Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Barack Obama under fire over $400,000 paid speaking gig

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The brilliant student and the party-girl: Macron and Le Pen's polar opposite childhoods

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Hissene Habré trial: Senegal court upholds life sentence for Chad's ex-leader

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's First 100 Days - Simpsons Style

Read more

THE DEBATE

The New Normal: Trump's first 100 days in office (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

The New Normal: Trump's first 100 days in office (part 2)

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

High school students make their voice heard while Marine goes fishing

Read more

FOCUS

Burma's citizens still jailed for speaking their minds

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Colombia: FARC disarmament leads to baby boom

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 : 2012-01-09

Hollande and Sarkozy almost neck-and-neck

The presidential election campaign grabs most of the headlines with the four main players - François Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy, Marine Le Pen and François Bayrou - each given prominence. That, and the controversial 'Robin Hood' tax, is the focus for this look at the French papers, Monday 9th January 2012.

Le Figaro reports on the latest poll in the presidential election race with the headline: “Sarkozy is catching up on Hollande”.

Le Figaro’s editorial asks if Hollande is simply relying on an anti-Sarkozy vote because – according to the right-wing daily – the Socialist’s message is not getting across.

Libération headlines that 30% of the French, almost one in three, are not ruling out voting for Marine Le Pen. The editorial focuses on another statistic from its survey: 68% say Marine Le Pen is more credible than her father Jean-Marie Le Pen.

The free paper 20 Minutes is leading with a photo of the centrist Francois Bayrou. The headline there: “centre of attraction”. He is gaining ground.

Le Parisien/Aujourd'hui-en-France has a piece about “Sarkozy courting Bayrou”. The president will need centrist support if he gets through to a second round vote on May 6th.

Business daily La Tribune, in an editorial, describes Nicolas Sarkozy as an “Artificier”, a man putting on a fireworks display with a series of controversial measures.

And Les Echos, in its editorial, looks at “The utopia of a Tobin Tax” on financial transactions.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-04-28 Emmanuel Macron

Barack Obama under fire over $400,000 paid speaking gig

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Friday, April 28: The media battle heats up: Emmanuel Macron and Marine le Pen are accused by the Russian and French press of denying access to them. Barack...

Read more

2017-04-28 Emmanuel Macron

The brilliant student and the party-girl: Macron and Le Pen's polar opposite childhoods

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Friday, April 28: It's the war of the public image between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, both posing in photo opportunities to highlight their...

Read more

2017-04-27 Donald Trump

Trump's tax reform: A 'home run' or 'laughable stunt'?

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, April 27: It's the classic divide: the left-leaning press rip apart Donald Trump's tax reform, but the conservative press call it a "home run"....

Read more

2017-04-27 Emmanuel Macron

'It's War!' Le Pen and Macron in showdown at Whirlpool factory

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, April 27: "It's war": that's how the papers are reporting an epic photo op showdown between presidential hopefuls Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel...

Read more

2017-04-26 French Presidential Elections 2017

Marine Le Pen, a 'normal' candidate?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Wednesday, April 26: Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen continues her aggressive campaigning by courting those who may abstain from voting in the...

Read more