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.
The French Junior Minister for the Family, Dominique Bertinotti, gives an interview to 'Le Monde' saying she's been getting treatment for cancer since last March. Not even the prime minister knew, although she had informed François Hollande. We took a look at the transparency of French politicians regarding their health - with notable instances of a lack of transparency for past presidents. We finish with a viral video for Volvo trucks featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
With a suspect now in custody, Twitter users react to suggestions that CCTV surveillance cameras played a pivotal role in his capture. Also, hundreds of thousands sign a petition to keep lion "huntress" Melissa Bachman out of South Africa, and a Boeing Dreamlifter gets lost and lands at a tiny airport in Kansas.
...and the media frenzy neatly reflected the national frenzy. For once, a good news story and journalists on rolling news channels were... dancing (well, one was, at least). We take a look at the coverage of France's qualification - against all the odds - for the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
With France requiring a 3-0 victory over Ukraine in the World Cup qualifying match at the Stade de France this Tuesday, internet users are expressing their hope that the French team will rise to the occasion. Also, Paris mayoral hopeful Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has become a figure of fun on Twitter after saying the Paris metro is a "place of grace" where you can have "incredible encounters". Most commuters don't feel the same....
Parisians were on tenterhooks today as a gunman criss-crossed Paris and escaped into the Paris metro. It is thought that there is a link between two incidents in the Paris area today - the first in left-leaning newspaper Libération's newsroom where a photographer's assistant was shot and seriously injured and the second incident where shots were fired outside Société Générale bank in La Défense. This comes after another incident last week at the BFM TV newsroom where a gunman threatened staff.