Don't miss




Gambia announces intention to leave ICC

Read more


Venezuelans protest on the streets and online

Read more


Hollande hits record low approval rating at 4%

Read more


Showdown in Caracas: How to break Venezuela's impasse? (Part 1)

Read more


Showdown in Caracas: How to break Venezuela's impasse? (Part 2)

Read more


France's uphill battle against supermarket food waste

Read more


Film show: 'Dr Strange', 'I, Daniel Blake' & 'Bosch: The Garden of Dreams'

Read more


Calais migrant crisis: A solution at last?

Read more


Iraq: Kurdish forces carry out risky demining operations in Mosul

Read more

An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.



Latest update : 2009-10-13

International Press Review

The ongoing expenses scandal in the UK is on the front page of most British papers. Gordon Brown has been asked to pay back over £12,000 and has asked all MPs to comply with repayments in order to bring closure to the affair.

You can see the international pres review with James Creedon every weekday morning at 9.10am, Paris time.

Unedited television script

The expenses scandal seems to be never-ending in the UK. The front pages of several British papers announce that Gordon Brown has been asked to repay over £12,000 to the exchequer. The Guardian says that the Prime Minister issued a personal minute to all ministers last night calling on them to follow his lead and reject the “old discredited regime”. “We cannot have closure on this until we deal with this,” he said. This is all part of news expenses rules drawn up by Sir Thomas Legg who was called in by Brown to audit claims by all MPs.

The Independent
underlines that Brown is not alone, saying, “They’re all in it together”. Senior figures in all three main parties were dragged into the net, the paper notes. David Cameron was been asked to provide copies of his mortgage interest payments while the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was asked to repay £910 for gardening costs.
Several MPs are complaining that Sir Thomas Legg “moved the goalposts” after the event.

Elsewhere, the Independent wonders if the process is somewhat unfair. “On one level the answer is yes. It is now clear that MPs were actively encouraged by the Commons Fee Office to maximize their expenses claims. The entire system, not just individual MPs’ behaviour, was rotten.”

Other stories in today’s international press review:

London Evening Standard

The London Evening Standard will become a free newspaper as of today. The decision was taken by its new owner, the Russian billionaire, Alexander Lebedev.



The International Herald Tribune


“This time, the hawks are French,” writes John Vinocur. The article says that France’s nuclear non-proliferation experts are arguing that the US is selling out over Iran. They argue that similar concessions with North Korea only led to further nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Why this so-called French hawkishness, asks Vinacour. He says that France’s great levers of international influence – its status as a nuclear power and its membership of the UN Security Council – are best defended by visibly aggressive adherence to the global nuclear nonproliferation treaties that Iran is violating.

Oddly though, according to a German Marshall Fund poll, French public opinion on the President’s handling of Iran is 14% higher than what Americans accord him.



The Sun

“I found Stephen dead and I woke his husband.” The very sorry details of the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately are beginning to emerge. The 33-year-old Boyzone singer died in his sleep after consuming – it appears – a lot of alcohol while on holiday in Majorca. However, it was his partner’s lover who found him. Georgi Dohev had accompanied Gately’s gay partner Andy Cowles, to their apartment in the island’s capital. Hours later he emerged from the bedroom to find Gately dead on the couple’s sofa, his “pale and cold” body crouched in a mysterious prayer position, says the Sun.



Irish Independent

The paper remembers Stephen Gately, a native Dubliner, who “made it OK to be gay and live in limelight.”





2016-10-26 Pakistan

Will Duterte chew gum in front of the Emperor of Japan?

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 26.10.16: Papers in Pakistan react to Monday night’s deadly suicide attack on a police training academy in Quetta - yet another attack on the...

Read more

2016-10-26 François Hollande

Just 4% of French people are satisfied with Hollande's presidency

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 26.10.16: French papers focus on politics. September saw a drop in unemployment, but business paper Les Echos says it's too late to help François Hollande,...

Read more

2016-10-25 Calais

What's the price of a 'pain au chocolat'?

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 25.10.16: French papers react to the dismantling of the so-called "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, Belgium’s announcement that it won’t support a free trade...

Read more

2016-10-25 Belgium

'What's Wallonia's deal?'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 25.10.16: Canadian and Belgian papers react to Belgium’s announcement that it won’t support a trade deal between the European Union and Canada....

Read more

2016-10-24 Calais

'The End of the Jungle'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Monday 24.10.16: The Guardian voices fears that hundreds of unaccompanied refugee children could be "lost'" during the chaos of the Calais "Jungle" camp's...

Read more