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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.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

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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