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Coudurier, Hubert

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Le Télégramme - France | 30/10/2014

France will not cancel Mistral delivery

Russia's Vice Prime Minister Dmitri Rogosin has interpreted an invitation to the French city of Saint-Nazaire in mid-November as confirmation that France will deliver the controversial Mistral class helicopter carriers. According to Paris, President François Hollande will take the final decision on the day of delivery. Ridiculous hair-splitting, the regional daily Le Télégramme scoffs: "What a joke! This actually means the decision has long since been made. ... Several reasons can explain this decision. Moscow has already paid and the reputation of our defence industry in a highly competitive market is at stake. The situation in Ukraine has eased somewhat and the elections have taken place, even if the pro-Russian separatists continue to exert pressure. The bottom line is that America's demands [to cancel the Mistral delivery] are part of an economic war being waged unremittingly by our allies, who often turn their back on their hallowed principles."

Le Télégramme - France | 07/08/2013

Newspapers remain important for democracy

Quality newspapers remain indispensable for democracy even in the era of the Internet and online media, the regional paper Le Télégramme argues: "The sale of the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos is symbolic. The crisis has destroyed the business model of the US press, which was largely dependent on advertisement (unlike that in France). And now the giants of the digital world are taking control. Whether it be on paper, on the Internet, on tablets or on TV, the news - of course with different formats in different media - must remain sufficiently gripping to prompt people to spend money for it. Since the illusion of a free culture has survived, only a persistent bond of trust between the brand and its audience can ensure the survival of newspapers. They remain essential for democracy, and all the more so in the multimedia age when everyone writes anything and everything they want."

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