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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 : 2010-10-25

"Bad Boy of French Politics" dies at 72

In today’s French press review, we focus on the death of a controversial French politician. Georges Frêche died of a heart attack at the age of 72. The press pays tribute to the man considered the “bad boy of politics” in France.

 
Georges Frêche is on the front page of several French dailies today, including the business newspaper Les Echos, Aujourd’hui en France and France Soir.
According to Le Figaro, the president of Languedoc Roussillon (Southern France) used to say he wanted to die like the playwright Molière, on the political stage.
Meanwhile, Libération wonders if the man will be remembered for his racist comments or for his achievements in the region.
 
In other news, the series of strikes against France’s pension reform. France Soir says President Sarkozy is the biggest “loser of the current social crisis”. His popularity rate has tumbled to less than 30%.
The right wing paper Le Figaro says the strikes have already cost an estimated three billion euros. The communist daily L’Humanité explains why the government is growing more and more unpopular.
 
And finally in Le Figaro,  Italian troops encourage Afghan farmers to produce saffron rather than opium.

By Aurore Cloe DUPUIS

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