Such was the impact Margaret Thatcher had on the international stage, her image adorned the front pages of Tuesday’s newspapers across the world after her death from a stroke on Monday.
In the same way that she divided opinion while Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the British press was split in its coverage, and even in its choice of photo.
The Daily Mirror, one of the fiercest media critics of Thatcher’s premiership, put a photo of the Iron Lady looking severe, almost sinister, with the headline “The woman who divided a nation”.
On the other hand the Daily Mail, perhaps her biggest supporter in the printed press, hailed her as “The woman who saved Britain” with a photo showing a smiling Margaret Thatcher with the hint of a halo behind her head.
The Sun, a tabloid that championed ‘Maggie’ during the 1980s, stays true to its sensationalist reputation, screaming in the headline that she was found “dead in bed at the Ritz”.
Argentina’s newspapers were, on the whole, subdued, content to simply report her death without too much mention of the Falklands War, when Thatcher took on the then-leader of Argentina, the reviled military dictator Leopoldo Galtieri. Pagina 12 however makes a blunt reference to the war: “Galtieri waits for her in Hell”, it says.
France’s newspaper front pages were also dominated by La Dame de Fer and, like their British counterparts, were divided over their opinion of her. Left-wing daily Libération called her ‘La Grande Faucheuse’ (The Grim Reaper), while right-leaning Le Figaro lauded her “courage in power”. The populist, and France’s most-read paper, Le Parisien (and its nationwide sister publication Aujourd’hui en France) reflected on how the French “loved to hate her”.