Latest update: 17/08/2009
In the French Papers
A daily look at some of the stories in the French papers.
The news came in late last night, and only the French paper Le Figaro put Clothilde Reiss on its front page this morning.
“France got her release”, reads the title.
The newspaper says the 24 year old French student felt “releaved”.
It interviewed one of Clothilde’s friends, who says she’s happy she’s out of Evin, the infamous Iranian Prison.
Reiss is accused of spying, taking photos and sending e-mails of the protests that followed the contested Presidential Election.
According to the newspaper Libération, Clothilde Reiss confessed to sending offending e-mails.
Iranian authorities consider her a militant, they say she’s against the regime. But Libération says that according to her family and friends, Clothilde Reiss was “forced” to confess.
Clothilde was released on bail last night. She’s now staying at the French Embassy in Iran.
It is not yet known when the final verdict will be announced.
Le Journal du Dimanche
French authorities are worried, because the virus is thought to mostly affect children.
And French schools are meant to start classes in two weeks, on 2nd September.
So in case of a pandemic, in case all schools are shut, “who’s going to keep the kids?”, wonders Le Journal du Dimanche.
The newspaper has a nice cartoon, that says “The french are getting organised”…
You can see le “bistrot”- the local pub- making kids do their homework, because their school has been shut.
Le Journal du Dimanche also interviewed the French Education Minister, Luc Chatel.
He says no extra nurseries have been put into place. He warns that worst case scenario, schools won’t be closed for more than three months.
And a school will only shut if there are more than three kids, found ill in the same week.
In that case, the school will close for at least six days. That’s how long it takes for the infected person, to stop contaminating everyone else.
The virus also made the headlines in Le Parisien.
It claims that the virus also worries pregnant women. It interviewed Claire, who says she wants to protect her baby.
She makes sure her house is clean, she keeps her windows open, to get some fresh air in, and she makes sure to through away used tissues.
French doctor Francois Bricaire says pregnant women are not more likely to contract the virus more than anyone alse, but they’re expected to have complications.
According to the doctor, future mothers will have the priority in getting the vaccine.
The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy had said he wanted people to "work more to earn more". Opening more of France's shops on Sunday is one solution.
According to France Soir, the new law worries employees.
Until now, only shops related to sports, culture and tourism were allowed to open on Sunday.
The newspaper interviewed people on the famous Champs Elysées.
Shops there have been open on Sundays for a while now, and employees are worried that with the new law, they won’t get paid double on Sundays anymore.
According to L’Humanité, a war has been declared for employees. But it’s good news for clients, as their supermarkets are now going to open for an hour longer, and shut at 1PM instead of midday.
Green tourism is in vogue in France, that’s according to Libération.
More and more tourists are taking holidays in farms, or in the countryside.
They’re learning to grow their own vegetables, get water fro the wells.
And according to the newspaper, people are going back to their roots, for environmental reasons, but also because of the crisis.