Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

South African court rules Jacob Zuma should face corruption charges

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

A Royal Challenge from the Obamas

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Lights go out in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia goes green (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Stalemate in Spain and Protests in Paris (part 2)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Cinema, a French love affair

Read more

#TECH 24

'VR' immersive journalism

Read more

REVISITED

Nepal revisited, one year after the deadly earthquake

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

France's River Charente, a rich ecosystem

Read more

FOCUS

Libya: Who's running the country?

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.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2009-10-16

Sarkozy says he is being targeted in controversy over son’s plum job

The controversy over his son’s probable election to a top administrative job was just one of the issues touched on by Nicolas Sarkozy in an interview he gave to this morning’s Le Figaro.

“I will not raise taxes”, reads the headline in today’s Le Figaro. Nicolas Sarkozy started his interview defending his mandate. He said his Presidency should be judged on the basis of what he has achieved so far and what he aims to do before 2012. He compares his two years at the Eylsée to previous Presidents at a similar point in their terms of office. Charles de Gaulle faced the 1968 riots 2-3 years into his Presidency. As for Valérie Giscard d’Estaing, relations broke down with his Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, two years into his term. Chirac himself saw the Socialist Party take over the Parliament in 1997 just two years after being elected President

On the probable election of his 23-year-old son, Jean Sarkozy, to head up the administration overseeing the la Défense business district, the President accused critics of targeting him, not his son. He insisted that the position was an elected one and unpaid therefore claims that it resembled nepotism were unfounded.

The President went on to defend France’s contribution to the war in Afghanistan but said that Paris would not be sending any further troops to the country.

Other stories in today’s French papers:

Le Parisien and Libération both lead with the problems faced by the ruling UMP Party. Le Parisien focuses on the unhappiness amongst right-leaning voters over the Jean Sarkozy affair. Libération leads with “mutiny” in the UMP ranks. Several leading members of the party have spoken out against the Elysée on issues ranging from the Jean Sarkozy controversy to a cut in corporate tax rates.

Le Parisien also covers allegations leveled against Italian troops in Afghanistan in yesterday’s Times of London. The paper says Italy is denying charges that its secret service paid off Afghan rebels and did not tell French troops when they took over in a region north of Kabul. The Times alleges this was the reason for the under-preparation of French soldiers during an ambush last year which killed ten men.

The sports paper l’Equipe focuses on Maradona’s woes over salacious comments he made during the week. The manager of the Argentine football team said his detractors could “go suck themselves”. He has refused to apologise for the remarks which he made after the qualification of the Argentine side for the World Cup.
 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-04-29 Syria

London's new naked restaurant

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 29.04.16: Papers across the world focus on renewed fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a major crisis within the British Labour party over...

Read more

2016-04-29 protest

Protesters and police clash violently: Who is to blame?

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 29.04.16: Papers in France focus on yesterday's protests against the government's plan to reform the labour code. Violence broke out between police and...

Read more

2016-04-28 Salah Abdeslam

Salah Abdeslam: From wanted man to wanted prisoner

FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, April 28: From wanted man to wanted prisoner, Salah Abdeslam is finally extradited to France. But a lot of questions remain about his testimony and what...

Read more

2016-04-28 Venezuela

Venezuela is so broke it can't pay to print more money

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thursday, April 28: Venezuela's ongoing economic crisis is quickly becoming political, with a petition calling for Nicolas Madura to leave. Also, Donald...

Read more

2016-04-27 football

Hillsborough tragedy: After 27 years, justice

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 27.04.16: Papers in Britain focus on the results of a new inquest into the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster in which 96 Liverpool...

Read more