Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Mashujaa day: Kenyatta and Odinga call for peace before election rerun

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president Talabani

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The new 30s club: NZ's Jacinda Ardern joins list of maverick leaders

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Raqqa, Kirkuk, Xi Jinping

Read more

REPORTERS

The Dictator's Games: A rare look inside Turkmenistan

Read more

#TECH 24

Teaching maths with holograms

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Is China exporting its pollution?

Read more

#THE 51%

Are female empowerment adverts actually good for the cause?

Read more

FOCUS

The mixed legacy of 'Abenomics' in Japan

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

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 : 2009-11-19

Thierry Henry’s “hand of god” sends France to World Cup

IThe French papers breathe a sigh of relief this morning after France narrowly defeated Ireland to qualify for the World Cup. Several front pages lead with the photo of Thierry Henry’s contentious handball.

The French papers this morning are highly complimentary of Ireland’s performance and there is a general consensus that they outperformed les Bleus. That Thierry Henry handled the ball in setting up William Gallas’s extra-time equalizer is also generally acknowledged.

L’Equipe’s front page photo focuses on this very moment. “The hand of God,” reads its headline. The paper says it was a “catastrophic” match and while the result is what counts, this does nothing to dispel the feeling of malaise. “Let’s just hope the French side’s performance will be up to the standards of the giants they eliminated to get into the World Cup: Romania and Ireland.”

Inside l’Equipe, former international referee Joël Quiniou says William Gallas’s goal was “not valid”.

As for the performance of specific Irish players, Robbie Keane was “almost a super hero”, says the paper. He scored in the 33rd minute and almost scored a second time which would have sealed an Irish victory.

The world ‘hand’ appears in nearly every headline we looked at this morning.

Le Figaro: “The hand of relief for the French”

 

L’Union: “Main basse sur le Mondiale” (literally “low hand” or “take over” of the World Cup)

We expected giants of football and it was like children scribbling on a page, says this Reims-based paper. Its editorial says that last night’s performance summed up the World Cup qualifiers for France who got through by the seat of their pants. “Domenech never got his side properly motivated. Their performances were blasé… they seemed to be playing more out of a sense of obligation than anything else…Unacceptable errors were committed…There was fear in our stomachs until the very last moment.”

Le Progrès de Lyon
Le coup de main du destin (The slap of destiny)


L’Est Républicain
Henry’s hand sees les Bleu qualify

Mirroring l’Equipe’s conclusion, l’Est Républicain says the match was ‘catastrophique’. Its editorial concludes that France qualified because of cheating. Somewhat optimistically though, l’Est Républicain thinks that “in a week, Henry’s handball will be forgotten.”

France Soir
Ouf!

Ouf is an expression of relief but perhaps there’s even a little note of humility and shame in this one-word headline?!


Other stories covered in today’s French papers:

La Croix
Europe, - a President to do what?

Le Figaro
Portrait of Belgian PM Herman Van Rompuy
 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-10-20 Catalonia

Lulu the labrador flunks out of CIA K-9 academy, becomes internet sensation

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 20.10.17: Catalonia continues to be in the spotlight. Spain says it will begin the process of imposing direct rule on Saturday by activating Article...

Read more

2017-10-20 Canada

'The fall of the comedy king': Canada hit by sexual harassment scandal

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 20.10.17: Papers in France focus on a growing sexual harassment scandal in Canada. Quebec entertainment giant Gilbert Rozon has been accused of abuse by...

Read more

2017-10-19 Xi Jinping

Russia's 'Paris Hilton' launches 2018 presidential bid

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, October 19: We take a look at reactions to Xi Jinping's speech at the Communist Party's congress. Also, Donald Trump is embroiled in a scandal...

Read more

2017-10-19 France

Space kitty: Should Félicette, the first cat in space, get her own statue?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, October 19: France braces for a new day of protests as the country's main union leads demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron's labour and tax...

Read more

2017-10-18 photography

Wildlife Photographer awards highlight effects of poaching, plastic pollution

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Weds. October 18: The Chinese papers are giddy with excitement over the 19th Communist Party congress. Also, the Islamic State group loses control of its...

Read more