Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Video: An uncertain fate for US transgender soldiers

Read more

THE DEBATE

Enslaved in Libya:

Read more

ENCORE!

Seal on his new album 'Standards' and why he doesn't like texting

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The End of German Stability'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Bad news for Merkel is bad news for Europe'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Zimbabwean MPs set to start impeachment proceedings against Mugabe

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US government sues to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Manson: Murder, mythology and mistaken identity

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Turkish adviser warns US forces may stay in Syria

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

2017-11-21 Angela Merkel

'The End of German Stability'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 21.11.17: British and American papers sound the alarm as they ponder a "post-Merkel era" of political uncertainty. As the Guardian writes, "it could...

Read more

2017-11-21 Angela Merkel

'Bad news for Merkel is bad news for Europe'

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 21.11.17: "Is the sun finally setting over Angela Merkel?" This question from Le Figaro is on the minds of much of the French press after the German...

Read more

2017-11-20 German politics

The 'Blame Game' has begun in Germany

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Mon. 20.11.17: Germany's "Jamaica" talks to form a coalition have failed and the German press is wondering why. We look at the different reasons why the...

Read more

2017-11-20 Emmanuel Macron

Germany's 'Jamaica' talks fail and French mayors hit the capital

FRENCH PAPERS - Mon. 20.11.17: Talks to create a coalition government have failed in Germany and the French press asks what this may mean for France and the rest of Europe. We...

Read more

2017-11-17 Zimbabwe

'Zimbabwe keeps it in the family with 'coup''

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 17.11.17: Papers around the world focus on the situation in Zimbabwe. The Mail and Guardian explores what's happening behind the scenes in the power...

Read more