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Latest update : 2012-11-06

'Double or quits'

Most papers lead on the US vote. The consensus is that the campaign has split Americans down the middle. Other stories focus on the summons for former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in connection with allegations of illegal campaign funding and the fall-out of a report on how to make France competitive. That's the focus for this look at the French press Tuesday 6th November, 2012

Libération says it's ‘Double or Quits’ for Obama. It argues Obama’s America and Romney’s America are irreconcilable and antagonistic.

Le Figaro looks at points of view about the US election in Paris, Beijing and Moscow.

Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France reports that former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been summoned to appear in court in connection with the Liliane Bettencourt scandal i.e. allegations of illegal campaign funding.

Le Figaro explains that his defence centres on the changing nature of statements of people who say he went to Bettencourt’s house to get money.

Les Echos reports that there could be a hike in VAT and spending cuts to finance a 20 billion euro package over three years that will make hiring easier for companies. This follows Monday’s release of the Louis Gallois report on how to make France’s economy more competitive.

And Le Figaro headlines on its front page that the former EADS and French Railways boss Louis has taught Hollande a lesson in lucidity, clear-thinking.
 

By Nicholas RUSHWORTH

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