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We bring you more on "that" selfie. Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt took a photo of herself, Barack Obama and David Cameron at yesterday's Nelson Mandela memorial. Some think it was highly inappropriate; others think the whole thing has been blown out of proportion while the media consider it THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW... Meanwhile, another photo causes a stir in Kenya and there is also a Nelson Mandela connection.
Politicians were letting their hair down in a sometimes inappropriate manner at Nelson Mandela's memorial; we take a look at some controversial "selfies"! Also, there were handshakes all round, including some unexpected ones, for example between Barack Obama and Raul Castro.
The French President and his predecessor are to fly separately to Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa. The Elysée invited Nicolas Sarkozy to join François Hollande in representing the French state, but it seems the two men are less than comfortable about travelling together. Meanwhile, Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he will not travel to Johannesburg, as a cost-cutting measure. Not everyone is convinced that this is the real reason.
Ahead of Bertrand Delanoë's term as Mayor of Paris ending next year, there are new revelations about several close collaborators who are benefiting from social housing despite earning decent salaries. We take a look at this and other scandals related to social housing. Also, the term "sexting" now has a French alternative, invented by the state... "textopornographie". A little long-winded?
In tonight’s MediaWatch, we bring you some of the highlights of the tributes being paid to Nelson Mandela on social media but also how the man himself felt about being raised to "demi-god" status. We also look at how politicians have reacted and a certain degree of hypocrisy therein which has provoked the angry reaction of some observers who disagree with the mythologising of a man who was profoundly human.