Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

Read more

ENCORE!

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Read more

WEB NEWS

India: journalist launches "Rice Bucket Challenge"

Read more

WEB NEWS

Russian aid convoy: Mission accomplished?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Actor Orlando Jones lauches 'Bullet Bucket Challenge'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Macron Economics'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Macron-economics, the former banker turned minister

Read more

Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2011-03-10

"I'm still young, I have to live"

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Thursday, 10th March 2011: papers are covering unrest in the Middle East with debate raging about the pros and cons of a possible "no-fly zone" in Libya. One specialist in the Arab press argues certain Arab countries have the fighter power needed.

The Guardian headlines: “Libya’s war intensifies as the west holds fire”. A photo shows rebel fighters taking cover as smoke billows over the eastern Libyan town of Ras Lanuf. One of its articles quotes a man – Gerbil – in Benghazi saying: “If Gaddafi wins, we’re dead”. The paper reports his parents have served in prison for opposing the regime. Gerbil says: “He will kill us,” adding that he would flee: “I am still young, I have got to live,” he says.

The Guardian’s editorial looks at the debate about a possible “no fly zone” with the headline: “An illusion of force”. It says the moment Britain, France or the US got militarily involved, Gaddafi would present the conflict as a battle against the colonial powers and it “would cease to be Gaddafi versus his own people”.

The London-based pan-Arab paper Al Hayat has an editorial by a military specialist in Abu Dhabi, Ryiad Kawaji, who argues that a united Arab force could impose a no fly zone. He argues Gulf Countries and Egypt would be able to do it as they have the F16s and other fighter aircraft.

To Morocco, where people are wondering whether a domino effect of unrest, a tsunami of change could be heading their way. Morocco’s Le Matin reports on the King’s TV address to the nation. Mohammed the 6th pledged major constitutional reforms including an elected prime minister instead of a royal appointee, as well as a free judiciary. The paper publishes the entire speech. There is no mention of unrest in other countries.

Still with the Middle East, papers are also looking at Egypt and a return to violence there. The Lebanese paper L’Orient Le Jour headlines: “The unending suffering of Egypt’s Coptic Christians.” It covers the protest by a thousand Christians in Cairo, several people were killed and dozens injured in clashes between Muslims and Christians.

The International Herald Tribune looks at violence, too, in Egypt, this time against women. A piece on the comment pages by Cairo-based New Zealand journalist Glen Johnson is called: “The Other Side of Tahrir Square”. He says hundreds of reactionary Egyptian men trampled women underfoot as they demonstrated on International Women’s Day two days ago. The writer says “a real revolution should entail widespread social reform”, and that includes addressing women’s rights.

Unrest in the Middle East is having an impact outside the region. Chinse government reaction to the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and events in Egypt has included restricting internet access. The International Herald Tribune has a cartoon showing a Chinese leader on the Great Wall shouting down to the democratic hordes: “We don’t do imports”.

China’s Communist apparatchiks are currently meeting for their National People’s Congress in Beijing. The China Daily reports that the government has announced it is planning to build ten million homes and beef up medical care to people suffering severe disease.

The South China Morning Post has a comment piece headed: “Sand in the growth engine”. The writer Robert Clarke argues Chinese leaders will need sharp antennae to prevent the Communist apparatus becoming sand in the country’s economic motor, if they are not going to OK western-style reforms.

And, after so much grim news, a bit of cheer. A chuckle a day keep the doctor away. That’s official, according to the UK’s Daily Mail. It headlines: “Laughter really is the best cure”. Researchers have established that laughing helps counteract poor blood circulation. It quotes the British Medical Journal saying the best prescription for patients with leg ulcers is a belly laugh.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-08-27 French economy

'Macron Economics'

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 27.08.14: The leading story in the French press today is yesterday's cabinet reshuffle. According to a poll in Le Parisien, most French people welcome the...

Read more

2014-08-27 tourism

'The capital of sex, drugs, alcohol, trash and trashy tourism'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 27.08.14: Papers across the world focus on a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Also, the...

Read more

2014-08-26 French economy

'Irreconcilable differences'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 26.08.14: The French government is dissolved and a full reshuffle announced. Papers across the world react to this political upheaval. Who is...

Read more

2014-08-26 French economy

'Crisis in the ranks'

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 26.08.14: The current political crisis is gripping the French press today. Papers focus on the major rift between President François Hollande and outgoing...

Read more

2014-08-25 Barack Obama

Prime suspect 'Jihadi John'

The British papers are leading on the hunt for a jihadist thought to be the murderer of US journalist James Foley. One UK MP and a former archbishop are calling for British...

Read more