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Latest update : 2011-01-14

End of an era as Jean-Marie Le Pen retires

FRENCH PAPERS, Fri., 14/1/2011: It’s the end of an era in French politics as far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen prepares to stand down this weekend. It is expected that his daughter Marine will take over at the helm of the Front National. We also take a look at coverage of Tunisian President Ben Ali’s speech last night as well as continued criticism of France’s pharmaceutical industry.

 

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It’s the end of an era as Jean-Marie Le Pen retires. We take a look at Libération’s coverage. It’s also on the front page of Metro.
 
Also – the front pages of La Croix, Le Parisien and France Soir.
 
The other big story in Le Parisien as well as on the front page of Le Figaro is Tunisian President Ben Ali’s speech last night during which he pledged not to stand for re-election in 2014 in a bid to quieten deepening unrest in the country.
 
We finish with a look at Communist paper l’Humanité and the weekly magazine, le Nouvel Observateur, both of which focus on the shortfalls of checks and balances in French healthcare, in particular with regard to unsafe medication. The pharmaceutical industry’s influence is greatly criticized – in particular the manufacturing of drugs that are often of little or no benefit (or perhaps even dangerous) purely for profit.
 

 

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