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.
Ahead of Bertrand Delanoë's term as Mayor of Paris ending next year, there are new revelations about several close collaborators who are benefiting from social housing despite earning decent salaries. We take a look at this and other scandals related to social housing. Also, the term "sexting" now has a French alternative, invented by the state... "textopornographie". A little long-winded?
In tonight’s MediaWatch, we bring you some of the highlights of the tributes being paid to Nelson Mandela on social media but also how the man himself felt about being raised to "demi-god" status. We also look at how politicians have reacted and a certain degree of hypocrisy therein which has provoked the angry reaction of some observers who disagree with the mythologising of a man who was profoundly human.
We take a look at a lot of criticism in the French media for the law aiming to criminalise the clients of prostitution. Also, François Hollande had an operation in 2011 in the months prior to becoming the Socialist Party's candidate for the Presidency... but the public has only out now. Is this ia problem?
Firstly, the former French Minister for European Affairs, Laurent Wauquiez, spectacularly fails a quiz live on radio. Next up, it’s the turn of Boris Johnson, London’s mayor, to ridicule himself on British radio; he failed to answer any question from an I.Q. test correctly. Johnson also came in for criticism for a speech last week during which he said economic equality will never be possible because some people are "too stupid" to get ahead.
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!