INTERNATIONAL PRESS – Weds. 04/12/13: Unrest in Ukraine continues to grab headlines across the world. What options do Ukrainians have? Also, papers explore deep structural problems in Thailand, fears of a second civil war in Syria and an unlikely finalist in the TV show "Arabs got Talent".
FRENCH PRESS – Weds. 04/12/13: French papers largely focus on France’s poor score in the OECD’s latest education report. French students are doing worse in maths now than they were 10 years ago. The big question of the day is: why is France flunking?
We look at newspaper coverage on the situation in Syria after the UN says it has "massive evidence" implicating Bashar al-Assad in war crimes. And at the Ukraine, where the English-language paper The Kyiv Post is saying that President Viktor Yanukovich has little way out of the crisis he sparked in rejecting an EU trade pact. Meanwhile, Bob Dylan is not "Blowin' in the wind" in France, he's causing a hurricane.
Le Figaro has an exclusive survey showing that three out of five French people want fewer bureaucrats. That's an opportunity for the paper to roll out its message that the state should be rolled back. Libération, meanwhile, reports on corruption - this as Transparency International publishes its annual corruption index showing no improvement for France. And is British street artist Banksy in Paris? Click here to find out.
The Bangkok Post cartoon shows a boat - named "Reconciliation" - moving forward through sharks towards a huge rock underwater. That rock is labelled "politics". Will the country sink in the current stand-off between pro-Thaksin Red Shirts and opposition Yellow Shirts? Ukraine, too, is in turmoil. Ukrainians have taken to the streets to protest their president's decision not to sign an EU trade pact and cosy up to Vladimir Putin instead.