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French press review 6 June 2012

Text by: Marjorie Hache
4 min

Former PM Fillon doesn't like his successors. Is Spain the new Greece? How much influence will the hard left have on the new government. 

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Conservative broadsheet Le Figaro 's front page is openly against the new government.

Its top story is an interview with former Prime Minister François Fillon. According to the headline Fillon "is denouncing the 'disastrous policies' of freshly elected president François Hollande", while the paper's editorial tells readers that the left hasn't changed and that high public morale won't last.

Parliamentary elections 2012

Members of the new cabinet are named and shamed, be they from the education or interior ministries. The finger is also pointed at Housing Minister Cécile Duflot, who has called for the decriminalisation of cannabis.

According to Le Figaro, many Socialists don't agree with this. Just a few days ahead of France's legislative elections the paper is once again openly backing the French right.

A full page entitled "The Socialist Party can't be sure it will get the absolute majority" features a survey carried out for the paper putting the UMP in the top spot.

Over on the front page of left-leaning Libération the top story is dedicated to the financial situation in Spain where Madrid is requesting help from Europe to pull through its economic turmoil.

"Could this be a new Greece?" asks the paper as it assesses the climate of anxiety and the various eurozone help options.

Libération has gone for a subtler approach when carrying out its digs at the French right. It features an article about the former protégée of Sarkozy, Rama Yade and UMP MP Manuel Aeschliman’s battle for the Hautes-Seines, a constituency outside Paris.

Both hope to win the seat in this month's legislatives. The paper hopes that this division will benefit the Socialist Party. 

Communist L'Humanité says the people can make up their own laws. It says the effect of the hard-left Front de Gauche on how the country is run will depend very much on the content of the measures discussed and inclinations towards more social justice.

L'Humanité
describes how France should change socially and economically. It even suggests that if change doesn't occur in this fifth French Republic, it will be necessary to declare a sixth.

Dossier: Eurozone in crisis

In light of the first round of this weekend’s legislative election, the paper also looks at the stand-off in a northern French constituency between Front de Gauche leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon and far-right leader Marine Le Pen of the Front National. Le Pen's campaign is, according to L'Huma, full of hatred towards Mélenchon.

The far-right blonde is also reported to be rather disgruntled by the fact President François Hollande has refused to receive her in the Elysée Palace, as he did with the leaders of other leading parties ahead of the G20 summit in Mexico.

Le Pen believes she deserves to be consulted seeing as 20 per cent of French people did vote for her.

Let's finish off today's press review away from the petty feuding and back stabbing that precede the French legislatives and look at something positive. A good review of green energy buildings, in Catholic daily La Croix.

One-hundred buildings are set to produce more energy than they consume.

In Montpellier, in the south of France, some school buildings are being built to fit these green norms. The article in La Croix looks at how cost-effective the building of these energy-saving buildings are and how their efficiency is measured.

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