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.
DSK didn't succeed in having a tell-all book by a former lover banned, but his lawyers did manage to oblige its publishers to sell an "insert" with it. Marcela Iacub's "Beauty and the Beast" has caused a stir in France since extracts of it were published in Le Nouvel Observateur last week. The magazine, the writer and her publisher also have to pay €75,000 in damages to Strauss-Kahn between them.
We look at reactions to the latest scandal in the Catholic Church - the resignation of Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien over "inappropriate behaviour" towards four men. Also, Dominique Strauss-Kahn tries to ban a graphic book written by a former mistress. Finally, Anne Hathaway's nipples get their own Twitter handle after the actress chose a provocative dress for the Oscars ceremony.
Arnaud Montebourg has entered his third day of a stand off with American CEO Maurice Taylor. France's Industry Minister has exchanged letters with Taylor over a tyre factory that the CEO was asked to take over. The spat has descended into insults and cultural stereotypes. Also, a 104-year-old woman has a falling out with Facebook and 101-year-old man runs his last ever marathon!
A French journalist has revealed all about a 7-month affair she had with Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the aftermath of the Nafissatou Diallo case. The Nouvel Observateur magazine has published extracts of "Belle et bête" (Beauty and the Beast). Marcela Iacub likens DSK to a half-man, half-pig... saying the pig in him had better qualities than the man! The book has been widely criticised, not least of all by Strauss-Kahn himself and his estranged wife Anne Sinclair.
They work three hours a day and take an hour for their lunch break! Quelle horreur! Maurice Taylor is an American CEO (despite his French first name!) and is not too impressed with French workers. He explained to Industrial Recovery Minister Arnaud Montebourg why he had no intention of taking over a beleaguered French tyre factory in Amiens. Also, Valérie Trierweiler crosses swords with Paris Match.