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French press review 11 November 2015


Media-friendly philosopher André Glucksman makes most of the French papers' headlines today, with tributes following his death on Tuesday but there are also reports on a summit on refugees in Malta and a controversial French law and questions regarding climate change.


Le Monde headlines with a long piece on André Glucksman, the French philosopher, activist and writer who died on Tuesday. Tributes can be found in several other dailies, such as left-leaning Libération, which gives him a full front page.

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Another death makes the headlines: that of Helmut Schmidt, the former German Chancellor.

International stories making several front pages today: the doping scandal, with the athletics world being shaken up lately, but now the world turning to Russia. The fact that the Kremlin could be involved seems to further the interest.

A Socialist government supported by the far left is set to take power in Portugal after defeating a shortlived minority centre-right administration in a parliamentary vote on its policy programme, according to Le Monde. Right-wing Le Figaro and the Communist Party's L'Humanité give the story as well, with very different points of view.

Le Monde also denounces the effect of carbon dioxide, a trend lately with the upcoming Cop21 to be held in Paris a few weeks from now. It points out the fact that 2015 was particularly dreadful in terms of greenhouse emissions. Never have they been so high, it says.

The paper dedicates its editorial to the crisis in Burundi after France presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council aimed at toughening the international response to the violence in the small country, where fears of Rwanda-style mass killings are palpable.

Libération decided to take a closer look at the latest elections in Myanmar in a piece on "Aung San Suu Kyi's long march to power".

Le Figaro has decided to give more room to French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron than to Glucksmann. And its website reports that a planned attack on the military in the southern French port of Toulon was avoided at the end of October.

La Croix dedicates quite a long article to the fact that the French Senate has amended a bill to loosen constraints on advertising wine in France to facilitate wine tourism.

The National Cancer Institute has attacked the change, saying that it would weaken the Loi Evin on alcohol and tobacco and enable these particular industries to thrive even more, thanks to massive advertising.

Interestingly, Libération also has a piece on that Loi Evin debate but  it's all about neutral cigarette packs.

L'Humanité however decided to go with the Malta summit, calling European leaders "dictators" trying to control people who arrive on the continent. The paper points an accusing finger to the fact that the EU and several African heads of states are gathering under the pretext of "support for development and cooperation" but that the EU's real aim is to assert its  "domination" over migrants and refugees.

The paper also has several articles regarding climate change, one in particular about food and El Nino, the phenomenon that alters weather patterns and is very strong this year. This month, the price of sugar has increased over 17 per cent and that of palm oil six per cent. This is apparently only the beginning, the article explains. Corn and rice will follow if droughts in several parts of the world continue.

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