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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 : 2012-01-30

'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.

By Elena CASAS

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