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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.

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Latest update : 2012-01-27

The Science of Choosing a Candidate - by his Face

With election campaigns brewing in both France and the United States, Slate asks whether looks actually matter in how voters choose between rivals. The Economist says that Newt Gingrich is a veritable "factory of ideas". And on this side of the Atlantic, the Guardian says that after a lacklustre start, Francois Hollande's campaign is picking up steam.

The enthusiasm in the French papers for Francois Hollande's 60-point plan has overflowed beyond the channel and into the opinion pages of The Guardian. After an initial lacklustre campaign he held an impressive rally last weekend, says the daily, having laid out a detailed manifesto that his opponents are having trouble taking aim at. 

Across the Atlantic, and eyeing the US election, The Economist says that Newt Gingrich is a veritable "factory of ideas," who is however held back by an erratic personality and a tendency to flip-flop. He first supported the idea of every American having health insurance, only to oppose President Barack Obama's proposal later. He once supported cap-and-trade systems to reduce greenhouse emissions, but no longer. 

The Atlantic says yes, he has lots of ideas, but they are not necessarily viable ones. He tried to console those who will be put out of work with the end of the Space Shuttle, by saying there will be a space colony on Mars. In fact, he is reported as saying, Mars will be the 51st state. 

Away from politics, the crack team of US Navy Seals rescued hostages in Somalia this week. The Telegraph laments the fact that British hostages are still languishing there and in other hotspots, but no such mission is under way (as far as we know). The British SAS - a world class special forces team in its own right is, it says, capable of launching simimar missions, but successive British governments have been too risk-averse, and avoided such daring missions unless absolutely necessary. 

By Kyle G. Brown

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