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FRANCE 24 journalists present a daily round-up of the world's press.


The Irish Times (Ireland)

Union official killed as general strike on island of Guadeloupe turns violent


The newspaper seems to think that the crisis in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe is a throwback to colonial times with impoverished blacks throwing stones and firing rifles at white policemen.



El Pais (Spain)

Sarkozy da un giro social frente a la crisis (Faced with crisis, Sarkozy goes on social tour)


These scenes of chaos in the oversea territory remind El Pais of the 2005 riots in mainland France when suburban youths defied police. Television channels are showing pictures of young rioters in Guadeloupe wearing hoodies and looting. The Spanish newspaper highlights that President Sarkozy is well aware of the similarities between the two crises.



The Guardian (UK)

Sarkozy under pressure after Guadaloupe death


According to the Guardian, Sarkozy believes he’s betting his term here and “a mishandled approach to such a sensitive problem could spell disaster" for him. Just weeks ago, unions estimated that 2.5 million people took to the streets in protest at his economic plans. Yesterday het met with union leaders and later addressed the nation. He announced some social measures and tax cuts.



Le Figaro (France)

Social: le pas en avant de Sarkozy (Sarkozy a step ahead)


For right-wing French paper Le Figaro: Sarkozy is moving forward. He’s producing “an interesting cocktail, reasonable and coherent.”



Les Echos (France)

Colmatage (Sealed)


This well-respected French business newspaper says Sarkozy's measures will prove costly and not necessarily effective.

But it might just be the price to pay to bring everyone together behind his policies in these times of financial crisis.



China Daily (China)

Obama’s diplomatic new deal unfolding


Hillary Clinton is visiting the region and the China Daily has taken a look at “Obama’s diplomatic New Deal”. The author of this opinion piece is a Chinese international relations specialist critical of Obama. We’re told his policies are far from being settled: there are still a few signs of “the US’ inherent bossy mentality”.


The multilateralism promoted by Obama is in fact one under the guidance of the US, according to this Chinese expert, who’s maybe disappointed that Clinton’s  finishing her tour in China. The first stop was Japan. Far from Cold War times when Tokyo and Washington were allies against Beijing, the author believes it’s time for trilateral relations between the US, Japan and China. That should be central to what he calls Obama’s 'diplomatic perestroika'.



Daily Telegraph (UK)

Duffy, the best of British


The Brit awards have crowned 24-year-old singer Duffy.

She won several awards including best female solo artist and best breakthrough. She also got the award for best album beating bands such as Coldplay and Radiohead. The show was hosted by Kylie Minogue who honoured the “best of rock and pop”, says the Daily Telegraph.


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