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.
French government ministers may have to ask permission from their boss before they talk to the press, Le Figaro reports, as the administration seeks to better coordinate its communication strategy. And Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's enthusiastic use of Twitter prompts editorialists to suggest the virtual world of geopolitics could pre-empt real, old-fashioned international diplomacy.
Marine Le Pen tells journalists she no longer wants to be associated with the "far-right" while the French press mulls over her spike in the polls. Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the UK's Daily Mail continues, as the paper that accused Ed Miliband's father of "hating Britain" comes in for a dressing-down from broadcasters and the press.
We take a look at media coverage in the US and France of the US Government "Shutdown". Also, during the last shutdown in 1995/96, Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton got to know each other a little better. We tell you how.
Femen topless activists take Paris by storm. Two of them crashed the Nina Ricci catwalk show at the Tuileries Gardens and ten or so stripped topless on a Paris 'bateau mouche' (river boat). The first protest was against 'fashion fascism', the second in support of Greenpeace activists in Russia. Also buzzing, another 'naked happening': a video of a man who stripped naked to visit a Musée d'Orsay exhibition ... on male nudity.
Guido Barilla, head of the Barilla pasta brand, sparks a Twitter storm with anti-gay marriage comments. He apologised as people fumed against him on #boycottbarilla and #barillagate. We look at a professor of literature in Canada who has also backtracked. He had said he wouldn't teach works written by women. Finally, how a small number of Norwegians are gaining from a green subsidy in France for electric cars.