Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Irish writer Rob Doyle blends philosophy and humour in 'This is the Ritual'

Read more

FOCUS

Morocco sees drop in tourist numbers

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Welcome aboard the West African Express

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Migrant crisis: Is Calais the dead end on the migrant trail?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Is there a future for French farming?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Merkel's Migrant Conundrum

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Japanese shares slump as global market sell-off continues

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Beyoncé's Black Power Message

Read more

An in-depth report by our senior reporters and team of correspondents from around the world. Every Saturday at 9.10 pm Paris time. And you can watch it online as early as Friday.

REPORTERS

REPORTERS

Latest update : 2011-12-06

The best of our special reports in 2011

The year 2011 was easily the most eventful in France 24’s short history. From the Arab revolutions to the death of Bin Laden, as well as the start of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, France 24’s reporters were present on all fronts.

2011 was deeply influenced by the Arab Spring. First, there was the fall of Ben Ali, in Tunisia, where it all began. We then went to Egypt, to the heart of Tahrir Square, then to Libya where we closely followed the first steps of the protesters who soon became rebels. Our reporter Jean-Marie Lemaire almost paid for it with his life.

As if that was not enough, Japan was hit by an unprecedented disaster – an earthquake, a tsunami and the explosion of several nuclear reactors. We went to meet the “liquidators” of Fukushima.

But that was only the beginning. France 24 was also there for the fall of Laurent Gbagbo in Ivory Coast, the death of Osama Bin Laden in a small town in Pakistan, and the arrest of the “Butcher of the Balkans” Ratko Mladic in Serbia.

Although the summer was quieter, the famine in Somalia kept us occupied, with an exceptional report at the heart of Mogadishu. On the other side of the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden led the Americans to withdraw from Afghanistan to end a war which had begun ten years earlier. The first Marines to leave the country told us of their doubts.

Finally, the Arab Spring continued well past its season. The storming of Tripoli and the fall of Bab al Azizia filmed by Matthieu Mabin constitute an exceptional piece of viewing.

So far, nothing has been resolved in Syria, Yemen remains a powder keg and clashes have resumed in Egypt. Next year, yet again, France 24 will be where the news happens.

By Sylvain ROUSSEAU

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-02-05 Ivory Coast

Video: Welcome aboard the West African Express

A colonial-era dream may become a reality. Bankrolled by French industrialist Vincent Bolloré, the €2.5 billion- and 3,000-kilometre-long rail network is set to cover five...

Read more

2016-01-29 Venezuela

Is Chavism on its way out in Venezuela?

Just three years after the death of iconic Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, his successor Nicolas Maduro is floundering. Not only is the country mired in a crippling economic...

Read more

2016-01-22 Tajikistan

Tajikistan cracks down on beards and full veils

In Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic bordering Afghanistan, authorities have declared war on radical Islam and are trying to root out potential terrorists in the country.

Read more

2016-01-14 South Africa

Environmental inequality persists in South Africa

In South Africa, inequalities remain despite the end of apartheid, including on the environmental front. The poorest populations live in the most polluted areas and things are...

Read more

2016-01-08 Islamic State (IS) group

The secret lives of former French jihadists

FRANCE 24 brings you a special documentary one year after the January 2015 terror attacks in France. For nine months, investigative journalist Clarisse Feletin sought an answer...

Read more