Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Mosul Offensive: New phase in battle for Iraq's second city (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Mosul Offensive: New phase in battle for Iraq's second city (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

Kiwi indie heroes The Naked and Famous reflect on life after 'Young Blood'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

France's election: 'The Russians are doing what they can to bring down Macron'

Read more

FOCUS

North Dakota: Sioux tribe stands firm against pipeline project

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Georgian foreign minister discusses ties with EU, NATO

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

NATO chief Stoltenberg: US is 'strongly committed to NATO'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Climate change agreements: The US blows cold, what will the EU do?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

No mood to party: Some Brazilian cities are cancelling carnival

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 : 2011-07-22

Angela and Sarko: the perfect euro crisis couple?

France’s papers lead on Thursday’s Brussels summit aimed at keeping Greece on board in the eurozone. Photos of Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy dominate. But the French are being told that, while a solution has been found, it'll cost them. That’s the focus for this Friday, 22nd July 2011.

Le Figaro is headlining “Europe saves Greece and strengthens the euro” in “a united front to avoid contagion”. The paper compares this latest round of the euro crisis to a spot of firefighting: the Greek wildfire has been put out. Lots of the French press, however, stress just how difficult it was. Berlin and Paris held seven hours of talks on Wednesday and there were phone calls round the clock prior to Thursday’s Brussels summit. The paper warns its readers that a lot more fiscal discipline will be needed in France from now on. It says Paris is pledging to keep its public deficit to within 3% of GDP by 2013 at the latest. Belt-tightening measures will include only replacing one out of two civil servants going into retirement.

The business daily Les Echos says the agreement on a second Greek bailout is historic. The Franco-German couple - Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel – have played starring roles once again, it says. But it asks whether the Paris-Berlin tandem can continue in the long-term, and wonders whether the EU project will only get a new lease of life when a new German Chancellor comes to power.

The left-wing daily Libération asks: “Qui va payer?” (“Who is going to pay?”). It answers by detailing the financing for states and banks. While saying the deal had to be reached by using forceps, it quotes a European diplomat saying "all the taboos in discussions were dropped".

Le Parisien leads on a craze for Twitter in France. Two million people have signed up here so far. Leading politicians are getting 10 to 20 thousand followers on average, a long way from Barack Obama who has more than nine million. The paper’s cartoon shows a guy at the beach tweeting and his wife saying: "You’ve said how hot and nice it is 15 times". “Yeah,” he replies, “this is a great way of annoying my friends in Paris”. A bit of one-upmanship that hurts. It is cold and rainy in the French capital.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-02-20 Donald Trump

No mood to party: Some Brazilian cities are cancelling carnival

IN THE INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Monday, February 20: Donald Trump clarifies his Sweden "terror" comments that sent the nation into mass confusion. Meanwhile, the battle for Mosul...

Read more

2017-02-20 Benoit Hamon

'Thanks but no thanks': French left-wing candidates bury idea of alliance

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Monday, February 20: It's election fever in France and the candidates are hitting the campaign trail hard. But the left has definitively "buried" any hope...

Read more

2017-02-17 Donald Trump

'Journalists Whisper at Trump's Crazy Press Conference: 'This Is Insane''

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 17.02.17: The Washington Post has fresh revelations in the Michael Flynn scandal. Papers also react to Donald Trump's "surreal" press conference and...

Read more

2017-02-17 Emmanuel Macron

France's Macron causes uproar by calling colonisation 'crime against humanity'

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 17.02.17: Centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron draws ire from conservatives after saying colonisation was a "crime against humanity". Meanwhile,...

Read more

2017-02-16 Kim Jong-un

London Bankers' Booze Ban: No more day drinking in the City

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, February 16: The South Korean press point the finger at North Korea after Kim Jong-Nam, the leader's half-brother, is poisoned to death in...

Read more