Stories about French from November, 2007
Madagascar: Malagasy ingenuity
Harinjaka writes about tire sandals and other forms of Malagasy ingenuity.
Africa: Protests over rising food prices
In Africa, rising food prices [Fr] have led to protests in Morocco, Mauritania, Cote d'Ivoire, DRC and Senegal, writes the ADP blog.
Benin: MPs stripped of immunity for corruption
Afriksenatorium writes about two MPs in Benin stripped of their immunity [Fr] for embezzling funds from state-owned enterprises.
African prostitution and human trafficking in Europe
la plume plus posts an article featuring first-hand accounts of human trafficking and the prostitution of African women [Fr] in Europe.
Chinese Engineers in Central African Republic
Six Chinese engineers have arrived in Central African Republic to install two new turbines at the Boali electric plant, a US$117 million project [Fr] financed by the Chinese government. ENERCA, the state-owned power company, has not made any major machinery replacements since its creation in 1965.
Haiti: New Public Market in Port-au-Prince
Collectif-haiti-de-provence posts an article about a new public market [Fr] being built in Port-au-Prince, thanks to Venezuela.
D. R. of Congo: Interview with ‘Best Francophone Blogger’ Cédric Kalonji
It's always heartening to see a good blog make the leap from a niche audience to wider recognition. Global Voices interviews the Kinshasa-based author of this year's 'Best Blog in French' (as chosen by the Best of Blogs jury).
Acoustic Debit Card for Africa
Olivier Gabirault writes [Fr] about Maâtcard, an acoustic, prepayed debit card for developing countries which will debut in Cameroon next April. The Maâtcard functions like a normal credit card, but also emits a unique, unfalsifiable sound, enabling users to securely make payments, buy air time, or transfer funds by telephone.
African Students in Morocco
Not all Africans from south of the Sahara are coming to Morocco with hopes of emigrating to Europe; more and more are coming to study [Fr].
French-Congolese Musician Kamini's New YouTube Video
Tu bloggues ta part introduces a new YouTube video [Fr] from French-Congolese musician/comedian/provocateur, Kamini.
Burkina Faso: No famine, but farmers still in peril
In Burkina, the government's announced there is no danger of famine, but peasants say [Fr] this season's rainfall and agricultural production have been particularly bad, and many have had a difficult time harvesting enough to feed their families these last two weeks, writes Ramata Sore.
Madagascar: Diaspora and Development.
The Malagasy blogosphere was abuzz with discussions regarding the role of the diaspora in the development of Madagascar. This is a recurrent theme in the Malagasy blogosphere and in African development think-tank in general. Sipakv wrote (Fr) : “Deja a l’epoque, le role de la diaspora se discutait ferme, et...
UAE: Justice for Alex
While sexual abuse and rape cases are usually brushed under the carpet in Arab countries and hidden from the prying eyes of local and global media, a recent case to grab the international headlines is making its way back to the UAE blogosphere. It is the unsettling story of a 15-year-old French boy, Alexandre Robert, who was kidnapped and raped in Dubai.
Vietnam: First Laundromat In Hanoi
Khongcoai.com (in French) presents the first (not so automatic) Laundromat in Hanoi. It's located at no. 55 Chau Long.
Chad: French NGO Adoption Scandal
Six French NGO workers are facing prosecution after Chadian authorities thwarted a plan to "rescue" 103 children from the Chadian-Sudanese border from “certain death” by adopting them to France. French-Cameroonian blogger Le blog du Presi writes about the Zoe's Arc scandal, celebrity adoption, and a love that chokes, whatever its good intentions.