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Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2010-09-15

The Popemobile is coming to Britain

In Tuesday's international press- the Pope visits Britain, a Memphis newspaper digs out the secrets of the civil rights movement, and South Africa puts its policemen on a diet.

Starting with the EU condemnation of France’s policy towards the Roma-

 

France has been widely denounced for its stance in the international press- the Financial Times front page says ‘’France rapped over Roma’ and Spain’s El Pais says this level of discrimination within Europe hasn’t been seen since the Second World War.

 

The International Herald Tribune says the commissioner’s comments are deeply embarrassing for France and will put France’s relationship with Europe under intense strain.

 

The paper says the political fallout will carry on for weeks- and can only get worse for the French government.

 

Several British papers have put the Pope’s visit on their front pages today- he arrives in London tomorrow in the first ever state visit to Britain by a pope.

 

The Independent’s front page headline is “A guilt edged visit, and a secret agenda”- this visit is of course hugely overshadowed by the scores of clerical sex abuse scandals that have broken out around the world in recent years.

 

The paper says plans are being drawn up for the Pope to hold secret meetings with abuse victims during his visit.

 

The Independent is also asking if- aside from that crisis within the church- if the Pope’s visit is really relevant to modern Britain- they say most people aren’t interested in him and the visit is a waste of 12 million pounds of public money.

 

The paper has also collected some interesting facts about the visit- it says the pontiff will be travelling with an entourage of hundreds, including his private secretary who apparently is so handsome Donatella Versace designed a whole clothing line based on him.

 

The paper also lists some of the 80 lines of official memorabilia that will be available for the faithful to buy as a souvenir- they range from a fifteen pound baseball camp to an official gold medallion which would set you back 775 pounds.

 

Now to the US – to an investigation carried out by a local paper in Memphis Tennessee, the Commercial Appeal.

 

They’ve discovered that one of Martin Luther King’s closest aides in the civil rights movement was actually a secret mole for the FBI.

 

Photographer Ernest Withers took some of the most iconic images of King- but he also provided information leading to the arrest of at least 34 civil rights activists.

 

He died three years ago –but the paper has turned up more than 7000 pages of classified notes with info he supplied.

 

It shows just how concerned US authorities were about the civil rights movement at the time.

 

And finally in the Times- cops in South Africa are going on a diet- the country’s police ministry has decided the police are too fat to chase after criminals and so they’re all going to be put on a diet and exercise programme.

 

61% of South Africans are overweight so it’s not just the cops- but ministers have decided slimmer policemen could be key to better policing.

By Elena CASAS

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