Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

The refugees of Manus Island

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Zimbabwe's opposition leader says he hasn't been called upon to be part of the new government

Read more

THE DEBATE

Palestinian Reconciliation: Will Fatah, Hamas agreement succeed?

Read more

FOCUS

Could Pakistan be your next holiday destination?

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

Defeated presidential candidate Fillon bids farewell to French politics

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Charles Manson: Murderer and cult leader dies after 47 years in prison

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Bricks vs. clicks: Will e-commerce finish off the high street shop?

Read more

ENCORE!

Eastwood & Gainsbourg: Can the children of geniuses step out from their famous shadows?

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Is France a chain-smoking nation?

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 : 2009-12-11

Concern over health of French rock star Johnny Hallyday

FRENCH PRESS REVIEW: He’s one of France’s most celebrated living rockstars and several French papers lead with concerns over his health. Johnny Hallyday is being treated in an LA hospital for complications arising out of an operation on a slipped disk.

France Soir leads with a photo of Johnny Hallyday and the headline “Johnny Hallyday awakes from induced coma.” The aging rocker is being treated for complications that arose out of an operation on a slipped disk at the end of November.

Aujourd’hui en France / Le Parisien also runs the healthscare surrounding “Johnny” on its front page. Last summer, the singer was operated on for colon cancer and his wife has revealed that he was in a very serious condition for around 48 hours at this time. The paper also takes a look at the French surgeon, Stéphane Delajoux, who operated on Hallyday at the end of November for a slipped disk. Was it a botched surgery? It appears that his current health woes have arisen out of an infection linked to this operation.

Several regional papers also lead with the story. The editorial of La Novelle République says that Johnny Hallyday’s health is not something to be taken lightly. The singer is a French institution.

“Some things are serious and not worth laughing about. Even les Guignols [the famous sketch comedy show noted for its irreverent treatment of French public figures such as Hallyday] is not laughing about this…
You don’t sully the flag in public, you don’t boo the national anthem,
you don’t desecrate churches or mosques…good wines should be served a wine glass, the list of recommendations is inexhaustible…and you simply don’t treat Johnny Hallyday’s health lightly.”

Other stories in today’s French papers:

Libération
Bankers bonuses are targeted

Le Figaro
The paper investigates the Swiss banker “Hervé” who gave a list of 4,000 French tax dodgers to the French authorities Was he paid by the French Finance Ministry for this information?

L’Equipe
“Absolutely Blanc”
Bordeaux’s manager Laurent Blanc is the man who the French Football Federation would like to see taking over from French manager Raymond Domenech after the South Africa World Cup.


 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-11-23 Ratko Mladic

'I got the power': Womanspreading takes hold of social media (and maybe 2018)

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, November 23: There's a lot of cynicism in the press after Ratko Mladic's life sentence from the ICTY in The Hague, a decision that's been years in...

Read more

2017-11-23 France

What a story! France investigating Russian billionaire senator over tax fraud

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, November 23: A Russian billionaire and senator is arrested in France over tax fraud and money laundering allegations. Also, Marine Le Pen hits...

Read more

2017-11-22 Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe resigns: 'Hip Hip Harare'

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Wednesday, November 22: The Zimbabwean papers rejoice at a "new era" as Robert Mugabe resigns. But will his successor be any better? Lebanese Minister Saad...

Read more

2017-11-22 Ratko Mladic

UN tribunal decides fate of Mladic, 'Butcher of the Balkans'

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Wednesday, November 22: The papers are focusing on the trial of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb leader who oversaw the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. He's the...

Read more

2017-11-21 Angela Merkel

'The End of German Stability'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 21.11.17: British and American papers sound the alarm as they ponder a "post-Merkel era" of political uncertainty. As the Guardian writes, "it could...

Read more