'A lost President'
The papers pass judgment on Nicolas Sarkozy's big television interview, broadcast live or 8 or 9 channels last night - and views are pretty mixed, ranging from praise to derision.
Le Figaro is kindest to Sarkozy this morning - saying he's brave enough to continue suggesting unpopular policies like a VAT rise because he realises that's what France needs.
Les Echos also backs his reforming zeal to the end - but for Liberation, it just shows he's desperate and clutching at straws in an attempt to win voters back.
L'Humanité is even harsher - saying raising VAT is just the latest measure in a presidency that has changed direction several times, but always hitting the poorest hardest.