'Bashar al-Assad: Person of the year 2012' (Le Monde)
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IN THE FRENCH PAPERS, 26/12/12: With cynicism and cruelty as their criteria, Le Monde says Bashar al-Assad is person of the year 2012. The paper predicts he won’t see through to the end of 2013. Meanwhile, le Parisien explores how France extreme right National Front party is turning to trade unions for new recruits.