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Marine Le Pen, a 'normal' candidate?

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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 : 2013-04-19

'Moralising' French Politics: Noble, or Nonsense?

Le Monde wonders why opponents of same-sex marriage are so few and yet manage to come out in such force. But they are just one item of many in President Hollande's rapidly expanding to-do list. Libération looks at his attempts at "moralising" French politics, not least, prohibiting ministers and MPs from accumulating non-governmental posts that could constitute conflicts of interest. He's been at this for a while, and many remain opposed.

Reminding us that 30 years ago, only a minority of the French could abide the idea of same-sex marriage - the figure climbed from 29% in the 1980s to 84% last year – Le Monde tells us who the "anti" camp are, and why they may be on borrowed time.

In the light of a series of scandals, Liberation reports on President François Hollande’s efforts to ‘moralise’ French politics, starting with the creation of a new post to monitor potential conflicts of interest. It may mean that MPs who have had other careers, will have to resign - from one post or another.

We find some light relief in Le Parisien today, with news of a cleaning lady who depends on aid to make ends meet, and who has just won a lottery jackpot of €26 million. She says it will be nice to no longer look at the price. Of anything.

By Kyle G. Brown

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