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Notes from a temporary Athenian, part 2

Monday 11 November 2013 - Eye witness

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AFP journalist Michel Sailhan is spending three months leading the agency's Athens bureau. That doesn't give leave much time to understand a country in crisis in all its complexities. Here he sees how much of Greece's present-day predicament is rooted in the past. (AFP Photo / Angelos Tzortzinis)

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Notes from a temporary Athenian

Wednesday 9 October 2013 - Eye witness

In the Kolonaki neighbourhood. (AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)

AFP journalist Michel Sailhan is spending three months leading the agency's Athens bureau. That doesn't give leave much time to understand a country in crisis in all its complexities. Here he shares his initial observations from the Greek capital.

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The fall of Kadhafi, a story told in pictures

Tuesday 16 October 2012 - Behind the image

National Transitional Council fighters fire against Moamer Kadhafi's troops in the town of Sirte on October 10, 2011, as they move in for the kill against the strongman's remaining diehards.
AFP Photo/Aris Messinis

The fall of Kadhafi, a story told in pictures


Athens-based AFP photographer Aris Messinis has covered the on-going social crisis in his native Greece since protests there turned violent in 2010. But he has demonstrated his knack for getting good shots under pressure in other hotspots too. His coverage last year of the end-game battle in Syrte, Libya – which pitted a cornered Moamer Kadhafi against the rebel National Liberation Army that had encircled him – earned him the top prize last weekend at the Bayeux-Calvados competition for war correspondents.

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A tale of two crises

Tuesday 5 June 2012 - Eye witness

A protester wearing a gas mask poses for a photograph during clashes with riot police in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on February 12, 2012.

Comparative Crises Analysis has become something of an academic cottage industry in Europe over the last three years, with Greece reigning atop the ranking of economies in distress. But Spain, with even higher unemployment and a banking sector on the edge, is not too far behind, and the question lingers: how do Europe's two most hobbled countries stack up? AFP correspondent Roland Lloyd Parry, based in Mardrid, went to Athens to find out. (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)

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