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Bayrou decides to march with Macron

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THE DEBATE

France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 1)

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THE DEBATE

France's Topsy-Turvy Election: Uncertain outcome as insurgents blow away old guard (part 2)

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THE INTERVIEW

Amnesty chief urges France to 'stay true to its values'

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ENCORE!

Film show: 'Certain Women', 'Rock’n Roll' and 'A Wedding'

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FOCUS

#BringBackOurInternet: English-speaking Cameroon hit by digital blackout

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Preaching coexistence: Avant-garde mosque opens in Lebanon's Druze heartland

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THE OBSERVERS

Prison guards turn guns on prisoners in Chile, and thousands of migrants stuck in smoky warehouses in Serbia

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FACE-OFF

French presidential race: Le Pen makes groundbreaking visit to Lebanon

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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 : 2012-10-08

Venezuela at the crossroads

The world’s international press spent the weekend speculating about the outcome of the Venezuelan election and weighing up the consequences for the country, the region and the global appetite for crude oil.

The Wall Street Journal called the election a “crossroads” moment, trying to guess which direction Venezuela would take. 

Argentinian daily La Nacion ran an editorial criticising Chavez’s rule so far, while the UK daily The Guardian looked into the possible consequences of the vote for the oil markets.
 
Russians celebrated Vladimir Putin’s 60th birthday on Sunday, although The Moscow Times was swift to point out that many anti-Putin protestors also took to the streets. They were calling attention to other, sadder anniversaries: the death of journalist Anna Politkovskaya and the Moscow theatre siege in 2002.
 
Finally, a Mark Rothko painting in the Tate Modern in London received a little extra embellishment this weekend, when a visitor took a pen to the canvas! The Independent has the story.

By Olivia Salazar-Winspear

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