Pierre Briançon tells us about French austerity, which is still in the news even during the government's summer break; a wave of consolidation among large industrial groups; and a new battle which is looming between internet giants Facebook and Google.
In France the Greens are attracting headlines - their MEP Eva Joly is willing to stand as a presidential candidate for the French Green party against Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012. The fearless corruption fighter is best known as the investigating magistrate who exposed fraud at the French oil company Elf. So does Joly have what it takes to unify the movement and attract voters?
After having dismantled numerous illegal Gypsy camps in the past few days, France is sending dozens of Roma Gypsies back to Romania today. Tensions are growing between France and Romania, with Bucharest's foreign minister alluding to populism and xenophobia against the backdrop of economic problems in France. So is the French government's security offensive successful? And what are the implications at a European level?
In France, the deportation of hundreds of Roma people began early this morning. With 300 euros in their pocket, they are being sent back to Romania. Since the eastern European country joined the EU in 2007, its citizens can circulate freely within the EU zone - including France. Many are therefore asking how effective these deportations will be, and if they conform to EU regulations.
France is seeing a resurgence in racism and xenophobia: that's the UN's response to Paris's measures against travelling people. The government has already dismantled dozens of Gypsy camps, and plans to expel hundreds of Roma back to Romania and Bulgaria.
Le Figaro and La Tribune both lead with the news that China’s economy has overtaken Japan’s to become the world’s second largest. Crime is also on the front pages with Libération covering a proposal to fine mayors for high crime statistics in their towns. These and other stories in today’s French press review: TUESDAY, 17th AUGUST 2010