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IN THE PAPERS

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 : 2012-07-04

The Bettencourt scandal is back, and how to describe austerity without saying it...

In the French papers today, an investigating judge orders police to search former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s residence and offices for possible evidence that L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt made illicit donations to his 2007 election campaign. The rest of the papers are mesmerized by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s linguistic gymnastics.

Nicolas Sarkozy came to be known as the "bling-bling" president for hanging out with the rich and famous. Now police are searching his properties to see whether there is any evidence to back up claims that France’s wealthiest woman made illicit contributions to his 2007 election campaign.

But the French papers are having more fun examining Prime Minister Ayrault’s budget speech to the National Assembly yesterday, in which he did everything in his linguistic power to avoid using words like ‘austerity’, and ‘rigour.’ Instead, he spoke of straight roads and steep climbs.

By Kyle G. Brown

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2017-02-28 Syria

'We are Deniz'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 28.02.17: Arabic language papers focus on the latest UN-backed Syrian peace talks in Geneva. Many are pessimistic and say this fourth round is...

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2017-02-28 François Fillon

Fillon and Copé bury the hatchet over some cheese

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 28.02.17: With the Presidential election is less than two months away, conservative candidate François Fillon buries the hatchet with one of his former...

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2017-02-27 Oscars (Academy Awards)

White House silence over Kansas bar shooting angers India

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, February 27: Politicised, anticlimactic and finally, inclusive, this year's Academy Awards ceremony was anything but ordinary. And in India,...

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2017-02-27 Oscars (Academy Awards)

Oscars: Not so white anymore, but very political

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Monday, February 27: There's a lot of focus on the ongoing legal headaches for two of the French presidential candidates: François Fillon and Marine le...

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2017-02-24 Syria

Xenophobic attacks in South Africa cause tension with Nigeria

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 24.02.17: Papers focus on the situation in Syria, where Turkish-backed troops have managed to recapture Al Bab, a major stronghold of the Islamic...

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