There were nothing but grey skies over the kiosque at the Jules Joffrin métro stop across from the Mairie in the 18th earlier today. The cover of GQ Magazine, featuring retired French soccer star Zinédine Zidane, looked back at the glory days of the French football team, known in France simply as Les Bleus. But the lead headline of Le Parisien wondered if the current team should be penalized for their poor behavior during the Euro Cup 2012 quarter-finals. It is still to be determined whether the whole team will be punished, but it is nearly certain that Samir Nasri, who normally plays for Manchester City, will face retribution for the nasty comments he made to a journalist followingthe match last Saturday when Le Bleus lost to Spain.
The main headlines of Le Figaro focused on the intersection of top French political officials with their worldly counterparts. On the one hand, the daily paper featured the arrival of Burmese political activist and newly elected parliamentary representative, Aung San Suu Kyi, for a three-day visit to the French capital. Le Figaro also made reference to the upcoming European Summit to discuss the financial crisis by announcing a working dinner scheduled for this evening between French President Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Apparently the German leader had already shown her cards by announcing late Tuesday that she will neither support the pooling of debt nor the creation of Eurobonds for “as long as she lives.” Whether she sticks to her guns or is persuaded by President Hollande and others to relax her position will be revealed in the coming days.
Domestic issues were the order of the day at Libération where the main headline imagines French police asking themselves what Manuel Valls, the new Minister of the Interior, will do now that he is in charge. During his campaign, President Hollande called for a new set of rules to improve the relationship between the police and French citizens, which had degraded during the Sarkozy years, but that puts Valls in the awkward position of having to enact reform while also keeping the police force relatively appeased. So far the French police seem to be cautiously optimistic about Valls’s pronouncements.
— Courtney Delaunay (uneamericaine.tumblr.com)