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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.

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

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2016-08-25 France

British professor says 'no shame' in reading romance novels

IN THE INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thursday, August 25: World papers have derided France over its burkini ban, warning that it could lead to a 'Rosa Parks' moment. The other big story...

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2016-08-25 France

Libération:'STOP hunting for burkinis!'

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, August 25: The burkini brouhaha is making front page news as France's highest administrative court will decide whether or not to uphold the ban....

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2016-08-24 Turkey

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2016-08-24 schools

Back to school under high alert

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 24.08.16: School starts next week. While French kids are taking advantage of the last moments of summer, the ministers of the Interior and Education are...

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2016-08-23 Germany

'A tested Europe shows a united front'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 23.08.16: The leaders of France, Italy and Germany, the EU’s three biggest countries, held a meeting yesterday to show a united front in the wake of...

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