UMP ruling party divided over ‘debate on Islam’

FRENCH PAPERS, Tues., 29/3/2011: The French papers continue to dissect the fall out of Sunday’s local elections in France. A disappointing result for the ruling UMP party has lead to deeper divisions over strategy one year ahead of the Presidential election. In particular, key figures are divided over the merits of the current “debate on Islam and secularism”, initiated by the UMP party.


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Some articles from today’s international press review:
Liberation: The paper’s editorial wonders how the party will manage to mend its deep divisions with only one year to go before the Presidential election
L’Humanité: Sarkozy wants to stifle mutiny in his ranks
La Croix: Debate on the debate on Islam
Le Figaro: editorial on Socialist Party’s ‘complicty’ with the far-right Front National
Le Parisien: French spiderman scales world’s tallest building

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