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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

Most Senators who opposed Gun Control were 'Paid by Gun Lobby'

Our journalistic gaze remains fixed on the United States – and it is not a pretty picture. It’s easy, it seems, to make bombs but hard to draft legislation, particularly gun control laws.

The Telegraph describes how worryingly easy it is to look up the instructions online to make a home-made bomb, then purchase cheap ingredients like a pressure-cooker. That’s what the Boston bombers did, using the cooker because its thick mettle inflicts maximum damage – in this case, causing several amputations.

At the other end of the spectrum, Slate examines the ramifications of a terrorist attack and the delicate balance American society must seek between providing security while respecting the liberties of individuals. Slate reminds us of key terrorist attacks – and the growing list of security measures we have had to endure ever since.

For all the violence on America’s streets – particularly from guns – it’s not getting any easier to draft gun control measures in Washington. The Economist writes of the latest failed effort to expand background checks to stop criminals and the mentally ill from buying a firearm. A Guardian investigation reveals that 42 of the 45 Senators that voted against the gun bill have received funds from gun-rights lobby groups such as the powerful National Rifle Association.

By Kyle G. Brown

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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