Political and social events from the Maghreb. The program is recorded under live conditions with with exclusive reports and interviews, hosted by Georja Calvin Smith. Watch the show on FRANCE 24 Saturdays at 6.40 pm Paris time.
Morocco: despite the new constitution, opponents return to the streets
Morocco's referendum on constitutional change gets the backing of 98% of voters, but those who began the protest movement say the changes don't go far enough. In Libya neither advancing rebels nor falling Nato bombs seem to scare them: Gaddafi's supporters daily turn themselves into human shields. And Algeria becomes a magnet for young Algerians in search of the good life.
In this edition: 'Shiite propaganda' worries Moroccan government, the tensions in Mauritania even as the military regime vows to hold democratic elections and the Constitutional Council in Algeria rejects an opposition complaint of fraud.
In this edition: the landslide victory for the incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algeria's elections does not satisfy the opposition; Morocco clamps down on counterfeit products; the fight against the desert continues in Mauritania.
This edition of "The Week in the Maghreb" is on the the Algerian presidential elections. What does the youth of today there expect? What happened to the council flats promised in 2004? And why is the Algerian community in France in the spotlight?
In Mauritania, in south-west of Nouakchott, some former slaves have been able to break the vicious cycle and have created their own village. But many of them are still facing a daily battle to make a living, and break out of poverty.
In this edition: Violence looms violence in Algeria as the Presidential election campaign is about to start; Lybian leader Moammar Gaddafi on a bad start as head of the African Union; and Morocco cleans up after the floods.