This Sunday, a massive demonstration against gay marriage and adoption will take place in Paris with the police estimating numbers could reach 300,000. First though, we look at reaction online to France joining the battle against Islamists in Mali. Finally, it's "International Kiss a Ginger Day" tomorrow!
Parisians were on tenterhooks today as a gunman criss-crossed Paris and escaped into the Paris metro. It is thought that there is a link between two incidents in the Paris area today - the first in left-leaning newspaper Libération's newsroom where a photographer's assistant was shot and seriously injured and the second incident where shots were fired outside Société Générale bank in La Défense. This comes after another incident last week at the BFM TV newsroom where a gunman threatened staff.
The French Justice Minister is the target of another incident of Facebook racism, it emerged today. The French-Carribean politician was depicted as the face of "Banania" - a brand criticised in the past for its simplistic, stereotypical depiction of Africans. The UMP local politician who shared the post has been suspended. The UN has criticised a recent spate of racist insults targeting Taubira, most notably the cover of far-right magazine "Minute" which likened her to a monkey.
Modest donation from China underscores bitter feelings between two Asian nations
MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon. Tune in at 10.22pm for the international media.
'Minute' is a French far-right magazine and its latest cover has drawn criticism from across the body politic. Christiane Taubira, of French-Carribean origin, is compared to a monkey. Is it "satire" - as 'Minute' is likely to argue - or blatant racism? Also, is this part of a broader trend where magazines are opting for shocking covers in order to create controversy and sell more copies? Finally, a look at some François Hollande look-alikes.
We take a look at the latest catastrophic poll for the French president and a possible cabinet reshuffle in response. Also, far-right magazine "Minute" is accused of inciting racial hatred because of this week's front cover on Justice Minister Christiane Taubira. Finally, a white supremacist gets a shock, live on American TV.