Friday, March 11, 2011. On this day, all eyes are on the northeast coast of Japan. At 2:46 p.m. local time, an earthquake measuring 9.1 on the Richter scale shook the archipelago. In its wake, a tsunami s’abat on the peaceful side of the island of Honshū. The sea invades the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, water and rubble damage its cooling system, the power supply is cut, the emergency generators drowned. Nuclear disaster is not far away.
More than 10,000 km away, in the Nigerien capital, the drama is scrutinized with concern. Indeed, Niger has one of the largest uranium reserves in Africa and, thanks to its production of more than 4,351 tonnes in 2011, it ranked fourth in the world among producing countries. But the Fukushima accident, the rise of anti-nuclear rhetoric in the West and its scheduled end in Germany are causing the price of the precious ore to fall: from 70 dollars per pound in 2011, its price has plummeted to 50 dollars. in 2012.