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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 : 2011-09-28

Candidates under pressure - to make debate less dull

In Wednesday's French papers: calls for the Socialists to get their claws out and make tonight's TV debate a bit more interesting, the Bettencourt case rumbles on, and Angela Merkel is under fire.

The six candidates for the Socialist nomination for the French presidency are debating again tonight - but Le Parisien says if it's as boring as the last one, the voters will switch off.

The Liliane Bettencourt case is back on the front page of Libération - they've interviewed the accountant who started the scandal with those "envelopes of cash" accusations last year.

And Angela Merkel makes the front pages of La Tribune and Les Echos - the first says she has a secret plan to spin off Greek assets into a European fund, the second that she's incoherent and has lost support with German voters.

By Elena CASAS



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