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Latest update : 2010-03-19

UMP talks up security in advance of regional elections

Le Figaro and Libération take different angles this morning on the UMP party’s security-related rhetoric in advance of the regional elections this Sunday. Also on the occasion of the 10th National Day of Sleep, we look at the issue of insomnia which affects more and more people. FRIDAY, 19th MARCH, 2010

Sarkozy is upping the security rhetoric in advance of the second and final round of regional elections this weekend. For Libération, the tone of the debate surrounding security is inappropriate and akin to ‘peddling fear’. The paper criticizes a gaffe made by Prime Minister François Fillon yesterday where he mistakenly stated that a police officer had been killed in an attack where he was just in a coma. However in a separate incident this week, a police officer was in fact killed in a shooting linked to the Basque separatist group ETA. Libération’s editorial accuses the UMP of mixing up issues such as terrorism, youth violence and football hooliganism in a bid to win over right-leaning voters.
 
Other stories in today’s French papers:
 
Le Figaro: “Police murders will be severely punished”
 
La Croix: Editorial: “Nothing will change”
 
France Soir: “Johnny is doing well!”
 
Le Figaro: Madoff attacked in prison?
 
La Dépêche du Midi and Le Bien Public : French people are sleeping less

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