Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE 24 turns 10: A look behind the scenes

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Gambia's Yahya Jammeh concedes defeat in presidential polls

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Gambians herald 'new independence' after Jammeh defeat

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Hollande, the One Term President (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump Keeps 'Em Guessing, Italian Referendum, Austrian Election, Castro's Death (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Far-right at the gates of power in Austria

Read more

FASHION

Discovering the winter 2016/2017 men's fashion collections in Paris

Read more

ENCORE!

Rendez-vous on '42nd Street' as the meta musical comes to Paris

Read more

REPORTERS

Uzbekistan reinforces its tight grip on election and country

Read more

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 : 2012-11-05

China: 'The Little Leap Forward'

Louis Gallois's report, out this Monday, on how to improve the competitiveness of the French economy, grabs most headlines. But not all. Libération decides instead to lead on changes underway in Beijing where the 18th Communist Party Congress is about to usher in a new leadership and, hence, a new era. That's the focus for this look at the French press on Monday 5th November, 2012.

Le Figaro leads on competitiveness. A report on that by former EADS and French railways boss Louis Gallois is out today. It argues for more flexibility in the labour market and lower state spending. The editorial says Gallois's recommendations corner the ruling Socialists, as they appointed him.

Les Echos, too, argues Hollande's government has its back against the wall. Les Echos, in its editorial, says the government will not agree to the main proposal of reducing hiring costs for employers by 30 billion euros, but will embrace several other ideas such as helping small businesses.

Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui-en-France interviews union boss Jean-Claude Mailly who says hiring costs are not the problem; what's needed is a focus on policies that can boost innovation and research.

Libération, meanwhile, is looking at changes in China. They describe the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing as the “Little Leap Forward”. Xi Jinping will take over from Hu Jintao. The paper says the Communist Party is having a fit of paranoia in security arrangements, with taxi drivers having to keep their car windows closed to stop pernicious subversive tracts being handed out and pigeon owners being told to keep their carrier pigeons locked up so they can’t be used to distribute anti-Party messages.

Libération's editorial argues that the planet is at a turning point with more global attention focused on events in Beijing this week than those in the US, which normally hogs the media limelight with each presidential election.

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-12-02 François Hollande

'Hollande's protégé steps forward after palace coup'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, 02.12.16: British paper The Times describes President Hollande's decision not to run for a second term as a "palace coup" by none other than his former...

Read more

2016-12-02 François Hollande

French papers react after Hollande bows out: 'The End'

The press is unanimous this Friday: France's phenomenally unpopular President François Hollande was right to announce he won't be seeking re-election in 2017. But while left-wing...

Read more

2016-12-01 Syria

'The West's Grim Failure': Papers Mourn West's Impotence as East Aleppo Crumbles

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, 01.12.16: A Guardian editorial decries Western tunnel vision in Syria - it argues that governments are more interested in fighting the Islamic State group...

Read more

2016-12-01 Aleppo

'Aleppo's Rebel Neighbourhoods are Falling'

FRENCH PAPERS, 01.12.16: As bombs continue to fall on civilians in eastern Aleppo, left-wing paper Libération expresses its shame at "Western inaction" in the face of the...

Read more

2016-11-30 Syria

Colombia plane crash: Chapecoense fairytale ends in tragedy

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 30.11.16: Arab-language papers lash out against the international community for its indifference towards the plight of civilians fleeing Eastern...

Read more