Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Rogues a-plenty at UN General Assembly

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'The door is open for dialogue with Madrid,' says Carles Puigdemont

Read more

THE DEBATE

Iran's rebuttal: Tehran answers Trump and Netanyahu

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Kurdish independence referendum: What impact on the region?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Iraqi Kurdistan FM: 'We are determined to go ahead' with independence vote

Read more

FOCUS

Are universities in Pakistan becoming a breeding ground for terrorism?

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'It', 'Loveless', 'Nothing to Hide' and 'The Party'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Save the Children CEO on Rohingya crisis: 'Children are being shot at'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

British PM expected to make offer to Brussels in upcoming speech

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

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.

Latest update : 2011-02-02

French press leading on Mubarak "under siege"

FRENCH PAPERS, Wed., 2/2/2011: French papers all lead on the massive demonstration in Egypt yesterday calling for Hosni Mubarak to leave power. Mubarak is “under siege” according to Le Figaro while Libération focuses on the dignified and calm nature of the protest.

Get the France 24 press review on your iPhone or become a fan on Facebook.
 
For Le Figaro, Hosni Mubarak is “under siege”. The paper’s editorial says Obama is being careful not to repeat the mistakes of Jimmy Carter who supported the Shah in Iran “until the very end”, throughout the Iran hostage crisis and thus lost the election in 1980 to Ronald Reagan.
 
Libération focuses on the dignified nature of the demonstration in Egypt yesterday which saw between one and two million people take to the streets.
 
“Yesterday’s dignified protest was a democratic act in a country that is not yet democratic.”
 
“The naysayers warn of barbarians and an Islamic Revolution but for now, these people are the very picture of dignity and of rediscovered pride.”
 
Communist paper l’Humanité leads with the headline, “Once upon a time there was a revolution”
 
Its editorial notes: “History is happening before our very eyes…
Only two weeks have gone by since the Tunisians forced their President into exile - it already seems like an old story.”
 
“Now the human waves of protest in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez are forcing Mubarak towards the exit.”
 
 
Catholic paper La Croix leads with a striking photo of a protester with the words “Go” and “Out” written on each hand.
“The crowds were all the more numerous as they felt protected by the army,” says the editorial.
 
“In Egypt, just as in Tunisia two weeks ago, the army hierarchy took the pulse of the population and saw the rising fever amongst them...One hopes that this link between the army and the nation will continue in support of the civilian authority, not in substitution of it.”
 
The satirical weekly paper Le Canard Enchaîné reveals that French Foreign Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie was treated to some privileges while on holidays in Tunisia over the New Year. She accepted a flight on the private jet of Aziz Miled, a close to deposed Tunisian President Ben Ali. Miled owns the Nouvelair airline.
 
Alliot-Marie admits accepting Miled’s offer but insists he is not a close friend of the Ben Ali clan. Indeed her office points out that the former First Lady’s family, the Trabelsis, took over 20% of the Nouvelair airline in strong-arm tactics…hardly endearing the Ben Ali’s broader family to Mr. Miled.
 
We also took a look at coverage in Le Monde of the Ben Ali clan’s luxurious property holdings in Paris. In 2006, the former First Lady, Leila Ben Ali, apparently requested the Tunisian ambassador vacate his official apartments in the 7th arrondissement, preferring the accommodation to be used by the first family on trips to the French capital.

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-09-20 Donald Trump

'US threatens to totally destroy North Korea'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Weds. 20.09.17: The New York Times calls out US President Donald Trump on his "strikingly selective definition of sovereignty" after his address at the UN...

Read more

2017-09-20 Hurricane Irma

Are hurricanes an uncontrollable phenomenon?

FRENCH PAPERS, Weds. 20.09.17: As Hurricane Maria sweeps through the Caribbean, Catholic daily La Croix argues that, in this "age of hurricanes", governments simply aren't doing...

Read more

2017-09-19 climate change

'We aren't ready' for a second vote in Kenya and flip-flopping on climate change

IN THE INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 19.09.17: With the approach of Hurricane Maria, we take a look at how the international press is covering climate change, including the...

Read more

2017-09-19 Hurricanes & storms

Another Hurricane? It's Maria's turn. And, when's your printer going to stop working?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 19.09.17: French papers are focusing again on hurricanes, this time the approach of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean. Closer to home, Les Echos has...

Read more

2017-09-18 Donald Trump

'Rocket Man' and Trump's right-hand gal at the UN

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Mon. 18.09.17: We take a look at what might be discussed behind the scenes at the UN General Assembly. Using military might against North Korea could be...

Read more