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Celebrities launch appeal against Iranian stoning.

In today's French newspapers- celebrities launch an appeal against the stoning of an Iranian woman, President Sarkozy's security policy comes under fire on both left and right, and France's swimmers clean up at the European Championship.

Starting with Liberation-

 

They’ve published an appeal launched by philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy to the Iranian authorities asking them not to execute Sakimeh Mohammedi Ashatani

 

She’s the woman whose plight raised international concern after she was sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery and arranging her husband’s murder.

 

She made an apparently forced televised confession.

 

The letter points out she’s a member of Azeri ethnic minority and may not even have understood her sentence- already had 99 lashes.

 

It’s signed by a long list of politicians and celebrities including Bob Geldof, Juliette Binoche and Mia Farrow.

 

 

Liberation is also talking about French government’s security policy.

 

They attack industry minister Christian Estrosi’s plan to fine mayors of towns where urban violence occurs.

 

The mayor of Chanteloup les Vignes in the Paris suburbs- a very run down area- tells the paper mayors do the best they can to prevent violence through educational initatives and job creation shcemes but in the end it’s up to the police to control crime- and it’s the police who should take the blame.

 

He’s not the only one unhappy at the proposal-

 

Le Figaro quotes politicians of both main parties who are unhappy at local officials being stigmatised-

 

The paper says Sarkozy’s ultra tough security policy is making him enemies on all sides-

 

MPs in his own party have compared the dismantling of Roma camps to the purges that occurred during the Second World War.

 

Aujourd’hui en France headlines on test tube babies- a study’s shown they may have higher possibilities of suffering from some genetic disorders-

 

Example heart conditions, certain cancers of the eye and cleft palate syndrome.

 

Fifteen thousand babies are born in France through IVF every year and

 

75% have no problems at all so geneticists say we shouldn’t be alarmed.

 

Le Figaro says a terrifying new superbug coming from India and Pakistan is now spreading in European hospitals-

 

37 British patients and one in France have contracted the virus- which seems to be resistant to virtually all known antibiotics.

 

It’s arrived in Europe through medical tourism- where people choose to skip waiting lists at home by getting quick fix operations in India.

 

L’Equipe has put France’s victorious swimmers on its front page-

 

France won a record 21 medals in the European championships just held in Budapest which may go some way to restoring national pride after disastrous football.

 

And Le Figaro has a rather unusual holiday suggestion for readers- in April 2012 a cruise boat is going to replicate the exact trip made by the Titanic exactly one hundred years earlier.

 

It’ll set off from Southampton to new York, with a special commemoration ceremony when it reaches the stop where the famously doomed ship sank in 1912.

 

 

 

 

 

By Elena CASAS

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