>> welcome to be "france 24" newsroom. meet and greetic and washington, d.c. as donald trump came face-to-face with president obama and top republicans as anti-trump protesters took to the streets once again. food supplies running out in aleppo as russia rejects a u.n. plea for a longer humanitarian cease-fire.
the music world mourns the loss of canadian singer-songwriter letter: -- leonard cohen. he died at the age of 82. first, it was a meeting many thought would never happen, barack obama and donald trump together in the oval office of the white house. the two men face-to-face for a lengthy 90 minutes as they promised to carry out a smooth transfer of power. i have been very encouraged inthe interest president-elect trump's wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that our great
country faces. for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences to now come together, work together. >> the meeting lasted for almost an hour and a half. it could have gone for a lot longer. we discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. i very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future. >> barack obama went on to say the pair had a conversation and a very civil show, a stark contrast to the past 18 months of polarizing campaigning. following his meeting with the president, donald trump turned his attention to his fellow republicans. many of whom opposed his candidacy. lost no time setting
out how he will unravel obama's two terms. first on trump's to do list, border security, jobs and health care. >> whether it is health care or immigration, so many different things, we will be working on them very rapidly. >> the two men sparred throw the campaign. paul said he would no longer defend trump after his comments went public. the house speaker has changed his tune. >> we had a fantastic, productive meeting about going to work for the american people. of the most at one impressive victories we've ever seen and we will turn that victory into progress for the
american people. we are now talking about how we will hit the ground running to make sure that we can get this country turned around to make america great again. trump met with mitch mcconnell, who gave mixed responses to his plans. mcconnell shot down trump's proposal to impose term limits on congress but said repealing obamacare was high on the senate's agenda. he is keen for trump to nominate a supreme court judge, having left the post open since the death of antonin scalia a in the hopes that a republican can fill it. his mostls of controversial campaign promises remain hazy. >> [indiscernible] >> thank you, everybody. >> hillary clinton did win the popular vote and her loss has left millions of americans shocked and even angry.
there has been a second night of protests against trump's victory. many of his critics fear his presidency can bring a setback in civil rights. [indiscernible] fury in portland. the riots declared by police and mass arrests made. >> that's what the protest is about. countrysts across the were mostly peaceful. young people dominated the anti-trump krause. blocking interstate highways in minneapolis and los angeles. dozens marched in manhattan and gathered at the trump tower, keen to voice their peers for civil rights and to counter those who say they are not respecting the democratic process. >> i have a right as an american , theen to protest hate
darkness of evil and racism. >> there's no excuse to be apathetic. trump literally stands for hate speech. >> we have climate change, the nuclear deal with iran. mass deportations. everything, the guy is wrong. i'm protesting the electoral college. donald trump did not have the popular vote. >> trump reacted to the protests on twitter claiming there's thousands of demonstrators who are professional protesters hired by the media. many are worried trump's inflammatory comments will ignite and tolerance towards minorities. ro protests are planned throughout the weekend. -- more protests are planned from the weekend. >> mark zuckerberg has rejected
the idea that false stories shared on his social network helped trump's victory. this has been a major criticism of social media. it also came up during brexit. i'm joined by michael brand. thank you for joining us. we heard from mark zuckerberg that he dismissed concerns about the bubbles or so-called echo chambers where a person's viewpoint is reinforced instead of challenged on social media. what is your take on this? >> thank you for having me on the program. filters definitely has that allow people to see more of the content they agree with than the content they do not agree with. facebook has a financial thatest in getting views
are confirmatory and optimistic because that is what makes people stay on their website and continue clicking. much effect that , there have been studies come including studies by facebook that show the effect exists and is even substantial in some cases, talking about 4% in terms of inclination to vote. while there has been well ias to only look at peers that are confirmatory, facebook is actively feeding this bias and causing an exponential commencing a leading affect where users get polarized. >> isn't this dangerous for national discourse? >> even greater than just because of that.
in my recent study looking at mainstream media versus hyper , it was shown that a dramatic percentage of what is being pushed through the hyper partisan pages , a dramatic percentage is just false. from the right wing websites was not accurate or drastically misleading. less than half was rated mostly true. >> let me ask you -- what is the reason for this? algorithms that inherently favor false or sensational stories? false andvors sensational stories is not the algorithms but rather the people.
they are sure to six times more than the true ones. people like to hear these things, people like to share them with their friends because they confirm their beliefs. algorithms are obviously picking up on that and are amplifying that effect because facebook wants to show you what you like to hear. the blame should be put on how we consume our news. there should be thoughts regarding whether facebook is a new outlet -- a news outlet in which it should be regulated. >> thank you very much for joining us. next, russia has rejected a request to extend the cease-fire .n aleppo, syria the united nations had asked for more time to allow aid supplies to be delivered. officials say they have handed their last remaining rations in
rebel held parts of the city. 250,000 people left without food. beyond the fierce frontlines, thousands of civilians are rapidly running out of food. with winter approaching, that will only get worse. u.n.was the warning from a who managed terry and advisor to syria on thursday. the last food rations are biggest or beat it as we speak -- being distributed as we speak. there will not be more to distribute next week. >> there are two ordered 75,000 people still living in -- 275,000 people still living in aleppo. u.n. has called for parties to come together to agree on a cease-fire to allow aid in.
moscow said it would continue to observe dawn to dusk humanitarian pauses, but the kremlin warns that doing so would allow militants to regain their capabilities. u.n.a also criticized the for failing to take advantage of previous cease-fires. the rebels in eastern aleppo launched a counterattack in late october but failed to make much progress. since then, government forces with the support of russian have launched a series of offensive to regain 's city.of syria >> the music world has lost a great singer-songwriter. leonard cohen is dead at the age of 82. he is known for his blend of spirituality and sensuality. with songs like "hallelujah," "suzanne," and "bird on a wire."
tell us more about leonard cohen . what set him apart? >> he spoke and wrote about everything with such beauty and authority. he had a really strong voice, whether he was singing it or writing -- he was first and foremost a writer. we would still be talking about him today as an author. that is where his strengths really lay. he was the northstar for some writers. when everyone has been aiming for since they wrote their first songs. people say he was dark and he was dark, but he was also very light and romantic and fun in his own way. he was talking about mortality just the summer and said it is not the debt that scares me, it is the foreplay. a classic leonard cohen way of putting it.
that is the way he attacked everything. everyone will be drawing parallels to david bowie, who died earlier this year. a new recordased a month ago. it was about the loss of his long-term muse. she is married to another man -- a fascinating story. wrote an amazing letter to her while she was on her deathbed. i think i will follow you very soon. incredible letter. the response from the family was equally beautiful.
mortality was clearly very high on his mind, a very principal thought. die, he did not want it to be uncomfortable. he didn't think this was his time. think this was his time. he was an ordained monk. nickname -- it means "the silent one." which is interesting because his voice is so unique and dominant. a very different sound. >> thank you very much for that brief look at such a long career. leonard cohen has passed away at the age of 82. time now for some business updates. we will start off in china. lonely hearts are celebrating
today -- what is this about? >> this a single stake him the shopping event of the year in china. -- singles day. it has become a shopping holiday for everyone. turned this into a shopping holiday back in 2009. still have four hours to go and alibaba says they have already surpassed the record from last year when they sold more than $14 billion worth of goods. >> he doesn't share his bed with anyone except his cap. he is a regular online shopper. >> in general, i buy four or five times a week. it could be clothes, food or anything, actually. >> november 11 has become a nationwide have been. it began as a single spot g
ifts for themselves as a way of offsetting feeling lonely. i just bought this coat. it was delivered today. last year, i bought bottles of wine and in the reader -- and an e-reader. >> the online shopping spree is not only for singles. the entire country has bought the buying bug. this marketing consultants has 450 million chinese people under the age of 35 shop online on a regular basis. they have strong purchasing power and they prefer buying online. they buy everything from cars to jewelry, handbags and luxury products. they can spend thousands of yuan on the internet. >> that spending frenzy takes
over the streets, too with thousands of parcels waiting to be picked up by their owners. made $15, alibaba billion in profit over 24 hours. this year, the company hopes to do even better. let's take a look at how the markets are doing this lunchtime. the market started out in positive territory this morning but now dipping into the red, the dax trading up three points. ae largest insurer reporting profit increase of 30% -- the u.s. networking site linkedin will be blocked in russia because of data storage. last year, it became mandatory for foreign internet companies to store russian clients' personal data --
disney forecast renewed growth despite earlier concerns of lower advertising sales and subscriber losses at the espn sports network. euro disney was hard hit by the attack last year -- investor confidence returning with stocks trading up after comments from the ceo. finally, we returned to the biggest story of the week, the u.s. election. the results have called into question the state of trade deals like the transpacific partnership -- other signatories are pushing ahead. china sees an opportunity to fill the void. uncertain the tpp's future, japan is moving ahead with ratification of the transpacific partnership trade deal. on thursday, japan's lower house
approved the measure and now, the upper house has begun deliberation. the japanese prime ministers as the deal is needed to counter the spread of protectionist policies. approval will demonstrate our intention to lead on fair rules in trade and investment. i call on the u.s. and other signatories to quickly complete -- >> donald trump has called the tpp disaster and has vowed not to sign the deal. the trade pact was a linchpin in president obama's asia live it and was seen as a chance to write asia's trade rules before beijing could. now, in the wake of trump's election, china sees an opportunity to introduce its own asia-pacific free trade deal. trade and investment protectionism is rearing its head and asia-pacific faces challenges such as insufficient
momentum for internal growth. china believes we should set a new and very practical working to sustain momentum and establish a free trade area in asia-pacific. >> mexico has been hoping the tpp could be used to help modernize another trade deal trump has threatened to rip up, nafta. mexican officials are hoping a version of the tpp without the u.s. can still be salvaged. >> thank you very much. time now for our press review. studio -- we the have one topic in the u.s. grabbing many headlines. we will focus on the latest news coming out of canada. the prolific singer-songwriter leonard cohen has passed away at
the age of 82. >> let's look at the local papers in montreal. , a legendary montreal singer-songwriter dead at 82. that is what the montreal gazette says in a long and touching obituary. he was an artist who was considered old in 1967 when his first album came out. yet, he ended up outlasting almost all his contemporaries. he was a poet, artist and singer and somewhat of an anomaly because he did not have a traditional singing voice. newspaper language reminds us of what has been a morbid year for legendary singers. we lost david bowie, prince and now, leonard cohen. a great poet is no longer with us. that is what it says on the home page there. the website says the mayor of montreal has promised that flags will fly at half mast.
>> his music transcended time and john russ. -- genres. >> it echoed through the world that he himself recoiled from. he was enigmatic, melancholic and reclusive. what is interesting is he was often criticized before the -- he produced music you wanted to slit your wrists to. bob dylan was one of his biggest advocates saying he was much more music savvy than we give them credit for. leonard cohen's last interview appeared here in the new yorker when he talked about his new album. >> let's move on to what's happening in the united states. continuing reaction to dald trump's victory. >> a lot of protests from the first meeting with barack obama and donald trump, something none
of us could have ever predicted -- trumpldest dreams visited his future residence and had a meeting with obama that was cordial but far from more. -- far from warm. foreign leaders want assurances on what donald trump's foreign-policy will be -- trump was trying on the presidency for size, adding that he was on his best behavior. the guardians has trump is preparing for power. we see the handshake with a close image of obama space -- obama's face. >> some papers focusing on russia's involvement in trump's campaign. >> the deputy russian foreign said there were
contacts with the trump team during the campaign. he offered no more clarification. it has reopened discussions about trump's future relationship with russia. mance going on with vladimir putin. has denied that there was russian contacted russia says it was protocol. they extended the same courtesy to hillary clinton's team. >> hollywood calling for a boycott of people magazine. tell us why. >> is facing a lot of backlash because during trump's campaign, does --ealed that people magazine published this account.
now that he has been elected to the white house, people magazine a gushing piece on donald trump, so people are calling for a boycott of "people magazine." for this 180 on the trumps. >> what are we seeing in terms of redecorating the white house? for eachis a tradition incoming president to redecorate as he sees fit. richard nixon built in underground bowling alley. president obama put hoops on what was george bush's tennis courts. what are they going to do to the white house? the guardian says if the current real estate style is anything to go by, they will be ramping up coal extraction -- they may have to reopen the gold mines.