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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.

Latest update : 2010-03-25

Sarkozy ‘redefines his priorities’

In a speech last night, Nicolas Sarkozy outlined his political priorities after the disastrous result for the UMP party in regional elections. Le Figaro says the President wanted to show that he’s still in charge. For Libération, his speech showed a swing to the right in his policies. THURSDAY, 25th MARCH, 2010

Today’s papers are in large part covering the aftermath of last weekend’s regional elections. Le Figaro and Libération analyse Nicolas Sarkozy’s speech last night – his first since the vote. Also, was the Prime Minister François Fillon asked by Sarkozy not to speak on television for fear of overshadowing the President? And what will happen to Xavier Darcos now that he has been removed from the cabinet? The former Employment Minister was due to implement a reform of retirement – one of Sarkozy’s top priorities for 2010 – but after a poor result in the regional elections, Darcos was effectively fired.
 
The other big story in the papers: controversial right-wing columnist Eric Zemmour is under fire for what some deem racist comments. Le Parisien covers the fall out.
 
Here are the articles we looked at in today’s French papers:
 
Le Parisien : Eric Zemmour controversy
 
Le Figaro : Sarkozy insists he will continue his reforms
 
Libération : Sarkozy sings the same old tune
 
Le Parisien: Fillon asked by Sarkozy not to appear on evening news
 
Le Monde : Xavier Darcos to run Versailles?
 

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