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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 : 2010-04-30

Who wears the Burqa will have to pay

The French government is looking to vote a law banning the Burqa in public areas. The Figaro takes a closer look at what that law would look like and what consequences it entails for women wearing the full Islamic veil.

LIBÉRATION headlines on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico…now believed 5 times worse that what authorities had originally thought. The spill has been declared a “national catastrophe” and is beginning to reach the coast of the Louisiana.

 

One of the articles is called “OVERDOSE” and says that the US is a petrol-junky…

It’s a car-country…and therefore depends on petrol.

Republicans are pushing that oil company can dig anywhere to get the most oil possible…

And don’t forget the American dream: there is A LOT of money in petrol.

 

It’s also making the front page of FRANCE SOIR.

 

Officials have set up a series of booms to protect the coastal area, but that might not be enough.  Barack Obama has also urged US military to get involved and help the clean-up.

The spill is on its way to becoming America’s worst environmental disaster in decades…

 

On the front page of the FIGARO, controversial Burqa ban to be voted before the summer. It asks: what does the law mean?

 

It’s the first time we actually have a detailed outline of what the law will look like and what the consequences are.

 

French politicians want the full Islamic veil outlawed in all public space, including in the street. A woman who decides to still wear it, faces a 150 euro fine.

A person who imposes the full veil on a woman, faces a fine of up to 15 000 euros.

 

The head of the UMP parliamentary group Jean-Francois Cope had originally said he wanted fine woman 750 euros, a measure that was judged too harsh in case they were victims.

 

The government wants to make clear that these fines are not put in place to protect French society from Islam, but to protect women’s rights.

 

The draft law will be looked over by government on May 12th, to come up with a final text…that will be presented to the ministers on May 19th.

 

The question remains: is this constitutional? The case could go as far as the European Court of Human Rights to answer that question

 

On the front page of LA CROIX: May 1st, the international workers day…

This year, most unions agree to hit the street for a common cause: retirement reform…

 

The government wants to extend retirement age from 60 to 65. In France it is the people working NOW who pay the retirements of those who are no longer working. The problem is, with rising unemployment and longer life expectancies, there are less people who can pay. So there are two options: have workers pay more, or have people retire later.

 

Two options the unions are not really in favor of, saying they don’t see why living longer means you have to work longer. Instead, they want a series of financial reforms that could make 25 to 30 billion euros to keeping paying retirements.

 

A topic that it is also making the front page of the communist paper L’HUMANITÉ. The headline reads that 70 percent of French support the unions’ demonstration.

Some 300 union members are expected to take to the streets on Saturday.

 

And there’s a nice little cartoon that says “Sorry sir, you are too old for this job but too young for retirement.” His answer: “But I am the right age to kick your butt.”

 

And France is running out of mobile phone numbers! If you have French cell phone, you know your number always starts with 06. Well, so many people have phones that the 07 are on their way. Telephone operators do assure user: there won’t be any difference to the old 06s. Rates, service, etc. will all stay the same.

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

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