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Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

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IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2012-01-06

Who does Joan of Arc belong to?

Today is the 600th anniversary of Joan of Arc's birth and papers look at how politicians in France are co-opting her image. Threats to France's AAA rating also feature, as does a report on how two French hostages were killed in Niger last January. That's the focus for this French press review, Friday 6th January 2012.

Le Parisien/Aujourd’hui-en-France leads: "France’s Triple AAA rating threatened". It interviews Standard & Poor’s managers here in Paris.

Libération headlines : "Les aveux d’un terroriste" ("The confessions of a terrorist"). It has obtained the police statement of one of the members of al Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb who abducted two French men a year in Niamey, Niger. Antoine de Léocour and Vincent Délory, both 25, were killed in a failed rescue attempt.

La Croix’s editorial – entitled "Irrécuperable" - slams the use of Joan of Arc as part of political campaigning in the French presidential election. It is the 600th anniversary of Joan of Arc’s birth today.

And Le Monde asks 'Who does Joan of Arc belong to?'

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

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