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Libération - France | 21/05/2012

Hollande acting too normal

By adopting a sober style of governing, the French President François Hollande is trying to distance himself from his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy. A pose the left-liberal daily Libération doesn't buy: "A French president who stops at red lights, a prime minister who spends his holidays in a caravan, a minister who arrives at the first Council meeting by commuter train sporting jeans - oh yes, jeans, that item of clothing that is capable of changing the face of the world, just like Mark Zuckerberg's hooded sweatshirt. One would say Hollande's storytellers wanted to give the first days of his presidency all the appearance of a Scandinavian-type normality. This isn't a government, it's a semaphore. As if it were necessary to emboss the return to normality in people's minds, and very quickly at that. ... This government has one principal enemy. It's not the Right, it's scepticism. Whether young or old, we have never encountered a government that did what it said and said what it did. Many of us who are over fifty remember Mitterrand, Chirac, Sarkozy, as a string of of con artists, lying as if it were their native language."

Libération - France | 04/07/2011

Breaking the wall of silence

The charges of attempted rape against Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be dropped after doubts have been cast on the accuser's credibility. Nevertheless the scandal raises serious issues, writes the left-liberal daily Libération: "Whatever the investigations may reveal ... the DSK scandal has triggered a general and unexpected bout of soul searching on the relationship between journalists and politicians, between men and women and on the status of a woman's statements in society as a whole. From the worldwide focus on a local news item to our own most intimate feelings, rarely has the micro-level so well reflected the macro-level. This soul searching, this deconstruction of our habits and certitudes, has lost none of its urgency. Even if it is not been proven that DSK crossed the line between a heavy-handed come-on and rape, the wall of silence that has surrounded sexual harassment and aggressions for so long, most notably in the political arena, is unacceptable."

Libération - France | 13/04/2009

The social acceptance of the dead

Images showing the funerals of Italian earthquake victims have been broadcast on European television stations at all hours of the day. Just a few days prior to the quake, however, 200 illegal immigrants drowned off the coast of Lybia in an accident that was hardly covered in the media. The daily Libération comments: "An earthquake offers a television broadcaster the guarantee that the team's travel costs will be paid off by night after night of moving images. By contrast, those who drowned are simply drowned. There's no tension, no rescuers, no heroes. Clearly, however, that's not all there is to say. One additional factor is what you could call the social acceptance of the dead. The TV journalists assume we won't accept the Italians' death. They are Europeans like us and victims of a natural catastrophe. By contrast the stations assume we will have no problem accepting the death by drowning of illegal immigrants, on the principle that rich countries cannot shoulder the miseries of the entire world."

Libération - France | 03/11/2006

The development of new media

The chronicler David Schneidermann compares the work of the traditional media and the new participative media, noting a desire among users to construct their own news and information. "This desire is today one of the symptoms of the running out of steam of the synthesis story and the complete story. It seems to condemn the media whose promise can be summed up as, 'Here is what is important, what constitutes incontrovertible 'News'. …  This system finds itself competing with another offer, that of the new media whose promise is different: I am delivering you what I have seen, or what I think. ... You can complement your findings here, or here, just click. The truth is never anything but a Wiki-truth to which you are invited to contribute yourselves, endlessly, contradictorily. Representative information against participative information are two promises that seem as incompatible as two different religions."

Libération - France | 01/09/2006

The "laziness" of French literary critics

The chronicler Daniel Scheidermann regrets that the French media focus on a new novel by Christine Angot at the beginning of this new season in publishing. "Apparently the new literary season of 2006 has lined up 683 novels. Woe to the authors of the 682 other ones. How could one not feel a pang of compassion ? ... Hats off. Hats off before the immense, the unfathomable, the oceanic laziness betrayed by this concentration on Angot. The laziness of the publishers. The laziness of the literary critics and their bosses, off on holiday with a clear conscience having tied up their pages at the end of August. General laziness, thus self-absolved, of all those who consent to this surrender of curiosity, to this submission to this self-proclaimed evidence, to this dictatorship of presumed success, that constitutes a single book, a single voice, among 683.”

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