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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.



Latest update : 2009-12-04

Lifestyle of French ministers under the spotlight

FRENCH PRESS REVIEW: Le Parisien leads this morning with some surprising figures regarding chefs and chauffeurs in French ministries

Excessively decadent? Le Parisien has conducted an inquiry into the perceived excesses in French ministries. The Environment Ministry has 23 chauffeur-driven cars at its disposal. As for the Foreign Ministry, the number of chefs working there has increased from 22 to 40 in the past year. Meanwhile Health Minister Roselyn Bachelot has increased the number of staff members in her cabinet by five since being appointed and that includes her own son who works for her as a project manager. This is not entirely consistent with a broader policy of cutting costs in the public sector.

Other stories in today’s French papers:

The debate on national identity backfires

La Croix
The embarrassment of the debate around national identity

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Attempted kidnapping of Toni Musulin’s daughter

Le Monde
The image of France has improved spectacularly in the US since the Iraq war.

Le Figaro
The tears of Amélie Mauresmo

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