Le Parisien (France)
L'Armée Française Sous le Choc
The French Army in a State of Shock
The death of 10 French soldiers in Afghanistan has hit France hard, making all of the front pages. This one captures the mood well. It shows the head of the French armed forces sitting with his head in his hands during a press conference in Paris on Tuesday.
La Nouvelle Republique (France)
Mourir pour Kaboul
Dying for Kabul
Debate over France's role in Afghanistan is surfacing in regional papers like this one. The editorial of this paper from central France reminds us what Nicolas Sarkozy said during his presidential campaign: "We have no reason to stay in Afghanistan for long". However, he subsequently bowed to American pressure and sent more troops in. Does this make any sense three months before a change of guard in the White House?
Hamburger Morgenpost (Germany)
Natalie du Toit lost her left leg in a motorbike accident in her teens. She was already a competitive swimmer but she decided after her accident she would keep swimming and one day make the Olympics. This morning she made history becoming the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes. Du Toit is ranked fifth in the world and qualified against able-bodied athletes in Seville. She has compensated by strengthening her upper body and right leg but her right leg takes a lot of strain, often leading to cramps.
A pensioner crossing sign has become politically incorrect. It was originally the winning entry in a children’s competition in the early 80s. Pensioner groups say the image is outdated - the elderly are not necessarily hunched over with a walking stick.