FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 01.11.13: Far-right leader Marine Le Pen causes outrage with her self-proclaimed "clumsy" comment on the former hostages. She said she felt uneasy when watching footage of them, especially their long beards. Also, Hollande and football clubs butt heads over taxes and "Death 2.0".
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 31/10/13: International papers continue to focus on the US's spying program. The Washington Post reveals that the NSA infiltrated links to Yahoo! and Google data centres, collecting information at will from hundreds of millions of user accounts belonging to Americans and foreigners. Also, Forbes magazine unveils its list of the world's most powerful people in 2013.
IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thurs. 31/10/13: French papers continue to focus on the release of four French hostages. After three years cut off from the world, they have a lot of catching up to do, says the Huffington Post. Papers also focus on the secret negotiations behind their release and whether a ransom was paid.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 30/10/13: The US’s spying program continues to get a lot of attention in the international press as lawmakers move forward with a bill to reign in the NSA. Also making headlines: British justice on trial, can a joke harm national security and the Norwegian government encourages married couples to go on dates.
IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 30/10/13: French papers react to the release of four French nationals who had been held hostage in the Sahel region for over three years. The men, who work for French nuclear giant Areva and construction group Vinci, had been kidnapped by al Qaeda's north African wing in Arlit, Niger in September 2010.