Sun-showers in Paris today, on the rue Saint-Antoine. Still more Paris kiosque keepers this Monday morning have left their posts in favor of the beach.
After trumpeting the excitement to come for the big-spending Paris-Saint-Germain soccer team all last week, Le Parisien has relegated the PSG to a bottom corner of page 1 today. It deems PSG’s embarrassing home opener Saturday, a 1-0 shutout to lowly Lorient in front of 40,000 fans, a “flop.”
The real attention today, of course, from Le Parisien and all the rest of the dailies, is on the markets. “The Threat of Recession,” reads Le Parisien; “Crash?” ask Libération; “Sarkozy and Merkel Mobilizing Against the Crisis,” decares Le Figaro; and the financial daily Les Echos, over the front-page photo of a pursed-lipped Barack Obama: “America Downgraded, The World Into the Unknown.”
The populist tabloid France Soir, meanwhile, pays lip service to the global economic chaos (“Stock Crash: It All Comes Down to This Week”), but devotes most of its cover to “The DSK Affair: Who’s Lying?” Scoops? Not exactly. Two full pages of a body language specialist’s take on photos of every player in the case. Consider the judge who ordered DSK to Rikers: she looks “sadistic,” apparently.
— Tracy McNicoll