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A show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from our Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris. Saturday at 10.15 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2011-07-20

Best Of The Observers: the battle for Abidjan, Putin's secret palace and Iran's curly locks

This show, as you know, is made up entirely of amateur images. We've seen time and time again how images captured by ordinary citizens then uploaded onto the Web... can change history... or at least shift the balance of power. This week, we take a look back at some of those moments.

Presentation: Derek Thomson. Editorial Team: Julien Pain, Lorena Galliot, Ségolène Malterre, Sarra Grira, Peggy Bruguière.

STORY 1: IVORY COAST

We begin today with Ivory Coast… and a look back at the near-war that broke out between rival presidents Alassane Ouattara, who'd been elected, and Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to leave office. When Outtara's troops finally entered the commercial capital Abidjan, residents found themselves stranded in their homes. Our Observers – Ivorians and expats – told us they were afraid to go outside.

OBSERVER:  Yves, a Frenchman who's lived in Abidjan for five years.

 

STORY 2: RUSSIA

Back in February, we ran an allegation by a Russian businessman that Vladimir Putin was building a huge palace on the shores of the Black Sea. At a cost believed to be close to a billion euros. The prime minister's press attaché denied said he had no connection to the project. But in five months, the authorities have still not offered any proof to refute the businessman's account.

OBSERVER: Sergei Kolesnikov.


STORY 3: IRAN

 In spite of this year's revolutions in the Arab world... Iran has not seen a revival of the mass protests that took place there in 2009. But there are other... quieter ways to protest. Our Observer sent us this report in February.

OBSERVER: Asal Akhavan



 

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2017-01-21 Cameroon

Pollution threatens island paradise of Mauritius, and one Cameroonian expat's quest to bring safe drinking water to his country

A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers around the world - all checked by our staff here in Paris.

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2017-01-14 Burma

Burmese policemen abuse Rohingya in a video, and a Malian is deported from France in handcuffs

A video emerged of Rohingya attacked by Burmese policemen, a Malian was handcuffed on a plane and deported from France, and a controversial new song hit the airwaves in Saudi...

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2016-12-31 Afghanistan

The Best Of 2016 at The Observers

For our last show of 2016, we look back at our favourite Observers from the year. A weekly news show produced with photos, videos and personal accounts from France 24 Observers...

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2016-12-27 Burkina Faso

Round-up of migrants in Algeria, and militias in Burkina Faso replace police in crackdown on crime

Random, mass arrests of migrants have been taking place in Algeria; militias in Burkina Faso are replacing the role of police and imposing their own form of justice; and male...

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2016-12-10 Botswana

Painting eyes on cows' behinds and the group of young women fighting harassment in Mexico

A biologist has a funny idea for stopping lions from attacking herds of cows in Botswana, a group of young women walk through the streets of Mexico City armed with a GoPro to...

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