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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 : 2012-01-11

Rwanda genocide report: 'irrefutable'

The papers today look at a French judicial investigation into the Rwandan genocide, as well as one of the issues in the current presidential campaign - tax breaks for families. And there's a report that judges want to check Sarkozy's campaign accounts for 2007. That's the focus for this Wednesday, 11th January 2012.

Libération leads on its front page: “Rwandan genocide – irrefutable”. An investigation by a French judge concludes the weapons that brought down the plane of the late Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana in April 1994 were fired from a military camp belonging to his Presidential Guard.

The paper, in its editorial, says the investigation restores honour to French justice.

The Catholic daily La Croix looks at one of the presidential campaign issues: tax breaks for families. The opposition Socialists say they favour the better-off and want reform.

Le Figaro leads on that, too, saying the Socialist Party candidate has made another “couac” (false note) in his campaign.

And Libération picks up on a report that judges in Bordeaux want to look at Nicolas Sarkozy’s campaign accounts for 2007, as part of an investigation into possible illegal party financing.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

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