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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 : 2011-03-07

First former French President to go on trial

The French press focuses on one man this morning: Jacques Chirac, France’s first president to be tried under the fifth republic. Chirac is accused of using public money to create ghost jobs when he was Mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. The former French leader is expected to appear in the dock on Tuesday but his trial could be put on hold for several months...

 

The former French President Jacques Chirac appears on the front page of several newspapers this morning, including Le télégramme de Brest, La Croix et 20 minutes.
 
According to Le Figaro, Jacques Chirac’s trial could be delayed further because the accusations against him might date back too far in time.
French judges could decide to submit the case for Constitutional ruling and Chirac might not need to appear in Court on Tuesday.
 
France Soir focuses on how much Chirac is costing tax payers: an estimated one million four hundred thousand euros.
 
In other news, Libération reports about a survey published over the week-end, stating that the far-right could win the next presidential elections. The editorial dubs this the “Le Pen Danger”.
 
And finally, Le Figaro reports about China training around 10,000 carrier pigeons.

 

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