Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

REPORTERS

The booming business of cannabis in Spain

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Tanzanian President dismisses almost 10,000 public servants over forged college certificates

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French Election: Abstention, Anger & Apathy

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Macron vs. Le Pen: France's bitter presidential run-off race (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump's First 100 Days, The Pope in Egypt (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Egypt's Coptic Christians targeted by Islamic State group

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

France's wartime past takes centre stage in presidential campaign

Read more

#TECH 24

How one NGO is using 3D printers to improve disaster relief

Read more

REVISITED

What remains of Nicaragua’s revolution?

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 : 2011-03-10

DSK steals Le Pen's thunder in poll

The French papers: Thursday, 10th March 2011. IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn grabs the headlines. The latest poll on who could win the first round of the 2012 presidential race shows him top, although he has not even said he is in the running.

The main tabloid here France Soir looks at a survey of possible candidates for next year’s presidential race. The photos are of Dominique Strauss-Kahn - aka “DSK” - currently the IMF Managing Director and a potential Socialist Party candidate; the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy; and the far right’s Marine Le Pen. The headline is “Ca va être chaud”, “It’s going to be close”. The numbers are 29 per cent for the DSK, 23 for Nicolas Sarkozy and 21 for Marine Le Pen. That contrasts with Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui-en-France polls on Sunday and Wednesday that put Marine Le Pen top. There’s fourteen months to go, of course, before the presidential race. Many people here in the bars and cafés in France are trying to figure out who could get to a second round run-off. It is scenarios a-go-go.

Le Parisien-Au’jourd’hui-en-France has a photo with six of the main players in the opposition Socialist Party. It argues that the primaries in place to select a candidate for the 2012 are so complex that they could alienate voters and “trap” them into a defeat.

“Get down to work”, screams the left-wing daily Libération. It warns the Socialist Party that it needs to get moving with the rise in support in polls for the far-right. It says though they have been out of power since 2002, they are still struggling to convince their usual core electorate about their policies. It slams the Socialists saying almost a decade has been “wasted”.

The main article says the party is “divided” faced with the emerging challenge of the far-right. It says in its editorial that the Socialists have “nothing to very little” to say to people. It reckons if they’ve got some big ideas bubbling away in the background they better bring them to the fore now.

The main right-wing paper Le Figaro has a photo of Discovery. The Shuttle has come to the end of 27 years of service for NASA. The paper leads on the digital economy. It reports the Internet could create 450,000 jobs over the next five years and account for as much as 25 per cent of economic growth.

The paper is also looking at French diplomacy which has been lurching from one blunder to another over the last few months. It says the new Foreign Minister Alain Juppe is seeking to get France back at the forefront by pushing European countries to back a “No Fly Zone” for Libya.

Le Figaro concludes “French Diplomacy is Back” and contrasts that with Washington where Barack Obama is hesitating about the best approach. One sign of renewed vigour is today’s visit by rebel leaders from Benghazi at the Elysée.

And La Croix, the Catholic Daily, looks at clashes in Cairo in which Coptic Christians have been killed. The photo there shows a protester in front of Egyptian state television protesting against the destruction of a church last weekend.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-04-28 Barack Obama

Barack Obama under fire over $400,000 speaking gig

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Friday, April 28: The media battle heats up: France's presidential hopefuls Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are accused by the Russian and French press of...

Read more

2017-04-28 French Presidential Elections 2017

Teacher's pet vs party girl: Macron and Le Pen's younger years

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Friday, April 28: Le Parisien headlines on the public image battle between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, both using campaign photo opportunities to...

Read more

2017-04-27 Donald Trump

Trump's tax reform: A 'home run' or 'laughable stunt'?

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, April 27: It's the classic divide: the left-leaning press rip apart Donald Trump's tax reform, but the conservative press call it a "home run"....

Read more

2017-04-27 Emmanuel Macron

'It's War!' Le Pen and Macron in showdown at Whirlpool factory

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, April 27: "It's war": that's how the papers are reporting an epic photo op showdown between presidential hopefuls Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel...

Read more

2017-04-26 French Presidential Elections 2017

Marine Le Pen, a 'normal' candidate?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Wednesday, April 26: Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen continues her aggressive campaigning by courting those who may abstain from voting in the...

Read more