Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Former French FM Fabius on Syria: 'There is no solution on the ground'

Read more

FOCUS

Ghana votes in tight presidential race

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Graduation', 'Go Home' & Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas turns 100

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French educational system 'as mediocre as always'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Southern India bids farewell to 'Amma'

Read more

FACE-OFF

2017 French presidential election: Can Valls unite the left?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Trump wins $50bn US investment from Japan's Softbank

Read more

THE DEBATE

France 24 turns ten: How to cover a changing world (part 1)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Interior minister takes over as France's premier

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 : 2011-04-30

Prince me, I'm dreaming

FRENCH PAPERS, Fri., 29th April, 2011: the Marrakesh bombing shares the front pages with the wedding of the century. Papers argue the attack in Morocco is a blow to the democratic aspirations of people in the Arab world. And, the French, curious at the British royal extravaganza, remain fascinated by the kitsch daring to ask: have they consummated before getting to the altar?

Liberation leads with “everything you wanted to know about the Royal Wedding but never dared to ask”. And has a pun: “Prince Me, I am Dreaming.” The main headline though is on the Marrakech attack, “Marrakech Place Terreur”, Terror Square. That’s an echo of Tahrir Square where Egypt’s protests were held. A photograph shows people looking at the blood spilt in Thursday’s bombing on Jamaa El Fna Square, the city’s main tourist spot and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The coverage on the inside pages says that the shadow of terrorism has fallen across the Arab Uprisings. It says there was a series of attacks in Morocco in 2003 and during the middle of the last decade. The government rounded up Islamists. There are currently around 700 to 800 in jail. King Mohammed the 6th pardoned 96 political prisoners on the 14th of April, including members of an organization called Salafia Jihadia.

Liberation’s editorial by Nicolas Demorand says the Marrakech bombing is “tragic” because it is an attack on tourists and the democratic aspirations of the Arab Spring protests. People power had taken centre stage in the battle ageing autocrats depriving terrorist groups of a monopoly on militancy.

Rue 89, the online news paper, asks “who gains from the attack?” Debate online in Morocco wondered whether it was the work of Islamist militants or Pro-Polisario Saharaoui forces, the independence movement for the Western Sahara which Rabat sees as Moroccan soil.

Le Monde, meanwhile, takes a broader look at the uprisings in Arab countries and asks whether they are advancing the cause of women. It says they have taken part massively in street protests and been at the forefront of campaigns on the Web but are not edging up the Women’s Freedom Index. Saudi Arabia is ranked at the bottom and Tunisia at the top in the Arab World. The paper says that even there the transition government only has two female ministers.

Most papers have pages on Britain’s royal wedding. Le Figaro argues the prince is nothing but an ordinary lad, it’s his destiny that is extraordinary. It notes that St. Andrews University had a 44 percent increase in applicants when he was a student there, many female. Kate Middleton was one of them and is now becoming the the “princesse du milieu », the « Princess of the Middle». It argues that that middling--ness extends too her beauty and intelligence.

Aujourd’hui-en-France/Le Parisien says a real life Cinderella has become a Princess. It contrasts the life paths of William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten Windson with Commoner Kate. There is a royal family tree with tea mugs. And a review of some of the souvenirs: from sweets to dolls to royal tea bags.

Liberation, saucily, asks “have they consummated their couple beforehand?” The paper quotes the couple’s press officer as saying: «Oh my God, of course not!».

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-12-07 education

French educational system 'as mediocre as always'

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 07.12.16: France ranks 26th on the OECD's most recent study of student assessment - neither worse nor better than its 2013 score. Right-wing daily Le Figaro...

Read more

2016-12-07 Angela Merkel

Southern India bids farewell to 'Amma'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 07.12.16: India's Tamil Nadu province marks the end of an era with thousands attending the funeral of political icon Jayalalithaa. Her legacy will...

Read more

2016-12-06 Syria

US President-elect Donald Trump sparks controversy with his 'improvised diplomacy'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 06.12.16: Papers around the world focus on the situation in eastern Aleppo where the Syrian regime continues to gain ground against rebel fighters....

Read more

2016-12-06 Manuel Valls

Can Valls 'reconcile' the divided left?

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 06.12.16: After much speculation, Manuel Valls makes it official: he's throwing his hat into the crowded ring for the left-wing presidential primary. But...

Read more

2016-12-05 Matteo Renzi

French presidential election: ‘Valls's Moment’

FRENCH PAPERS 05.12.16: For Catholic paper La Croix, this is “Valls's moment" - the prime minister is the hot ticket to win the the centre-left presidential nomination, providing...

Read more