Don't miss




North-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri attacked by child bombers

Read more


Putin's New Front: Airstrikes in Syria catch West off guard [part 1]

Read more


Video: Farmers living in fear in South Africa

Read more


Sharing economy: A new French revolution

Read more

#TECH 24

Taking a closer look at technology in the classroom

Read more


Growing concerns over China's industrial safety shortcomings

Read more

#THE 51%

Does the Middle East need a sexual revolution?

Read more


South Africa: Anti-corruption protesters take to the streets

Read more


Searching for answers to the Holocaust with Martin Amis

Read more

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 : 2012-07-09

The austere side of the Socialists

This week the French newspapers cover with continuing vigour, the rigour of the Prime Minister’s budget. It will spend less on civil servants’ salaries and on the educational system. The latter will be sujbect to reforms – though not the kind described during François Hollande’s campaign.

Le Figaro was just days ago criticising the Socialist government for being unduly dependent on tax rises to bridge the budget, but today it splashed its front page with news of pending austerity measures as well. It flagged up the fear felt by civil servants : two out of every three departing or retiring government workers will not be replaced in departments of ‘priority. ‘

Les Echos quotes a survey conducted this week – the day after Jean-Marc Ayrault’s budget speech – revealing a mixed public reaction to the direction it’s taking so far. More than a third feel it will have a positive impact, while 15% say it will not. Fully 38% expect no effect. Or they are still so puzzled over the storm of figures paraded by the papers this week that they didn’t know what to say.

With education taking up more than 42% of the national budget, it shan’t escape the sweep of the budget scythe. Le Parisien reports that a wide consultation process has begun, with an eye to overhauling the educational system. Libération highlights a few ideas of how to address the fact that 150,000 students drop out of school every year.



2015-10-02 shootings

'Another infuriating, but unsurprising, gun tragedy'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 02.10.15: The US is in the spotlight after yet another mass shooting. US President Barack Obama voiced his anger and sadness over the deadly shooting...

Read more

2015-10-02 François Hollande

Putin's 'hot and cold' diplomacy

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 02.10.15: Ukraine will be at the heart of discussions in Paris today, but the Russian president steals the spotlight in French papers because of events in...

Read more

2015-10-01 Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin's 'holy war' in Syria

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thurs. 01.10.15: Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the spotlight today after Russia launched a series of air strikes in Syria yesterday. Just what are...

Read more

2015-09-30 Afghanistan

'Humans of New York' tells the human stories behind the migrant crisis

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 30.09.15: Afghanistan is in the spotlight after Taliban fighters capture the symbolic city of Kunduz. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Read more

2015-09-30 Nicolas Sarkozy

'Platini in danger'

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 30.09.15: Les Républicains leader Nicolas Sarkozy lays out his economic plan in the business paper Les Echos. He could face tough competition from Alain...

Read more