FRENCH PAPERS, Thurs, 13/1/2011: At the end of today’s French press review, check out the appeal by actor Benoit Poelvoorde who wants his compatriots to grow a beard for Belgium…until the country resolves its political crisis! Also, criticism of France’s response to the unrest in Tunisia and the Mediator drug scandal…
Grow a beard for
Communist paper l’Humanité says President Ben Ali “is killing” and is extremely critical of the complicity of France and the EU.
Left-leaning Libération carries an opinion piece by the editor of Algerian paper Le Matin, Mohammed Ben Chicou. He points out a double standard in
Right-leaning Le Figaro is much more moderate in its criticism. Its editorial says
The paper does point out that the frustration of the people can’t be expressed normally because of the closed nature of the political system, but this is as far as Le Figaro goes in its criticism. It even carries an opinion piece by the clearly biased Tunisian Ambassador to UNESCO. Should
The most critical editorial is on left-leaning news website Rue89.
“What word is most appropriate? Stupidity? Incompetence? Ignorance? How could our Foreign minister propose security cooperation while dozens have been killed?”
“For two decades, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and part of the Left in
“The silence of the French government was worrying. Now the way in which that silence was broken makes us long for the time when
Other articles in today’s French press review:
Libération: The controversy continues for
Le Figaro: Grow a beard for