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 and 10.22 pm Paris time.
Just how many people DID turn out on Sunday for Jean-Luc Mélenchon's march for a "tax revolution"? The leader of the far-left "Front de Gauche" party says 100,000 people took to the streets Sunday. The police say it was just 7,000! An image on social media shows how TV news filmed the march up close, thus making the numbers seem far bigger. Also, a far-right National Front recruitment officer gets caught out lying to journalists. Finally, in the Paris mayoral race, more metro jokes for NKM!
The French President has a testy relationship with rolling news channels, in particular after last month's deportation of a Roma schoolgirl. The deportation became a hot topic in the French media. When Hollande - some say ill-advisedly - responded to the controversy in a national address broadcast across the media, some channels gave the schoolgirl a chance to reply immediately on air. Elysée spin doctors were not impressed, seeing the episode as deeply disrespectful of the president.
Vladimir Putin is always late, as several media point out today. The latest person he delayed was Pope Francis, who had to wait 50 minutes for the Russian President. The Finnish premier once had to wait two hours, while former Ukrainian premier Yulia Timoshenko was kept waiting for three hours! First though, tensions between Ukraine and Russia over Kiev's bid for rapprochement with the EU have got web users reacting. We finish with Italian coverage of Berlusconi's expulsion from the Senate.
The French Parliament is debating legislation to criminalise punters rather than prostitutes. We take a look at several petitions that oppose the legislation. Also, prostitutes and former prostitutes are having their say on the matter in the media - we take a look at their varying opinions. Finally, we look at a film by François Ozon which was screened at Cannes earlier this year. "Young and Beautiful" portrays a high school student from a bourgeois background who chooses to become a prostitute.
The American media have come down hard on a French journalist at Elle magazine. Jeanne Deroo put a photo of herself on Instagram dressed as Solange Knowles. US media call the phenomenon "Blackface" - white people dressing up as African-Americans. In France, the photo has caused less upset but the journalist has apologised nonetheless. Also, a Brazilian satirical website fools French media into believing a fictional story. Finally, a superb film composed of 852 Instagram photos goes viral.