Kiosque
It’s a sunny day but the temperatures have plummeted well below freezing.  As Parisians scurry about trying to keep warm, the kiosque is heating up with electoral battles.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s endorsement of French President Nicolas Sarkozy covers the front page of Le Figaro. Sarkozy’s attempts to present himself as the only candidate with the necessary experience to confront international problems is no doubt helped by Merkel’s statement that she supports him “on all levels.” Will the French follow the Chancellor’s support with their votes? Will they buy the idea of “Merkozy” at all? We’ll see.
 Le Monde features the “match dans le match” taking place in the fringes of French politics. Marine Le Pen of the far right Front National has been duking it out with Jean-Luc Melenchon of the leftist Front de gauche. Each candidate is aggressively courting the French working classes. While both of their candidacies condemn the financial system, argue for France’s exit from NATO and push for an increase in the minimum wage, they have radically different views on Europe. Melenchon wants to create a vast European development fund while Le Pen promises to quit the euro altogether. The whole debate looks like it will remain a sideshow, however. Le Monde shows that President Sarkozy and the Socialist Party’s François Hollande are well ahead of the pack and the ultimate choice will be only between the two of them.
The top international story, meanwhile, is the ongoing crisis in Syria with Le Fig focusing on the growing presence of Russian forces on the ground and Le Monde on the Chinese blogosphere’s outrage over Beijing’s refusal to condemn the Syrian regime in the Security Council.  “Abandoned by the whole world” reads a two-page spread in Libération on the recent bombardments in the city of Homs.
 “Greece: Europe is losing its patience,” warns the front page of  the business paper Les Echos following on the joint press conference Monday by Sarkozy and Merkel. The dynamic duo, with the support of the rest of the European Union, issued an ultimatum to Athens: if Greeks refuse the austerity measures attached to the 130 billion euro bailout package the money wont be released. Lets hope they’re listening.
— Clara Zabludowsky
(Photograph of a brave crocus defying the frozen ground at sunset this afternoon in the Parc Monceau, Paris, France)

Kiosque

It’s a sunny day but the temperatures have plummeted well below freezing.  As Parisians scurry about trying to keep warm, the kiosque is heating up with electoral battles.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s endorsement of French President Nicolas Sarkozy covers the front page of Le Figaro. Sarkozy’s attempts to present himself as the only candidate with the necessary experience to confront international problems is no doubt helped by Merkel’s statement that she supports him “on all levels.” Will the French follow the Chancellor’s support with their votes? Will they buy the idea of “Merkozy” at all? We’ll see.

 Le Monde features the “match dans le match” taking place in the fringes of French politics. Marine Le Pen of the far right Front National has been duking it out with Jean-Luc Melenchon of the leftist Front de gauche. Each candidate is aggressively courting the French working classes. While both of their candidacies condemn the financial system, argue for France’s exit from NATO and push for an increase in the minimum wage, they have radically different views on Europe. Melenchon wants to create a vast European development fund while Le Pen promises to quit the euro altogether. The whole debate looks like it will remain a sideshow, however. Le Monde shows that President Sarkozy and the Socialist Party’s François Hollande are well ahead of the pack and the ultimate choice will be only between the two of them.

The top international story, meanwhile, is the ongoing crisis in Syria with Le Fig focusing on the growing presence of Russian forces on the ground and Le Monde on the Chinese blogosphere’s outrage over Beijing’s refusal to condemn the Syrian regime in the Security Council.  “Abandoned by the whole world” reads a two-page spread in Libération on the recent bombardments in the city of Homs.

 “Greece: Europe is losing its patience,” warns the front page of  the business paper Les Echos following on the joint press conference Monday by Sarkozy and Merkel. The dynamic duo, with the support of the rest of the European Union, issued an ultimatum to Athens: if Greeks refuse the austerity measures attached to the 130 billion euro bailout package the money wont be released. Lets hope they’re listening.

— Clara Zabludowsky

(Photograph of a brave crocus defying the frozen ground at sunset this afternoon in the Parc Monceau, Paris, France)

Saving the Greeks and Italians from themselves, and Europe from the euro, will take more than number-crunching. An essay by Christopher Dickey and Barbie Nadeau in this week’s Newsweek International.

Have you read it? Do you agree?

Kiosque:
We came across this impromptu bal musette on our way back from the kiosque this morning as we walked through the Thursday market on the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir. The French love the accordeon, and the late-summer weather was just perfect.
As for the headlines: The first TV debate for the Socialist primaries is tonight. Le Parisien calls it “A High-Risk First Debate.” There’s a fine line between squaring off on ideas and tearing each other apart, apparently. The paper points out that it was tough to pick up the pieces within the party after the ugly 2006 nomination battle, pitting eventual winner Ségolène Royal against Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Laurent Fabius. Libération, meanwhile, leads on “Socialist Primary: Beware Polls,” highlighting a major paradox of the contest: that extremely unreliable polls may wind up playing kingmaker. With the primary votes on October 9 and 16 open to the public, and not just party members, pollsters haven’t a clue of the number or make-up of voters, making sampling hazardous, but voters may be tempted to back whoever is leading in those polls anyway.
Le Figaro leads on an interview with Interior Minister Claude Guéant about ending the practice of praying in the street outside mosques too small to hold the Friday-prayer faithful, particularly in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. Authorities have agreed to lease out a nearby firehouse to the Muslim community for prayers and praying in the street will be forbidden in Paris from midnight tonight.
The front pages of Le Figaro and Les Echos feature President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel putting pressure on Greece in the ongoing euro crisis, after the leaders held a conference call with Greek prime minister Georges Papandreou last night.

And somebody - in France! - finally won the 162-million-euro EuroMillions jackpot on Tuesday night, a French record. It was the 13th of the month and the 13th kitty after a long stretch without a winner, hence the big bucks. The lone winning ticket for the Europe-wide lottery was purchased in Calvados, in Normandy. But, as Le Parisien points out, reporters have so far been frustrated in their search for the “mystery winner.” (Hint: It wasn’t us.)

Kiosque:

We came across this impromptu bal musette on our way back from the kiosque this morning as we walked through the Thursday market on the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir. The French love the accordeon, and the late-summer weather was just perfect.

As for the headlines: The first TV debate for the Socialist primaries is tonight. Le Parisien calls it “A High-Risk First Debate.” There’s a fine line between squaring off on ideas and tearing each other apart, apparently. The paper points out that it was tough to pick up the pieces within the party after the ugly 2006 nomination battle, pitting eventual winner Ségolène Royal against Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Laurent Fabius. Libération, meanwhile, leads on “Socialist Primary: Beware Polls,” highlighting a major paradox of the contest: that extremely unreliable polls may wind up playing kingmaker. With the primary votes on October 9 and 16 open to the public, and not just party members, pollsters haven’t a clue of the number or make-up of voters, making sampling hazardous, but voters may be tempted to back whoever is leading in those polls anyway.

Le Figaro leads on an interview with Interior Minister Claude Guéant about ending the practice of praying in the street outside mosques too small to hold the Friday-prayer faithful, particularly in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. Authorities have agreed to lease out a nearby firehouse to the Muslim community for prayers and praying in the street will be forbidden in Paris from midnight tonight.

The front pages of Le Figaro and Les Echos feature President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel putting pressure on Greece in the ongoing euro crisis, after the leaders held a conference call with Greek prime minister Georges Papandreou last night.

And somebody - in France! - finally won the 162-million-euro EuroMillions jackpot on Tuesday night, a French record. It was the 13th of the month and the 13th kitty after a long stretch without a winner, hence the big bucks. The lone winning ticket for the Europe-wide lottery was purchased in Calvados, in Normandy. But, as Le Parisien points out, reporters have so far been frustrated in their search for the “mystery winner.” (Hint: It wasn’t us.)

Kiosque:
Priorities: Sex, soccer, and that headscratcher “Why Learn?” on this Marais kiosque.
Libération this morning leads on “The Banks Sick From Greece,” the running theme on all the French frontpages today. Le Parisien asks, “Crisis of the Euro: How Much Would the Bankruptcy of Greece Cost Us.” The financial dailies, predictably, run along the same lines. Les Echos’ top headline is “The French Banks in an Infernal Spiral,” while La Tribune leads on “Stop the Massacre!” — both with red graphics on French banks’ poor finish in yesterday’s CAC 40 session. BNP Paribas finished down 12.35 percent on worries over its exposure to Greek (and Italian) debt. Le Figaro features Prime Minister François Fillon’s “Vibrant Plea to Safeguard the Euro,” splitting the frontpage with a report on worries in Socialist Martine Aubry’s camp as François Hollande remains at the top of polls for the primaries next month.
Le Parisien’s “une” features a photo of a medical helicopter picking up a victim of the fatal explosion (one dead, four injured) at the Marcoule nuclear site near Avignon yesterday. But without a radiation leak, the story is relegated to the back pages of the other dailies.
And Libération uses part of its cover to toot its own horn, with sales up 5.2 percent through a very newsy 2011 so far, compared to the same period last year. The left-wing daily might want to send a fruit basket to the Strauss-Kahn residence, number 13, Place des Vosges.

Kiosque:

Priorities: Sex, soccer, and that headscratcher “Why Learn?” on this Marais kiosque.

Libération this morning leads on “The Banks Sick From Greece,” the running theme on all the French frontpages today. Le Parisien asks, “Crisis of the Euro: How Much Would the Bankruptcy of Greece Cost Us.” The financial dailies, predictably, run along the same lines. Les Echos’ top headline is “The French Banks in an Infernal Spiral,” while La Tribune leads on “Stop the Massacre!” — both with red graphics on French banks’ poor finish in yesterday’s CAC 40 session. BNP Paribas finished down 12.35 percent on worries over its exposure to Greek (and Italian) debt. Le Figaro features Prime Minister François Fillon’s “Vibrant Plea to Safeguard the Euro,” splitting the frontpage with a report on worries in Socialist Martine Aubry’s camp as François Hollande remains at the top of polls for the primaries next month.

Le Parisien’s “une” features a photo of a medical helicopter picking up a victim of the fatal explosion (one dead, four injured) at the Marcoule nuclear site near Avignon yesterday. But without a radiation leak, the story is relegated to the back pages of the other dailies.

And Libération uses part of its cover to toot its own horn, with sales up 5.2 percent through a very newsy 2011 so far, compared to the same period last year. The left-wing daily might want to send a fruit basket to the Strauss-Kahn residence, number 13, Place des Vosges.

KIOSQUE:
Business could be brisker for this lonely little kiosk under roiling clouds and thunderclaps at Paris Plages. The city’s month-long Seine-side “beach” opened yesterday. Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine before it closes August 21.
Le Figaro today has a smiling composite of new IMF chief Christine Lagarde, Nicolas Sarkozy, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and Angela Merkel, under the triumphal headline “Europe Saves Greece and Reinforces the Euro” after the Brussels summit ran deep into yesterday evening to pull out an agreement. The financial daily Les Echos adds other smiling faces and declares, “Europe Concludes a Historic Accord to Save the Euro.” No smiling politicians for Libération’s cover, which asks “Crisis of the Euro: Who Will Pay?” Le Parisien has a piece on France falling for Twitter, although the French make up only one percent of the world’s tweeps. The Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair – where tweets from the courtroom were the press’s lifeline – is credited with hooking French hacks.
DSK who? France Soir’s cover has another Socialist, François Hollande, putting up big numbers on Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the 2012 presidential election. “Hollande Crushes Sarkozy,” it declares, with 57 percent for Hollande to 43 percent for the incumbent in an Ifop-France Soir poll.
Almost all the dailies reserve part of their frontpage for a fist-pumping man in yellow, Thomas Voeckler, the unassuming French cyclist who kept the Tour de France leader’s jersey for a tenth day with his heroics on the Col du Galibier yesterday, only three days from Sunday’s finish on the Champs Elysées. No Frenchman has won the race since 1985.
((The kiosks don’t know it yet, but Voeckler finally just lost the yellow jersey to one of Luxembourg’s Schleck brothers, Andy, which was pretty much in the cards. Andy’s bro Frank is second. Voeckler drops to fourth. But a French guy, Pierre Rolland, won today’s stage.))

KIOSQUE:

Business could be brisker for this lonely little kiosk under roiling clouds and thunderclaps at Paris Plages. The city’s month-long Seine-side “beach” opened yesterday. Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine before it closes August 21.

Le Figaro today has a smiling composite of new IMF chief Christine Lagarde, Nicolas Sarkozy, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and Angela Merkel, under the triumphal headline “Europe Saves Greece and Reinforces the Euro” after the Brussels summit ran deep into yesterday evening to pull out an agreement. The financial daily Les Echos adds other smiling faces and declares, “Europe Concludes a Historic Accord to Save the Euro.” No smiling politicians for Libération’s cover, which asks “Crisis of the Euro: Who Will Pay?” Le Parisien has a piece on France falling for Twitter, although the French make up only one percent of the world’s tweeps. The Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair – where tweets from the courtroom were the press’s lifeline – is credited with hooking French hacks.

DSK who? France Soir’s cover has another Socialist, François Hollande, putting up big numbers on Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the 2012 presidential election. “Hollande Crushes Sarkozy,” it declares, with 57 percent for Hollande to 43 percent for the incumbent in an Ifop-France Soir poll.

Almost all the dailies reserve part of their frontpage for a fist-pumping man in yellow, Thomas Voeckler, the unassuming French cyclist who kept the Tour de France leader’s jersey for a tenth day with his heroics on the Col du Galibier yesterday, only three days from Sunday’s finish on the Champs Elysées. No Frenchman has won the race since 1985.

((The kiosks don’t know it yet, but Voeckler finally just lost the yellow jersey to one of Luxembourg’s Schleck brothers, Andy, which was pretty much in the cards. Andy’s bro Frank is second. Voeckler drops to fourth. But a French guy, Pierre Rolland, won today’s stage.))

KIOSQUE:
A bit of wishful thinking. Still grim sweater weather in Paris, but this Ricard ad campaign for pastis — the aperitif that evokes sun, sand, and old men playing pétanque on the Côte d’Azur – graces all the kiosks around the Place de la Bastille this morning.
European leaders’ crisis talks over the euro in Brussels today get cover story treatment from Le Figaro and Libération. Libé headlines on “Disgraceful Europe,” claiming, “In the eyes of its citizens, Europe has become a synonym for austerity.” (That story surely responsible for relegating the page-and-a-half piece on lentils tipped on the cover to page 22.) Le Figaro headlines on Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel’s successful late-night powwow for a common stance on the euro, the paper, true to type, painting Sarkozy heroically.
Le Parisien gets to the real important stuff, the impending battle between two French loves: strikes and vacation. The upcoming “chassé-croisé” – the congested tag-team moment when the “juilletistes” (July holidaymakers) and the “aoûtiens” (August holidaymakers) will cross paths coming and going – may be marred this year by Air France personnel angling for a work stoppage. The paper’s man-on-the-street round-up asking whether strikes during the holidays are shocking yields two “yes,” two “no,” and a “yes and no.” Even split.
The Thursday weeklies are vying for beach readers. Paris Match opts for romance, with the usually dour Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry, and the husband we rarely see, Jean-Louis, all smiles for some summer puff before the 2012 presidential pre-campaign gets underway in earnest in the fall. Le Point goes thriller, headlining on “The Mafia in France,” ticking through mafiosi imports from Italy, the Baltics, the Balkans, the former Soviets, China, and Nigeria, with the Corsicans thrown in for local flavor. And Le Nouvel Observateur handles the rest: “From Caesar to DSK. Sex, Power, and Scandals.”

KIOSQUE:

A bit of wishful thinking. Still grim sweater weather in Paris, but this Ricard ad campaign for pastis — the aperitif that evokes sun, sand, and old men playing pétanque on the Côte d’Azur – graces all the kiosks around the Place de la Bastille this morning.

European leaders’ crisis talks over the euro in Brussels today get cover story treatment from Le Figaro and Libération. Libé headlines on “Disgraceful Europe,” claiming, “In the eyes of its citizens, Europe has become a synonym for austerity.” (That story surely responsible for relegating the page-and-a-half piece on lentils tipped on the cover to page 22.) Le Figaro headlines on Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel’s successful late-night powwow for a common stance on the euro, the paper, true to type, painting Sarkozy heroically.

Le Parisien gets to the real important stuff, the impending battle between two French loves: strikes and vacation. The upcoming “chassé-croisé” – the congested tag-team moment when the “juilletistes” (July holidaymakers) and the “aoûtiens” (August holidaymakers) will cross paths coming and going – may be marred this year by Air France personnel angling for a work stoppage. The paper’s man-on-the-street round-up asking whether strikes during the holidays are shocking yields two “yes,” two “no,” and a “yes and no.” Even split.

The Thursday weeklies are vying for beach readers. Paris Match opts for romance, with the usually dour Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry, and the husband we rarely see, Jean-Louis, all smiles for some summer puff before the 2012 presidential pre-campaign gets underway in earnest in the fall. Le Point goes thriller, headlining on “The Mafia in France,” ticking through mafiosi imports from Italy, the Baltics, the Balkans, the former Soviets, China, and Nigeria, with the Corsicans thrown in for local flavor. And Le Nouvel Observateur handles the rest: “From Caesar to DSK. Sex, Power, and Scandals.”