We look at sexual harassment in the streets of Paris and Brussels; Boris Johnson is left dangling on a zip-line; Marion Cotillard's dying scene in Batman is the source of sniggering and take-offs online; and finally, a French senator prepares a honey trap for his rival...
IN THE PAPERS NATIONAL, 23/07/2012: Libération applauds François Hollande for reaffirming the responsibility of French authorities in the Vel'Hiv round-up of Jewish citizens, 70 years ago. Many papers point out that the French president is following in Jacques Chirac's footsteps. Meanwhile, the battle for the top job has started in the opposition UMP party. And Le Figaro says France is going to experience a "great fiscal exodus" after the government said it would tax high earners 75%.
A Tweet war breaks out in the UMP, now in opposition. Former PM François Fillon and current party leader Jean-François Copé are reported to be scrapping for dominance on social networks ahead of a leadership battle. And teen sensation Justin Bieber gets his high school 'bac' diploma. That's the focus for Media Watch this Wednesday 4th July, 2012.
The French saw it coming, and now they know the pill will be bitter to swallow. Socialist PM Jean-Marc Ayrault delivered his keynote address to Parliament this week, warning that France's ills are serious, and that the road to recovery will be a long and tortuous one. Meanwhile, on the other side of the political aisle, the battle is on to take the helm of the conservative UMP party.
The dreaded numbers are in and they are not good. France needs to find 11 million euros to reach its budget deficit target this year and a whopping 33 billions for next year. This at a time when growth is expected to screech to a halt and as the euro crisis is still hovering on the horizon.
France's new leaders may have trouble saying the word "austerity", but no sooner are they in office than they face a larger-than-expected deficit and smaller-than-expected growth. Socialism "à la française" finds itself put to the test of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis.
The new French government admits it needs to make major budget savings - we take a look. Next, after PSG football club and some major corporate deals, investors from Qatar are linked to some of France's top luxury hotels. Finally, the French wave goodbye to the Minitel, the device they say preceded the Internet.
On the menu today, the socialists are the new bosses of French politics. After winning municipal, local, regional, European and presidential elections, they now control both chambers of parliament after erning a clear-cut victory in last Sunday's legislative poll. A triumph of course but also a major reponsibility because the buck stops with president Hollande. Also on the menu, the conservatives find themselves in the opposition for the first time in a decade.
The Presidency, the Senate, the majority of big towns, counties and regions, and now, the National Assembly... The socialists have control of all the levers of powers in France for the first time. No need for allies to govern but no excuses for failure. On the other side of the political aisle, after a stinging defeat, the conservatives need to regroup and refresh after 10 years in power.