Le Parisien (France)
Starting today’s press review here in
Le Figaro (France)
The editorial in Le Figaro is broadly supportive of these reforms, hardly surprising considering its reputation for being right of centre. Le Figaro says that politically speaking; these changes need to be implemented and will open up the way for long-term employment reform.
Left wing French daily Liberation is more critical. It’s front page dismisses Sarkozy’s plan to tackle unemployment as “boring” and the editorial inside says his strategy is formulaic and lacks any real substance.
Moving on to preparations for the US elections less than a week away and USA Today focuses on whether or not the voting systems in place are up to the job. It comes eight years after a confusing punch-card system helped put George W Bush in power. In 2004 they switched to touch screen at a cost of 16 million dollars although this was fundamentally flawed because there was no printed record of votes which raised suspicions about the figures. This time around; at an additional cost of 7 million dollars, touch screen machines have been shelved in favour of the old-school but reliable system of paper and a pencil. However votes will then have to be fed through paper-read optical scanners which could cause delays or confusion. Inside the paper, there is a picture showing voters queuing up to cast their ballot early…. and a list of possible problems. They include human error, allegations of voter registration fraud and voter suppression, problems with registration and problems with equipment.
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal Europe has a two-page special report on Microsoft’s battle to conquer sub-Saharan
Die Velt (Germany)
And finally, a small Dutch community has experienced a surprising baby boom, nine months after a power cut plunged its 23,000 inhabitants into darkness for two days. The blackout occurred in December last year when the blades of a helicopter accidentally severed high-voltage cables providing power to nine villages in the