INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Mon. 22/04/13: International papers react to Saturday’s deadly earthquake in Sichuan Province. China Daily applauds the country’s swift response to the disaster. Also, Indian papers react to the horrific rape of a 5-year-old girl, while US papers are still reeling after the Boston Marathon bombings. And the Wall Street Journal looks at the marijuana business in the US states where it is legal.
FRENCH PAPERS, Mon. 22/04/13: French papers react to demonstrations yesterday for and against same-sex marriage. Left-leaning Libération says the anti-gay marriage camp is becoming more and more homophobic. Right-leaning Le Figaro says that although the movement is become more political, the atmosphere is friendly. Also in the papers: labour reform and Italian politics.
Le Monde wonders why opponents of same-sex marriage are so few and yet manage to come out in such force. But they are just one item of many in President Hollande's rapidly expanding to-do list. Libération looks at his attempts at "moralising" French politics, not least, prohibiting ministers and MPs from accumulating non-governmental posts that could constitute conflicts of interest. He's been at this for a while, and many remain opposed.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Weds. 17/04/13: International papers continue to react to the deadly bombings at the Boston marathon, the first attack on US soil since 9/11. Papers explore the importance of social media and the men and women behind the iconic photos of the tragedy.