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 Paris time for a look at the French media and 10.22 pm for the international media.
He has already been awarded the President's Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama, but France seems to be doubting whether Bob Dylan deserves the Legion of Honour. Also, a French anti-racism group sues a national bank, seeking the return of money Haiti paid for the abolition of slavery in 1825. Finally, Mao Zedong's wealthy granddaughter, plus historical figures reimagined for today.
François Fillon announces while in Japan that he will be a candidate for the French presidential election in 2017, "no matter what". In other words, he is playing hardball with the other hopefuls, Nicholas Sarkozy and Jean-François Copé. Also, an academic boycott of Israel gets the support of physicist Stephen Hawking and in Senegal, they rap the news!
We take a look at the Charles Ramsey phenomenon online - viral videos and instant "hero" status, but is some of the humour at his expense? Also, is Prince Charles being readied for the throne in Britain? Finally, more rain for François Hollande this 8th May bank holiday.
France's top satirical paper has decided to break with a tradition of having almost no web presence and has posted two audio files of prank calls. Among the victims is Claude Guéant, the former interior minister who is currently embroiled in a scandal over alleged government slush funds and illegal fundraising from Libya for Sarkozy's 2007 campaign. Both Guéant and his UMP colleague Patrick Devedjian let some "cats out of the bag". First though, the French Army hits social media!
We take a look at some of the negative coverage François Hollande has had on magazine covers and on the front pages of newspapers. However, Nicolas Sarkozy did suffer a similar degree of criticism, even if the nature of that criticism was very different - instead of being cast as too 'weak', Hollande's predecessor was seen as omnipresent, or the "Omni-President".