French press review 4 April 2013

Boiled, fried or scrambled? How would you like your Cahuzac cooked this morning?


Yesterday we had the shock, horror reactions of the national press to the news that Jérôme Cahuzac, France's former budget minister, was a top-drawer tax cheat.

Today, it's the turn of the analysts. What are the implications for France, for François Hollande, for the Faroe Islands (OK, I made that last bit up for the alliteration. But you get the picture).

Communist L'Humanité says it's all the fault of money and that the government should start chasing the rest of the big cheats instead of trying to wring a few more centimes out of us, the starving masses.

Dossier: The Cahuzac affair

The communist daily publishes a wonderful picture of Minister Cahuzac addressing a press conference on 20 November last, on the theme of "The fight against tax fraud". He promised hard times for the perpetrators of such badness; he was right.

Libération wonders "How much did Hollande know?", the crucial question being, not, did whether the president consciously concealed a criminal act but whether he failed to read the warning signs and persist in his belief beyond a reasonable point.

The right nwing is in no doubt whatsoever. France is in the midst of a political crisis, says Le Figaro, to add to the economic and social crises that have already been provoked by 11 months of Socialist government. It is time for the president to do something, anything, to stop the vicious circle from spiralling into a completely mixed metaphor.

Hollande must change direction says the right-wing paper. He must abandon unpopular and unworkable legislation; he must reshuffle his cabinet, getting rid of the dozens of useless ministers of state; he must, finally, stop acting like a Socialist.

Speaking of unpopular legislation, Catholic La Croix gives the headline honours to the proposed law allowing marriage for everyone, homosexual couples included, which will today be debated in the French upper house, the Senate. 

The Socialists have a narrow margin in the Senate and the law may run into constitutional problems, since the provisions on adoption appear to create a legal impossibility, a child with a blood relationship to two adults of the same sex.

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