Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Encore’s Year in Music

Read more

FOCUS

Hebron, a city where peace seems impossible

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users criticize Sony for pulling "The Interview"

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Qatar Airways CEO: Traditional airlines 'inefficient'

Read more

BEYOND BUSINESS

Gastrodiplomacy: is French food losing its flair?

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Viva La Evolucion! US and Cuba Move to Normalise Ties

Read more

LIFESTYLES

Creative Christmas confections

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users react to Cuba and the US normalizing relations

Read more

WEB NEWS

Connected toys are a must-have for Christmas

Read more

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 : 2011-01-06

Are gyms a "bigger capitalist con than casinos"?

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS: Riots in Tunisia and Algeria are still making headlines in North Africa; dead birds continue to drop from the sky in the US and now also in Sweden; gyms come under fire for being "a bigger capitalist con than casinos" in today's The Guardian and we finish with coverage in The Independent of the decision to take the "n-word" out of Huckleberry Finn.

 

Get the France 24 press review on your iPhone or become a fan on Facebook.
 
Reporters Without Borders have said that there’s a near total blockade on the region surrounding Sidi Bouzid preventing local and foreign journalists reporting on the funeral of protester Mohammed Bouazizi who died Tuesday. Bouazizi set himself alight on the 17th December in protest against the rising cost of living in the country. Since mid-December, there have been demonstrations and riots in towns across Tunisia about unemployment and the cost of living and yesterday’s funeral saw some 50,000 people join the cortege, reports Algerian paper El Watan. Some shouted, “His blood will not have been spilt for nothing.”
 
We also looked coverage in Le Parisien with a shocking photo of Bouazizi’s bandaged body taken on the 28th December when President Ben Ali visited him in hospital. Indeed much of the unrest is directed against Ben Ali’s closed political regime.
 
Meanwhile, there is also unrest in Algeria, as reported by Le Soir d’Algérie. The reasons for the unrest in the North Western town of Oran are similar: chiefly the increasing cost of living and corruption in the allocation of public housing.
 
The New York Daily News and Swedish paper Göteborgs-Posten report on the continuing deaths of birds and fish over the past number of days. After the mass death of birds and fish in several American states, another incident occurred yesterday in Kentucky where hundreds of dead birds were found on the streets of Murray. In Sweden meanwhile, some 60 dead birds were found with the national veterinary services saying it was not down to disease but to “external trauma”. The mystery continues although no link has been established to the mass fish and bird deaths in the UK, Sweden and the US.
 
The Guardian’s Zoe Williams meanwhile is convinced that gyms are “more of a capitalist con than casinos”, especially in January during which expensive gym memberships skyrocket. In the UK, a stunning 5.2 million people are members of a gym. We take a look at her arguments.
 
Finally, The Independent reports on the Mark Twain classic Huckleberry Finn. The “n-word” appears in the book 219 times but the latest edition is to replace the controversial word with “slave”. Critics say changing the original text is unnecessary especially seeing as the book is a progressive one with the hero befriending a black slave who he helps in his bid to win freedom. Mark Twain himself campaigned against racism during his lifetime. Publishers insist it is in a bid to have the book read more widely, in particular by school children. Huckleberry Finn remains the fourth most banned book in the US.

 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-12-22 Tunisia

The 'world’s unluckiest man' turns misfortune into a golden opportunity

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS: Mon. 22.12.14: Papers focus on Tunisia’s first free Presidential election, the fatal shooting of two police officers in New York City on Saturday and a tale...

Read more

2014-12-22 Socialist Party (France)

Better not get sick this Christmas!

FRENCH PAPERS - Mon. 22.12.14: A major Doctor’s strike is kicking off today and set to last until December 31st. Le Parisien warns readers not to get sick during the Christmas...

Read more

2014-12-19 Cuba

'Castro's hipster apologists want to keep Cuba authentically poor'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 19.12.14: International papers continue to focus on the historic move between the US and Cuba to restore full diplomatic relations. The Daily Beast...

Read more

2014-12-19 Cuba

Cuban Diaspora divided along generational lines

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 19.12.14: French papers are still focusing on that historic move between the US and Cuba to restore full diplomatic relations. Communist paper L'Humanité is...

Read more

2014-12-18 Cuba

Cuba-USA: 'A roll of the dice'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 18.12.14: Papers in the US and Cuba react to that historic move to restore full diplomatic relations. The New York Times applauds this decision to...

Read more