Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Alpha Condé reacts to Dadis Camara's bid to return home

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'We need an American in every train compartment'

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

When China Sneezes: World markets rattled by bubble burst (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Desperate to get to Europe: How to handle migrant surge? (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Behind the scenes of France's National Assembly

Read more

#TECH 24

Saving water, one shower at a time

Read more

FOCUS

Katrina, ten years on: Young survivors still grapple with trauma

Read more

ENCORE!

Has New Orleans got its groove back?

Read more

REPORTERS

Meet the French troops hunting jihadists in Sahel

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 : 2009-11-23

“I will not abandon my country,” says Henry

Thierry Henry has given an exclusive interview to sports paper l’Equipe. He explains how he considered abandoning his international football career in the aftermath of his infamous handball during Wednesday’s France-Ireland match.

Thierry Henry has told l’Equipe that he was overwhelmed and upset by what was said about him in the aftermath of Wednesday’s France-Ireland match. The French captain has been heavily criticized for handling the ball in the run up to France’s equalizing goal which saw les Bleus lead Ireland on aggregate and qualify for the World Cup. Henry says he felt ‘very alone’ over the last few days and even considered putting an end to his international career because he felt abandoned in this whole controversy. On reflection though, Henry says he will participate in the World Cup in South Africa.

L’Equipe questions the timing of Henry’s press release last week in which he called for the France-Ireland match to be replayed…the same day that FIFA ruled out the possibility of this happening. Was this a mere publicity stunt? Henry insists that it was a coincidence.

Henry also says he regrets having celebrated the controversial goal but says he did face up to his responsibilities in admitting after the match that he had handled the ball.

Other stories in today’s French papers:

Le Parisien
Pierre Bergé criticizes the Telethon saying it is a parasite on the generosity of French people

France Soir
The Telethon accused on monopolizing our generosity

Libération
Why supporters are abandoning the Socialist Party

L’Humanité
Eric Besson’s questionnaire on national identity
A practical guide to xenophobia and anti-republicanism

Le Parisien
Fraudster steals colleagues’ credit cards to feed online poker addiction

 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2015-08-28 migrants

Refugee drama: 'A truck full of corpses'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 28.08.15: Papers across the world focus on grim news coming out of Austria: an abandoned truck was discovered containing dozens of decomposing...

Read more

2015-08-28 Morocco

Two French journalists arrested for 'attempted blackmail of Moroccan king'

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 28.08.15: Two French investigative journalists were arrested in Paris yesterday on suspicion of trying to blackmail the king of Morocco. French papers take a...

Read more

2015-08-27 USA

Shock and horror after two journalists shot dead on-air

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 27.08.15: There's lots of shock and horror in the US press today following the deadly shooting of two TV journalists during a live interview. Papers...

Read more

2015-08-27 migrants

'Could this lunatic make it to the White House?'

FRENCH PAPERS - Thurs. 27.08.15: The European migrant crisis continues to be a top story in the French press. Papers focus on the official French position as well as what's going...

Read more

2015-08-26 China

China's stock market crash explained with bears

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 26.05.15: Papers across the world continue to focus on the fallout from the Chinese stock market crash. The Wall Street Journal blames Beijing for a...

Read more