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 Paris time for a look at the French media and 10.22 pm for the international media.
The Socialist government is concerned that Sunday's march against gay marriage could get out of hand. In the past week, the contentious gay marriage bill was signed into law by François Hollande. Just days later, a prominent far-right nationalist killed himself on the altar of Notre Dame, seemingly in protest against the law. The incident led to further divisions within the anti-gay marriage movement, perhaps forcing one of its spokeswomen to stay at home this Sunday.
A former French president has revealed he was once jumped upon by a panda, this while visiting Vincennes Zoo on the outskirts of Paris during his stint as head of state. The incident had never been spoken about in the press until now. First, however, a look at the heroes of Woolwich - those who intervened to prevent Wednesday's attack in London from getting further out of hand.
We start with early coverage of the machete murder in Woolwich, London. Also, Femen protest against a suicide yesterday at Notre Dame cathedral. Dominique Venner appears to have killed himself in protest against gay marriage. Finally, Silvio Berlusconi sings in French!
A dramatic suicide in Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral puts the spotlight back on gay marriage in France. Dominique Venner - a far-right essayist - posted a final message on his blog earlier today emphasising his opposition to gay marriage, "a despicable law". Also, some amateur videos of the Oklahoma tornado, Russian suspicions of vote-rigging at Eurovision and a 19-year-old student who staged his own kidnapping because of bad grades.
Confusion reigns over the health of Algeria's President Bouteflika, who was brought to Paris in April for treatment. Two Algerian newspapers have been censored over information regarding his condition. Also, we look at opposition online to Yahoo's takeover of Tumblr. Finally, two days on from Denmark's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, there is still much discussion online about the weirder acts and the politics of voting.