MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon, tune in at 8.45 pm and 10.22 pm Paris time.
How to respond to the NSA spying revelations? Paris has taken a tough stance, verbally but without any actions so far. However, at the European level, accords on the transfer of banking data between the EU and the US may be reviewed and fines legislated for in the case of private companies facilitating espionage.
Should anyone really be surprised? We take a look at official reaction to Le Monde's revelations that the NSA spies on France, this as John Kerry visits Paris. Elsewhere, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner strikes a more realistic note, saying everyone spies on everyone... These reactions and more on this ongoing story in tonight's MediaWatch.
We take a look at François Hollande's attempt this past weekend to resolve the controversy over the deportation of a Roma schoolgirl, Leonarda. Both the right- and left-wing press are dissatisfied with the president's response. However for Interior Minister Manuel Valls, the media is itself to blame for the controversy by giving the teenage girl so much airtime. Elsewhere: a controversial YouTube video of a French radio DJ using his charm on the ladies, and a Twitter "Fail" by Herman Van Rompuy.
We take a further look at the high school protests in France over the deportation of a Roma schoolgirl: some say the students are being "used". Also, a racist remark by a far-right National Front member concerning the French justice minister causes a stir. Finally, a project seeks to draw attention to the plight of the homeless in Paris by getting them to tweet!
French lycée students are saying "Non!" to the deportation of a 16-year-old Roma schoolgirl to Kosovo. The girl, named Leonarda, has become a symbol for those opposing tough deportation measures, in particular for the Roma population in France. On social media, the hashtag #Blocus or "Blockade" is trending as secondary school students organise their protests and shut off access to their schools.