Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

A landslide victory for the 'invisible candidate' in Algeria's Presidential polls

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 18 April 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Presidential adviser resigns over "shoe-shine scandal"

Read more

#THE 51%

Breaking stereotypes

Read more

#TECH 24

Galaxy S5 v. HTC One (M8): Which is the right one for you?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

New PM Manuel Valls outlines priorities

Read more

FASHION

Jean-Marc Loubier, bags and shoes.

Read more

ENCORE!

Hip-hop musician Beat Assailant on mixing the sounds of the city

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 : 2011-01-13

Grow a beard for Belgium

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…

Get the France 24 press review on your iPhone or become a fan on Facebook.

 

Grow a beard for Belgium! Towards the end of today’s press review we look at Benoît Poelvoorde’s novel idea for putting pressure on his country’s politicians to resolve the ongoing political. Most of the focus in today’s French papers is on Tunisia however and the spectrum of opinions is very broad.

 

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 France’s call for Laurent Gbagbo to resign in Ivory Coast while Paris remains largely silent on the repression seen in Tunisia and Algeria.

 

Right-leaning Le Figaro is much more moderate in its criticism. Its editorial says Tunisia has succeeded where some of its neighbours have failed with regards to investment in education, freeing up the economy… But in the midst of the economic crisis, “the foundations of the regime’s stability are crumbling”. Le Figaro says that Tunisia is a “victim of its own success”.

 

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 Tunisia apologise for having invested in education, he asks. The riots in Tunisia have been spear-headed by unemployed graduates since mid-December.

 

The most critical editorial is on left-leaning news website Rue89. France’s Foreign Minister made a speech in Parliament yesterday where she offered “reinforcements” to Tunisia in controlling the riots.

 

“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 France has closed its eyes on certain issues in Tunisia. Economic success and secularism are celebrated. But we refuse to see the barely concealed control of a clan on the economy and mafia-like practices at the highest levels…”

 

“The silence of the French government was worrying. Now the way in which that silence was broken makes us long for the time when Paris was saying nothing….”

 

Other articles in today’s French press review:

 

Libération: The controversy continues for France’s second largest pharmaceutical company Servier.

 

Le Figaro: Grow a beard for Belgium, says actor Benoît Poelvaarde

By James CREEDON

Comments

COMMENT(S)

 
 
Archives

2014-04-18 Ukraine

¡Gracias, Gabo!

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 18.04.14: International papers continue to focus on the tragic ferry accident in South Korea. Local papers lash out against the captain for being one...

Read more

2014-04-18 Socialist Party (France)

The Socialist rebellion grows

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 18.04.14: Manuel Valls is facing a budding revolt within his own Socialist Party over the government's 50-billion-euro budget savings plan. Also, there's...

Read more

2014-04-17 Ukraine

Google Was Making A Space Elevator And A Hoverboard, But Couldn't Get Them To Work

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 17.04.14: International papers focus on the South Korean ferry tragedy, tensions in Ukraine, the presidential election in Algeria and failed...

Read more

2014-04-17 Manuel Valls

A bitter pill to swallow

FRENCH PRESS - Thurs. 17.04.14: French papers focus on Prime Minister Manuel Valls and his 50-billion-euro budget savings plan. The general assessment is that it's superficial...

Read more

2014-04-16 Ukraine

'Call it a caretaker government'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 16.04.14: International papers focus on the upcoming presidential election in Algeria, divisions in Germany over which side to pick in the Ukraine...

Read more