FRENCH PAPERS, Friday, 3rd September 2010: With just days to go before Parliament debates Sarkozy’s flagship retirement reform bill, the minister charged with seeing it through is in hot water. Eric Woerth has now admitted sending a letter to Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007 arguing for the Legion of Honour to be bestowed on a party donor, Patrice de Maistre. Woerth had previously told police that he had in no way lobbied on behalf of Maistre.
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Articles in today’s French press review:
Le Parisien and France Soir: Legendary French rocker Johnny Hallyday who came close to dying last year announces a new tour
Le Figaro: Further details emerge in the Bettencourt case. The daughter of the l’Oreal family fortune wrote a letter to her mother’s accountant asking her to spy on Lilane Bettencourt.
Libération: “Woerth dragged deeper into controversy”
L’Equipe: France plays Belarus tonight in a Euro 2012 qualifying match
Le Parisien: A UFO landing strip in a southern French town becomes a tourist attraction.