In the press

Who's holding the steering wheel?

With record unemployment figures published, French papers are headlining on the jobs crisis. Many point the finger at the government, which is accused of not doing enough to address the problem. Also, François Hollande comes in for criticism on a state visit to China, while troops returning from Mali report that many of the Islamist fighters in the north of the country were just young boys.

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Left-wing daily Libération asks "Who’s in charge on the left ?", suggesting it might not be President François Hollande.

Le Figaro says that François Hollande is staying quiet on human rights abuses in China, in a bid to keep relations friendly between the two countries.

Le Parisien suggests, meanwhile, that while he’s away rumours of a cabinet reshuffle are circulating. Another article in the paper reports that French troops in Mali were engaged in combat with child soldiers in the north of the country. 

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