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hello, you're watching bbc news. the french prime minister has stressed that he does not want yesterday's attacks to derail the elections on sunday. the government is fully mobilised so that nothing will stop this fundamental democratic moment for our country from going ahead. security is being reinforced ahead of the election and campaigning has been paused — although some of the main players have been giving their reaction to this latest attack. the other stories on bbc news: theresa may confirms the uk will continue to spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid. what we need to do is look at how that money is spent and make sure we are able to spend that money in the most effective way. at least 20 children dead in south africa after a minibus collided with
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a truck. research by the national crime agency suggests the average cyber criminal is someone in their teens. and the former aston villa and england defender ugo ehiogu has died suddenly at 44, after suffering a cardiac arrest. good afternoon. details have been emerging about the man who opened fire on the champs elysees last night, killing a policeman and injuring two other people. christian is in paris. good afternoon. security officials in france have said that they are looking closely at what happened, trying to prevent another attack. we
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should be concentrating on the final election campaigning day, before the first round of the vote on sunday, but that is not what has been happening. the president has been meeting security officials, trying to getan meeting security officials, trying to get an understanding of the threat. the french media have been reporting that the attacker was the teeming years old, living ema solberg ‘s, and was seen as a security threat for something. he was shot dead on the sean is easy, just days before the presidential vote. the french prime minister has said that nothing should be allowed to impede the progress of democracy. these pictures show the final moments of the champs elysees attack. police officers appear to shoot down the gunman, who's hidden behind the vehicle. the police had been deployed on this avenue to protect civilians, instead they ended up being targeted themselves. the french media has named the attacker as
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39—year—old karim cheurfi. reports say he had a previous conviction for attempting to kill police officers. the victim has been named as 37—year—old xavierjugele. he'd been a police officer for seven years. this morning, the champs elysees was reopened. france is still piecing together the exact sequence of last night's events. from what we understand, the attack drove along the champs elysees, stopped here, got out and opened fire on police officers in a van. the police returned fire but it all happened incredibly quickly. this off duty officer came to remember his fallen colleagues. life will carry on but we have to watch out. anywhere can be hit. we have to be careful. i'm homaged at the security the police provide.
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i have police in my family and i know what being the wife, mother or sister of a police officer is... i pay great respect. this morning, the police searched the attacker‘s home in a paris suburb. the 39—year—old gunman has not been formally named. might his actions affect sunday's presidential election? the two front runners have each reacted. translation: i would like to restore the borders and check the identity of everyone so we can find the enemy. soon we should expel foreigners who cannot be identified, especially those who failed id tests, send them back to their country of origin. the will of terrorists is to destabilise the country, hurt it.
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it is fundamental aquitaine when the french are going to decide the future. that is democracy that is targeted. in two days, the people of this city and country make the decision. this attack and those over the last few years, could weigh heavily. the other main candidates, fillon, and those from the left, have also been speaking. these radical values, we should face it with an intellectual wall. the
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foreign policy, based on the distraction of the islamic state, has been threatening the country. it is only going to be possible when all the super powers act together. all of us have got to recollect, and think, reflect, uproot the future, the future of the country. for my part, surrounded by a lot of teams who have accompanied me throughout this entire campaign, reinforced by hundreds of thousands of intellectuals, artisans and artists, who have during this period demonstrated their willingness to support me, i would like to say that
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iam support me, i would like to say that i am ready to go into the second—round, if that is the will of the french people. we can't tell you about this starting a neural gunman, shot dead on the champs—elysees. karim cheurfi was known to police, and they have been at his apartment in the east of the city. in 2001, he was jailed for the attempted murder of three police officers. he was a petty criminal. jailed until 2015. and the working theory, he had been radicalised in prison. in december, he was flanked to an organisation, largely set up after the charlie hebdo attack, to intercept people
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who have been radicalised. in the jury, he was picked up after rating on social media that he wanted to hot police officers, and in march he came to the attention of the internal security services, he was trying to get in touch with french fighters in syria, saw plenty of suspicion. but he was not on the list of people that they have, people who would be monitored day to day. questions why that has not happened. with regards to the security operation, the french have been here before. they know how to respond. mobilising the field force of the security services. this is just the latest in a long string of attacks. but why does this country face such a threat? i have taken a look. france is hardly alone in the struggle against homegrown islamic extremism.
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but in recent years it has suffered a disproportionate number of attacks. in 2014, militants attacked the offices of the satirical magazine, charlie hebdo, killing 12. days later, a gunman stormed a jewish grocery store, killing four. in november 2015, 130 were killed in the attacks on paris and the bataclan theatre. and on bastille day lastjuly, france's national holiday, a truck was driven through a crowd of people on the nice promenade. 86 people died. but behind those major terrorist incidents, persistent low level attacks, many of them aimed at the security forces. last year, a police officer and his wife were stabbed to death in their home by anjihadist linked to so—called islamic state. weeks later, two terrorists attacked a church in normandy, killing an 86—year—old priest. more recently, a policeman was stabbed and injured in a suburb of paris before the attacker appeared at 0rly airport, where he was shot dead.
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over the past few months the government has been calling on national security forces to ensure the safety of our citizens throughout the country. over the next few days, more than 50,000 police officers and military police will be deployed to guarantee the smooth running of the elections. since the attack on the bataclan, the state of emergency here in france has been extended five times. the police now carry their weapons off duty for their own safety, and they have sweeping new powers to put suspects under house arrest — they can search apartments and computers without judicial warrants. but the list of people they're following is enormous. 0ne mp who worked on the terror legislation told me there are 15,000 names on the list that documents that most dangerous. in marseille this week, police say they foiled an imminent attack involving two men — again, one linked to belgium. in the raids that took place, they recovered a haul
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of semi automatic weapons and bomb making equipment. europe is awash with weapons. they've come in from the balkans. easy to source, cheap to buy. and there'll be live coverage of the results of the first round of voting in the french presidential election. that's this sunday at 6:30pm, in france decides on the bbc news channel. theresa may has confirmed that the uk will continue to spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid. speaking to workers at a toothpaste factory in berkshire, she said she was proud of britain's record on helping people in need around the world. i spoke to our correspondent about how significant this was. 0n the face of it, when you look at
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the language from the prime minister, it seemed absolutely categoric. just a little bit of a caveat, in what was said. you can come to your own judgment. but the context, and intense discussion going on in the conservative party, david cameron's idea of guaranteeing and saw that the united kingdom would spend 0.7% on overseas aid. some critics thought it was perfect, because it guaranteed the department for international development a certain amount of money. —— perverse. and they would somehow have to work out how to spend that money. it was during the times of posterity, elsewhere. that is why it was going to be keen eyes on this, to see if theresa may would stick
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with it. the 0.7% commitment remains, and is going to remain, but we need to look at how that money is spent, and make sure we are able to spend that money in the most effective way. i am proud of the re cord we effective way. i am proud of the record we have, the children around the world being educated as a result of what the british government, the taxpayer is doing, in terms of international aid. the ability that we had, to help ebola, supporting syrian refugees. i was injordan, meeting some youngsters, being given a good quality education. that is one of the things that the united kingdom has been providing, i am proud of that record but we have to make sure we are spending more money as effectively as possible. but? exactly. i have spoken to a senior
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conservative source, who knows about international development, asking about that apparent caveat, towards the end of the answer. and without disappearing into the nerdiness of accounting practices, this boils down to the government saying, are they going to stick with the idea, they going to stick with the idea, the current definition of what kids as international aid? then determine what they think is the best use of that money? 0r trying to broaden the definition? that could include security spending, spending from the foreign office. and if so, those who wa nt to foreign office. and if so, those who want to see the watering down could cheer it is not what it is. no commitment, no direct answer, sources have said just wait for the ma nifesto. sources have said just wait for the manifesto. but one of the questions from our deputy political editor,
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detection for pensioners, the triple lock, guaranteeing the increase of two and a half percent, regardless of earnings and inflation, it was striking given that the prime minister as that question on international aid, she avoided that question entirely, and mentioned what the conservatives have done in the past, rather than what they would do, if he won the election. the chancellor philip hammond has said the government needs more ‘flexibility‘ on taxes. after the recent budget, the government was forced into an embarrassing u—turn on its attempt to raise taxes for the self employed. speaking to our economics editor kamal ahmed — mr hammond hinted that he would like to see the 2015 manifesto promise not to raise taxes significantly amended, if not abandoned all together. iama i am a conservative. i came into politics, not to say taxes rising,
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but to get the burden of taxation falling. that remains my political ambition. and george by the track record. we have cut the deficit that we inherited from labour by two thirds. reducing income, taking 3 million taxpayers out of taxation altogether. that is what conservatives do, with careful management of the economy, keeping taxes low. what we do need tax to manage the system, and make sure that theresa may and the government has a clear mandate to execute, that we do not violate jeremy has a clear mandate to execute, that we do not violatejeremy corbyn and the bumbling coalition get their hands on the power. what you do not support specific tax polices, not to
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raise? all chance of us would prefer to have more flexibility, how they manage the economy, and the overall tax burden. rather than have hands constrained. but what we have in the ma nifesto constrained. but what we have in the manifesto is going to be decided over the next few days. we will see where we have got to after the proper debate. but that 2015 triple lock boxed u—turn? proper debate. but that 2015 triple lock boxed u-turn? the more commitments that you make, the less flexibility that you have. but you are unable to do other things, that could appear as higher priorities during the course of the government. and having enough flexibility to run the government effectively. a few minutes ago the liberal democrat leader tim farron spoke to people on the campaign trail in manchester. no doubt whatsoever that theresa may
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caulker selection, not for the bogus reasons that she has claimed, but the labour party do for this, she has got all that she needs she wants to pursue brexit. she thought i cannot resist the temptation of taking on jeremy corbyn, cannot resist the temptation of taking onjeremy corbyn, the most ineffective opposition in political history. i say this, knowing that the conservatives as in the coronation, knowing that they cannot lose more than one seat to the scottish national party, unless you have an aggressive foreign policy, from the cost ofjune, nobody thinks that the labour party are going to gaina single that the labour party are going to gain a single seat. they are going
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to lose dozens of dozens. the only thing that theresa may has to be afraid of, the liberal democrats. she has every reason to be afraid of the liberal democrats. we will stand ona the liberal democrats. we will stand on a passionate platform, of being open, tolerant, everybody equal, everybody has the ability to decide their own future. not be locked into some brexit, as if it was written i nigel farage. for the last decade, nigel farage. for the last decade, nigel farage. for the last decade, nigel farage has gone across the united kingdom, telling people we wa nt to united kingdom, telling people we want to be more like norway and switzerland, out of the european union, in the single market. theresa may has just made nigel farage look like a moderate. that is the government that we have. it is the wrong direction for britain, the liberal democrats are the party for you. we are surprised by the taming of the election but excited and determined. this is the opportunity,
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that britain has, and manchester, to change the direction. you are not powerless. we want to make the change ours. thanks. votes are being counted in the election for the general secretary of unite — it emerged yesterday that gerard coyne — the main challenger to the current boss len mccluskey — has been suspended from his post as a regional official with the union. 0ur political correspondent has been following the contest. we are expecting to learn something, by the end of today. this suspension of gerard coyne was the latest twist, to become leader of the union, one of labour's biggest donors, because the battle for the
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leadership has been seen as a proxy contest, for the labour party. the direction that the labour party is taking. that is because len mccluskey, one ofjeremy corbyn‘s biggest backers. strong supporter of the direction thatjeremy corbyn has taken. and gerard coyne, his main rival, has been accusing his rival of meddling. it has been a dividing line. and the suspension of gerard coyne, it does not affect the contest itself, but it was bought out of blue. expecting to win something, later on today. we do not know why gerard coyne was suspended, we know that it is good to be an investigation. but we do not know the details of any allegations against him. even what impact this could have, if gerard coyne actually
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wins the contest. other news now, and here, the latest retail sales figures show sales down by 1.4% in the three months to march — their biggest fall for seven years. so what's going on? 0ur economics correspondent andy verity gave us more details. food prices were falling for about three years but if you look at the average retail price, the consumer price index is up by 2.3% — i think we have a different index there, but other rich pay, up 2.2% is not keeping up, so there is a renewed squeeze on living standards, we have that squeeze on living standards from 2011 to about 2015 and then wages starting outpacing prices but now we are back in the same situation, living standards are being squeezed and prices are going up because most of what we buy from abroad, when the pound is weak, you
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need more to buy the same goods so they will cost more — that is an effect we have particularly felt post—referendum. now — the average computer hacker isjust 17 — and gets involved in cyber crime because they think they won't get caught. that's the conclusion of a new report by the national crime agency, which has been looking at ways to stop young people getting drawn into online crime. 0ur correspondent angus crawford has more. the internet is breeding a new kind of criminal who'd never normally break the law. they're young and tech savvy and sometimes don't even realise what they're doing is wrong. investigators questioned teenagers convicted of cyber crime and other young hackers. the report found financial gain wasn't a priority. but they did want to impress other hackers. and thought the risk
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of getting caught was low. the early motivations can be the challenge, can be proving to their peers online that they can complete the challenge or they can break into certain things, or find vulnerabilities. but we do see, if they are good at that and if they can build their reputations in forums and prove to their peers, we do see them then getting into this more for monetary reasons as well. this self—confessed hacker, now 16, claims he taught himself. ijust read about it on the news. i got interested, wanted to know how it worked and how this actually happens, how a website gets taken down. i researched it from there, really. i was 12, 13. i found it easy. you learn about the computer misuse act, which is something you are likely to fall foul of if you go off and do cyber security without any guidance. the nca research also shows early intervention can stop criminal behaviour. here, teenagers take part in a tech competition, learning how to hack and stay on the right side of the law. a lot of students have access to their own computers at home now and therefore they are trying things
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out, and rightly so, we don't want to discourage people from going out and trying new skills, learning how to do things. what we absolutely must get in there, though, is there is a line they shouldn't be crossing, both in ethics and the law. it's a huge challenge for law enforcement. the average age of suspects in cyber crime investigations is nowjust 17. more now on that accident in south africa — emergency services say at least twenty children were killed when their mini bus collided with a truck. the accident happened in mpumalanga province near the capital, pretoria. one report said the bus exploded into a ball of flame on impact. many children were trapped inside the bus — many children were dragged from the wreckage and were seriously hurt. therre's still no known cause — and we'll bring you updates from south africa as they come. prison authorities in the us state
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of arkansas have carried out their first execution for more than a decade. the death, by lethal injection, of ledell lee, who was convicted of murder more than 20 years ago, is the first of several planned by the state before supplies of a drug expire. the go—ahead for the execution was given just 30 minutes before his death warrant ran out. richard galpin reports. ledell lee had been on death row for almost a quarter of the century. he had been convicted of killing a woman with an iron bar. anything to say to the public? for years, he protested his innocence but last night, the stay of execution was lifted minutes before his death warrant was due to expire. he was the first of four men due to be executed by lethal injection here in the coming days. i am not going to say i have come to terms with the state trying to take my life...
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the state of arkansas had originally wanted to put to death all of these eight men before the end of the month, an unprecedented rate of executions. and the reason for the rush is that is when the expiry date on supplies of this sedative used in the lethal injections runs out. all of this has brought protesters out onto the streets and action in the courts, with lawyers arguing the rush to execute amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. but the legal manoeuvres have only succeeded in halting four of the planned executions. the authorities in arkansas, though, incest what they are doing is right. there has been a lot
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of talk about the inmates. i would encourage you to remember the victims in this process and theirfamilies, who have had to go through this nightmare for 2a, 30 years. mary phillips was raped and strangled by one of the other men due to be executed soon. her husband cannot forgive her killer. i know a lot of people have forgiven him and all that kind of stuff. that's my business if i do it, so they can protest all they want, it don't matter. more executions are scheduled, even though the drugs have not worked in some other states, leaving condemned prisoners writhing in pain. we will be back in just one moment. time for a look at the weather. thank you. it is going to be a nice
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weekend for most of us, dry weather and sunshine. it has been a struggle to get some of the sunshine today, especially from the south west, and at scotland we have got the best of the sunshine. the weather front producing some rain. colderfar north. temperatures in the mid—teens. but behind that cover, we will get a touch of frost across scotland. milder in the south. it could start of cloudy, but across wales and the midlands, some sunshine developing. more cloud for northern ireland, and eastern england, perhaps one or two showers. warm in the sunshine. and more of that as we head to sunday.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: paris mourns the death of a policeman who died in last night's shooting. the attack in the heart of the capital saw people fleeing the main boulevard — police shot the gunman dead. security is being reinforced ahead of sunday's presidential election. campaigning has been paused — although some of the main players have been giving their reaction to this latest attack. theresa may confirms the uk will continue to spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid. she said she was proud of britain's record on helping people in need around the world. at least 20 children are dead in south africa, after the minibus they were in collided with a truck near pretoria. uk retail sales post their biggest quarterly fall in seven years, as the prices of everyday goods continue to climb. sales in the first three months of the year fell across almost all types of shop. lets get an update on the sport now.
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like a father, that is how one of the top the's on 23s described ugo ehiogu, after his death at 1m. in a statement, spurs said his immense presence would be irreplaceable. unite ugo ehiogu, trophy in hand, one of three league clubs who would win ina one of three league clubs who would win in a 20 year professional career. a player described today as a gentle giant, a true defender. tributes his friends and former pit leeds team—mates could never have imagined having to make for a man with still so much ahead of him in the game. he was born in east london, but his death will be most
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keenly felt in the midlands, where he came through west bromwich albion‘s academy before playing at aston villa for nine years. albion‘s academy before playing at aston villa for nine yearslj albion‘s academy before playing at aston villa for nine years. i think we are all shocked and devastated by the news of somebody so young, who, very, very quietly, was making his way as a very talented coach. for everybody at villa. he was uncompromising, quick. all of the football world will be shocked and saddened. he made over 300 appearances for villa. the club will hold a minute's applause before their game against birmingham on sunday. former team—mates have taken to social media to share tributes. sta n to social media to share tributes. stan collymore said he was truly broken, and called ugo ehiogu one of the good guys. from villa, he moved to middlesbrough, for a then club record £8 million. a fearsome defensive partnership with gareth southgate would lead to more success , southgate would lead to more success, the last of his league cup
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trophies. towering header, from a towering centre half. he also forced his way back into the england reckoning. he scored in their win against spain in 2001. it was sven—goran eriksson‘s first game in charge. that, one of four caps for his country. the football association chairman greg clarke called him a hugely popularfigure across english football, but particularly at aston villa and middlesbrough. he will be much missed by the game he served so well. and he continued to serve. a highly regarded coach with the next generation of top players. he collapsed yesterday at the club's training ground, after suffering a cardiac arrest. his death will also be marked at sheffield united, leeds and rangers, one of his last clubs. they will remember him for this goal of the season against celtic. but ugo ehiogu will be remembered across the game. manchester united will face the spanish side celta vigo in the semi—finals of the europa league. marcus rashford's late goal
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gave them victory over anderlecht last night — united will be away in the first leg on the fourth of may. in the other tie, ajax will play lyon. in the champions league draw, holders real madrid play city rivals atletico madrid and french side monaco take on italian giants juventus. the women's super league side notts county ladies has gone into liquidation after new owner alan hardy was unable to clear their debts. notts county reached the fa cup final in 2015 and they were due to start their season against arsenal on sunday, but they've now withdrawn from the league. recommendations aimed at improving athletes' welfare have been published as part of a major report into british sport. the duty of care review was commissioned by the government and led by 11—time paralympic gold medallist baroness tanni grey—thompson. the publication comes amid bullying allegations against coaches, mounting concern over the use
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of medication, and the child sex abuse scandal in football. the recommendations include appointing a sports ombudsman that has the power to hold governing bodies to account for the level of care. former champion shaun murphy has a big fight on his hands if he's to come from behind to beat ronnie 0'sullivan in the second round at the world snooker championship. murphy was 6—2 down overnight and is now 8—3 down to the five—times champion. these are live pictures of frame 12, coverage now on bbc two. earlier this morning, stuart bingham looked like levelling his match against kyren wilson. the man from kettering producing a nervous clea ra nce to kettering producing a nervous clearance to extend his lead to 9—7. great britain's james hall has won all—around bronze at the european gymnastics championships in romania. the 21—year—old finished behind gold medallist 0leg verniaiev of ukraine and russia's arthur dalaloyan. another briton, joe fraser, was fifth.
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ellie downie and alice kinsella compete in the women's all—around finals in around an hours' time. that's all sport for now. we'll have more in the next hour. let's return to the gun attack in paris last night. the policeman who was killed has been named as xavierjudge. french media are also naming the gunman as 39—year—old karim cheurfi. french security officials say he was known to him and had been known as a radical. a note praising islamic state was found near his body. 0ur security correspondent frank gardner is here. a lot of people might say, if he is known to authorities, why is he still out there? it is a very valid
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question. he is one of many. pretty much every terrorist attack that we see in europe these days, the assailant, the perpetrator, is nearly always on some kind of a watch list, or known to the authorities. it begs exactly your question, what is the point of that if they cannot be stopped? the reason is that it all comes down to quite a complex balance between resources and priorities. this particular guy was convicted in 2001 of attempting to kill a policeman. he clearly had a thing against policeman. he was planning a gun attack, and tried to carry it out, to wound them. he spent more than ten yea rs to wound them. he spent more than ten years in prison. he was released inafew ten years in prison. he was released in a few years ago. he was arrested earlier this year, again, for attempting to plan the murder of policeman. but for lack of sufficient evidence, he was released. clearly, here is somebody who is an issue, and probably should have been watched more closely. in britain, there are in excess of 3000
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individuals through the police and mi5 individuals through the police and m15 suspect or no have extremist islamist terrorist sympathies. they cannot watch all of them. until one of them is actually either reported in by the community that they live m, in by the community that they live in, or by somebody in the cellphone might deliver pro —— sell that they might deliver pro —— sell that they might be moving into, their words are intercepted or they show their hand, there is nothing you can do about them. you can watch them, but it is very labour intensive. they don't have the people power to do it. if he had a previous conviction for attacking police, was he then described as a terrorist? i need to be careful about how i phrase this, but when it becomes a terrorist attack, there is a difference of approach from the security forces and the media as to how the events are portrayed. if it is one person with a grudge against the police, thatis with a grudge against the police, that is very different from somebody that is very different from somebody thatis
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that is very different from somebody that is operating for islamic state? you are absolutely right. a lot comes down to whether they are being directed. this guy was using a powerful weapon, an ak—47. a very old weapon, but reliable and more powerful than the little handguns that the police have. this shows it was a very serious attack. it was an automatic weapon with a 30 round magazine. he fired six shots with it before he was gunned down himself. the fact he has been found with a so—called islamic state flag, and they claimed it very quickly, which is unusual for they claimed it very quickly, which is unusualfor them, they claimed it very quickly, which is unusual for them, i they claimed it very quickly, which is unusualfor them, i think they claimed it very quickly, which is unusual for them, i think they probably got the name wrong. actually, he is a french national, not belgian. but you are right. he was probably miss diagnosed by the authorities. as being a criminal threat, and he turned out to be a terrorist threat, you are right. frank, always good to talk to you.
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meanwhile, with the first round of voting in the french election just two days away, the french prime minister bernard cazeneuve has accused the far—right presidential candidate marine le pen of exploiting the attack for political gain. marine le pen, forgetting that her party has voted against all of the anti—terrorist laws. she forgets to tell the french people that her party has noted against thejuly 2017, about intelligence services, to prevent acts of terrorism. she forgets that her party has voted against all the dispositions presented at the european council. marine le pen is deliberately
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forgetting what has been done before. she has opposed everything and she has never proposed any credible and serious options. marine le pen, she does not ask for more measures in terms of immigration, asylu m measures in terms of immigration, asylum and nationality. her proposal reveals her main objective. she wa nts to ta ke reveals her main objective. she wants to take advantage and divide. she wants to exploit fear and emotion for political ends. now, information allows us to link
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immigration and asylum with what has happened yesterday. for the whole country, the attack was a tragedy. marine le pen is using this for election purposes. with me is an expert in french politics. this is a presidential election that seems to have got tighter and tighter as the weeks go on. what difference is this security concern going to make now? possibly not a lot of difference. people don't know whether it is going to make a particular difference. it might meana make a particular difference. it might mean a slight increase in the vote for the people that are looking tough, like marine le pen. but my suspicion is that... well, my sense of the significance of the terrorist attack is that its true significance lies in the fact that it simply adds
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to this kind of collective anxiety which has been quite prevalent in france over the last couple of yea rs, france over the last couple of years, with the terrorist attacks. it just years, with the terrorist attacks. itjust adds to the sense of the french not quite knowing where they are going. the whole election campaign has kind of underlined that. the fact that the four main candidates are also closely bunched together? yes, but that is quite recent. the two at the back of kind of closed the gap over the last week or so. but it does mean now, a poll today said that... well, if one believes the polls at all, it puts the three leading candidates actually one point, one behind the other. 23, 22 and 21. given the margin of error, it is very hard to tell. you could have on sunday, for
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a long time, there was a kind of assumption after francois fillon, his poll rating collapsed after the scandals concerning possible payments to his wife for a fictitious job, it payments to his wife for a fictitiousjob, it looked payments to his wife for a fictitious job, it looked for a payments to his wife for a fictitiousjob, it looked for a long time like it was going to be macron and le pen. it still does, but given that there are just three percentage points between the front runners, it is anybody‘s guess who will go into the second round. do you think the election campaign has grasped ordinary people's concerns? no. it has grasped their attention, but it has grasped their attention, but it has not grasped their concerns. i think that is partly what has added to the sense of drama and almost pantomime, times, in terms of a campaign that has captured everybody‘s attention, but not in a
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healthy way of looking at issues, policies and programmes. it is partly the nature of the republic itself. at this has been kind of a personality contest. even the television debates, where people have the possibility to talk about their programmes, what they really talked about was themselves. how they were presidential. it is worth underlining that the french presidential election in france encourages this. it is about, almost american sense, your metal and character. does the candidate have the character to be president? having said that, a lot of candidates are not in the race to be president. they are in the race to express their opinions and get media time. it has been a complete turnaround throughout the election. we are going to go to radio one now.
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right now, they are broadcasting an interview with the duke and duchess of cambridge. they have just surprised the dj, adele roberts. she is running the marathon on sunday, in aid of a charity that both william, kate and prince harry have been involved with. it's scott mills is the dj. talk about mental health more openly, not be embarrassed about it. i think we can all agree that there has not been a more powerful mental health campaign ever. thank you for that. we will also have young people listening, who feel they might not be able to share what they feel, because what their friends share what they feel, because what theirfriends might share what they feel, because what their friends might think, share what they feel, because what theirfriends might think, or other people might not understand. we also have people that are young parents listening, that are finding it overwhelming to. what would you say to them? personally, a huge thanks
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to them? personally, a huge thanks to people like adele and everybody else that have taken on the baton. it has been really eye opening for us. it has been really eye opening for us. seeing how much this issue of mental health is brimming under the surface of public consciousness. it is like a boiling pan of soup, with the lid on, we have taken the lead off and people are taking on the challenge, taking on the baton, saying, i know somebody who has been through this, i been to this myself. it is having a conversation, realising that emotions are not a bad thing and all have them. and the power of a simple conversation. i met a young mother who said that for her it was like medicine. it shows you, moments like this, how powerful it is, starting to talk to people.
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adele, are you a bit calmer? you need to check my heart rate! someone from around here told me you we re someone from around here told me you were nervous about being radio 1?|j don't know what you are talking about! this is the face of calm! is about! this is the face of calm! is a true that you listen? occasionally. and you send a text in? yes, i did quite recently. i was driving to work for the ambulance shift, she is the only one brave enough to be up at that time. what are you doing, texting in your car? i have not done it while driving, that would be illegal. i have not done it while driving, that would be illegallj i have not done it while driving, that would be illegal. i don't want to ask what name you used, but did you get a shout out? yes, i got one from adele, and one from sara cox.|j
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don't think it matters who you are, a shout out on radio one is great. don't think it matters who you are, a shout out on radio one is greatlj felt very privileged. we can now say that it felt very privileged. we can now say thatitis felt very privileged. we can now say that it is the official station of the royal family. i am that it is the official station of the royalfamily. i am probably at the royalfamily. i am probably at the edge of your age group, i am probably about to go over to radio to. it is fine, come on in. we can get thejingle is made. the official station. you have both been to the big weekend before, am i right? yes, in bangor. just once. were you both therefore that? yes, when we first saw ellie perform live. we had a very sweaty manhood with tinie tempah —— very sweaty man hug with tinie tempah. rather than being last—minute and hush—hush, do you
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think if i had a, the beard —— comet beard and hat, i could go into that crowd noticed? who is to say that we would not go in there, and we haven't already? have you gone to gigs? it is tricky, i have talked about going to glastonbury before. the last one we went to was coldplay. that was amazing. i have enough trouble with my dancing recently, it is best to keep away from that. a very special day today. it is your grandmother's 91st birthday. do you still get her a present? it is hard to know what to give the queen for her 915t birthday. most 91-year-olds have got everything. what do you get them? it's the dilemma with my
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grandparents. is it going to be gloves again? i will get her a scarf. what do you buy? you are very good at making things. we tried making things. when you have grandchildren around, they can make things and it goes down really well, doesn't matter what it looks like. we stick to those presents. arts and crafts ? we stick to those presents. arts and crafts? george does. he is very good. are you taking credit for them? this is putting the marriage on the line. i was wondering about somebody presents you must have received. have you ever received presents from world leaders and they have been weird, maybe not even that good? good question. all of the presence we get given from around the world are fantastic and we are very grateful. ok! very diplomatic. you have definitely never open them and gone, what is this? we have a
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game on the show called innuendo bingo. i have heard it a few times. i don't think that is the game for you. i haven't heard it, what is this? don't! trust me, on this one. we will break away from that to bring you breaking news from westminster on the unite union leadership ballot. ian watson is there. is there a result? ok, i don't either, but i can tell you what. .. don't either, but i can tell you what... well, you can see it on your screen, len mccluskey has been re—elected as general secretary. we obviously had a communication problem with westminster. that is after gerald coyne was suspended from unite. he was the main
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contender. there were going to announce it next week, but they clearly decided to make the announcement now. let's go back to ian watson. i think i have stolen your thunder. possibly, let's see. len mccluskey tweeted that he had won the election. somebody told me a moment ago he deleted that. i have been told by his opponents, supporters of gerald coyne, that he won by a narrow margin and they were considering whether to call for a recount. it is down to the scrutineers, the electoral reform services, to decide if it is so narrow that it would constitute a recount. those close to len mccluskey are suggesting he has won bya mccluskey are suggesting he has won by a big enough majority to avoid that, perhaps more than 4000 votes over his nearest rival. i don't think the story is over quite yet. the significance is potentially huge. it is the leader of the
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biggest union in britain. more significant, len mccluskey is a big supporter ofjeremy corbyn and his leadership of the leader —— labour party. gerald coyne certainly does not supportjeremy party. gerald coyne certainly does not support jeremy corbyn's leadership, and he is close to other figures in the labour party that have been his critics. it is steeped in controversy, jeremy —— gerald coyne was suspended, over accusations he was bringing the union into disrepute. some of his supporters saw it as a manoeuvre to try to stop him from taking office. the latest we have is that len mccluskey has won, but relatively narrowly, and there is a question about whether there will be a recount. clarify where we are. there seems to be a confused picture. len mccluskey has won? as far as we are
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aware, that is correct. sources close to him and gerald coyne has said it. those close to len mccluskey say it was a bigger margin, and it has been countered by independent scrutineers, by the electoral reform services. they were suggesting the margin of victory was greater than that. nobody is claiming that gerald coyne have actually won, it was just a question of whether it was so close that there should be a recount. let's get an update on the weather. good afternoon. mixed fortunes today. an awful lot of dry weather around. it is chilly out and about, particularly in the north. that is a sign of what is heading our way over the next few days. we have got some glorious pictures coming in across the country. we had a lot of dry
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weather this weekend. we do have some sunshine around. the cloud has been bubbling up through the day. in lancashire, quite a bit of more extensive cloud. coming and going, as we go through the day. we are getting the sunshine coming back across the north, into scotland. actually, it is quite chilly, compared with the 19 that we had yesterday. we do have a weak weather front. it is behind that that the colder air is engaging with the uk. 0vernight tonight, we could have grass frost across northern area is quite widely in the countryside. further south, mostly fine and dry. there could be some mist and fog if you are up early enough. tomorrow, a north and south split in terms of sunshine. in scotland, showers fairly light to the north with snow over the hills, sunshine further south. quite a lot of cloud coming and going across the southern half of england and wales of the remnants
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of england and wales of the remnants of the weather front are around. there could be the odd shower here and there. actually, where the sun comes out and the wind is light, it will feel quite pleasant. some cloud across northern ireland, as we have seen. hoping for some sunshine coming through. nine or ten. sunshine across scotland and north—eastern parts of england. as we go through saturday and sunday, high pressure building up a little bit more. a chilly night to come. we will have some cloud. it is the london marathon and there is potential that it will be quite a chilly start. if the sun comes up for any length of time, particularly for any length of time, particularly for the later runners, it will get quite warm. sunday, as you can see, dry, settled, warm weather in the sunshine. where we keep the cloud, feeling quite cool. as the day progresses, we have low pressure. we have been watching it all week, how severe it is. how strong the wind is going to be. still likely to be a
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speu going to be. still likely to be a spell of gales. and, possibly something stronger. it looks like the main brand will be borne by scandinavia. it is behind that where we start to have fun and games of potential return to winter. a bitterly cold northern arctic wind. we could see wintry showers at any level, even in southern areas. plenty more coming up on that. stay tuned. hello. this is the bbc news. the headlines: france's prime minister has urged the country not to allow yesterday's attack in paris to derail sunday's presidential election. 0ne police officer was shot dead before the gunman was killed. the government is fully mobilised so that nothing will stop this fundamental democratic moment for our country from going ahead. security is being reinforced ahead of the election and campaigning has been paused — although some of the main players have been giving their reaction to this latest attack. the other stories on bbc news: speaking on the campaign trail,
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