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French press review 30 July 2013

The French right is on the warpath against "gender theory". Police find new ways to solve old cases.  And the crisis htis French housholds food budgets.


The headline in right-wing Le Figaro focuses on the back-to-school preparations of the Manif pour tous, the anti-gay marriage and adoption movement in France, which is campaigning against what it calls “the surreptitious diffusion of gender theory” in schools.

Le Figaro explains that the movement is calling for parents to watch out for schoolbooks which include notions of an alleged “gender theory”, which it describes as the denial of the natural differences between men and woman.

The paper points out that the recently adopted gay marriage bill, which aroused vociferous opposition in France over the past year, may be repealed if the opposition UMP party wins the presidential elections in 2017. But that is only if the most conservative members of the right-wing party get their way, explains the paper. They have promised to abolish the law, claiming it was imposed on the French people in highly questionable circumstances.

The right-wing daily also dedicates a part of its front page to Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is due to appear in front of the country’s highest court today under the headline “Will Silvio Berlusconi go to jail?”.

Le Figaro says the Rome Supreme Court is to decide whether to uphold a four-year jail term against Berlusconi and a five-year ban, which would prevent him from holding public office for complicity in tax fraud.

Left wing Libération leads with a report on the use of DNA in police investigations, especially in cold cases, as a growing number of such cases are reopened and solved thanks to modern investigation techniques.

Fingerprints, DNA profiling … the police are now armed with modern tools to identify and find criminals, says the paper, but storing all this new information is becoming a problem.
The French national DNA database, FNAEG, which is used by both the national police force and local gendarmerie, has more than two million DNA profiles, explains Libération, as well as some 150,000 unidentified DNA samples.

The paper says this has led to the identification of over 75.000 suspects since its creation in 1998.

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Communist L'Humanité reports on the consequences of the economic crisis on French households' food consumption.

A report published by the European Trade Union Institute has found that an increasing number of French families are forced to cut back on their food budgets.

With the erosion of incomes, food costs weigh heavily on the budgets of the poorest households, explains the paper, as food becomes a collateral effect of the crisis and food bank programmes multiply across France and Europe.

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