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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 : 2018-02-28

No more Winnie the Pooh or the letter 'N': China extends list of banned words

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Wednesday, February 28: We look at the political uncertainty ahead of Italy's elections. Also, there's backlash from the Arab world over the closing and reopening of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Israel over proposed property taxes. Also, Chinese President Xi Jinping bans a whole list of words, books and even a letter of the alphabet! Finally, scientists have some good news for late risers!

For more on our stories, check out the links below:

As political uncertainty grips Italy, has the country become the new sick man of Europe, as the Wall Street Journal attests?

There's censorship in China as the government decides to ban the letter 'N', plus Winnie the Pooh and several of George Orwell's books in a crackdown on dissent.

Finally, find out why late risers shouldn't get a bad rap - according to scientists.

By Dheepthika LAURENT


2018-03-16 Vladimir Putin

'Putin the Pariah'

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Fri. 16.03.18: We take a look at how the British press is covering the growing rift between Russia and the UK after London, Washington, Paris and Berlin...

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2018-03-15 Syria

Seven years on: Syrian kids growing up without ever having known peace

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, March 15: Today marks seven years since the Syrian war began. How has it lasted this long and why is the international community so helpless to...

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2018-03-15 Russia

Family battle begins for late French rocker Johnny Hallyday's millions

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, March 15: The first legal battle begins over the will of late French rocker Johnny Hallyday. His two eldest children are seeking to change the...

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2018-03-14 Rex Tillerson

You've been Tillersoned: Trump dumps Secretary of State via tweet

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Wednesday, March 14: We look at the cheeky, hilarious and scathing reactions to Donald Trump firing Rex Tillerson via social media! What does it mean for US...

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2018-03-14 France

Hand over the dough: French baker fined €3,000 for working too much

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Wednesday, March 14: The left-leaning papers defend French rail operator SNCF as the French government plans an overhaul of the state-run company. We also...

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