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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 : 2009-12-07

“14 days to seal history’s judgment on this generation”

INTERNATIONAL PRESS REVIEW: The Guardian in the UK and 55 other newspapers around the world are speaking with one voice this morning. Their editorials call on delegates in Copenhagen to ‘make the right choice’.

In an unprecedented move, 56 newspapers around the world have run the same editorial this morning. It calls on delegates at the climate change summit in Copenhagen to seize the moment.

“We call on the representative of the 192 countries present not to hesitate, not to fall into dispute, not to blame each other but to seize opportunity from the greatest modern failure of politics.”

It goes on to lament the fact that the world finds itself at the mercy of American domestic politics. The President cannot fully commit to the action required until the US Congress has done so.

The editorial concludes that generation of politicians is faced with a choice. “[They can either] be viewed as one that saw a challenge and rose to it, or one so stupid that we saw calamity coming but did nothing to avert it. We implore them to make the right choice.”

Other articles featured in today’s international press review:

Times of India
Pay back times for rich nations

Times of India
70% of CO2 from the developed world

The Bangkok Post and Edmonton Journal (Canada)
Prostitutes offering delegates free services

Times Online
[Buckingham] Palace says it will not longer ‘tolerate’ intrusions by paparazzi

The Guardian
Royal prerogative (editorial)

The Herald
Celebrities face jail after killing rat on ITV reality show

The Independent
Lesbian bishop sparks new church row


 

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