Friday, November 16, 2012

French Feathers Ruffled by British Magazine's Baguette Time-Bomb

The French government is reported to be upset at The Economist for the cover that accompanies the London weekly's leader (along with a special report), a cover that Le Monde indeed qualifies as "anti-French". 
Ailleurs sur la Toile : l'hebdomadaire britannique The Economist publie sa troisième "une" antifrançaise, et les "nerds" de l'équipe Obama ont un look improbable.

Business Insider quotes The Daily Telegraph:
Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg told Europe 1 radio: "Honestly, The Economist has never distinguished itself by its sense of even-handedness."

"It is the Charlie Hebdo of the City," he said, referring to the French satirical weekly which in September drew international criticism for publishing cartoons depicting a naked Prophet Mohammad.

… Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who on Thursday travelled to Berlin to explain France's efforts to boost its declining international competitiveness to Chancellor Angela Merkel, also denounced the cover.
"You are talking about a newspaper which is resorting to excess to sell paper. I can tell you that France is not at all impressed," he told French TV station late on Thursday.