Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Malawi: HIV-infected man paid to have sex with girls arrested

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

Meet Omar, the 10-year-old chef who became a social media star

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Gigantic snails are a delicacy in Ivory Coast

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

La vie en gris: The story behind France's famed rooftops

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Olympic refugee team goes for gold

Read more

FOCUS

Taiwan's nuclear dumping ground

Read more

ENCORE!

Greece: Creativity in a time of crisis

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French growth grinds to a halt over strikes

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Norway will 'move mountains' for Nordic neighbour Finland

Read more

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 : 2010-04-30

The race to avert catastrophe

It's the race to prevent an oil catastrophe in the US. An in the UK, it's the last leg of the race to becoming Prime Minister.

We start out with the INDEPENDENT. Making the front page here is the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The paper looks at whether this spill could be even worse than the EXXON leak in 1989…when 11 million gallons of oil leaked in to the sea.

 

So far, this on is already at 5000 barrels and could just catch up. Originally, authorities had estimated that about 42,000 gallons of oil were leaking into the Gulf of Mexico daily. But in fact, that number is closer to 210,000. 

At that rate, it would take 52 days to be the second worst ever oil spill, and the worst oil rig accident in US history.

 

There is also an editorial that says, this couldn’t have happened at a worse place or time. The oil spill hits the coast at the height of the breeding season and there are a lot of threatened species just off the Louisiana coast.

 

Staying with the spill, shrimp famers have begun filing lawsuits because they will loose a lot of money. And TampaBay.com reports that even hotel owners in Tampa, Florida are feeling the consequences.

 

But tourism operators in the area are blaming Europe more than the spill itself. They are saying that because European papers are “portraying it as an environmental story,” they will use clients. He says, tourists will just hear that “Florida beaches have been hit” and they won’t make the difference, because they don’t see how big Florida is.

 

So it’s all the Europeans’ fault, but either way so far Florida beaches remain safe. So go on holiday there, I don’t want any angry phone calls.

 

Staying with Florida and the oil spill, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson says he was introducing legislation from temporarily prohibiting the expansion of drilling along the coast.

 

The White House had planned to do exactly that on both coasts, East and West. But Nelson says, he would like to see a congressional inquiry to make sure government has taken all the necessary steps to make sure another disaster can be prevented.

 

Moving on, the front page of the GUARDIAN reads: “Brown fights for his life.” The current UK Prime Minister came in last in yesterday’s debate, all about the economy, which should have been his strong point.

 

But his recent gaffe of calling a voter a “bigot” after she asked him a question about immigration didn’t help his case.

 

So Labour is bringing its secret weapon: Tony Blair.

His itinerary was prepared before the incident but might now be looked over. Blair’s coat isn’t all white. His involvement in the Iraq war and huge personal earnings, have stirred up controversy. But he is supposed to appeal to voters concerned by tax and immigration issues.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH looks at the same issue from a different angle: Conservative David Cameron, the winner of last night’s debate.

According to polls, 41 percent of people preferred him, compared to the 25 percent that supported Brown.

 

And the editorial here reads: “Tory leader saves his best for last.” It says that Cameron knew how to seize the opportunities and seemed confident. “For once,” the article says. So maybe that last debate can be considered Cameron’s secret weapon.

 

Belgium has banned the Burqa. Everyone in parliament voted in favor except for two representatives that decided not to vote at all. LE SOIR reports that Amnesty international calls the law “a dangerous precedent,” because it’s the first of its kind in Europe, but probably won’t be the last.

 

The WASHINGTON POST says, no issue has ever created as much political interest as “a woman wearing a veil.” According to the article here, Belgium is just the beginning. France is looking into voting a similar law before September.

And Human Rights Watch reports that Austria and Switzerland have said, such legislation would be also be a good idea for their countries.

 

Remember that in December, Swiss voters already outlawed the building of minarets. 

 

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-07-29 Norway

Norway will 'move mountains' for Nordic neighbour Finland

IN THE INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Friday, July 29: Some viewers have reacted very emotionally to Hillary Clinton's speech as she was formally nominated as the Democratic presidential...

Read more

2016-07-29 France

French media ban on naming jihadists: 'Good intention, bad result'

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Friday, July 29: How did the two terrorists behind the priest killing on Wednesday get radicalized so quickly? That's what the French press are asking. It...

Read more

2016-07-28 Turkey

Turkey: 'Once upon a time, there was a democracy'

IN THE INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thursday, July 28: German magazine Der Spiegel wonders if this is the end of democracy after the Turkish government's decision to shut down numerous...

Read more

2016-07-28 Catholic Church

Priest attack: 'After the shock, now come the questions'

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, July 28: After the brutal killing of a priest by two attackers, the French media say now is the time for questions. La Croix and L'Humanité are...

Read more

2016-07-27 France

France priest terror attack: Is Europe helpless?

IN THE INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Wednesday, July 27: The attack on a French priest has made headlines around the world, especially as France's efforts on security are once more...

Read more