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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 : 2010-04-06

No resurrection for Michael Jackson this Easter

Hardcore Michael Jackson fans were left disappointed this weekend after rumours that he would be “resurrected” came to nothing! This and other stories in today’s French papers. TUESDAY, 6th APRIL, 2010

Le Parisien leads with the legalization of online gambling in France. Inside opinion is divided as to the pros and cons with the Socialist Party in particular lamenting a ‘deregulation’ of online betting.
 
France Soir’s front page headline is “The rumours that outraged the Elysée”. The rumours in question surround possible affairs in the Sarkozy-Bruni marriage. The Elysée’s communications advisor Pierre Charon believes the buzz surrounding this story may have started as “an organized plot against the President”. He said he is determined to make an example of press coverage of this story and to ensure that fear “changes sides”.
 
For Le Républican Lorrain, such statements amount to a “worrying threat to freedom of speech”.
 
Meanwhile Le Parisien reports on Rachida Dati’s possible role in the controversy. The former Justice Minister saw her bodyguards and state car confiscated on the 14th May after a television appearance in which she criticized the UMP Party’s performance in the regional elections. However, some French papers including the satirial weekly Le Canard Enchaîné have claimed that a French Secret Service report for the Elysée may implicate Dati in the spreading of the rumours surrounding the Presidential couple. Could her privileges as an ex-Minister have been withdrawn for this reason?
 
Libération’s front page covers the blurring of lines between journalists and the police. A French reporter gave the names of 22 suspected pedophiles to the police having investigated them for a program on France 2 television.
 
Also in Libération, those crazy Michael Jackson rumours!
 
We finish with the Catholic paper La Croix which has a report on the severe drought in China at the moment, the worst in 50 years in some regions.

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2016-12-07 Angela Merkel

Southern India bids farewell to 'Amma'

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2016-12-06 Syria

US President-elect Donald Trump sparks controversy with his 'improvised diplomacy'

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2016-12-06 Manuel Valls

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FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 06.12.16: After much speculation, Manuel Valls makes it official: he's throwing his hat into the crowded ring for the left-wing presidential primary. But...

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2016-12-05 Matteo Renzi

French presidential election: ‘Valls's Moment’

FRENCH PAPERS 05.12.16: For Catholic paper La Croix, this is “Valls's moment" - the prime minister is the hot ticket to win the the centre-left presidential nomination, providing...

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