Le Parisien and France Soir lead with the current sizzling temperatures in France. Meteorologists predict that the summer will continue with above average temperatures. Authorities are on alert so as to avoid a repeat of the high rates of fatality amongst the elderly seen in the particularly severe 2003 heat wave. Elsewhere, Le Figaro leads with poll results showing a surprising 88% of French people are in favour of austerity measures. FRIDAY, 2nd JULY 2010
Pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC -the American Israel Public Affairs Committee- is holding its annual meeting. The convention is one of the biggest events in Washington's political calendar and attendance is a must, including for the Secretary of State... Mrs Clinton said that the US is looking for a two-state solution in the Middle East and that Israeli settlement building must stop.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected US calls for a freeze on settlement building in occupied East Jerusalem as the crisis deepens between the two allies. Washington has put a visit by its Middle East envoy George Mitchell on hold.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear Monday that settlement building in east Jerusalem would continue. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton shot back stating that settlements "make a two state solution impossible."
The most influential pro-Israel pressure group in the US, Aipac, has called on the Obama administration to "diffuse the tension" after senior US officials slammed new Israeli settlement construction in Jerusalem as "insulting".
Top financial adviser Thomas Loeffler has resigned from Senator John McCain's presidential campaign, another victim of the candidate's new transparency policy requiring all advisers with lobbying ties to leave.
For the past 60 years the US has kept a close eye on the world's likely future leaders. They are assuming that some of France's next generation of leaders will rise up from its poorest suburbs. (Report: Damien Charton)