Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Media blather about Sepp Blatter

Read more

DEBATE

After Blatter: Can FIFA clean up its act? (part 1)

Read more

DEBATE

After Blatter: Can FIFA clean up its act? (part 2)

Read more

FACE-OFF

Sarkozy's 'The Republicans' party: Disunited they stand?

Read more

ENCORE!

Film Show: 'In the Shadow of Women' and 'San Andreas'

Read more

FOCUS

Greenpeace struggles after India freezes bank account

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Shiite militias on the frontline in Iraq

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

FIFA's Blatter steps down amid South Africa 2010 World Cup bribery claims

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

FIFA's sponsors welcome Blatter's resignation

Read more

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 : 2012-08-01

Saudi women Olympians, arming Syrian rebels, and Romney goes home

The world’s papers sweep from embattled Saudi Olympians to an argument for arming Syrian rebels, with a glance at a tour just wrapped up by US presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Former director of policy planning of the US state department Anne-Marie Slaughter writes in the Financial Times, warning the West will pay a high price if they don’t arm Syria’s rebels.

Yes, she admits, any intervention carries risks: getting involved could harm President Barack Obama’s re-election chances, sending arms without UN approval goes against the grain of international law, and doing so while Russia and Iran arm the regime could drag the US into a kind of proxy war. Nevertheless, she calls for bold action: a coalition of countries providing heavy weapons and possibly air cover to commanders on the ground.

It’s hard for Saudi women to play sports, reports the Guardian, not least at the Olympic level. The Ministry of Education bans physical education for girls, and the Saudi Olympic Committee had resisted calls for women to join its delegation. But the country is sending a woman runner and judoka this year, making this Olympiad, the Guardian says, the first to see women competitors from every country in the world.

And what about all the hype about how the Olympics would transform London? The Independent reports on an empty capital, which tells the world "we're still open for business".

Business is booming across town in Stratford in the East End – areas that used to be wastelands. But in the West End - famous for shopping, dining, theatre and night clubs - tourists are suddenly scarce. According to The Independent, restaurant turnover is down 60%, shopping is down 11% and even box office takings are down.

Tourists have been scared off by repeated warnings of chaos in the city centre, hotels hiking their rates, and transport problems. Those fears are now being reported on by…the same media that brought you the original warnings. No fingers being pointed, mind.

By Kyle G. Brown

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2015-06-03 FIFA

'Blatt's all folks!'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 03.06.15: Sepp Blatter is once again in the spotlight. The man who has been at the helm of FIFA for the past 17 years announced yesterday he was...

Read more

2015-06-03 FIFA

Cornered, Blatter calls it quits

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 03.06.15: Sepp Blatter is once again in the spotlight. The man who has been at the helm of FIFA for the past 17 years announced yesterday he was calling it...

Read more

2015-06-02 Islamic State (IS) group

'Will snoop for food'

We look at coverage of the Paris meeting of anti-IS group coalition partners. The New York Times is asking: Can victory over ISIS ever be more than a mirage? On Syria, a former...

Read more

2015-06-02 French economy

'Is she trying to keep me from using my scooter?'

Leader writers in the right-wing press slam the Hollande government as unemployment hits 3.5 million. We look, too, at coverage of the Paris conference of coalition partners...

Read more

2015-06-01 Nicolas Sarkozy

Sarkozy: 'A new era'

Politics dominates with the UMP name buried following a conference by Nicolas Sarkozy's party on Saturday. The new-look Republicans party is, papers say, a vehicle for Sarkozy to...

Read more