French press review 13 January 2015

French papers look at Charlie Hebdo's next issue which appears tomorrow despite last week's massacre. There's debate on toughening up security and how Europe should respond.


Libération has more information about the next issue of Charlie Hebdo. The satirical weekly will come out tomorrow, says Libé. According to the left-leaning daily, Charlie will be eight pages long instead of 16. The surviving members of the Charlie newsroom decided to go with a normal paper instead of a commemorative one.

What's impressive is that there will be three million copies of the next issue printed and that it will be translated into 16 different languages. And we already have the cover.

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The team decided to run with another cartoon of the prophet Mohammed. He is shedding a tear and holding a sign that reads "Je suis Charlie". The words "Everything is forgiven" are written above the drawing.

Libération also has an article on how journalists are covering the work on Charlie's next issue. That's because the Charlie team is currently working in the newspaper headquarters.

A journalist covering the event spoke to Libé. She says "It's really strange and unpleasant. We don't have the courage to approach them. It's all very emotional".

Le Figaro wonders what France can do against terrorism threats. The newspaper is not the only one asking that question. L'Humanité and La Croix are both headlining on the same thing.

But for the right-wing newspaper, everything needs to be rethought. In its editorial, Le Figaro hopes the left will be open to debate what's next. France will need to give more power to its police and to toughen punishments against jihadists, it advises.

And doing this might prove difficult, as part of the left is not too keen on what the French call "le tout sécuritaire". Let's also not forget education, which needs to fight against communitarianism more strongly.

What happened last week "forces everything to change ... including the debate between liberty and security" concludes the daily.

Communist L'Humanité doesn't agree at all with this. What L'Huma advises couldn't be further from what Le Figaro wants, which goes to show that France is - almost - back to normal.

First the newspaper proposes to create real social equality in France. The country should work on integrating immigrants better and on giving a job to everybody. Politicians should try to revive democracy, too, according to the newspaper.

"The time for great speeches is over," it says.

The government should also work on how citizenship is perceived by the French. And finally, and at least Le Figaro and L'Huma agree on this, the state really needs to change the education system.

"Civics classes won't change anything if we don't fix the fact that a lot of students are failing at school fairly early," explains a teacher to the newspaper.

La Croix wonders what the European Union can do to fight terrorism. According to the Catholic daily, the answer is complicated. By joining French President François Hollande at the unity march last Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker gave a symbolic answer to terrorism, explains the newspaper.

But now the 28 countries of European Union have to act, especially since they are not only the targets but also suppliers of jihadists. European interior ministers met last week but Europe can't do a lot on the subject, La Croix says, because the fight against terrorism is mostly handled by national governments.

Even creating a European list of suspicious individuals might prove difficult, explains La Croix. 

For Dominique Moïsi, an expert at the French Institute for International Relations interviewed by the newspaper, the only possible answer to terrorism is more Europe.

The cover of the next Charlie issue
The cover of the next Charlie issue

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