French papers this Monday focus on ministerial disclosure of their personal finances. President François Hollande has demanded transparency from his team in the aftermath of the Cahuzac scandal. Jérôme Cahuzac is the former Budget Minister charged with cracking down on tax evasion who spent weeks denying he had a Swiss bank account only to confess and outrage public opinion.
Venezuela is about to elect a new post-Chavez leader. Barring a major upset it will be his heir apparent Nicolas Maduro. On Korea, an analysis in the Jakarta Post argues Beijing has been getting it wrong in its relationship with Pyongyang. Still with Asia, we look at bird flu concerns in China itself. And, The Economist hails the late UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a 'freedom fighter'.
Le Figaro says Hollande has not done enough to put out the fire of the Cahuzac tax evasion scandal. Some MPs - on left and right - are baulking at one measure: greater disclosure of financial assets. Le Parisien, meanwhile, looks at political lies past and present. And there's street warfare in Paris: one right-wing elected official wants a street named after Margaret Thatcher, a Communist counterpart says 'Non'. He wants one named after Irish Republican hunger striker Bobby Sands.
Papers continue to analyse Margaret Thatcher's legacy in spades. We look too at reactions in China and Japan to the continued tension on the Korean peninsula. And, at coverage of President Hollande's raft of measures aimed at 'moralising' French political life. One paper says his move to abolish tax havens is an 'oldie'. Another paper says he's seeking to be an 'apostle of virtue' by getting his ministers to engage in a 'financial striptease'.
Hollande's announcement he'll make life hell for tax havens is on most front pages, including Libération which has doubts about new measures. The Huffington Post says that while Hollande is portraying himself as a pioneer in 'moralising' French political life, not all of his initiatives are new. And there is a 'Salon for Seniors' - a trade fair for the elderly - which grabs Le Parisien's attention. Join us for this press review.