04/09/2013 08:16 am ET Updated Jun 09, 2013

Margaret Thatcher Coverage: Newspapers Reflect Sharply Divided Opinion On Late Prime Minister

Nothing displayed the late Margaret Thatcher's politically polarizing legacy so much as the way the world's newspapers covered her death.

"Loved and loathed" was a common phrase used in news coverage after the former British prime minister's death on Monday. Front pages from around the globe reflected that reality.

From conservative newspapers like the Daily Mail, there was only love: "The Woman Who Saved Britain." From the business-oriented City AM, there was cheering for the woman who spurred a financial services boom: "The Lady Who Changed It All."

From the left-leaning Daily Mirror, there was anger: "The Woman Who Divided A Nation." The Socialist Worker had perhaps the most venemous front page, splashing the word "REJOICE!" over an image of a bloody gravestone.

Thatcher's tattered reputation in the north of England and in Scotland--where many communities have pointed to her industrial policies as the source of decades of economic deprivation--played out in Britain's local and regional papers. "We Can Never Forgive Her," the northwestern Star blared. "Scotland Will Never Forget," the Daily Record wrote.

Even papers in other countries got in on the act. France's Liberatión called Thatcher "the Grim Reaper." Papers in Argentina, which fought Thatcher in the Falklands War, wrote of her "imperial" legacy. South Africa's Cape Times, remembering one of Thatcher's more infamous statements, led with the pointed headline, "'Terrorist' ANC Plays Tribute To Thatcher."

Newspapers in America played up Thatcher's role in the Cold War and her relationship with Ronald Reagan.

Below, see how papers everywhere covered the death. (Front pages courtesy of the Newseum and the BBC's Nick Sutton)

Margaret Thatcher News Coverage