· January, 2011

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Stories about French from January, 2011

Morocco: The King's Very Private Visit to France

  29 January 2011

According to a Moroccan opposition journalist interviewed by French news website Rue89 [fr] King Mohamed VI of Morocco arrived Thursday in France for a private visit, and is staying in the castle the royal family owns near Paris. A holiday abroad at this time of general unrest in North Africa...

Gabon: Opposition Leader Takes Oath as New President

  26 January 2011

The double presidential power struggle in Côte d'Ivoire seems to have inspired Gabon's political opposition as well. This afternoon on January 26, 2011, former Gabonese presidential election candidate André Mba Obame - regarded by many as the probable winner of the 2009 election - has taken oath as President and formed his own 'unofficial' government.

Algeria: Algerians salute the courage of the Tunisian people

  21 January 2011

All Algerians saluted the resistance movement of the Tunisian people people who brought down the despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [EN] after 23 years of unchallenged rule. In every discussion forum, blogs and Facebook, Algerians can no longer find the words to salute the courage of Tunisians and they ask: "Who's next?"

Jamaica, Guadeloupe, T&T, U.S.A.: MLK Day

  17 January 2011

“Dr. King's importance lies in his challenge to expand our moral imagination”: Geoffrey Philp and other regional bloggers pay tribute to the late American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

France: Our Embarrassing Ex Friend, Monsieur Ben Ali

  16 January 2011

It has finally dawned. After decade of state amitié (friendship) with the Ben Ali regime, and total indifference from French politicians and mainstream media, French bloggers and twitterers are now aware that France has been living in a prolonged state of denial - thanks to history in the making in one of France ex-colonies, Tunisia, and a week of historical diplomatic blunders and shameful silence in France.

Tunisia: Fears of Insecurity Overshadow the Joys of Freedom

  16 January 2011

On January 14, 2011, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali abruptly fled the country he ruthlessly ruled for more than two decades. The people of Tunisia took to the streets to celebrate the dawn of a new independence. The euphoria rapidly gave way to fear about the security situation. News spread about vandals rampaging across major cities, looting shops and homes and setting fire to properties and buildings. Tunisians share their thoughts and experiences on their blogs.

Tunisia: Tweeting Ben Ali's Speech–Change 2.0 or Just a Show?

  14 January 2011

Popular protests in the streets of Tunisian cities have been going on unabated for the past 4 weeks. They have posed the biggest challenge to Tunisian president Ben Ali in his 23 years in power. Tonight the president delivered his third address to the nation in less than a month, promising a series of reforms. Bloggers and Tweeters have been commenting the president's words.

Algeria: Is Revolt Contagious?

  11 January 2011

After Tunisia, now Algeria has seen a week of riots and violent encounters between youths and the forces of order. The unrest is motivated by sharp increases in prices since January 1 on basic goods.

Côte d'Ivoire: The Quest for Normalcy and the Colonial Conundrum

  11 January 2011

Often portayed as living in a country on the brink of civil war, Ivorian citizens are trying hard to disprove this fatalistic narrative in the traditional media by calling for peace. Bloggers are also debating the role of the international community and the possibility raised by Gbagbo of a new, independent currency following Chavez's model in Venezuela.

Tunisia, Algeria: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

  10 January 2011

Protests in Algeria and Tunisia have captured the interest of bloggers in both countries. Social media seem to be playing a central role in the coverage of the unfolding events in a context of heavy censorship and strict restrictions imposed on traditional media (mostly state-run) and on the Internet. Here is an overview of what has been said in the local blogosphere in the last couple of days.

Algeria: 3 killed and Hundred Injured in Protests

Three people were killed and no less than 420 people ( 320 policemen and 100 civilians were injured in riots in Algeria. According to the blog, Algérie Politique, those numbers have now been confirmed (fr) by the minister of interior Dahou Ould Kablia. In the town of Bousmail, 45 km...

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