Article published the Sunday 03 February 2013 - Latest update : Sunday 03 February 2013

French weekly magazines review

By Marjorie Hache

This week Frances weeklies all have different covers. There's careers advice, accusations of jobs for the Socialist boys and poor marks for French education

Left-leaning Le Nouvel Observateur is headlining "The qualifications that get you jobs." But what kind of job? The dream job? The first step of your career ladder and/or the one that's paid four times the minimum wage?

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Le Nouvel Obs is investigating the job market for young graduates and it says that, after the rise in the number of people who go to university in France, many fields have become a little blocked. Those who have five years of higher education under their belt are expected to have better chances but, as the magazine points out, there are qualifications and qualifications.

Students who did a three-year course in industrial engineering for example are generally snapped up. The fact that it's an in-demand and specialised sector means that this short course is more likely to lead to a job than some prestigious masters' degrees. The highest levels of unemployment for masters graduates tend to be in art, sociology, philosophy communication and documentation at around 14 per cent.

Orientation is therefore key, writes the paper, and beware of those who boast the merits and wonders of the courses they attended at education fairs. It is really through seeking advice from specialists in the sector you are interested in that you will get genuine guidance. Also when it comes to the most sought-after jobs, education, experience and, above all, determination are key. Some sectors are still ideal if you are looking for stable employment, among them teaching and being at the service of the French state.

Speaking of being at the service of the French state, Le Figaro magazine looks at how French President François Hollande has been placing his friends in key positions. Jack Lang and Olivier Shrameck are just some of those who have "golden tickets".

Le Figaro magazine writes that the Socialists have quickly forgotten their promise of an impartial state. The magazine also features a two-page spread which looks at people who were in key positions around France who have been moved or let go of.

There is also a page on the Hollande sympathisers who have a promising few years ahead of them. This is what happens every time a new government takes over but conservative Le Fig’s magazine couldn’t help itself.

L’Express is also keen to expose the "hidden scandal” of corruption among MPs, businesses and civil servants. The article doesn’t just look at murky dealings in France but across Europe as a whole. Scandinavians are viewed as incorruptible, while the Greeks and Italians come off worst.

All this is according to a transparency report by the OECD. The article doesn’t praise France, though, and even says that the country performs poorly. It does, however, welcome the establishment of anti-corruption bodies which can now file a civil suit.

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Marianne is focusing on the 12 taboos in French schools, basically what we dare not say about the French education system. They include teachers being undervalued and not enough  attention being paid to pupils. France's education is among the worst in Europe, the paper says, because it still produces a system of social inequalities.

School is no longer a safe haven but a place where summer holidays are too long, ethnic segregation still exists and money is badly managed, Marianne argues.

tags: Education - Employment - France - François Hollande - French press review - Press review - Unemployment
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