Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

Greece says a deal is close, Germany says no progress made

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'FIFA Nostra'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The shame game'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Football, fraud and FIFA

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

US prosecutors probe bribery claims surrounding South Africa's 2010 World Cup

Read more

DEBATE

FIFA corruption scandal: Top officials indicted on US corruption charges (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

Film Show: 'The Measure of a Man', 'My Golden Days' and vintage Spielberg

Read more

DEBATE

FIFA corruption scandal: Top officials indicted on US corruption charges (part 1)

Read more

FOCUS

Thailand cracks down on human traffickers amid worsening migrant crisis

Read more

Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2009-11-10

Nicolas Sarkozy caught exaggerating his role in the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Two walls tell two different stories. One, Nicolas Sarkozy’s Facebook Wall. The other, the Berlin Wall. The French president says on the first he was there when the second fell, on the 9th of November. It seems that's not quite the truth.

 

The French President claimed on his Facebook Wall that he was in Berlin the night that the Wall came down.
 
He even published a photo of himself, chopping at what he says is the East side of the wall with a pickaxe.
 
Well, as the French left-leaning daily Libération points out :  it may be in Berlin. But when?
 
Many accounts show that Sarkozy COULDN’T have made it to Berlin on the Evening of the 9th of November 1989
 
Indeed Berliners themselves only discovered it relatively late in the evening, leaving Nicolas Sarkozy very little time to fly from Paris Berlin. While the free-circulation of people from East to West he describes only began in earnest on the 10th and 11th of November.
 
The Photographer who got the shot says it was taken on the 10th, a day later than according to Sarkozy.
 
While he may have made it to Berlin … at some time after the fall, Liberation’s anecdote shows that the French president has a rather loose grip on truth.
 
Apparently, Nicolas Sarkozy is one the few people who can’t quite remember exactly where he was on the night of Fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

 

 

If you want some more details on the stories that we covered in the French press review, here are the links to the webpages.
 
Berlin, a united Europe. But where was Obama?
Communism may have fallen with the Wall, but capitalism is far from perfect.
Security agent, folkhero, Robin Hood ?
France’s young poker champion
 

 

By Luke BROWN

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2015-05-28 FIFA

'FIFA Nostra'

FRENCH PAPERS - Thurs. 28.05.15: French papers react to the two sweeping probes into alleged corruption at FIFA. Many blame FIFA President Sepp Blatter and call for him to step...

Read more

2015-05-28 FIFA

'The shame game'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 28.05.15: Papers around the world react to the two sweeping probes into alleged corruption at FIFA. "The shame game", on the front page of British...

Read more

2015-05-27 FIFA

FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 27.05.15: The New York Times reports that early this morning FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges. It's not the first...

Read more

2015-05-27 World War II

France's 'great women' celebrated as two heroines of French Resistance admitted to Pantheon

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 27.05.15: Papers focus on four heroes of the French wartime Resistance and their induction into the legendary Panthéon. The official list of "great French...

Read more

2015-05-26 USA

'A calamitous choice'

IN THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS - Tues. 26.05.15: The US strategy against the Islamic State group is in the spotlight, with editorials from the Washington Post, The Globalist and...

Read more