genie: you are watching "france 24," live around the world. i'm genie godula. these of headlines. leaders from the e.u. and turkey are focusing on stopping the flow of syrian refugees coming into europe. drown tryinger 25 to escape the violence in the middle east. killed 21orces jihadists who attacked police at army posts near the border with libya.
a soldier and four civilians are killed as well. it is the second class on the border in a week. the presidential election in benin saw a level 33 candidates in the first round. shock atng up, another french energy company edf. shares have slumped since the financial director resigned. we will show you why in our business update. and the louvre and the eiffel tower surrounded with water. holding anaris is unprecedented dresser hurtle for how it would deal with a massive flood. first, our top stories. genie: leaders from the european
union and turkey are meeting today for talks on the migrant crisis per one of their planned moves would include shutting down the balkans route used by almost all migrants and refugees trying to reach europe. another idea would push turkey to do more to stop migrants leaving turkey from greece. here is more now from francois hollande. greeces hollande: it is that will take the largest portion of refugees, and we must help greece. to avoid the refugees arriving in greece, we need to work with turkey, so the plan is simple and difficult to put into place. working closely with turkey and to show our support for greece. that is france's position that we will present today. >> turkey is ready to be a member of the e.u. as well. and i hope this summit, which we will not focus on the regular migration but on the turkish
accession process with the e.u. genie: there have been more migrant deaths at sea. another 25 drowned over the weekend, including three children. officials say over 320 migrants and refugees have died in the past two months alone, and many of those who survived that journey are now stranded on greece's border in macedonia, where the conditions are only getting worse. our correspondent is covering talks on the migrant crisis in brussels, and he joins us from there. we have heard about the possible shutting down of the balkans route, something that germany's angela merkel went on to say was just speculation. what more do we know about what exactly should be happening? i can tell you there is some unease over that wording in the text youause
are referring to is a draft agreement. it is not the final wording. we understand that, as you said, the german chancellor, angela merkel, as well as the president of the e.u., are uneasy with the wording. they find it too harsh, categorical, and it is not fit well with angela merkel's politics of welcoming refugees. they want to change the wording and bring pressure to bear on donald two, the president of the e.u. council. -- donald tusk, the president of the e.u. council. that is one thing. the way eu leaders want to couch this, the legal vocabulary they want to use is one thing. however, the reality on the ground is a totally different thing because every leader here acknowledges that in effect the balkans route is pretty much they say that is a reality.
francois hollande said that earlier. they are not trying to change the reality on the ground but they are trying to change the wording. genie: another important note is that in order to truly close the balkans route, the e.u. needs more cooperation from turkey. with turkey not only stopping migrants from leaving its borders but also welcoming some who it let back into her tell us more about that. turkish lot hinges on cooperation, and angela merkel has a lot of's -- a lot at stake. for turkey to stem the flow of migrants from turkey crossing into the you, and also to readmit migrants that the e.u. will excel -- that the e.u. will expel. the only problem with the plan is that it is pretty much exactly the plan that the e.u. and turkey already agreed to three months ago, and they signed an action plan in november of last year.
for the moment, that plan has not been implemented or hardly been implemented. tois europe going to be able offer to turkey today something they were not able to offer three months ago? that is the big question. that is something they are discussing as we speak. turkey is not ready to do europe's dirty work for free. we have to look at it from ankara's point of view. turkey, as we heard, wants to make this conversation not just about the migrants but also about turkey, the e.u. membership bid. this is something we discussed months ago, and again there was uneasy in europe because there are a number of countries, including within germany, who are not keen on seeing turkey relaunch its membership bid within europe. those things are going to be discussed. genie: thank you for that. the charity france, doctors without borders has
opened a new refugee camp today without approval from the national government. in a northern town is meant to properly housed migrants who are now living in tents nearby. the camp is made up of small cabins and will be the first in france to conform to international norms since the start of the migrant crisis early last year. the camps being run -- the camp's are being run jointly with local authorities believe out approval from paris. aboutw refugee camp sits a half hour from the shanty town in northern france known as the jungle. the southern half of the camp is being torn down. for many locals, that is not enough. some 500 calle residents and business owners are in paris today for talks at the elysee palace. tourism has plummeted since the thousands of migrants arrived. our correspondent reports. is,at lunchtime in cala
restaurants are almost empty. >> our clients are mainly english, but they do not come anymore. notritish tourists to do book into hotels either. they have been replaced by another kind of client, the french police, reinforcements who needed a place to stay. but to hotel owners, they are only a short-term solution. >> i do not know who is going to stay in a few months because tourists are not all going to come back right away. >> the reason tourists are no longer coming to calais, disturbing images broadcast across the world. this footage last summer, protesters blocked roads. other images show migrants trying to get on trucks to cross the channel. migrant camp, where thousands of people live.
the state has been a vacuuming the so-called jungle camp, but the port has lost 30% of its passenger -- the port has lost 35% of its passenger since last summer. not everyone has abandoned the city. it is just the press scaring people. , so it is notme going to turn us off. >> to bring back other tourists, s is launching a promotional campaign. francois hollande may lend a hand, visiting the city himself in the coming months. to tunisia now, were soldiers have killed 21 islamic militants as they attacked the town knew the border with lydia. a nighttime curfew has been put in place --they attacked a town near the border with libya. a nighttime curfew has been put
in place. what more can you tell us? the first shots were heard around 4:30 a.m. this morning, and it has not stopped. the attacks were launched on three different points simultaneously. one on military ballots, -- military barracks, one on the local police station. counted 21 gunmen killed. the interior minister called on people to stay home, and the authorities have blocked most access points to the neighboring island. there is a hotspot of the border. only a fewes kilometers from the border with libya, and it is known to be also the capital. according to the latest incident, the fighting still continues in the area, and the
prime minister called in an emergency meeting. genie: this is only going to increase concern about islamic state extremists in libya coming over the border into tunisia, especially after the attacks that left dozens of tourists dead. tell us more about that. -- itremains uncertainty remains uncertain. only last week five were killed in a shootout. -- the group planned operations on the territory. at the same time, sources brought up the possibility that several fighters of this group have been -- the information is yet unconfirmed. it is the second attack in the area close to the libyan border since the american airstrike 80 kilometers from the border on february 19 or shortly after that rate. -- after that raid. said that he declared
that the group was aiming to -- ithe city of berger is a weak spot in libya. -- there is00 mile a 200 kilometer long system to the border. genie: thank you for that. our correspondent reporting from tunis. in between -- in the mean, the boniing head of state yayi, is stepping down. more than 30 candidates are hoping to succeed him. >> i can say it is very unlikely with a field involving 33 candidates and a handful of at least five front runners with a
strong chance of being considered -- being able to win this. outrightl never be an winner from the first time around. pretty much all of them feel like it is a second round that is a certainty. that has not been officially announced or officially confirmed, but it does look like that is what is going to be happening. to go itself turned out farther more smoothly than we anticipated because with all the trouble associated with getting voting cards out to people in time, there had been a real expectations that it would be a logistical nightmare. country's electoral commission make last-minute efforts to make sure people had all the voting papers they needed, so people were able to use all -- they're old voting cards, new voting cards. people who turned 18 after the
outvoting cards were handed and never got the new voting cards were a loud -- were id.wed to use people were pretty happy with the bureaucratic side of the vote. we are expecting the tally from the election to come through in about 48 hours, and that is when we will be able to tell you who are the two names in that second round, if things turn out as we expect them to. genie: that is our correspondent reporting on the vote in benin. let's come back to paris, where officials are preparing residents for what could be a massive flood. the last major flood in the french capital dates back to ine rose eightsend meters, or 26 feet, above its
normal level. the paris police are putting on a full-scale rehearsal. our correspondent has more. museum, alouvre monster flood could look like this. river water would invade the inner courtyard and keep rising. the simulation is not impossible. it has happened before. in 1910, the seine river overflowed its banks in what was called the flood of the century. .ater covered much of paris it was eight meters above the river's normal level. authorities in the capital and surrounding towns have long been preparing for a new centennial flood. five or six days for the water to get to paris. we could see three rivers overflowing into the send river. the level of the seine river could be rising quickly. >> for 11 days, police, rescue workers, firemen, and engineers
and others will simulate a flood, including electricity cuts. the exercises include the virtual evacuation of hospitals and the shutdown of public transportation. one metro station will even be sealed off to keep the water out. participants will not only simulate saving lives but also saving arch. masterpieces will be moved, including impressionist paintings, to save locations. genie: you are watching "france 24." leaders from the european union and turkey today are focusing on stopping the flow of syrian refugees coming into europe. this as another 25 drowned trying to escape the violence in the middle east. tunisian forces killed 21 jihadists who attacked police at army posts near the border with
lydia. a soldier and four civilians are killed as well. it is the second deadly clash on the border this week. votes are being counted in benin. the residential election there saw a record 33 candidates in the first round. now for our business news with stephen carroll. you are starting with the french energy company edf, which has seen shares plunge. stephen: that is right. they got hammered on the market today after their chief financial officer resigned over the weekend. he is thought to have left the company over opposition to its hinkley pointthe nuclear reactor in the united kingdom. according to reports, he thought it would put too much pressure on edf services. >> more trouble for edf. the french utility company's finance chief resigned after an internal disagreement over the planned nuclear reactor at hinkley point in u.k., a product
more -- worth more than 23 billion euros. it was suggested the company should wait three more years to decide whether or not to go through with this investment. the government is eager to see -- to seal the deal. edf is financing two thirds of the project, with another third coming from chinese nuclear power company cgn but the so-called reactor technology, which will be built, has been problematic elsewhere. flights in northern france and finland are use my schedule and billions over budget. there are also concerns about the edf facility to suffer a setback. it is worth just 18.5 billion euros. maker makeseactor its financial situation even more delicate.
the former cfo of edf's french operation has been given a temporary replacement. the final investment decision could come as early as next month. -- hastephen: genie: let's stay in france with tough talk from the prime minister over employment reform. they will discuss controversial changes to france's strict labor laws. the publication has been pushed back by two weeks because of opposition from unions and also within the ruling socialist party. the changes proposed would make it easier for struggling companies to fire workers as those capping compensation payments mean unfair dismissal cases. we will be hearing a lot more about that. genie: what more is happening on the markets. we are seeing some
reaction to the decision in china over the weekend to reduce the ground forecast between 6.5% and 7%. now with the migrant summit underway and brussels, you have been looking at how serious neighbors are getting an angel help to deal with the influx of refugees -- are getting financial help to do with the influx of refugees. they are dealing with huge influx of people. syrian refugees make up about a fifth of the population. we go to frank from the world bank. the position is to provide highly positional grants. we chart middle income countries, which not have access to highly positioned euros. to startd track is leveraging contracts to foreign countries, so that the world
bank can issue bonds. those bonds proceed to finance reconstructions in countries that have been impacted by conflicts. genie: a law graduate in the united states is suing her law school over her employment prospects -- or her lack thereof, i assume. she graduated from thomas jefferson law school in 2008, passed the bar, but has yet to find a full-time job. she says taking to college to court -- taking her college to court, she was misled in signing up to their law degree. the school argues that -- they have filed. this is the first one of these cases that has gone to trial in the united states. we will see how it turns out. genie: thank you so much for
that, stephen carroll. now it is time for "the press review." we will take a look at the papers. ins of focus on the summit brussels between e.u. and turkish leaders. >> that's right, a lot of negative press in the papers this morning. first i want to show you the a cartoonist-- from a jordanian paper. it depicts a very sad reality. it is titled e.u. syrian refugees. leaders aree discouraging them from coming to europe, syrian refugees are locked in this vicious cycle, whether the impression -- oppression from the islamic state group, violence, or through the e.u. leaders by this dissuasion from coming to europe. genie: the independent has
penned a fiery piece about this as well. >> it is called "sealing the deal." there is a lot of sarcasm in the article, but there is also a sense of exasperation that is reflected across the european union about their inefficiency to deal with this crisis. one of the main points will be convincing turks to take back those economic migrants. the paper takes to task donald tusk of the e.u., the e.u. council president. who they quote as being widely out of touch. they say he will break up the people bundling networks. say is because the people are strong before the crisis, making money off misery. they have had the upper hand because the european union has been so lax about it. genie: you found another article that is different from the
turkish paper. paper, when seized by the turkish government friday, and we saw the violent protests over the weekend, the former antigovernment newspaper is -- you see this headline, european union looks to turkey to ease its own migrants burden, and the real sense that turkey's saving grace is to save you from the european union, so a different take. let's move onto another story at out of france. france awarding a legion of honor to the saudi prince. >> i think napoleon would be av if he knewr who this award was going to. despite his country's
appalling human rights record per you might remember that france was one of the most vocal against the mass executions on new year's eve. genie: what kind of reaction has a been to the award? >> the saudi's are thrilled, but in france it has been indignados. one twitter user wondered if the legion is also up for sale. many wonder where the prince fits in this long list of recipients from war veterans to political activists to writers. some have notis, been surprising. liza minnelli, so you wonder what -- >> many are talking about the death of former first lady nancy reagan. >> she really redefine the role , citing her lady
devotion to ronald reagan. she played bad cop to his good cop. she said that he should apologize for the weapons deal, and that should -- she was really more of a home care or. the story of how she met ronald reagan is quite sweet. basically during the mccarthy witchhunt, the communist witchhunt in the 1950's, nancy reagan was known as nancy davis, and she had approached ronald reagan to clear her name in hollywood because another nancy davis was part of communist theater. that is how they met, fell in love, and they stayed married for 50 you he -- they stayed married for 52 years. coming up after the break, a look at the johannesburg market theater in south africa. 40 years ago it became one of the very first institutions where blacks and whites worked
>> hello, i'm john cleese. do you realize that native peoples are largely responsible for the survival of the planet? yes, because it's their forests that are still managing to offset some of the greenhouse gases from the major polluters like us. but although native peoples have the smallest ecological footprints, they unfortunately manage to suffer the worst impacts of climate change. it is their islands that are sinking, and their glaciers that are melting, and they are not happy about it. soon, we will be hearing directly from some of them, as almost 3,000 indigenous delegates from around the world struggle to have their voices heard at the united nations permanent forum on indigenous issues. so, settle back