Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Today’s best European front pages

If you'd have to find a common topic on most of European dailies on this 1st April, it would with no doubt be French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault's resignation, after the catastrophic results of his Socialist party in Sunday's local polls, and president François Hollande's decision to appoint Manuel Valls — the government's most popular character — as his successor. The new French government could be announced as early as today.

'Ayrault swings' - Libération, Paris.

'Valls at Matignon [palace]: Hollande stakes his all' - Le Figaro, Paris

'Manuel Valls prime minister' - Ouest France, Rennes.

'Valls, Hollande's last card' - Le Soir, Brussels.

'Hollande resorts to popular Valls as prime minister' - La Vanguardia, Barcelona.

'Hollande fires the government' - De Morgen, Brussels.

'Hollande brakes the mould with Valls' - El Periódico, Barcelona.

'Hollande tries a new start' - Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich.

'A brand new agreement with the Troika' - I Kathimerini, Athens.

'"We will hunt them up in their caves"' - Die Tageszeitung, Berlin.

'Piazza Affari [Milan's stock exchange] at the top in Europe. Inflation at its minimum since 2009' - Il Sole 24 Ore, Milan.

'Ukrainian village flees from Maidan to Russia' - Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moscow.

'In the spotlight: Virant blocked VAT. VAT rates in the EU' - Večer, Maribor.

'PM orders inquiry into Islam group terror links' - The Times, London.

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