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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.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2010-03-15

Record highs for abstention and Socialist Party

The first round of the regional elections delivered a “warning” to the UMP Party, says Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui en France. Meanwhile, the left-leaning paper Libération celebrates the Socialist Party’s result: “Phew!” reads its somewhat biased front-page headline. MONDAY, 15th MARCH, 2010

Several papers this morning have translated the results of this weekend’s regional elections as a protest vote against the Socialist Party. For Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui en France, it’s a “warning” to Nicolas Sarkozy, as the front-page headline reads. The UMP Party at some 27% has registered the lowest score for the French conservatives in the history of the Fifth Republic. Meanwhile, the Socialist Party at 29% got its highest result in 50 years.
 
The left-leaning Libération seems somewhat smug given the Socialist Party’s high score. “Phew! The Left makes a comeback” , it says.
 
The right-leaning Le Figaro is more reticent on its front page about the Socialist Party’s victory, calling the result for the left a “surge” in voting. The paper also focuses on the high absention rate at over 53.5%
 
Business paper les Echos speaks about the far-right National Front party being a “nuisance” – it got over 12% and will go through to the second and final round of voting next weekend in a dozen of the 26 regions.
 
Abstention is also the focus of France Soir with a photo of an empty voting station on the front page and the headline “Troubling absention”.
 
Other stories in today’s French papers:
 
L’Humanité: Death of Jean Ferrat
 
Libération: Mystery of a crying picture of the Virgin Mary in Paris suburbs

By James CREEDON

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