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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.

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Latest update : 2010-11-09

Where there's smoke ...

Cigarette prices go up six per cent in price today in France. Is it enough to reduce the number of smokers or just a smokescreen for filling state coffers? One paper fumes: just what use is the price increase? That’s the focus in today’s French press review: MONDAY, 8TH NOVEMBER 2010

France Soir says the tax on tobacco is unfair. While it brings in revenue, it is not succeeding in cutting the number of smokers and hits the poorest hardest.


Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui-en-France says the state will get 660 million euros extra in its coffers with the 30 cent increase. It points out that smokers are paying 85 per cent more than they were a decade ago. The paper quotes an anti-tobacco campaigner saying there should be a ten per cent hike and the government is only pretending to fight smoking. It says much of what is going up in smoke is for the tax man. A mere 68 euros cents goes to the manufacturers out of a price of five euros ninety for the most popular brand.

The other main story in France concerns the ongoing debate and dispute about pension reform.

Le Figaro headlines that two of the main unions are split. Parliament has voted to hike the retirement age from 60 to 62 and unions are wrangling over how to move forward. Le Figaro says one union wants to continue protests, while another doesn’t. The right-wing paper says unity among the unions has been a “mirage” and they failed to get workers in the private sector out on to the street in sufficient numbers.

Another right-wing paper, the business daily Les Echos, says President Nicolas Sarkozy has three challenges after pushing pension reform through. They include a reshuffle, making a success of France’s presidency of the G20 and getting public opinion back on his side.


Libération says President Sarkozy has "eighteen months to avoid retirement himself”, a reference to the 2012 presidential vote. The paper, in its editorial, says Sarkozy will be “more attentive” to the unions.


And what kind of image is that for Paris? A London cab? Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui-en-France reports the iconic taxi has been given the green light to drive in Paris. They’ll be on sale to taxi companies at 33,900 euros. It’ll be weird to see them near the Eiffel Tower.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

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