IN THE WORLD PAPERS, Thursday 23 May: British papers are dominated by the brutal murder of a man in south-east London. The Telegraph interviews one passer-by who tried to get the suspects to put down their weapons. Also, The New York Times looks at declining drone strikes over the past 3 years and The Guardian looks at why French TV programmes are a gamble for UK broadcasters.
FRENCH PAPERS, Thurs. 23 May: One lady graces the front pages of most papers this Thursday: IMF chief Christine Lagarde. Libération carries a profile of her on the day she answers questions on alleged involvement in fraud; The Huffington Post has all the details of the case itself. Meanwhile, Aujourd’hui en France looks at the role of French jihadi fighters in Syria; and could your child identify an artichoke? According to the same paper, not enough French kids can!
International papers are speculating on the upcoming elections in Iran, after former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is excluded from the vote. Columnists in the US are still up in arms over attacks on press freedoms, in the wake of a wiretapping scandal involving the Department of Justice and the Associated Press. And a high-altitude phone call lands one mountaineer in big trouble in Nepal.
French dailies are dominated by the European summit in Brussels, where leaders are pushing to clamp down on tax havens. The suicide of a man in Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral sparks the admiration of far-right politicians. And Algerians are still left wondering about the state of president Bouteflika’s health, as well as his whereabouts.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Tues. 21/05/13: Papers react to the deadly tornado that ripped through a suburb of Oklahoma City. Also, an Israeli committee says there is no evidence Israel was responsible for the death of 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura in 2000. A video allegedly showing his death fanned the flames of the Second Intifada. But the Israeli papers wonder if putting the picture back in people’s minds won't cause Israel more harm than good.