MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon, tune in at 8.45 pm and 10.22 pm Paris time.
MEDIAWATCH FRANCE, Tues. 1/5/2012: Two French politicians have sued a Twitter user for insulting them online. The punishment? Tweeting he's sorry 466 times - the number of hits the offending tweet got. Is this the online equivalent of giving naughty Twitter users lines? Also, the crowd numbers at Sarkozy's rallies are questioned by internet users, and Facebook introduces an organ donation feature.
MEDIAWATCH FRANCE, Fri. 30/3/2012: A study links sexual practices with how one votes. We also look at the arrest of 19 suspected Islamists in France today, and Sarkozy comparing the trauma post-9/11 in the US with France's trauma after the killings in Toulouse and Montauban...
MEDIAWATCH FRANCE, Thurs. 29/3/2012: Pre-election fever has led to viral videos including a baby with voter apathy. Also, Mohamed Merah's funeral and a song from the series Mad Men gets everyone singing in French. Zoo bisous bisous...
MEDIAWATCH FRANCE, Tues. 27/3/2012: Was Mohamed Merah a French secret service informant? So says a former head of an intelligence agency here in France. Also, an Italian paper says Merah travelled to Israel in 2010 - with the support of French spy agencies.
MEDIAWATCH, Mon, 26/3/2012: Nicolas Sarkozy spoke of having a "Muslim appearance" this morning, in referring to confusion over the origins of the soldiers gunned down in Toulouse and Montauban. It sparked a wave of criticism of the President - who seemed to have uttered the expression more out of clumsiness than anything else. We take a look at the reaction.
The French press picks up on the sheer scale of media interest worldwide in the Toulouse and Montauban killings and the subsequent slaying of Mohamed Merah. Time magazine, for example, has chosen to put Nicolas Sarkozy on the front page of its European edition asking: Adieu? In a piece entitled "French Toast", the magazine argues the economy is still the main issue for French voters, and not security.