The Press: Fools & Opposition

Praised by these, blamed by those—mocking fools, heckling the opposition I hasten to laugh at everything for fear of being obliged to weep.

—Figaro in The Barber of Seville.

As Paris' oldest and one of its best-written newspapers, Le Figaro, which was named and modeled after Beaumarchais' roguish hero, has spent much time heckling the opposition in its 124 years. Because Le Figaro is the chief spokesman for the Roman Catholic middle class (it considers itself "further left than right-wing papers, and further right than left-wing papers"), its major, opposition now is...

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