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Latest update : 2011-03-09

What have you given up for Lent?

First "Mardi Gras" then Lent. National papers focus on a tradition that seems to be on the rise in France. Also in the press review: Jacques Chirac’s corruption trial and the impact of the far-right on the French political scene.

 

Jacques Chirac is on the front page of France Soir, Le Figaro and Le Canard Enchaîné. The former French president was meant to appear in court for a corruption trial but the case has been put on hold until June.
 
In other news, Le Parisien gives you tips on how to save money and petrol in times of inflation.
 
Meanwhile, the far-right party continues to attract attention. Le Figaro reacts to the controversial surveys published this week about Marine Le Pen’s potential victory in the first round of the 2012 Presidential election.
 
Libération focuses on the French leader Nicolas Sarkozy and his decision to give up a security measure announced over the summer in Grenoble.
 
And finally, La Croix and Le Parisien report about the start of Lent. 

By Aurore Cloe DUPUIS

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