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An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-07-02

Death on the Mediterranean

In today's French papers: the government has 29 days to undo five years of Sarkozy's policies, the scandal of well-heeled families taking up social housing meant for the poor, and murder on the high seas.

Francois Hollande's government will announce a number of budget measures this month that will set economic policy over the next five years. Liberation says Hollande has 29 days to undo five years of Sarkozy policies. We've heard much of the new tax on the wealthy, and on oil companies and banks. But expect some austere policies and budget freezes - civil servants could see a pay cut. 

Away from the parties, the politics of housing. According to Le Parisien, almost 400,000 social housing units are being occupied by middle class families, while hundreds of thousands wait on housing lists. 

Further afield, a scandal of bigger proportions is growing. African migrants on crowded boats trying to make their way from North Africa last year ran out of petrol and drifted in the Mediterranean for days. Several people died, even as international ships and NATO helicopters were in the area. L'Humanité has an exclusive interview with one of the survivors.

By Kyle G. Brown

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