Still feels like a chilly printemps (spring) in Paris, but the much-harassed meteorologists assure us it will get better in August (strike one for the aoûtiens over the juilletistes). One telltale sign of a French summer, though, believe it or not, is Le Point eschewing news to put a long-dead philosopher on its cover. This week: Friedrich Nietzsche. Nothing says summer like Nietzsche, we always say.
Paris Match has Amy Winehouse. Le Nouvel Obs has Anders Behring Breivik. Le Parisien, more serious than usual, focuses on famine in the Horn of Africa. Libération flags French hypocrisy on African dictators rich real estate holdings on French soil. And Libé, with the headline, “DSK, the Impossible Return,” notes that Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s friends have given up on the idea he will return and become president, given unfavorable timing and that he’ll have to recuperate from his ordeal even if all charges are dropped. Le Figaro highlights a new effort to slash tax havens to cut the deficit. And Le Monde this afternoon leads on a big surprise jump in the jobless rate, after disappointing figures released last night.