Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

President Robert Mugabe emerges from house arrest

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Harassment and hypocrisy in Washington

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Military pressures Robert Mugabe to step down, Macron mediates Lebanon crisis

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France raises a glass to tourism

Read more

FOCUS

France's newest political party accused of 'old' methods

Read more

#THE 51%

Hear me roar: The growing economic power of older women

Read more

#TECH 24

The future of surgery

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

Read more

ENCORE!

Director Joachim Trier: True horror is a 'lack of self-acceptance'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

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 : 2010-07-26

Oil giants are in yet more trouble - Exxon's been accused of funding climate change deniers

In the international press: oil giants are in hot water, neo-Nazi groups have taken patrolling the Arizona border into their own hands, and there's a boom in cosmetic surgery among Indian teenagers.

 

But the International Herald Tribune takes the wind out of their sails- the paper says even if it stops now, the spill’s impact on the Gulf coast could last for decades.

 

The paper says the wildlife around Alaska’s beaches still has not recovered from the Exxon Valdez disaster 21 years ago-

 

Researches are still finding animals with oil in their organs-

 

The article also says the coastline of Brittany still hasn’t recovered from an oil tanker spill in 1976 – because French authorities made the situation worse by clearing the oil up with bulldozers.

 

Clean up crews could be making the same mistakes in Louisiana- the chemical dispersants they’ve used could be as dangerous for birds and fish as the oil itself.

 

The Times also has oil companies in its sights- their front page says Exxon has given a million pounds to groups that promote scepticism about climate change-

 

They’ve donated tens of thousands to groups who lobbied against an agreement in Copenhagen in December-

 

The paper quotes an expert who’s been monitoring Exxon’s links to these groups- he’s quoted as saying Exxon’s PR is pure greenwash and they are actively trying to persuade the public and policymakers into believing climate change is a hoax.

 

Mexico’s drug violence is in the news again today after 17 teenagers were killed yesterday in a grenade attack-

 

Violence there is soaring and the Washington Post has been looking at where all the weapons are coming from-

 

The paper says the gangs are using US army grenades left in Central America after Cold War conflicts in Nicaragua and  El Salvador-

 

Their investigation shows as many as  27 thousand hand grenades have been trafficked north into Mexico in recent years.

 

The New York Times has also been looking at the US-Mexico border-

 

This time at the state of Arizona which of course recently passed a highly controversial immigration law meaning anyone can be arrested on sight if police suspect their documents may not be in order.

 

Some in the state are taking things further- the Times says neo Nazi gangs have taken border security into their own hands- and are patrolling the desert with their own militias.

 

They have military fatigues, body armour and assault rifles-

 

And they belong to the National Socialist Movement, who believe everyone who is not white should leave the country.

 

Around the world students are looking forward to the new university year with excitement and trepidation-

 

But according to the Guardian, many university starters in India are so anxious to make a good impression they’re investing in plastic surgery before they start uni.

 

Cosmetic surgery is booming in the subcontinent- and 18 year olds are one of the biggest markets.

 

The paper interviewed girls who had their lips enlarged, their chins reduced, and one who even paid 700 euros to have a dimple put in her cheek-

 

All to make a better impression on her new classmates.

 

 

 

 

 

By Elena CASAS

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-11-17 Zimbabwe

'Zimbabwe keeps it in the family with 'coup''

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 17.11.17: Papers around the world focus on the situation in Zimbabwe. The Mail and Guardian explores what's happening behind the scenes in the power...

Read more

2017-11-17 climate change

'No, it's not too late to save the planet!'

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 17.11.17: As the UN Climate Change Conference draws to a close in Germany today, French left-wing daily Libération has a message of hope: it's not too late...

Read more

2017-11-16 Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe post-Mugabe: What happens next?

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, November 16: After Robert Mugabe is ousted from power by the military, what's next for Zimbabwe? That's what most papers are wondering. In other...

Read more

2017-11-16 2023 Rugby World Cup

Olympics, Rugby, Golf: Has France become champion of hosting bids?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, November 16: We look at how the COP23 climate change conference is progressing in Bonn. Also, French rugby gets the hosting rights to the World...

Read more

2017-11-15 Jeff Sessions

Turmoil in Zimbabwe: 'We will Defend the President with our Lives'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - 15.11.2017: We take a look at Zimbabwean newspapers as political turmoil breaks out in the country. We also find out how hundreds of Islamic State group...

Read more