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· August, 2011

Below are posts about citizen media in French. Don't miss Global Voices en Français, where Global Voices posts are translated into French! Read about our Lingua project to learn more about how Global Voices content is being translated into other languages.

Stories about French from August, 2011

Senegal: Grants for Pilgrimage to Mecca and Rome

Mamadou Sarr on assirou.net reveals [fr] how much money Senegal provides for pilgrimages: “The Senegalese government subsidizes the pilgrimage to Mecca to the tune of 1 billion 350 million CFA...

Central African Republic: Violence Marks Lead Up to Elections

The Central African Republic is set to hold partial parliamentary elections on September 4, yet tensions have arisen after an opposition party rally was marred with violence. The country is still...

Madagascar: Minister of Population Ramaroson and 10 others Drown in a Boat Accident

Minister of Population and Social Affairs Nadine Ramaroson and 10 other people died on Sunday in a boat accident near the island of Saint-Marie (North East of Madagascar) during a...

Cameroon: Deeply homophobic laws

Talking about risk of toughening the law on homosexuality in Cameroon, the bonaberi.com site reveals [fr] that: “While the first paragraph of Section 347-1 of the penal code banned homosexuality,...

Mauritania: 13 Activists against Child Trafficking Arrested

Four advocacy organizations against human trafficking note that a peaceful sit-in outside the Bureau of juvenile affairs was organized [fr] by l’Initiative pour la Résurgence du mouvement Abolitionniste (Ira) to...

Togo: 3rd BarCamp Selects the Translation for “Blog” in Ewé Language

In its presentation of the third edition of BlogCamp Togo, togocouleurs explains  that [fr] the Togolese blogosphere coined a new word for “blog”  in the Ewé language (spoken in Togo,...

Cameroon: Strength in Diversity

Africavox published [fr] a dossier on the differences between  the 250 ethnic groups in Cameroon. It states that  “mixed marriages, cultural adaptation to their neighbors’ practices and a relative appeasement...

Nigeria: Two Satellites Launched

Wadr.org reports [fr] that ” Nigeria announced on Thursday that it had launched two satellites to monitor natural hazards, such as drought and floods, as well as to improve agriculture...

Madagascar: Expectant Mothers, Beware

In an interesting post on “Fady” (cultural taboos)  in traditional Malagasy society, blogger Ariniaina lists a few “do not” tips for pregnant women [fr], for example:  “Do not carry fish in...

Guinea: Slow Blogging

After a year of blogging on blog platform Mondoblog, Sow shares [fr] how difficult it is to connect from his hometown in Guinea, located  500 km from the capital Conakry:...

Somalia: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan In Mogadishu

afrik.com reports [fr]  on Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's visit in Mogadishu: “The prime minister, his wife Emine and other [Turkish] political and business leaders, as well as artists, are in...

Tunisia: More Protests, More Police Violence

Protesters are back on the streets of Tunis and other Tunisian provinces calling for immediate reforms and the establishment of an independent judiciary capable of bringing corrupt officials and the...

Vietnam: Blogger Pham Minh Hoang Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

On August 10, 2011, Pham Minh Hoang, a math teacher and political blogger, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison and an additional 3 years of house arrest; he...

Africa: The Looting of African Fishery Resources

The first chapter of the Greenpeace project SOS Oceans is entitled: “How Africa feeds Europe “. The website introduce the project with the following statement [fr] :  “After depleting the...

Senegal: Mayor Becomes the Oldest Elementary School Graduate

Assane Diallo celebrates the uncommon achievement of the mayor of Tambacounda in Senegal : ” Among the  2 233 candidates for the Year End Elementary School  Diploma  was the mayor of Tambacounda, Mr...

Madagascar: Sanctions Result in Economic Decline and Food Insecurity

After two and a half years of transitional government, Madagascar has experienced a slow, seemingly unstoppable decline of its fragile economy that has put a strain on the lives of...

Madagascar: The Evictions of Families of Malagasy Farmers from Lands on the Rise

The Collective Body for the Defense of Malagasy [fr and mg] - (TANY) states that : “the procedure to obtain land titles in Madagascar necessitates on average 24 steps, 6...

Syria: World Cities Rally Against and For Bashar

Events in Syria are being echoed around the world. Syrians in the diaspora rallied in the majority of the cities in the world, either asking to overthrow Bashar Al Assad...

Tunisia: “The People Want an Independent Judiciary”

“People want independent judiciary" is a slogan that has been recently raised in the streets of Tunisia. Afef Abrougui takes a look at the reactions of bloggers following the release...

Mauritania: Discrimination Plagues Census

adrar-info.net publishes an article on Mauritanian demonstrations in Paris and Mauritania, related to the current population census in Mauritania. Black Mauritanians apparently have a difficult time getting their name registered...

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