International papers are speculating on the upcoming elections in Iran, after former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is excluded from the vote. Columnists in the US are still up in arms over attacks on press freedoms, in the wake of a wiretapping scandal involving the Department of Justice and the Associated Press. And a high-altitude phone call lands one mountaineer in big trouble in Nepal.
French dailies are dominated by the European summit in Brussels, where leaders are pushing to clamp down on tax havens. The suicide of a man in Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral sparks the admiration of far-right politicians. And Algerians are still left wondering about the state of president Bouteflika’s health, as well as his whereabouts.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Tues. 21/05/13: Papers react to the deadly tornado that ripped through a suburb of Oklahoma City. Also, an Israeli committee says there is no evidence Israel was responsible for the death of 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura in 2000. A video allegedly showing his death fanned the flames of the Second Intifada. But the Israeli papers wonder if putting the picture back in people’s minds won't cause Israel more harm than good.
FRENCH PAPERS, Tues. 21/05/13: Bad weather dominates the French papers today. Aujourd’hui en France looks at the negative impact it’s having on France’s economy. Also, Libération’s front page is in English today! It's an original response to outrage over a government plan to relax a ban on the use of English in French universities.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Mon. 20/05/13: Tunisian papers are optimistic democracy will prevail given the recent Salafist violence. Algerian meanwhile say the conditions are similar to Algeria in the 1990s in the lead up to the civil war. Algerian papers are also reacting to the censoring of two dailies over an article that alleged President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had slipped into a coma. Also, China’s Prime Minister visits India while many Indians are skeptical about Beijing's intentions.