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Latest update : 2018-01-11

Backlash after French female celebrities criticise #MeToo

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Wednesday, January 10: The international backlash continues after French female celebrities condemn the #MeToo movement as puritanism. Also, Benjamin Netanyahu's son is embroiled in a scandal some are calling "Strippergate". And sales soar of a Canadian author's book about the Second World War, "Fire and Fury", after people mistakenly purchase it instead of Michael Wolff's tell-all blockbuster about Donald Trump!

Le Monde's piece has got everyone talking today. In an open letter, a group of prominent French women - including actress Catherine Deneuve - condemn the #MeToo movement as "puritanism" that has essentially blurred the lines between sexual harassment and flirty behaviour. In their opinion, "a woman can, in the same day, manage a team of people and enjoy being the sexual object of a man, with being qualified as a 'whore' nor as a vile accomplice of the patriarchy". They go on to say "a woman can fight for an equal salary, but not feel traumatised by someone who brushes up against her in the metro, even if that is a crime".

Also, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is embroiled in a new scandal - this time involving his eldest son Yair, an audio tape recording, a debaucherous night on the town and his friend's super-rich father, with whom Benjamin Netanyahu did business deals. Haaretz has a great explainer here.

And people looking to pick up a copy of Michael Wolff's salacious Donald Trump tell-all have been buying the wrong book! Vice reports that Canadian author Randall Hansen has seen sales soar of "Fire and Fury" - his one, though, is about the Allied bombing of Germany during the Second World War!

By Dheepthika LAURENT

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2018-01-19 Boris Johnson

'Boris Johnson wants to build a giant bridge from England to France'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 19.01.18: We take a look at how the French press are covering the first anniversary of Donald Trump's anniversary and how, according to Liberation,...

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2018-01-18 Emmanuel Macron

'And the winner is'... Trump awards Fake News to CNN, New York Times

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, January 18: Emmanuel Macron meets Theresa May for the latest in a long line of tense but cordial Franco-British summits. Also, the press reacts to...

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2018-01-18 France

Cop-out or ecological victory? France scraps plans for controversial airport

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, January 18: The French government scraps plans for a controversial airport that's been the source of conflict between previous governments and...

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2018-01-17 Rohingya

Actor Aziz Ansari accused of sexual assault, but is it just 'revenge porn'?

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Wednesday, January 17: We look at reaction to the repatriation deal that sees Bangladesh sending Rohingya people back to Burma. Also, after Aziz Ansari is...

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2018-01-16 France

Irony? Lebanon bans Steven Spielberg's film about censorship

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Tuesday, January 16: Emmanuel Macron is in Calais to discuss his controversial policy on French asylum. Pope Francis heads to Chile and Peru amid...

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