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Live from the newsroom, we provide an overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2012-07-27

The face of Syria's future?

The ongoing crisis in Syria is dominating most of the international headlines; with no diplomatic solution on the horizon, many are looking to an opposition-based alternative. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is on a state visit to the UK, where British tabloids have wasted no time in flagging up his gaffes.

French daily LE MONDE has an interview with Syrian exile Ayman Abdel Nour, a former member of the Baath party. He says that Bashar al-Assad is ready to destroy Damascus to save his own skin. 

The British paper THE INDEPENDENT is already looking towards a post-Assad future, with an article about the "former golden boy" of the regime, Manaf Tlass.
 
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL is also tipping Tlass as a possible leader, although they underline his links to the Assad dynasty as a possible obstacle.
 
THE TELEGRAPH reveals that Mitt Romney’s visit to the UK included a briefing from the head of the Intelligence services, a rare privilege for someone who is not a head of state.
 
And THE DAILY MAIL revels in Romney’s gaffes, saying that even Conservative MPs found the Republican leader "charmless".

By Olivia Salazar-Winspear

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