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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 : 2012-01-16

Who's winning from losing the triple A?

Today's French newspapers are only interested in one letter - the "A" France lost from its credit rating on Friday. We take a look at the reactions as columnists and politicians weigh in.

France's business papers are pretty unforgiving - La Tribune says France didn't deserve the top rating anyway, as it hasn't balanced a budget in 36 years, while Les Echos says this is a judgement not just on policies - but on the whole French social model.

L'Humanité sees the blame in a very different quarter - with Nicolas Sarkozy's austerity measures, while La Croix calls on the president to think of some measures that will create jobs.

Liberation asks the really political question - who is winning from this? The answer, they say, isn't lead challenger François Hollande - it's Marine le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the candidates who manage to paint themselves as being outside the system.

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