a new artificial island in a city notoriously prone to earthquakes

Erdogan’s Kanal Istanbul may save ships from crashing but critics say it’s ‘a real estate project’ and environmental hazard
How Istanbul’s man-made canal project could trigger an arms race in the Black Sea – and why China is watching closely

The Kanal Istanbul project will not be subject to the international treaty that limits the access of warships to the strategically pivotal waters in central Europe.

3 Jun 2018 - 10:09PM

The Kanal Istanbul project will not be subject to the international treaty that limits the access of warships to the strategically pivotal waters in central Europe.

How Istanbul’s man-made canal project could trigger an arms race in the Black Sea – and why China is watching closely
Live coverage: Hongkongers join carnival, protest against national education
Mine row in Myanmar tests hopes of reform
Victoria Harbour snubbed over nomination for World Heritage site status
Traditional rush of shoppers from China appears to lag
Thousands boycott classes in national education protest
'Big Buddy' initiative offers mentorships to China's migrant children