Monday, May 16, 2011

15 May 2011: News of the day

Reading Le Parisien from this Sunday morning, it's pretty clear that they didn't cry "stop the presses" when the news of the arrest of Dominique Strauss Kahn came out. The story that was the only thing on TV since the arrest of DSK during the night of Saturday to Sunday, NY time.

In fact, after the big story of the day (football, what else, with the cover plus three pages on the victory of Lille in some cup), the next pages were devoted to the continued high polls for DSK in the race for the Socialist nomination for the 2012 presidential elections. This, despite a pseudo-scandal of DSK riding in a... PORCHE! (The "guy whose Porche it was" gets a full page just for himself.)

Anyhow, nothing about the arrest for attempted rape. But they'll catch up tomorrow.

Several more pages on presidential election "news" (from now on, we'll call presidential election news "P12"), then a short piece on a rally of the UMP (Sarkozy's party). A Sarkozy minister of North African origin was outraged when a participant said "we have had enough of these towelheads*!'The party line is that everyone was offended by the words of the old man. In fact, independent sources state that at least a third of the audience supported the creep.

The term used was "bougnoules". Think "spic" or "kike" in terms of offensiveness.

A rather substantial article about the Mad Hatters, which drew my attention because this gang of pickpockets operates in Michigan.

The entertainment section is heavy on Cannes, of course, but also the fantastic failure of the French singer at Eurovision. Once again, commentators blame geographico-cultural block voting. Duh.

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