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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 : 2010-08-24

Britain wants to make more babies at home

The Ground Zero Memorial is stirring up quite a controversy, while Britain hopes to make more babies at home.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the World Trade Center site. You have people out in the streets demonstrating against and for the building of a Mosque near ground zero, but the memorial itself is also creating quite a discussion.


The memorial will display artefacts of the victims as well as video footage, but a lot of families are a bit reluctant to give them. One of the reasons is that they say, with the memorial being built directly in the pit of ground zero, its not safe from an attack. USA Today says, what both controversies show, is that this is still a very emotional topic. The Mosque controversy has overshadowed the Museum one for now, but some say, once the mosque is built, THAT controversy will be over, while the memorial is going to be a hot topic for a while. There will always be questions about what to display, like the hijackers visas…or not.

The museum will open its doors in 2011 the city expects it to become its top tourist attraction with 5 to 7 million visitors a day…

It’s the first hung parliament in Australia in 70 years, and the Daily Telegraph titles: “let’s make a deal” Because if the independent MPs split…that frail balance might be lost and voters will be forced back to the polls, the paper reports.  They’ve drawn up a 13-page special on the election issue…And like I said…one of the main topics is “will there be a re-run”. Because if independents don’t agree, there will be no true majority….and it’s back to the polling booths…

Another big issue was that the ruling Labour party lost voter support. Not enough to lose altogether, but seats they thought were safe weren’t so safe after all. They had focused more on marginal seats, hoping to secure those. And in the end…well, their seats, safe and marginal, are a lot less.

Moving on to Burkina Faso. President Blaisé Compaoré has officially announced he’s running in November’s Presidential election. Basically, the article is all about how great Compaoré is. 5 years ago, he was elected by over 80 percent of voters…and he’ll be a shoe-in this election.


But what the paper doesn’t say is…that the constitution was already modified to let him run again. And his party has announced they’ll add even more modifications…allowing Compaoré to stay in power even beyond 2015 when his 4th (and officially last) mandate ends.

Britain wants couples to make babies at home. That’s one the front page of The Guardian. And I’m not talking about in your house…but in the country. More and more people travel abroad, especially to Spain, to go to fertility clinics because there’s just more choice.


To change that, Britain announced it could pay a few thousand pounds for an egg donation…instead of the 250 pounds it pays now. In Spain they’ve been paid 900 euros or 740 pounds for years. Experts hope that will get people to donate, because there is just not enough fertility to go around.

By Carla WESTERHEIDE

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