Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

French papers pay tribute to Christophe de Margerie

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Pistorius and the lone walk to prison

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Armed clowns terrify the north of France

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Stability still a struggle ahead of 2015 elections

Read more

DEBATE

Oscar Pistorius sentenced: Does the punishment fit the crime? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Oscar Pistorius sentenced: Does the punishment fit the crime?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Provocative sculpture "unplugged"

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

'Flying coffins' in Ivory Coast and a rich Maltese couple rescuing migrants

Read more

FOCUS

London now the world's most expensive city

Read more

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.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2010-01-05

Swine Flu vaccines: did France overdo it?

French newspapers look into whether France overly prepared for the H1N1 epidemic. And Laura Smet, the daughter of French icon Johnny Hallyday, allegedly attempted to kill herself in a Parisian church.

Concerning the H1N1 virus and all the shots that France ordered, the French paper “La Croix” asks: Was it just a precaution or a little overly concerned? France had ordered some 90 million vaccines, but not a lot of people went to get their jabs. So the government is now trying to sell them to other countries.

In the cartoon in the “Libération” …you can see Roselyn Bachelot, the French Health Minister, trying to resell some these vaccines.
She’s saying: “Aren’t these vaccines pretty?”

But she won’t have to sell that many. Bachelot just cancelled 50 of the 90 million vaccines.

But, ”La Tribune” says, it isn’t all bad. The fact that so many people aren’t getting their jabs…also means the epidemic has gained the upper hand. France, for example, has had less reported deaths since the beginning of the Swine flu than anticipated. That’s rather good new, no?

France’s debate about national identity is making the front page in “L'Humanité”
Immigration Minister Eric Besson said yesterday…that the debate was not racist…and was not aimed at discriminating immigrants. But the paper is criticizing the debate as a whole…and saying the immigration minister is pushing a bit of an agenda

The “Figaro” on the other hand…says Besson’s comments took some of the pressure off! According to the article…the debate was a success. It is the biggest French debate on the internet…having pulled in some 540 000 visitors…

The French paper “Libération” published an editorial about French President Nicolas Sarkozy putting pressure on police to come up with good statistics…
Meaning…the number of arrests, etc.

Sarkozy is pushing for these numbers to increase. And, according to the article…this is the first time a member of the police has asked in writing for his man and women to increase their numbers.

There are ways you can get the numbers to look better than they are. For instance, if an apartment gets burgled, that’s one affaire. Chances are you’ll never catch the one who did it. But when you get stopped for speeding, well that’s one affair and since the driver is generally in his car in that case…the case also counts as solved.

“Le Parisien” reports, Laura Smet, the 26-year-old, the daughter of French icon Johnny Hallyday….was found unconscious in a Parisian church yesterday… after consuming a cocktail of medicines and alcohol…

They are saying it was a suicide attempt because she was torn between her father and her lover. Her lover is the brother of the doctor that operated Johnny Hallyday a few months ago. And, we all remember, that operation didn’t go over so well…Hallyday was hospitalized in Los Angeles and kept in an artificial coma.
 

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-10-22 Total

French papers pay tribute to Christophe de Margerie

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 22.10.14: There's lots of emotion in the French press as papers pay tribute to former Total CEO Christophe de Margerie following his death in a plane crash....

Read more

2014-10-22 Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius and the lone walk to prison

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 22.10.14: Papers across the world focus on the sentencing of South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Opinions are split over the fairness...

Read more

2014-10-21 Indonesia

Jokowi: 'A new hope' for Indonesia

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 21.10.14: In Indonesia, Joko Widodo's arrival in the presidential palace after a peaceful transition is celebrated as a confirmation of the country's...

Read more

2014-10-21 Total

Christophe de Margerie, a jovial and strategic boss

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 21.10.14: Papers focus on the sudden death of Total’s CEO Christophe de Margerie after his private plane crashed in Moscow yesterday. Le Monde pays tribute...

Read more

2014-10-20 France

Aubry adds to Hollande's woes

There’s more division within the ruling Socialist Party. This time Lille Mayor Martine Aubry has said party rebels are right about the direction the party should go in, Hollande...

Read more