Don't miss




French education: Reinventing the idea of school

Read more


Frogs legs and brains? The French food hard to stomach

Read more

#TECH 24

Station F: Putting Paris on the global tech map

Read more


Davos 2017: 'I believe in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world'

Read more

#THE 51%

Equality in the boardroom: French law requires large firms to have 40% women on boards

Read more


Men's fashion: Winter 2017/2018 collections shake up gender barriers

Read more


Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan speaks out about her time behind bars

Read more


Video: Threat of economic crisis still looms in Zimbabwe

Read more


DAVOS 2017: Has the bubble burst?

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.

Latest update : 2010-03-02

“Flooding catastrophe could have been avoided”

With 51 deaths registered in France following a violent storm this past weekend, the French papers are asking what could have been done to avoid catastrophe. TUESDAY, 2nd MARCH, 2010

The left-leaning paper Libération accuses local officials in La Vendée of behaving irresponsibly in advance of the storm that cost 51 lives in France this past weekend. Around three months ago, local authorities were warned by the State that construction should not be permitted so close to the coast because of a risk of flooding. Local authorities ignored these warnings and dismissed the risk of flooding despite vast tracts of land in La Vendée having been regained from the sea.
France Soir asks three questions of authorities in the aftermath of the storm named Xynthia. Why were lands at risk of flooding built on? Why weren’t people evacuated in time? Why did flood barriers fail?
Other articles in today’s French papers:
Libération: The rising tide of internet fraud
Le Figaro: Storm Xynthia
Le Figaro:  Son of one of founders of Hamas acted as spy for Israel
Le Parisien: Why were zones at risk of flooding built on?
Le Parisien: Can France win the World Cup?




2017-01-20 Gambia

'On Inauguration Day, respect for the office and hope for the nation'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 20.01.17: The volatile situation in Gambia is in the spotlight today. But the real story dominating the press is the upcoming inauguration of Donald...

Read more

2017-01-20 Donald Trump

French papers before Trump's inauguration: 'Here we go!'

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 20.01.17: All eyes are on the US today as the country gets ready to inaugurate its 45th president: Donald J. Trump. French papers are alarmed by the...

Read more

2017-01-19 François Hollande

Is Hollande eyeing 'European Council president' post after he steps down?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, January 19: The seven candidates hoping to be the French left's presidential pick go head-to-head in the final debate before the primaries this...

Read more

2017-01-19 climate change

11th hour: Scientists say primates facing 'imminent extinction'

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, January 19: 2016 was the hottest year on record, a phenomenon that is being blamed on human activity. Also endangered: primates who are facing...

Read more

2017-01-18 Brexit

French papers: A small slap for Valls, a major PR blow for his campaign

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 18.01.17: French papers react with alarm to the British prime minister's highly anticipated speech in which Theresa May clarified her government's "hard...

Read more