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you are their thread. you are that strong fabric of islam here in america. be proud of your history. be proud of the journey that we took as african-american muslims. early monday in the u.s. east coast. but before the day is over, someone could be in custody in the russia investigation. a massive unity rally in barcelona showing not everyone in the region supports barcelona's bid for independence from spain. we'll have a live report from barcelona this hour. and lost at sea for five months. two women finally made it back to land with their dog. and cnn was there to capture the moment. we'll have a live report from okinawa, japan. what a happy ending to that one. hello and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm natalie allen.
and that is "cnn newsroom." our top story, the dark clouds looming over the white house could grow more troublesome on monday. the first arrest or arrests in special counsel robert mueller's investigation could come within hours. his main focus has been whether there was any collusion between trump associates and the russians during last year's election. explaining what comes next. >> we expect to learn later today what charges were filed in connection with the special counsel investigation once a federal judge unseals the indictment. the charges are sealed so we don't yet know who will be charged. we've been told the expectation that it was going the happen
monday. and anyone who is facing the charges will be arrested and taken into custody by fbi agents, and at some point will face a judge here in washington, d.c. now this indictment, once it's unsealed, will likely give us a window into some of what the special counsel has been looking at and how it potentially relates to the russian investigation. cnn, washington. >> so what should we look for when these indictments come out? a former u.s. attorney who was fired by president trump spells it out for us. >> so i would look for a couple of things. one, whether or not donald trump has some reaction and talks in a way that could be used against him in the future. because bob mueller would do that. and the second thing i would look at is to see if the president of the united states sending some kind of message to the potential defendant or other witnesses. and that's in two categories. one, is he sending a message of intimidation in some way through
himself or his cohort, suggesting that people should not buck thatting and people should keep their mouths shut which happens in life from time to time. and the second thing is whether or not he sends a message of reassurance. >> it is still a waiting game until we know who is indicted. but in the meantime, president trump and the republicans are going after, you guessed it, hillary clinton. the same hillary clinton trump beat in the presidential election. the same hillary clinton who hasn't been in politics since that election, but mr. trump will not let up. for more on this, here is cnn's boris sanchez. >> reporter: no public events for the white house on sunday. but the president was fired up on twitter, lamenting what he calls a lack of investigations into hillary clinton and the democrats in a series of tweets he specifically cites several accusations that he has made before about the former first lady and secretary of state, citing the now infamouses do yes
put together by fusion gps, a company that was at one point hired by the campaign to dig up research on then candidate trump. he then talks about the uranium deal, the idea that hillary clinton took bribes from russian officials in exchange for more favorable uranium deal, a charge that he has made before. he also talks about her e-mails. and in one revealing portion, he says that instead of focusing on this, on those controversies, people are focusing instead on what he calls phony trump russia collusion, which is nonexistent. while this news is coming from the special counsel, the charges are imminent, the president is choosing to focus his attention on an opponent he defeated almost 12 months ago. bore advice sanchez, cnn, at the white house. >> joining me now is cnn global affairs analyst and online news editor of the new yorker david rohde. david is also a two-time win over the pulitzer prize in
journalism. let's talk about the investigation getting to this point, the significance of this. >> well, it's a big step forward. i think it shows that robert mueller and his team are very serious. they have found some sort of criminal activity. it's very unclear who it will be, though. and i think a lot of the story will be how does president trump react. will he take this calmly or will he overreact as the presidnt has in the past sometimes. >> i was going to ask you about that. he hasn't tweeted about this revelation this weekend. he has, however, tweeted about his favorite nemesis, hillary clinton. that a move to deflect? or is there any merit to what he is alleging as far as she included with the russians? >> yeah, there is this long running theory he has been peddling that had been checked out by various fact check organizations about her selling some uranium deposits. it was essentially a transaction that was approved by multiple government agencies during the obama administration.
it wasn't something controlled by hillary clinton herself. so it's found to not be true. but he is distracting i think from this russian news. and it's not working i think with americans who oppose him. but i do think to his base that it does work. people sort of make fun or joke about the president using twitter. but he is successfully distracting his political base from these looming charges against his farmer aides it looks like. >> but will time run out on that distraction if that investigation continues to bring more charges. and the big question i want to ask you is how significant will be it be if this charge isn't directly related to the trump team colluding with the russians if it's something very indirectly related. >> i think it's too early for, you know, trump himself or his supporters to declare a victory. and it's too early for trump's critics. it's going to be unclear based
on the one charge. there are charges coming out. but they're assumed to be against one person to decide. the end of mueller and trump is being exonerated or it's the beginning of something larger. mueller is very methodical. i think we might know within three, four, five, six months. but this is just the beginning. the worst thing i think trump could do politically is to overreact there is talk of him potentially firing muller that could cause a constitutional crisis. but it's just unclear. to be fair to him, he could be exonerated in the end by mueller. and i think his best player is to wait. even if his aides are indicted, did trump himself know of any collusion. that's the line. and if there is no proof of trump himself, then he can move forward from this. >> right. mueller has a reputation for being fair and apolitical. so it seems like it would be a dangerous thing to go after mueller at this point. with an arrest, david, does the cloud of suspicion get grayer at
this point? any way inhibit his focus on what he is trying to do say vis-a-vis tax reform? >> this is not great timing. this weekend and the weeks ahead, he and the gop are pushing a major tax reform would be his first major legislative victory. he needs, as has been talked about, he has this problem with only a two-vote majority in the senate. this will further alienate opponents of trump who don't want the take risks for him. this could hamper his presidency, not bring him down. but it's never a good sign when a president has a former aide charged criminally. that's not going to help him move his agenda forward in congress. >> and certainly the white house has likely been talking about how they will officially respond. this president, of course, likes to tweet things. his chief of staff has been trying to put a little more order into the white house. we've got his white house
spokeswoman, who doesn't really seem to favor many probing questions from the news media. what is on their plate as far as how they respond? >> the lawyers around trump are urging him to let this play out. saying there is no collusion here. mueller be fair, and the president will actually be exonerated and be strengthened by this investigation. but the president is not patient. he can say whatever he wants on twitter. again, the red line is if he tries to interfere in mueller's work, if he tries to remove mueller. that's when he could overreact and actually create a situation where he is obstructing justice. and that could lead to -- add strength to an argument that he shouldn't face impeachment. that's an extreme step. he hasn't done that yet. but this is a key moment where he has to, again, remain calm. firing mueller will worsen his problems, not simplify them. >> all right. journalist david rohde, thanks for joining us.
we appreciate it. we'll talk with you again this week. >> thank you. in other news from washington now, the u.s. defense and state department secretaries are set to testify on whether the white house should ask congress for new authorization to use military force. new u.s. military operations abroad are being scrutinized after four u.s. soldiers were killed in an ambush in niger. rex tillerson and jame mattis will be questioned on monday. they have said a new military authorization is not needed. the last one was approved 16 years ago after the september 11th attacks. meantime, the u.s. navy is investigating the death of a u.s. soldier deployed to a mission in africa. staff sergeant logan melgard was found dead in june at a u.s. compound in mali. authority news want to know if he was killed by two members of the most elite special force of the u.s. navy. for more, cnn's ryan brown now.
>> reporter: the united states navy is investigating two u.s. navy s.e.a.l.s, part of the elite s.e.a.l. team 6 for their role in the dit of start sergeant logan melgar who is working in mali. now the u.s. army's medical examiner ruled melgar's death a homicide, and his widow was inform head had been murdered. but the navy took over the investigation in september once navy personnel were linked to his death. now the united states navy's criminal investigation service, or ncis would not comment, citing an ongoing investigation. but the u.s. military is looking at two navy s.e.a.l.s to determine exactly what happened. back to you. puerto rico's power authority is working to cancel a controversial contract awarded to a small utility company out
of the state of montana. whitefish energy was given a $300 million deal to help restore power after hurricane maria. the company is located in the u.s. interior secretary's hometown, raising questions about the selection process. but the white house says the decision was made solely by the power authority in puerto rico. >> did ask secretary zinke and reiterated again we have no role, the federal government, and specifically he had no role in that contract. >> the u.s. navy ship comfort is back in san juan after treating patients around puerto rico. the floating state-of-the-art hospital was deployed by the u.s. government after hurricane maria. but many clinics on the island did not know the protocol for sending patients to the ship. and it sat mostly empty for the
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welcome back. all eyes are on catalonia as it opens for business monday, after a weekend of uncertainty in the region, thousands of government officials are expected to turn up for work. the big question remains, will they be allowed into their offices. spain took control of catalonia and dissolved this government after the regional government defied madrid and voted for independence on friday. cnn'ser erin mclaughlin has been
covering the story for some time in barcelona. that's the big question, isn't it, erin? a new workweek. will it be business as usual? >> that's right, natalie. especially when you consider ever since friday, these two sides have sort of been living in two diametrically opposed realities. on the one side, you have the now dismissed catalan president carles puigdemont over the weekend, operating as though he is trying to build a new country. pretty much said as much in his address to catalonia on saturday. he made that address from gerona, his hometown. that's where he spent the weekend, calling on people to democratically oppose emergency rule from madrid. meanwhile you had madrid moving in to exert direct control over this region. they appointed the deputy prime minister as the head of catalonia until elections on december 21st. they also sacked the police
chief, the head on saturday. now you have a situation where you have two sides living in separate universes, so to speak. the real question here in barcelona today, will puigdemont show up to work? and if he does, how will madrid respond, natalie. >> exactly. and of course we saw this weekend a unity rally. so it remains to be seen will happen in the streets as well. clearly, there are many people that want independence, but there are those that don't. so it makes a complicated situation even more so, doesn't it? >> yeah, that's right, natalie. that unity rally that we saw yesterday was really a great illustration of just how divided catalonia is on the subject of independence. yesterday at least 300,000 people took to the streets to show their support for spain. i was at the rally. many people telling me they see themselves as catalan, they see
themselves as spanish, they see themselves as european. they see themselves as all those things. many expressing their frustration. they feel that their democracy has been taken from them with this independent vote. because the fact of the matter remains, the lawmakers, the catalan lawmakers who passed the legislation to declare independence actually only represent 48% of the electorate. so catalan is deeply divided on the subject of independence. so where this goes next, and how people ultimately respond, if these two parallel realities continue to exist, is an open question. >> certainly will be a telling day there. thank you so much. erin mclaughlin for us. now to kenya. there is still no winner in thursday's presidential vote. the country's election commission is expected to announce the result monday. but there is controversy about how many people in the country actually voted or stayed away from the polls in protest. this from nairobi.
>> reporter: the middle of nairobi spring rains behind me, we are essentially waiting for results. it's going to be a difficult guess who the winner is because essentially the race only had one man in it. that is president kenyatta. as you know, his rival pulled out about three weeks ago. eight weeks after the supreme court's massive ruling to make sure that these elections are done again, we are essentially waiting for the numbers that is the big question on kenya's minds. how many people turned out to vote, how many people didn't vote. how many people within each consistency? because there has some dispute over these numbers. basically we're still waiting for the final voter turnout numbers. this was an election that was deeply divided. large swaths of the country did not vote nor participate in protest. and the figures of how many people turned out to vote in this refreshed election for the president remain in dispute. but we know for certain that
back in august 2017, the figure was nearly 80% you. and i saw those amazing images of kenyans all around the block, and that isn't the case, which of course is leading to kenya's number crunching a great deal. how many people did turn out in their constituency? how many people did not? we know that the results should be announced either later today or tomorrow, which leads to a whole new question what will happen in terms of legal challenges. will mr. kenyatta's mandate be a strong one given so many people didn't vote? we know so many people who didn't support out are not just supporters. kenya has gone through months of general election speculation. so many people were tired. it takes a great deal for kenyans to exercise their right to vote. some of them move out country. some voted from different regions of the country and there just wasn't the will anymore for them to do that in this fresh election. an that's where we are at the
moment. farai sevenzo, kenya. >> william ruto spoke with cnner earlier. he said he is lying when he calls the election a sham. he insists the election was valid and that his candidate is looking to the future. >> yes didn't agree with the supreme court. but because we respect the constitution, and institutions set up by the constitution, we agreed to go back to our reelection. and that is why we went into this repeat election. we will abide by the decision of the people of kenya. as for engaging mr. aila in discussions, we are an open society. we speak to all citizens. we will speak to mr. odinga the way we speak to all other kenyans on forging a way forward. we're ready to discuss with him. we're even ready to discuss with
him his retirement package. it's an end of an era in kurdish politician. the kurdish president is stepping down wednesday. masoud barzani has been the face of kurdish nationalism for decades and served 12 years as president. he took a big gamble last month when he pushed for an independent referendum, and it backfired. the vote prompted the iraqi military to retake oil-rich territory from the kurds, including the key city of kirkuk. barzani still has supporters like these demonstrators who stormed the kurdish parliament. cnn's becky anderson looks back at his years in power. >> reporter: he took them to the brink, but not to the end. iraqi kurds charging ahead, voting to make themselves a state anew from parts of iraq. a dream so long in the making for barzanio. >> t>> the time sheer.
>> the time wasn't now. that dream crushed under the weight of iraqi forces. a political assault from turkey, iran and baghdad destroying the political legacy of masoud barzani himself. he'd been widely respected for doing something no one has ever done before, given the kurds a space in which to rule themselves and be largely left to it. kurdish business, life all booming there. decades of handshake, nods and schmoozing finally paying off. then a moment about like any other. the kurds key to crushing isis. so surely a country of their own would be their prize? also barzani, after years of hope and work before these scenes. >> i congratulate iraq's leaders on the agreement reached yesterday in baghdad. >> reporter: such words from washington leading to barzani's epic miscalculation. >> having a referendum on such a
fast timeline, particularly in significant areas would be destabilizing. we've made those views very clear. >> reporter: caution to the wind, it is now or never. this is what they had suffered before. just some 30 years or so ago. iraq's barbaric despot, saddam hussein, slaughtering kurds with chemical gas. a man just a few years later barzani then made friends with to fight a civil war amongst the kurds themselves. a war he won. barzani has lived a fighter, born into the struggle for kurdistan. his father a legendary fighter. raising the kingdom for kurds that evaporated under the british assault. the dreams of the father now not to be lived by that son. so instead by his. for the barzanis, independence is a family struggle. becky anderson, cnn, abu dhabi. coming up here, we go live to okinawa for the incredible story of survival against all
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the first charges on friday. no word yet on what they are or who might be arrested. but we should know perhaps in hours. hundreds of thousands of anti-independence protesters are calling for a unified spain. madrid dissolved catalonia's parliament after the region declared independence on friday. new elections are now set for december. spain has threatened to charge the suspended catalan lead were rebellion. the u.s. navy is investigating whether two of its elite members killed this u.s. soldier, staff sergeant logan medical mel ggar was found deadn june in mali. he could have been strangled to death. saudi arabia says it will let women into three sports stadiums as spectatospectators. starting early next year after long barring them from arenas. the saudi crown prince is
promising other ambitious reforms for women. starting next june, women will finally be allowed to drive on saudi streets. we turn now to that story of an amazing saga at sea. two friends, along with their two dogs lost and adrift in a damaged boat for five long hope-starved months. the two women set off from a trip from hawaii to tahiti, but were knocked off course by a storm that incapacitated their boat. they lost communications. and after months of drifting, they also lost hope. but last week, the women were rescued by the u.s. navy. and now their feet and their dogs' are on dry land. ivan watson is covering the story for us. he is in okinawa, japan. these two women are obviously ecstatic to be alive, to be rescued. and they're amazingly articulate and it seems have it together after a real harrowing misadventure at sea.
>> reporter: yeah, i think ecstatic, euphoric, and very, very grateful to the u.s. navy and the crew aboard the uss ashland, which rescued them last week in the middle of the pacific ocean. it took them days to finally land here in okinawa, where they touched dry land for the very first time there is also concern because the 50-foot sailboat that they were sailing on and adrift for more than five months, that's their home, and they had to leave it out at sea because of the damage to it. that's why they ended up drifting for so many months in the first place. because storms they say broke the mast of their sailboat and flooded is the engine so they could not direct the vessel and messed up their communications. take a listen. >> we had no vhf, no range on it. no weather com, no ssb, single side band. we didn't have our ham radio.
and our radio telephone inside the boat was not working. and also our iridium sat phone was not working. so we had no way the realize that we were about to enter a typhoon that had winds of 100 to 150 miles per hour and minimum wave heights of 40 foot in height. >> how it is possible that all of these different communications devices malfunctioned? >> they are depend on the antenna. >> yes. >> and when the antenna went out, everything went out. >> so how did they survive? well that. >> said they had a water desalinization unit, that they were able to get drinking water from seawater, effectively. and that they had many, many months' worth of dried food stored, including dog biscuits for their dogs. and they also had a wind generator and solar cells that helped power their remaining functions devices. natalie? >> my goodness.
we also know they were hunted and surrounded by tiger sharks at one point. they had no connection to the outside world. to what did they contribute their stamina and their resolve in all that time? especially that little situation with the tiger sharks? >> that's right. they say that there were sharks ramming up against the hull of the sailboat, which you can imagine would probably be quite frightening out in the middle of the night in the middle of the pacific ocean. but of the dark moments was when they drifted past wake island. it's a u.s. island in the pacific. and they were able to connect with a coastal unit they say, but they say that the authority there's said they would only be rescued if they could make it to the harbor on the south side of the island. and they were on the north side being pushed west. and when they drifted past out of sight of the island, one of the mariners said she just cried all day. and what help herd at that point were the dogs. these two rescue dogs that they
with them, zeus and valentine, who licked the tears from their face and helped give them hope for the days and weeks that they had ahead of them. natalie? >> yes. and there are the dogs there. yes. what an amazing story, ivan. thank you so much for bringing it to us. london's heathrow airport is reeling after a major security breach. official residents trying to figure out how a usb memory stick filled with highly sensitive information allegedly made to it the streets of london for passerby to discover. the usb drive had details including the route queen elizabeth takes when she uses the airport. for more now, here is nathaniel burk. >> reporter: it is absolutely stunning to think about one of the busiest and biggest airports in the world having some of their most confidential and secretive information show up on
a usb stick 13 miles from the airport in a london neighborhood. that information not password protected or even encrypted. now east row airport says they have already launch and internal investigation. but they say they believe the airport is secure. now you mentioned the queen there. she doesn't take the same gates that the rest of us take going in and out of heathrow airport. and some of the most intimate and details about the royal suite were on this usb drive. in addition to lots of other information, including the routes that foreign dignitaries take inside heathrow airport. so presidents and prime ministers visiting the uk, in addition to maps with the security camera positions. certainly we wouldn't want anybody with any nefarious ideas knowing how to evade the cameras. and the locations of the network of secret tunnels and escape shafts that lie under heathrow airport. now speaking to cybersecurity experts, they tell me undoubtedly the heathrow
intelligence folks will be looking at who might have been behind this. but also looking at where this information may have ended up in addition to the usb drive. their worst fears were that it ended up on the internet somewhere, maybe even on the dark web where terrorists could find that information. and certainly nobody needs any reminder of the fact that airports like heathrow remain high value targets for so many terrorists. i'm samuel burke in london. back to you. that. >> one mystery, isn't it? british prime minister theresa may has organized an investigation of one of her international trade ministers for inappropriate behavior. mark garnier reportedly asked his personal assistant to buy sex toys and used a sexual slur against her. he told the mail on sunday that these incidents were not sexual harassment. the allegations emerged after british media reported that parliament researchers and aides were sharing stories of alleged inappropriate conduct by
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welcome back. karen maginnes is here because the nooens united states is being hit by a powerful, powerful storm. people is already lost power. it's also the anniversary of hurricane sandy. nothing like that. but still, kind of like feels a little bit ominous for people there. >> it does. and it has its impact, because we are looking at areas that have flooding. we have seen lots of property damage. but this is nothing like we saw sandy that produced the staggering rainfall totals and just widespread damage with billions of dollars worth of damage there. this system is nothing like that. but nonetheless, its impacts are downed tree, towned power lines.
we have about 250,000 people reportedly without power across the northeast. my guess is that that number is much higher in some areas that are not reporting just yet. boston, you're in line for a powerful amount of rainfall here over the next couple hours with perhaps as much as an additional 2 to 4 inches, or maybe 50 to 100 millimeters expected. all right. as we go up through the afternoon, those wind gusts will be dying down just a little bit. so our storm system is still kind of ramping up. is this a nor'easter? there has been some conflict as to whether we call it that. essentially, it typically means we see some snow with the blizzard conditions. this happen s to be a rain even that happens across this region along with the windfall. but about 40 million people under flash flood watches or area flood warning. we have an additional 31 million with high wind watches.
right along the coastal regions of washington state, also into massachusetts, maine, rather, and into massachusetts, that's where we've seen wind gusts perhaps as high as 100 kilometers per hour, or about 60 miles per hour. this comes out of germany. in northern and eastern sections of germany, this sweeping over towards austria and into slovakia, this is where we saw just amazing damage and reports of fatales with this. and this area of low pressure is expected to move on over towards western sections of russia with some gusty winds and temperatures that are dramatically cooler. yeah, the wind is still going to be problematic, especially along the coastal regions of poland. maybe 100 kilometper hour winds effect there take a look right around moscow. monday looks to be the mildest day, at least future a week. and maybe for an extended period of time. and going into tuesday, it's a
rain/snow mix coming up in the forecast. still an unsettled weather picture across a good portion of this region. natalie, two powerful storms systems in north america, in the northwestern united states. the business travelers are not going to like the messy weather up there. >> it has to be on monday, doesn't it? >> exactly. >> karen, thank you. we're going talk about another issue that we've been following, of course, puerto rico's spectacular national rain forest has been obliterated. trees and animals unique to that environment had their home ripped away when hurricane maria tore through the island more than one month ago. cnn's martin savidge is there, and he has a firsthand look at what's left of the tropical rain forest. >> reporter: carlos touche makes a living driving this road. >> i myself will go between two to four times a week. but my staff was pretty much up there every day with two or three vehicles. >> reporter: more than a million tourists a year make the day
trip up to el yunque, the only tropical rain forest in the united states. or at least they used to. two weeks after hurricane maria, cnn flew a drone at the park entrance. but most of the forest remain out of sight. now we have been given permission to take you inside. if you knew el yunque before, you would not recognize it now. the farther into the forest you go, the greater the destruction. the category 4 storm obliterated the forest, defoliating pretty much all 28,000 acres. the first teams in thought to open roads blocked by trees. now they fight to hold off landslides and maintain access to one of the most needed supplies. thes for contains 20%. >> 20% of the water. it's important we clearwater into that water intakes so that
the water can be restored. >> reporter: there are 23 species of trees here found nowhere else. their fate unknown. the same is true for america's only native parrot still living in the wild. it's no wonder the very first prime minister w people who got to the park were shocked. even now five weeks after the hurricane, it is still stunning. an entire rain forest canopy that has been ripped away. scientist hannah wood was studying el yunque and climate change when literally overnight three years work was blown away. >> it cut this forest in half. it completely took out all the leaves there was nothing green here at all. >> reporter: her team built this tower to study the top of el yunqe's tree canopy. now there is nothing to study but open sky. she has the front row seat for a brand-new one. >> this is nature.
this is what happens in this forest. we have hurricanes that come through. and my job is to study what happened. >> and there are signs the rain forest is already hard at work on recovery. always a source of pride for puerto ricans, el yunque can now be something else, inspiration. >> seeing it get greener can be a sense of hope for people as they recover from this hurricane. >> a living lesson on starting over. martin savidge, cnn, el yunque. >> it's certainly sad to look at, isn't it? coming up here, france is missing a key ingredient, and chefs across the country are fearing the loss. why some significant shelves are empty. we'll have that for you. (gasp) (singsong) budget meeting! sweet. if you compare last quarter to this quarter... various: mmm. it's no wonder everything seems a little better with the creamy taste of philly, made with fresh milk and real cream.
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a year-long mourning period for thailand's late king is officially over. his cremate redmaynes were placed in their final resting places sunday, ending a five-day, $90 million funeral ceremony. the king's remains were moved to the royal palace and several buddhist temples. he ruled for 70 years and was
the world's longest reigning monarch. hundreds of thousands of mourners paid their respects in bangkok. >> translator: i didn't want today to come, but still it came. however, he will always have the king stored in my heart, whether as pick checks, however old and torn, the memory of him will always be kept in my heart. >> he was revered as a stabilizing figure during years of political turmoil. he died last october at the age of 88. it is being called a croissant crisis. and french chefs and home cooks are not taking it lightly. there is not enough butter to go around in france. and there are a number of reasons why. jim bitter mmann is in paris fo us. >> here comes a very important step, which is softening the butter. >> reporter: anyone who remembers julia childs whacking the daylights out of a stick of
butter on her show the french chef also know she wasn't angry at it. she loved the stuff. saying as the french often do, with enough butters anything is good. but if chef here is seem to be treating their butter better these days, it's because there is not enough. >> when we ask the supplier, we want the buy 200 kilos of butter, they answer maybe 150, but not 200. >> and a butter shortage in a nation that consumes more butter than any other in the world, about 18 pounds per person per year, a shortage is a real crisis. >> translator: cooking without butter, eating without butter, it's unthinkable for me. >> reporter: but don't blame these guys. they've been doing their job. it's more a question of how the government has churned the butter market over the past few years, spreading milk subsidies too thickly and as a consequence, supplies have gone up and down, while prices have gone down and up. a ton of butter now costs more
than double what it did in the early part of this year. each day he turns out a thousand croissants and other paste tries has had to pass along the increased cost to his customers. a croissant is ten cents more today than in september. >> the second part of butter -- >> reporter: because 30% of the content of one of those paste tries is pure butter. vassar believes part of the increased appetite for butter stems from new house studies that has improved the product's fatty image. >> everybody is saying oh, we should have butter on the daily diet a little bit. but on the daily life means that the demand is exploding. and on top of that, last explanation, some new markets open like china, like southeast asia, like japan. >> reporter: but improving the butter situation is a slippery challenge, especially with the end of the year approach when the french really chew the fault. perhaps to avoid a run on dwindling supplies, something that could lead to a butter
meltdown, the government has been trying to be very reassuring about the situation, saying it has it in hand, and that supplies will be back to normal before the holidays. but professionals are not so sure. and some are taking things into their own hands. something vassar is happy to show you in his refrigerator. >> so usually i order every week. i receive like two or three. so i had to order for two months because i don't know whether in two weeks' time they're going to be able to supply me. >> reporter: observers here say it's unthinkable that butter shortages might lead to rationing for the holidays. as one editor put it, sacre buerre! jim bittermann, france. >> you need to fix that for all of us. thanks for watching this hour. i'm natalie allen. i'll be right back for another hour of the latest news. you know who likes to be
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