French newspaper Libération and the queen of Brazil

French newspaper Libération could be described as an icon of leftist thinkers. Maybe that will explain its bias headline toward a “leftist” party. Two days before the second round that will choose the next president of Brazil, I was surprised to read on its front page: “Dilma Rousseff, almost queen of Brazil”. The Libération also says that “Lula’s heir will surely be elected on Sunday”..

Where are democratic values?

We Brazilians have the origin of our political values founded on the European history and tradition. Values of democracy that imply the liberty of the people to choose. Does anyone has the capacity to predict the outcome of an election? If one argue that the pools say that Dilma will be the next president of Brazil, well the polls were wrong in the first round some weeks ago.

Liberty of press and democracy

The foreign press tend to see Lula as a champion of democracy and social justice. Not an undisputed fact. Most of the Brazilian press has declared support to the opposition candidate, José Serra. The argument is that Lula’s administration has consistently mined freedom of speech and made advances toward the control of opinion.

Pass the front page: Marina Silva

To be fair with Libération, they also bring a good interview with Marina Silva, the defeated candidate of the Green party.

Published by Hildete Vodopives

Hildete de Moraes Vodopives is founder of Brazil Global and of the Harvard Strategists Group. She has a PhD in Economic History and advises companies and investment agencies in international business development.She served as Corporate Relations Director and later, on the board of the Brazilian Investment Analysts Association (APIMEC).

One thought on “French newspaper Libération and the queen of Brazil

  1. Any real lefty party member that have a minimum knowledge of Brazilian actual political scenario would know that José Serra is way over closer to the “left” than Ms. Rousseff. I wrote an article for Brazilian newspaper “Gazeta do Povo” saying that Brazil (or any other people) need to be able to distinguish ideals and focus from candidates. Polarized parties represents some kind of political maturity that in my oppinion is still not available in most emerging countries.
    Great Blog! Got a new follower!


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