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.
"Le Pouvoir" or "Power" hit French cinemas day, a fly-on-the-wall film depicting François Hollande's first eight months in power. So does it flatter a president who vaunts his 'normality' or does it expose his weaknesses? Also, Disney character Merida gets the Barbie treatment, and an online petition hopes to overturn the makeover.
We look at the fallout from the Paris Saint-Germain hooliganism, including an incendiary political tweet. Also, was a prize-winning photo taken during the Gaza War last November photoshopped? Finally, there's lots of debate online over Angelina Jolie's decision to have a preventative double mastectomy.
Retired sailors have managed to have a plaque erected in memory of "Miquette" in the southern French city of Toulon! We also look at two other stories: criticism of the French elite in the Financial Times and new domain names for Brittany and Paris - .bzh and .paris - give French regions greater visibility on the web.
He has already been awarded the President's Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama, but France seems to be doubting whether Bob Dylan deserves the Legion of Honour. Also, a French anti-racism group sues a national bank, seeking the return of money Haiti paid for the abolition of slavery in 1825. Finally, Mao Zedong's wealthy granddaughter, plus historical figures reimagined for today.
François Fillon announces while in Japan that he will be a candidate for the French presidential election in 2017, "no matter what". In other words, he is playing hardball with the other hopefuls, Nicholas Sarkozy and Jean-François Copé. Also, an academic boycott of Israel gets the support of physicist Stephen Hawking and in Senegal, they rap the news!