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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 : 2011-12-29

Candidates 'must sleep'

La Croix reports most of the French feel presidential candidates are not addressing issues people are most concerned about: jobs, the cost of living and health care. That - and what the candidates are doing during their winter break - is the focus for Thursday 29th December 2011.

The Catholic daily La Croix leads on a survey showing that 72 % of the French feel their presidential election candidates are not focusing enough on issues that matter to the public.

Aujourd’hui-en-France/Le Parisien profiles those candidates as they take their winter holiday break. It quotes a medical expert who says they “must sleep” ahead of the political campaigning marathon that will end on May 6th.

Libération leads on a move by two ruling party MPs to ban prostitution by criminalizing clients. The paper argues such a measure will only make prostitution less visible.

Libération also looks at classic examples of political jibes in France in decades past with a two-page feature.

And the Communist paper L’Humanité says people working in the public sector who hand out social security benefits are over-worked. The headline there: “Les allocs au bord de la crise de nerfs”.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

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