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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 : 2011-12-07

The voters politicians forgot

Fears that France could lose its triple-A credit rating dominate the French front pages - the papers say neither main presidential candidate is prepared to implement the kind of austerity that would really please the markets. We also look at the voters politicians have forgotten, and why there aren't more women on French TV.

France Soir, Liberation and La Tribune all devote their front page to the fear of losing France's triple-A credit rating - and how the rule of the markets favours neither candidate in the presidential election.

François Hollande is doing well in the polls though - le Parisien has him getting 59% of the vote in a second round contest against Nicolas Sarkozy.

Centrist candidate François Bayrou launches his presidential bid today - and la Croix reckons there's still space in politics for a centrist.

Le Monde says all the main candidates are ignoring a huge chunk of French voters - the poor working classes, who rarely vote and have been suffering high unemployment for decades.

Les Echos reports on one demographic they do care about - the two million French citizens living abroad.

And Le Parisien headlines on women in the media - reporting 82% of French TV journalists are men.

By Elena CASAS

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