Today's French papers are dominated by coverage of Socialist candidate François Hollande's 60-point election programme. Le Monde praises his productive and prudent policies needed to restore public services. But Le Figaro says it is a tax-boosting left-wing manifesto in which he will balance the books on the backs of the rich.
After a successful keynote speech last Sunday, Socialist leader François Hollande unveiled his platform today. So is he on his way to the Elysée? In any case, incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy is struggling in the polls, is faced with record unemployment and has even started musing about losing the election...
French web users poking fun at the Socialist party’s latest campaign video. In the US, Ron Paul continues his campaign for the Republican nomination. And a Tasmanian inmate announces his intention to escape from prison in a Facebook post.
MEDIAWATCH FRANCE, Wed. 25/1/2012: To quote or not to misquote! That is the question François Hollande didn't ask himself at last Sunday's rally. The Socialist leader wooed many with an eloquent delivery, at one point referring to a Shakespeare quote...except experts have determined that the great English playwright never penned any such words!
Off-the-record comments by French President Nicolas Sarkozy about his potential defeat in forthcoming presidential elections, which were made public by the French press, have left observers pondering the true purpose of the remarks.
Socialist presidential hopeful Francois Hollande outlines his vision for the country in his first major speech. Meanwhile, France gives New Zealand back 20 Maori heads. They were brought to France by colonialists almost two centuries ago and kept in a museum as a cultural curiosity. Finally, bartering is back in Paris. If the crisis has left you short of cash, why not just start swapping instead of buying?
After yesterday's good headlines, the papers bite back at François Hollande - asking if he's a credible candidate. It's Nicolas Sarkozy's credibility that has collapsed in the eyes of voters, though - a new poll says only 23% think he can solve their problems.
It's François Hollande on all France's front pages - as the papers pass judgment on his first big campaign rally yesterday. It was his rallying cry against big finance that's attracted the most attention - and controversy.