Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

The refugees of Manus Island

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Zimbabwe's opposition leader says he hasn't been called upon to be part of the new government

Read more

THE DEBATE

Palestinian Reconciliation: Will Fatah, Hamas agreement succeed?

Read more

FOCUS

Could Pakistan be your next holiday destination?

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

Defeated presidential candidate Fillon bids farewell to French politics

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Charles Manson: Murderer and cult leader dies after 47 years in prison

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Bricks vs. clicks: Will e-commerce finish off the high street shop?

Read more

ENCORE!

Eastwood & Gainsbourg: Can the children of geniuses step out from their famous shadows?

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Is France a chain-smoking nation?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

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 : 2012-05-04

Chen, China and America

Look! The UK casts an admiring glance at France. A Harvard professor pounces on the diplomatic dilemma that emerged when Chen Guangcheng sought refuge in the US embassy. And a restaurant owner in Georgia uses a big bright sign outside to call President Barack Obama the 'N' word. Local officials say they can't do anything about it.

Voters in English-speaking countries are all too aware of sagging voter turnout, fading interest in party politics, and widespread distrust of the system. 

But a column in The Independent notes politics here in France is alive and well. Turnout in the first round of the French elections was 80%. The internet is abuzz and Twitter is aflutter.

But the Indy tries to debunk a few myths - not least that Francois Hollande would be a raving tax-and-spend Socialist president. No, it says, he has been stressing growth over austerity. But nor should one write off Nicolas Sarkozy just yet - he is known as a political brawler, who won't let this go without a fight. 

Chen Guangcheng is a now-famous Chinese activist who had been jailed and put under house arrest after protesting against enforced sterilisation and forced abortions under China's one-child policy. The Economist says his ability to educate himself as an adult after a childhood in poverty encapsulates the potential of modern China. But the blind activist's detention also exposes the abiding limits of liberty. 

For Nicholas Burns, a Harvard professor writing in the Christian Science Monitor, this is further proof that China is to blame for brutally suppressing dissent. And the US ambassador's offer to shelter Chen at the US embassy shows just how devoted the US is to justice. It's a patriotic piece bordering on chauvinistic nationalism, to be taken with a grain of salt. Or two. 

Finally, The Huffington Post reports on a restaurant owner in the US state of Georgia who uses his big outdoor sign to castigate the president.  It reads, "I do not support the N... in the White House." Local officials say they cannot do anything about it. Really?

By Kyle G. Brown

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-11-23 Ratko Mladic

'I got the power': Womanspreading takes hold of social media (and maybe 2018)

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, November 23: There's a lot of cynicism in the press after Ratko Mladic's life sentence from the ICTY in The Hague, a decision that's been years in...

Read more

2017-11-23 France

What a story! France investigating Russian billionaire senator over tax fraud

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, November 23: A Russian billionaire and senator is arrested in France over tax fraud and money laundering allegations. Also, Marine Le Pen hits...

Read more

2017-11-22 Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe resigns: 'Hip Hip Harare'

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Wednesday, November 22: The Zimbabwean papers rejoice at a "new era" as Robert Mugabe resigns. But will his successor be any better? Lebanese Minister Saad...

Read more

2017-11-22 Ratko Mladic

UN tribunal decides fate of Mladic, 'Butcher of the Balkans'

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Wednesday, November 22: The papers are focusing on the trial of Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb leader who oversaw the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. He's the...

Read more

2017-11-21 Angela Merkel

'The End of German Stability'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 21.11.17: British and American papers sound the alarm as they ponder a "post-Merkel era" of political uncertainty. As the Guardian writes, "it could...

Read more