Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa: 20 children killed in bus crash near Pretoria

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

An Election in the Shadow of Terror

Read more

#TECH 24

How fintech is helping the unbanked

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Turning up the heat with French firefighters

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Champs-Elysées attack: What impact on Sunday's French election? (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

After Brexit and Trump: World waits on French presidential election (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Battle to stop nuclear waste being buried in a French village

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

After Champs-Élysées attack, security takes centre stage in election campaign

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Brexit: Come what May

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

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.

Latest update : 2012-08-31

Did you build that? And other peculiar political slogans

Remember when US President Barack Obama told entrepreneurs that they didn’t build their businesses? No, neither does anyone else... but Republicans do! The papers have coverage of the surreal appeal of cheerful propaganda. On the other hand, Obama’s balance sheet fails to convince The Economist. And Syria’s rebels get a surprisingly robust vote of support from Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi in the most unlikely of places: Iran.

US President Barack Obama said a few weeks ago that it’s partly thanks to roads, bridges and communications that Americans can build their companies without a lot of obstruction.

Republicans somehow took his phrase, "You didn’t build that” infrastructure, to refer to businesses, and have lambested him for such imagined convictions ever since. The Huffington Post looks at how Clint Eastwood, one of the speakers at the convention, certainly did not "build that" without government help. His highly successful fims were made with the aid of tax credits at home and abroad. 

The New York Times’ Roger Cohen built his very own column to enter the world of surreal Republican propaganda.

The paper also wonders at the Republicans’ aversion to any mention of policy at the circus-like conventions. The answer, says The Times, lies in the fact that the Republican health care plan is deeply unpopular in swing states.

Obama is not out of the woods though: The Economist says he took office when a lot was wrong with the country, but he has not done enough to convince the paper he’s the right man for the White House.

The Christian Science Monitor reports on the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, where Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi made a surprising declaration. Hosted by the Syrian regime's staunch ally, Iran, he said: "the bloodshed won't stop unless we intervene."

By Kyle G. Brown

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-04-21 French Presidential Elections 2017

French papers react to Champs-Élysées attack

French daily Le Parisien reacts with "anger and disgust" to Thursday night's attack on the Champs-Élysées, in which a policeman was killed just days before France heads to the...

Read more

2017-04-21 French Presidential Elections 2017

Press review: Champs-Élysées attack is 'valuable propaganda' for far right

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 21.04.17: European and American papers worry that Thursday's terrorist attack will propel far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to victory in the French...

Read more

2017-04-19 Venezuela

'Here we go again': UK papers react to call for snap election

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 19.04.17: In the UK, conservative papers and tabloids delight in the announcement of an early election they hope will "crush the saboteurs." With...

Read more

2017-04-19 terrorism

Terror attack thwarted in France: 'Campaign's final days under threat'

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 19.04.17: Security is in the spotlight after authorities thwart a suspected terrorist attack just days ahead of elections. Business paper Les Echos commends...

Read more

2017-04-18 Israeli-Palestinian conflict

New York Times criticised for op-ed by hunger strike leader

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 04.18.17: A Palestinian paper shows its solidarity with inmates on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The New York Times steals the focus of the...

Read more