North Africa

France slashes numbers of visas accorded to North African citizens

International— Link

France has announced it will halve the number of visas available to Moroccans and Algerians, and reduce by a third those available to Tunisians, after accusing the three north African countries of failing to co-operate over the return of nationals who have been denied visas.

Why public areas remain a place of torment for Moroccan women

International— Interview

In the summer of 2017 two videos showing sexual assaults on women in Morocco, one in Tangiers, the other in Casablanca, caused outrage in the North African country. Yet though the government has for years been promising a law to protect women, progress has been slow. Academic Safaa Monqid explains to Rachida El Azzouzi how women are still excluded from public areas in Morocco and the Arab world in general.

The post-attacks challenge for France in integrating its disaffected suburbs

France— Link

The gulf separating the populations of high-rise, low income, out-of-town neighbourhoods from the rest of France is wider today than ever.

The 'culture of violence and resentment' that fuels French jihadists

France— Interview

The shooting attacks in Paris last week claimed the lives of a total of 17 victims and ended with the deaths of the three gunmen. The outrages, perpetrated by Islamic extremists and which began with the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine before the separate murders of two police officers and the executions of four hostages in a Jewish supermarket, have opened a vast societal debate in France. There have been comparisons made with the 9/11 attacks in the United States, questions raised about the true significance of the national unity displayed during last Sunday’s huge marches in defiance of terrorism, about the real extent of integration, and stigmatization, of the French Muslim population, and why the jihad increasingly lures some young French citizens. In this interview with Joseph Confavreux, Olivier Roy, a recognised expert in France and abroad on questions of Islam and religious fundamentalism, discusses these and related issues, and highlights the taboos that cloud an effective analysis of the events.