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.
A vicious assault on the streets of Paris has given a face to homophobia. Wilfred de Bruijn was badly beaten up last weekend simply for holding his boyfriend's arm, this in the midst of an increasingly radical and violent movement against gay marriage. He posted a photo of his swollen face on Facebook and within 24 hours it had spread like wildfire across the media. Could Wilfred's face provide the focus for a backlash?
Margaret Thatcher is dead and while some pay tribute to her economic legacy online, there is much celebration on the passing of the Iron Lady. We take a look at some tweets, songs and blogs that suggest many don't miss Maggie that much!
We take a look at the tragic story of what happened to François Hollande's camel (title may give the ending away....) The French President was offered a camel by Mali's Interim President during a visit there in February. First though, more crooked details from the career of disgraced former Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac. We finish with a diplomatic spat between Argentina and Uruguay.
The Jérôme Cahuzac scandal could be just the beginning - so say journalists working for Mediapart, the website that broke the story on the tax-dodging former budget minister. The opposition UMP party has already called for Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici to stand down amid claims he tried to cover up the scandal. Moscovici denies the claims. Also, who could benefit from the crisis? Finally, one politician's passionate lambasting of Cahuzac wins plaudits.
François Hollande's former Budget Minister is disgraced. After months of vociferous denials and outright lies, Jérôme Cahuzac has admitted he does indeed possess a Swiss bank account. The man in charge of limiting tax evasion turns out to have been guilty of it himself. Also, Interior Minister Manuel Valls is slammed for supporting Barcelona in tonight's big game between Paris Saint-Germain and the Spanish side. Valls originates from Catalonia.