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DETROIT NEWS, NYT (USA), LE MONDE (France), O GLOBO (Brazil)

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DETROIT - From Kalamazoo, Michigan to Paris, France, news of Detroit's bankruptcy -- the largest municipal financial default filing in American history -- was making headlines far and wide and close to home on Friday.

"Detroit, the cradle of America’s automobile industry and once the nation’s fourth-most-populous city, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, the largest American city ever to take such a course," wrote the New York Times.

The leading local dailies in and around Detroit mixed resignation with a search for hope -- and a "fresh start."

Meanwhile, leading French daily Le Monde, like other news outlets around the world, was giving the story ample coverage, focusing on what it says about the automobile industry, the overall health of the U.S. economy and the ever deepening gap between rich and poor.

The bankruptcy filing, Le Monde writes, is "the last act in the slow agony of the Motor City." Here are some front pages...

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Papá, Papá, On Repeat: Are We Men Ready For Fatherhood To Change Our Lives?

There is a moment on Saturday or Sunday, after having spent ten hours with my kids, that I get a little exasperated, I lose my patience. I find it hard to identify the emotion, I definitely feel some guilt too. I know that time alone with them improves our relationship... but I get bored! Yes, I feel bored. I want some time in the car for them to talk to each other while I can talk about the stupid things we adults talk about.

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This is what a friend tells me. He tends to spend several weekends alone with his two children and prefers to make plans with other people instead of being alone with them. As I listened to him, I immediately remembered my long days with Lorenzo, my son, now three-and-a-half years old. I thought especially of the first two-and-a-half years of his life, when he hardly went to daycare (thanks, COVID!) and we’d spend the whole day together.

It also reminded me of a question I often ask myself in moments of boredom — which I had virtually ignored in my life before becoming a father: how willing are we men to let fatherhood change our lives?

It is clear that the routines and habits of a couple change completely when they have children, although we also know that this rarely happens equally.

With the arrival of a child, men continue to work as much or more than before, while women face a different reality: either they double their working day — maintaining a paid job but adding household and care tasks — or they are forced to abandon all or part of their paid work to devote themselves to caregiving.

In other words, "the arrival of a child tends to strengthen the role of economic provider in men (...), while women reinforce their role as caregivers," says an extensive Equimundo report on Latin America and the Caribbean, highlighting a trend that repeats itself in most Western countries.

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