The French Press. Curious about what’s in the French news these days but having trouble deciphering paragraphs of jargon à la française? Here are some highlights of the past week’s French press (with links to the original articles if you feel like stretching your brain). An alleged presidential affair kicks things off.
On Friday, French politics gave birth to its newest scandal: an alleged affair between François Hollande and actress Julie Gayet. The first pangs came when the magazine Closer published photos of Hollande seemingly going to and coming from an apartment where Hollande reportedly met Gayet. The rest followed quite naturally. “Yeah, so our president has a mistress. So f-ing what?” the French proceeded to say, (but not before reading every international take on the affair and concluding that the world still finds French affairs sexy, even after all these years).
Read one of many summaries of the affair on Rue89.
Yeah, but what about the First Lady?
Well, as it turns out Hollande’s companion isn’t quite as blasé as the rest of her country. She has been hospitalized as part of a “ten-day rest treatment” that was prescribed by her doctor and seems to be considering leaving the Elysée (France’s presidential palace) altogether.
Read that latest story on Le Figaro.
Taxi! Taxi! … Taxi?
They’re on strike — at least in Paris — to protest competition by “voitures de tourisme avec chauffeurs” or “VTCs” (basically services like Uber and Hail O). Parisian taxis are subject to stringent regulation: a fixed number of licenses are available and are expensive to obtain, and all cabs are metered. In exchange, they are given privileges like use of bus lanes, the exclusive right to pick up passengers in the street and at airport stands. The VTCs, however operate freely and even though they are supposed to only run on pre-arranged trips, taxi drivers claim that they poach passengers in the street right and left. The taxi drivers are also protesting increased sales tax.
Read the full story on Libération.
His show banned in many French cities, Dieudonné says “uncle.”
After weeks of fighting a ban on his latest show “Le Mur,” French comic Dieudonné has given in and promised that his next offering will not contain the racist remarks that prompted the censure. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls remains skeptical, however, saying that the artist will remain “under surveillance.”
Read the interview with Manuel Valls in Le Parisien.