On December 15th, 2015 Hernando de Soto conducted an interview in French on Algeria's Radio M that was broadcasted throughout the Maghreb region. He was interviewed by Ihsan El Kadi and Haddouche Hassan who brought up the lessons of his visit to Algiers in 2012 as well as focused on his studies on the informal sector in the Maghreb, including in Tunisia.
He stated in French that "Research in Tunisia has shown that the primary motivation of immolations is expropriation and" hogra "and not political or religious motives." "It's because we do not let them out of poverty than the poor immolate themselves"."informality is not the solution," repeated the Economist reiterating the need to legalize "informality". "It is time to define democracy and the voice of the people?", He concluded.