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Areva goes into meltdown

The French nuclear giant Areva announces big losses and job cuts, worrying the papers who see the firm as a source of national prestige. We also talk about politics, as the number of presidential candidates on the right multiplies, and starts to worry Sarkozy.

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Les Echos and Le Figaro both focus on fears for one of the industries on which France truly leads the world - nuclear energy, after Areva announced massive losses and imminent budget cuts.

Liberation says the number of candidates contesting the presidency from the right has multiplied - and is starting to worry the Elysée palace.

Le Figaro reports Socialist candidate François Hollande has had to admit he wouldn't bring the retirement age back down to 60 - disappointing supporters.

And Le Monde takes a look at the French farmer leading a David and Goliath legal fight against American biotech giant Monsanto.

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