Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Malbouffe: understanding junk food à la française

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Lebanon repeals 'rape law', but activists say more is needed to protect women

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US business leaders abandon Trump after Charlottesville

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Why do French people smoke so much?'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's 'unprecedented transgression'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Kenya’s opposition leader to take poll dispute to Supreme Court

Read more

THE DEBATE

US racial tensions: How far should freedom of speech be stretched?

Read more

THE DEBATE

Burkina Faso attack: How to restore security in the Sahel region?

Read more

THE DEBATE

India and Pakistan mark 70 years of independence: Can the two countries ever reconcile?

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 : 2011-12-30

'Centenarians divorce' in love twist

The violence in Syria during a visit by an Arab League mission dominates. Comment writers also look more broadly at the Arab Spring as we head in to the New Year. There's a preview of the Iowa Republican caucus on Tuesday, and two Italian "centenarians" head to the divorce court after 77 years as Mr and Mrs. That's the focus for Friday, 30th December 2011.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph headlines: “Anyone moves, they shoot at them”. Those words are by a Syrian rights activist in Damascus who tells the paper troops opened fire on a crowd of more than 20,000 people awaiting Arab League monitors.

Amid concerns about the credibility of the Arab League mission, France’s Le Figaro asks just how could the Arab League have appointed Sudanese general Mohammed al-Dabi as mission chief?

Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the London-based pan-Arab paper, has a piece by analyst Subhi Hadidi, who condemns the “paternalist” attitude of the West as it follows events in the Arab World.

Raghida Dergham, a columnist for London-based pan-Arab paper Al Hayat, writing in the UK’s The Independent, urges Arab women to “Rise Up and Be Heard”.

Meanwhile, in the US, the Iowa caucus approaches. It’s normally seen as the first real insight as to who’s in and who’s out among Republican candidates. Columnist Gail Collins in The International Herald Tribune disagrees though: “Feel free to Ignore Iowa”.

The cartoon in USA Today’s international edition shows an Iowa farmer petting reassuring his pigs saying: “Now, now … it will be over soon” as the candidates vie for attention.

Finally, the Italian paper Corriere del Mezzogiorno reports on a couple in Naples - Antonio and Rosa - who are definitely not Romeo and Juliet. They are splitting up after 77 years of marriage. He is 99 and she is 96. The headline there: 'Centenarians divorce'.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-08-17 Donald Trump

Lebanon repeals 'rape law', but activists say more is needed to protect women

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs.17.08.17: Donald Trump's comments on the violence in Charlottesville continue to draw criticism. The New York Times says the US president has failed...

Read more

2017-08-17 smoking

'Why do French people smoke so much?'

FRENCH PAPERS - Thurs.17.08.17: Fresh figures show that tobacco consumption in France has remained stable over the past year, despite efforts by the government to reduce smoking....

Read more

2017-08-16 USA

Trump again blames both sides for Charlottesville violence

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 16.08.17: US President Donald Trump has sparked outrage across party lines for once again blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville, in...

Read more

2017-08-16 Emmanuel Macron

'Macron: The shadow of a doubt'

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 16.08.17: Papers across France focus on Emmanuel Macron’s first 100 days in office. It’s been a complicated summer for Macron. After riding on a wave of...

Read more

2017-08-15 India

Has the horror of partition overshadowed independence?

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 15.08.2017: As India marks its 70th anniversary of independence, Indian and Pakistani papers do some soul-searching about the violent legacy of...

Read more