ts a hollande invited his iranian counterpart. the leader of turkey's pro-kurdish opposition calls for an immediate call -- after turkish airstrikes. it comes as turkey says it targeted six new pkk sites in iraq and turkey overnight. afghanistan's government says it is investigating reports of the leader of the afghan taliban mullah omar, is for certain dead. he has not -- he has been
declared dead several times before. we will have the latest from outreach regional correspondent there shortly. live from paris on france 24, i am stuart norval . twitter is said to be too complicated and needs to be made simpler to succeed. eight-year-old zion harvey has become the first child to have a bilateral hand transplant. stuart: he is the first french foreign minister to visit iran for 12 years. laurent fabius was there for one day to meet president caps on rouhani and other -- president
hassan rouhani. it comes after france's tough stance on iran that the nuclear deal that was agreed to earlier this month, and fabius has to -- a press conference has been held with the iranian foreign minister let's hear what they both had to say. >> what we aimed for in the nuclear talks was to reach an agreement that would not only benefit iran, france, the world and relieve iranians from punishing sanctions and allow them to make progress, but also would prevent nuclear proliferation. and for that, the accord needs to be strong and convincing so that no one even thinks about having a nuclear bomb.
>> i think that it will prepare the ground for the expansion of relations and avoid misunderstandings that have shadowed our relations over the years. we hope this increasing development of ties within the two countries will strengthen peace and security in the region and in the world. stuart: we crossed a tehran -- we crossed to tehran. at the same time, there is some hesitation. >> yes. we very much see this as an opening for relations there are warm words from those in iran and france about the civilizations. but at the same time, it is a big issue that remains.
it seems very much like a more narrow diplomatic effort. and perhaps this is a symbolic step in that process. stuart: the visit itself -- how is it going down in iran amongst ordinary iranians. arthur: there is some coverage in the irani media, and particularly some conservatives about mr. fabius' increasing rule -- increasing role. on several occasions, that iran has to do more than they were offering on the nuclear deal. people had to remind -- people
have been bringing them back. stuart: thank you so much. arthur mcmillan speaking live from tehran. the leader of turkey's pro-kurdish operation has called for immediate hold tossed a lit is on both sides after turkish airstrikes. saying hostilities should immediately come to a halt and all parties should act with common sense. it comes after the turkish president has said that his country cannot continue a peace process with the kurdish pkk. we go to jasper mortimer joining us on the turkish-syrian mortar -- the turkish-syrian border. last night a legend positions in turkey and syria were attacked. what does that say about the current conflict? jasper: it shows how much the conflict has escalated.
since monday morning guerillas allegedly blew up a gas pipeline in eastern turkey, blew up a road bridge in southeastern turkey, and they have been killing or kidnapping a soldier or a policeman every day. one wonders if the cease-fire that endured for two and a half years perhaps lulled the turkish generals on one side and the pkk commanders on the other, so they are underestimating each other pocket capacity. when the pkk shot dead two policeman on tuesday last week, did they expect the turkish army to respond with fighter-bombers? and when the turkish army did that did the generals realize that the pkk could retaliate by blowing up a pipeline and hitting five military barracks on the same night?
it is a dire situation here. stuart: backing up what you are saying, we are hearing a statement from the iraq he government, calling on turkish turkish militants -- on turkish kurdish militants, a dangerous situation. the elections in turkey produced a parliament without a majority. negotiations are still trying to form a coalition, but if they fail turkey will have new elections in november. jasper: it is a question that everybody is asking. nobody knows for sure. opinion polls are pretty inaccurate in turkey, as we saw with last month's election. my hunch is the battle against the pkk will rally nationalist voters, who are most of the electorate, kind erdogan and his party. critics say this is why the
president is escalating things. they accuse him of that. a key factor in the pro-kurdish party's success in last month's election is the fact that half of the kurds who used to vote for the other party decided to vote for the pro-kurdish party. certainly the current battle will not persuade them to go back to that party. i was speaking to a moderate kurdish businessman who owns the four-star hotel down the road from here about the turkish prime minister saying yesterday we are attacking the pkk, not the kurds. he said to me the pkk did not drop out of the sky. they come from the grassroots of kurdish society. so hitting the pkk have an impact on the kurds generally. stuart: jasper mortimer, thanks so much, speaking to us live.
the leader of an anti-shiite group behind some of pakistan's worst sectarian atrocities has been killed in a shootout with police early today, along with 13 other senior militants. the pakistani authorities say he was shot dead in eastern province of punjab. the group is seen of being close to al qaeda. in the last half-hour, the afghan government is confirming that it is investigating reports that mullah omar, the leader of the afghan taliban, is for sure dead. the reclusive leader has been reported that many times in the past. the latest rumor is that he die two to three years ago. the taliban has not commented although there are reports they are planning to issue a statement. we go across to our regional correspondent joining us from islamabad in pakistan. bring us up to date on this.
>> senior intelligence sources in pakistan that i spoke to, and it has been confirmed from the government that mullah omar might have been dead for at least two years. some other sources i spoke to say his grave is near the border. ever since the peace talks started -- the peace talks -- when they started -- the statement was issued which did not contain an audio statement like it usually is from all omar that from mullah omar. when the peace talks are having, that are happening why mullah omar is not in the scene.
they also claim that they have proof that mullah omar is dead, but they never came up with the proof, but they set out e-mails to all the journalists including us. we have confirmation from different multiple sources except for the taliban themselves. they will be releasing a statement shortly on this issue. stuart: if it is true, how much of a blow would it be to the taliban, bearing in mind that he could have been dead for several years anyway? >> there is already a fight amongst the taliban. there are reports of two factions within the telegram one that is pro-peace talks, the other which is anti-peace talks. the one is directly linked to the mullah omar tried.
-- tribe. the pakistani government is leading peace talks. right now the likelihood of those peace talks will be postponed and what they have been trying to pursue might be hampered. with the follow from the news that has come out now. stuart: thanks so much, speaking to us from islam a bad. -- from islam a bad. 1.5 thousand migrants tried to storm the eurotunnel in the north of france. the migrant desperate to reach the u.k. the sure numbers are spiking in recent days. the latest death was hit by a truck leaving a cross-channel ferry.
37,000 migrants have been blocked since january. in the last hour, the french interior minister said and next row 120 police will be sent there. the eurotunnel has to take some responsibility itself. >> calais acts as an miracle to the crisis. the longer the wars go on, the more misery, especially -- the more people flee their homeland trying to get to europe, some of them wait at calais in an attempt to go to england. stuart: now to a remarkable story in the u.s., the first lateral hand transplant at the first bilateral transplant -- the first bilateral transplant. let's meet him in this report from elliott richardson.
elliott: for zion harvey, life will never be the same again. >> supporting grandparents. if it did not go well i would have my family to fall back on. >> the eight-year-old from the u.s. city of baltimore lost his hands and feet to a series of infections. he had a kidney transplant which made him an ideal patient for the surgery because of the medication here taken since. a hand transplant whispers performed -- a hand transplant was first performed on an adult in 19 adh -- in 1998. >> is a huge step forward in
reconstructive surgery, what we call restorative surgery. >> zion will not have use of his hands for months until the nerves in his fingers regenerate. he is undergoing physical therapy several times a day and must take medications to prevent his body from rejecting his new hands. there may be a long journey ahead, but for zion, your hands could pave a new way of life. stuart: congratulations. one bit of more breaking news. we have been hearing from uefa that uefa president michelle platini is to stand for fifa president. we will bring you more on that. our next bulletin is in about 10 or 15 minutes time on michel platini. join us here on the set. the french foreign minister visited and ran -- visited iran.
stephen: it is very much focused on diplomacy, but unofficially they are hoping that this opens up -- opens them up to business. they are hoping to cash in on this market as 80 million consumers out of the iranian economy opens. the trade relationship back in 2004 was worth 3.7 billion euros. that was back in 2013. it had fallen to just over half a billion euros. a pretty spectacular change to how the two countries do business over that period of time. stuart: what sort of french companies stand to benefit from this?
stephen: several. there is one that hoped that business would approve. french carmakers are expecting a demand. the -- they had kept their joint partnership in the country but had experienced also to difficulties. they are hoping to be able to benefit from this. the climate is not quite right yet. that is what we are hearing from the ceo. there will also be opportunity from railway telecommunication structure projects. they will have competition not only from neighbors like germany but also china and india. stuart: there are disappointing results in fact for twitter. stephen: is not the results themselves but the comments by the ceo. they company's warned that slow
growth in users could hit advertising. shares for more than -- shares fell more than 11%. >> much of the disappointment of her twitter's results could be summed up in 140 characters or less. the firm says user protest day -- >> this is unacceptable and we are not happy about it. over the past few weeks i have a deeper understanding of where we need to focus our attempts. >> quarterly revenues were just over $500 million, a 61% rise from the year-earlier earlier, exceeding downbeat expectations. twitter has seen almost no growth in core users. people either get the platform on the web or the yet the app. there are fears that the slowdown could hurt advertising sales. the latest figures show a 12%
rise in the simple joke, but only one person increased from the first quarter. there is a steady downward trend since the company went public in 2013. j costello left last month -- dick costolo left last month, and there is controversy about his replacement. what is certain is whoever takes the top job will have to find a way to boost users and return twitter to profitability. stephen: we are at about the midpoint in the trading day. french carmaker situate is up by 5 -- citroen is up by 5%.
stuart: a french story for you now. the price of going to disneyland in paris. stephen: the european commission has asked france to investigate the theme park over complaints that it is charging visitors from different eu countries different prices. the french were paying significantly less than premium holiday deals than their british or german counterparts. they're required to be purchased with a french credit card. stuart: i think you have a sector where they are saying you should not only take me out but you should take many mouse out. luxury handbags made by --
stephen: it is a bit of a celebrity must-have, i am told. there is a version of the bank that is made out of pocket i'll skin, which sells up to $33,000. -- of crocodile skin, which sells up to $33,000. animal rights activists have been saying that they are being crudely hacked to death to make these bags. the birkin bag is something of the past. stuart: carol is here with business news. now it is time for today's press review. our correspondent is with us on the set. the big story is the visit from the french foreign minister lauren fabius, to iran. how is that being covered in the
press? >> it is on the front page of most of the french papers. this comes two weeks after a deal with francoise and -- since france wanted a rant -- also in a longer article, it says the aim of the visit was to reopen dialogue between france and iran, to break the ice. fabius image is not very good because he took a hard-line approach in the negotiations with iran over the nuclear deal. he himself addressed this in an editorial, which is picked up in iran daily in the iranian newspaper. he says france always has the spec for and franco relations with iran, and even when we hold diverging views. the problem is he veers into a slightly old-fashioned message of, here we go, the french have longl been fascinated.
we get a sense of this -- stuart: let's look at what the iranian press is saying. >> it really is the other side of the coin. one of the iranian papers, from page eu looks to repair relations with iran. that is focusing on the work. the second has to do whilst in tehran. sherry, in another paper "fabulous for businesspeople that touches on an idea that picked up in the wall street journal as well. fabius may have another agenda. it is said france has thrown in the towel and it is suddenly thinking about business. what might there be once the sanctions ease and we can do
some sort of deals or trade with iran. so once a lonely voice of defense now plans to cash in on countless contracts. that may be the case but francois hollande thinks his country can smooth the way to solutions to the many crisis that are plaguing the whole region. it is an idea that the telegraph, the daily telegraph a u.k. paper picks up a political cartoon. it is showing the whole of the region at the chessboard, so you have isis squaring up to the kurds, with turkey's airstrike looming overhead. iran is reportedly one of the black rooks in the background looking on. stuart: we are looking into that regional political chessboard. another play going on is the release of the convicted u.s.-israeli spy.
>> we have been reporting on johnson pollard today. he has been a u.s. prison since -- in -- he has been a u.s. prisoner since 1987. the big question is, why now? why is he being released now? the consent of the daily paper says no to racism can be ruled out. he has been callously used as a pawn in assorted political maneuvers. obviously there is that same image of a chessboard with pollard as a pawn once again. he is suspiciously close to the west nuclear do with iran and he is being used as a sweetener for israel to accept that deal. but it is unthinkable that anyone should consider pollard's relief -- pollard's release as rendering iran more powerful than the israelis.
"the new york times" have an article that shows that israelis just do not get america. this is saying that -- the release of the obama administration of pollard shows that he grasped the importance of this prisoner to the israeli public. on the other side, the way the other side reacted, it is an example of their profound misunderstanding of american values and thinking. israel was running a spy at the heart of the closest ally. they did nothing to stop it, and when the case blew up, they live, continued lying to fbi