President Emmanuel Macron’s decision on Tuesday to approve automatic income tax deduction made most French front pages. Macron had hesitated in pushing through the reform, after postponing a decision on it last year. Le Figaro wrote: “Finally, it’s a yes.” Libération’s headline: “Macron saves face.” The papers also noted the appointment of new Environment Minister François de Rugy. Le Monde led with the results of an investigation into far-right violence.
For British papers, it was all about Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn. Several front pages featured juicy excerpts from the upcoming book on the Trump White House by legendary journalist Bob Woodward. On the Corbyn front, the papers covered ongoing tensions within the Labour Party on how to combat anti-Semitism. The Times noted that Labour’s executive committee had “slapped down” Corbyn by adopting the full internationally recognized definition of anti-Semitism, without the leader’s proposed caveat. The Daily Express said police were investigating a Labour anti-Semitism cover-up.
Die Tageszeitung led with stories of an emerging #aufstehen (#getup) social movement in reaction to far-right rallies in the country. “I am tired tired of leaving the street to the right,” the paper quoted the movement’s founder as saying. Die Welt, meanwhile, highlighted opposition in Horst Seehofer’s Christian Socialist Union to the America-apologist path purportedly being taken by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Papers led with coverage of a speech by Catalan leader Quim Torra on Tuesday. El País wrote that he “avoided new threats without renouncing his radical discourse.” La Vanguardia said: “Torra calls for mobilization but dodges disobedience.”