molly: welcome to the "france 24 " newsroom. the headlines this hour -- tributes but no apologies. barack obama makes a historic visit to hiroshima. the president meets briefly with survivors as he decries the horrors of war. empty gas pumps, closed nuclear power plants, and violent protests. demonstrationsom against labor reform. donald trump seals the deal,
getting the delegates he needs to lock up the republican nomination. his sights are set firmly on the white house. molly: barack obama has wrapped his historic visit to hiroshima. the president arrived at the peace memorial park, where he signed a guestbook and later read at the cenotaph. he spoke, standing in the shawl -- in the shadow of the adam dunn. dome.the atom pres. obama: 71 years ago, on a death, cloudless morning, fell from the sky, and the world was changed.
a flash of light and a wall of and destroyed a city demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself. the president visited both historical and controversial. thecity was ravaged by first atomic bomb. three days later, nagasaki was the target. abee minister sheehan oh spoke of the -- prime minister shins oh abe spoke. >> pledging our commitment to that flame behind me, which was lit by children who were born on that unforgettable day, with their prayers, we are enduring world peace.
the united states and japan must strive to become the guiding light and give hope to people around the world. standing here with president renewing my own dissemination to make this happen, and i believe that this is the only way we can face up to the countless lives that fell intim to the atomic bombs hiroshima and nagasaki. molly: that was prime minister shinzo abe speaking there. we are joined by our correspondent. president's visit has been a highly anticipated event, both for those in favor of it and those who criticized him going to hiroshima. he spoke and then briefly met with the aging survivors of the attacks, shaking their hands. he briefly embraced one elderly
man who seemed to be a bit overcome by emotion. it was a very moving moment. >> indeed, it was a moving moment. the survivors -- it was not known until the last minute whether there would be survivors at the site. they saw a group of survivors as well as the mayors of hiroshima and yamasaki -- and nagasaki. they met and exchanged words. 91-year-old -- the only national victims organization. activebeen very invoicing -- in voicing his president's effort to eradicate nuclear weapons. he gave a speech to
schoolchildren and he told them that -- he told them about his own experience, what he went through, but also about the importance of continuing this appeal for a world without nuclear weapons. and another one who was very --ed was she acting more he a 79-year-old, a survivor of the atomic bomb. i think it is a significant moment for the survivors that he came and saw with his own eyes. he visited the memorial site as well as the museum, and i think tot they would have liked have heard his apology, but they did not call for it. one of the reasons being that they simply wanted a message for the future. he wanted to look for the future. he spoke about the selective
, but it is the collective memory that matters. and -- ry of survivors molly: president obama also spoke about the scientific revolution needing a moral -- the scientific resolution needing a moral resolution. he kind of addresses this. >> the memorial park has a number of monuments. one of the lesser-known monuments stands on the edge of the park not far from this building that we are seeing. it is a memorial for schoolchildren who died instantly upon the impact. it is a simple monument. it shows images of high school girls, but alongside, there is no epitaph, as such. =mc squared, which
formed the basis of nuclear technology. it is well-known that einstein himself regretted his part, the part of the role he played in developing nuclear weapons. protest by the people who built that memorial at the time it was directed shortly -- at the time it was erected shortly after the war when japan was still under occupation. anything that might apply anything that there was an an atrocity against civilians at the time for there was a message and that scientific formula, saying this is what happened. molly: thank you very much for your perspective. for more on the president's visit, we can cross to hiroshima, where justin kerry joins us now. justin, it was a very short trip
by the u.s. president, but a full one. was a flying visit but a highly symbolic one, as you say, and it began with a visit of prime minister shinzo abe. there were powerful photographs of hiroshima just before the attack, and clothing and positions of some of the people who died in the attack. both leaders came out and laid wreaths at the cenotaph. behind me, there is a long line of people coming to the park after it was reopened after obama left the city. they are there now, following in the footsteps of the president and forming long lines to go to the cenotaph to pay to the victims of the hiroshima bombing 71 years ago. obama made a longer speech than many people expected.
termske in philosophical about humankind using science to wage war. it was also upbeat. he talked about children a lot, and pointed out that children are living lives of peace and that was something to celebrate. he also paid tribute to the transformation of the relationship between the u.s. and japan in the last several decades. he said they have achieved so much more than they would have as enemies. have since the president left their -- how have people reacted to all of this? largely positively. i have been walking run the park speaking to ordinary people from hiroshima. not many of them were here to witness the speech. they watched it live on television. it was only a small audience of people allowed inside the part solicitor speeches of obama and abe. one woman i spoke to who is from
the city said that many of the survivors -- and there are about 180,000 people who were in hiroshima and on that day and are still around today. their ages are going up all the time. she said those people have been waiting all their lies for a u.s. president to visit the city. not to apologize -- the majority of people in the city were not seeking or expecting an apology, but they are pleased that a sitting u.s. president has come here to not only pay tribute to the victims but also to reaffirm his commitment to realize a world without nuclear weapons. , thank you for that. here in france there appears to be no end insight to protests over labor reform. today unions have called on workers to continue and step up their actions.
the social unrest has disrupted transportation and gas supplies, even threatening electrical out put. thursday there were chaotic scenes in several locations nationwide. elliott richardson reports. elliott: determined to revolt against the government's labor protested for has the eighth time. thee are going to hold government hostage. that is it. we do not have a choice. response can be to take to the streets because they have left us no choice. people across00 the country are believed to have protested. the left-leaning union is at the heart of the rallies, along with others. the transport severely affected, france could be our allies
during the 2016 football championships, which begin in two weeks' time. manuel valls will see a huge problem. for someone who deals with this metro, thing without trains, or oil, it is going to be complicated. >> the protests were not just confined to the capital. montpelier, the labor reforms could be modified. it insisted half would remain. the protesters remain unconvinced. will not make any difference because they want to continue to impose things that are not good for us. >> he is trying to change the rules, but it is too late. >> and national demonstration is planned in paris. 4000: next, more than migrants have been rescued from the mediterranean seaea in a single day.
the italian coast guard said it had coordinated 22 separate rescue operations thursday. smugglers have taken advantage dissent desperate people north to europe. at least 20 people drowned, but authorities warned that figure will grow far higher, as at least 100 people are feared dead after two crowded boats capsized off libya in separate incidents. greek authorities have finished evacuating migrants from the idomeni camp on the macedonian border. the effort to clear out the camp began on tuesday. thousands of people have been blocked at the site after macedonia shut its border in march, cutting off a major route through the balkans. our correspondent has the details. idomeni, bulldozers have replaced migrants. just this week, around 8000 migrants were still queuing up here for food. now the campsite is empty. greek authorities have completed
a three-day operation to evacuate the camp. they say it took place peacefully. the operation progressed as planned and as it should have, in other words, with respect toward the people who came here seeking to save themselves for a better life. we were not the ones who stood in the way of getting to where they wanted. it was not us, greece, who put up the fences. >> around 4000 migrants have been transferred by bus to the nearby camp set up by the government in thessaloniki. many refused to board the bus is, many making their way on foot. >> now finished, all of them. >> where are you going now? about -- owrah is in the last few days, the front of the hotel has become a makeshift campsite. >> from the day the police
started evacuating the cam p, 400 have pitched in. that number has doubled. >> other migrants have headed to another formal camp a few kilometers from idomeni. it is believed 10,000 migrants were staying at idomeni until macedonia and its neighbors effectively shut down their borders in march. but migrants may -- migrants remain determined to reach macedonia even if it means walking there. molly: donald trump has sealed the deal in securing enough delegates to effectively become the republican nominee for president. the news is likely to put in end to speculation that the gop establishment will try to stop trump are pushing a different nominee through. oliver farry takes a look. oliver: he walked into the room knowing he was the republican nominee for the presidential
election and shook the hands of 15 of a 1227 delegates that allowed him to clinch the nomination. donald trump: thank you very much, everybody. the folks behind me got us right dakota, top from north so north dakota made a big statement and i appreciate it. we will not forget it. oliver: he learned the news from the associated press. he started short, but unpledged delegates from many states had changed their minds. he is one step closer to becoming president. >> it has been a remarkable ride for donald trump. he started off announcing his candidacy in june of 2015 largely as an afterthought. very few people thought he would go far at all. many people thought he would not even an ounce. been a campaign that saw him criticizing the republican party establishment.
>> i am most concerned about real party unity, not pretend party unity. we need to win this election in the fall. oliver co former state hillary -- former secretary of state hillary clinton -- molly: it is time now for a business update. i'm joined by kate moody. we are going to start off in japan as the g-7 summit has just wrapped. what have we seen come out of it? surprising focus on the upcoming referendums in the united kingdom. we were hearing a warning or the economic consequences of a possible brexit. just under a month to go until that referendum, although it was not officially on the agenda, german chancellor angela merkel told reporters all the leaders present at the g7 summit indicated they do want the u.k. to remain in the european union. they are concerned that already weak local growth would suffer further if british voters choose
to leave. claire williams has more. claire: two days of talks are over, and leaders of the group of seven countries have outlined what they agree on. france, canada, germany, italy, japan, and the united states all say britain should stay in the you -- in the eu. the message was welcomed by prime minister david cameron. >> it is not just me saying there are economic risks from britain leaving the eu it is now a perceived consensus that includes people of impeccable independence and academic standing. i think when you have that sort of agreement, it is really worth listening to. claire: the talks focused on the terrorist threat. global growth was seen crucial
to battling violent extremism. elaborated in action plan against terrorism, with information exchanged, stronger air security, and efforts to combat everything that contributes the financing terrorism. -- that contributes to financing terrorism. leaders -- as in previous years, they denounced protectionism and trade barriers. for christine lagarde, the world is no longer in the 2008 moment, but global growth is urgent. kate: moving on to the markets, we are seeing european trade fairly muted after turning downward for most of the session . the major indices have crossed above the flatline, midway through friday's session.
investors focused on u.s. federal reserve chief chair yellen. she could give an indication later today about when interest rates might be raised. after hitting their highest prices in 2016 on thursday, oil prices are trading firmly under the $50 per barrel threshold. international brett sopping down to just under $49 per barrel. -- international brent dropping down to just under $49 per barrel. automakers have been ordered in japan to recall 7 million cars with takata airbags. been linked's have to 13 deaths and 100 injuries. it is facing tens of billions of dollars in damages for the cost of making replacement parts for the faulty airbags. let's take a look at some of the day's other business lines --
business headlines per general motors has been forced to recall 2 million cars in china after a joint venture with the state-owned shanghai automotive industries received complaints about engine damage to a number of buick and chevrolet models. gm will replace the effective valves for free. valley and rejected a takeover deal from japan costa kita and a the is dance came earlier ant replacedwhen vale its embattled chief executive. a u.s. jury said a copyright law allowed google to use oracle's java platform in its smartphone operating system. oracle argued that google should have to pay a fee to use the software and has requested $9 billion in damages. the company plans to appeal the ruling. in france, petrol shortages
are continuing across the country. half of petrol stations are said to be running low or have completely run dry. the cgt union has vowed to block instant news -- continuous strikes and blockades and said that it could even impact the euro football championship that kicks off in france in just over two weeks' time. that is expected to draw in one and one million foreign visitors. many hotels and restaurants are already feeling the pinch. owners have been hoping for a busy weekend. the weather forecast in normandy is sunning and warm. but the terraces are empty, bookings are down, and weekenders are canceling. >> people are scared of coming. i had a group that did not come because they were worried about not having enough petrol and getting stuck here. >> you can see it is lunch time and the restaurants are almost empty. we have had very few
reservations for mother's day this sunday. >> this hotel owner has seen half his guests counseled since sunday. he says he is losing 2000 euros every day. this room was booked for the whole weekend, but they canceled this morning. another empty room. they canceled this afternoon. people are scared of not being able to get home after running out of petrol. >> the tourist season is getting off to a rocky start for this man, who drives tourists around in his iconic french car. he usually needs to fill up twice a day. >> this morning i spent an hour queuing up. today will be yet another day spent waiting in line and losing time. >> the u.k. foreign office warning that british holidaymakers planning to make most of the holiday weekend could struggle finding fuel across the channel. we could see much more of
this to come if the petrol shortages continue. very much.k you it is now time for our press review. florence villeminot joins me for a look at what is grabbing headlines. we are going to start with the ongoing protests in france over labor reform. flo: quite alarmed by recent events. yesterday there were violent protests across the country. check out the front page. "calm down." this is a message for protesters, the trade unions, the government. how long will the serious situation get going? what is it going to take for things to stop? everything getting completely out of hand? it is time for everyone to take a timeout and find a peaceful solution. that goes for the government,
trade unions, and in particular the cgt. let's take a look at the front page of "the wall street journal." a beautiful photo of protests in lyon yesterday. you can see the flare in one hand, flowers in the other. in "the photo independent" focuses on the fact that striking workers are targeting all sorts of things -- refineries, transportation. but so far they completely paralyzed -- they completely failed to paralyzed the country. molly: we have seen the common newspaper one of the rare dailies that people could buy at newsstands yesterday. yesterday these striking cgt members prevented the publication of newspapers that refused to print an opinion .iece by the cgt leader they shut off printing presses and distribution for all papers except for the communist paper,
which published the communique, calling for the labor law to be abandoned. there is an article that was published today, justifying their decision to publish that article. of course we published it. we are naturally on the side of protesters, but others were not so thrilled. they accuse the cgt of essentially trying to push the media, holding the media hostage. it was said that this was an attack on democracy. the one upside for readers who got to read all french dailies for free online. molly: thank you very much from that. death thank you very. for more from flo, head to france24.com. ."u are watching "france 24 8úxúbq
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