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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 : 2012-04-09

Syria - the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Today's international papers are all about the Middle East - cynicism over the Kofi Annan peace plan in Syria, controversy over presidential candidates in Egypt, and a poem causing a diplomatic row between Germany and Israel.

The Independent says it was naive of the West ever to have thought Assad would follow the Kofi Annan peace plan; while Foreign Policy explains the conflict in Syria has in fact become a regional proxy war.

Al-Ahram in Egypt looks at the row over former Mubarak intelligence chief Omar Suleiman standing in elections - while the Egypt Independent says the row over the Muslim Brotherhood's choice of candidate could split the party.

Meanwhile, German Nobel Prize winner Gunter Grass is in trouble over a poem he wrote that upset Israel - forcing Guido Westerwelle to apologise for him in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper - while Gideon Levy in Haaretz says Israel must learn to take criticism better.

By Elena CASAS

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2016-12-07 education

French educational system 'as mediocre as always'

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 07.12.16: France ranks 26th on the OECD's most recent study of student assessment - neither worse nor better than its 2013 score. Right-wing daily Le Figaro...

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2016-12-07 Angela Merkel

Southern India bids farewell to 'Amma'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 07.12.16: India's Tamil Nadu province marks the end of an era with thousands attending the funeral of political icon Jayalalithaa. Her legacy will...

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2016-12-06 Syria

US President-elect Donald Trump sparks controversy with his 'improvised diplomacy'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 06.12.16: Papers around the world focus on the situation in eastern Aleppo where the Syrian regime continues to gain ground against rebel fighters....

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2016-12-06 Manuel Valls

Can Valls 'reconcile' the divided left?

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 06.12.16: After much speculation, Manuel Valls makes it official: he's throwing his hat into the crowded ring for the left-wing presidential primary. But...

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2016-12-05 Matteo Renzi

French presidential election: ‘Valls's Moment’

FRENCH PAPERS 05.12.16: For Catholic paper La Croix, this is “Valls's moment" - the prime minister is the hot ticket to win the the centre-left presidential nomination, providing...

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