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>> of french police arrest the founder of a company and the center of an international health scare over breast implants. jean-claude mas faces charges of fraud. we will be asking what will the media plays in cosmetic surgery. hello and welcome to gm t. i'm george alagiah with a world of news and opinion. also on the program, security malfunction. australia's prime minister giulio beelard is forced to flee with her body guard after a restaurant -- julia gallardo is forced to flee within her body guard after a restaurant is
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swamped. and some big ideas and some surprising suggestions. >> one of an ambitious deal -- why not an ambitious deal or even a pan african trade? >> it is midday in london, early-morning in washington and 1:00 p.m. in paris. french police have arrested the founder of a company at the center of the international trust in -- implants -- international breast implant scare. jean-claude mas is the leader of a company accused of using substandard silicone implants. it is felt as far away as australia and brazil. -- the scandal is felt as far away as australia and brazilpip began the use of silicon for
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industrial grade mattresses in about 2001. over 400,000 women in 65 countries have had these types of implants fit it. it was in 2009 that concerns were first raised in france due to a high rupture rate. its value fell and the ip went into liquidation -- pip went into liquidation the following year. just last month, france recommended giving the implants removed. >> the police have been searching the home of jean- claude mas. it is understood he has been questioned before. his lawyer said his client was fine. he is with police, who are doing their job, but he is tired. and he has not slept. last month, the french
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authorities recommended the removal of the implants made by pip when it was found that they had been manufactured with an industrial jell more commonly used to fill mattresses. germany and other countries have taken a similar stance, as has venezuela. but the medical of bias in britain is that there is no need for all of the implants to be removed, only those that cause pain, such as canada's. -- such as tenderness. said that hiss' zero victims have been filing complaints simply to make money -- that his victims have been filing complaints simply to make money. >> thank you for being with us from "cosmopolitan" magazine.
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he is arrested, but it will not help all the women around the world who may be affected by this. >> they should be feeling terrible. there are a lot of people not to will say you should not have done this. it was a terrible idea. i think a lot of women felt good. as long as men admire breasts, with and will do this. i think it is good at least in france that they are giving people a chance to take them out. unless they put them in again. i cannot imagine what is going to happen. >> for some women, it has been a traumatic experience. we should talk about the medical reasons. >> like after a mastectomy. >> let's leave those aside for a moment. let's talk about the women who went into this for cosmetic
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reasons do you think the scandal -- for cosmetic reasons. do you think the scandal -- will women say, why did i put myself at risk? >> i think there will be a long pause and then someone will come out again and say, now, this new stuffed we've got is excellent and foolproof and it will happen all over again. women are just not going to stop wanting to look at what they consider more desirable. >> i am interested in what you said earlier. feetaid the blame at man's blame atou laid the blen men's feet, but your magazine plays their fair share in creating this myth of the ideal woman. >> i have to tell you, i left some time ago.
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and when i was there, one of the things i insisted on is that we did not run cosmetic surgery advertisements. >> you do not have to run the advertisement. everything about your magazine, and those like it, actually suggest to woman, this is what you've got to look like. >> i think it is more skinny woman. if you look at men's magazine to -- you cannot blame them. people want to look better. i do want to remember running two article side by side, one by a woman who had had her breasts augmented and felt fabulous, and the next was a woman who had had hers reduced and felt fabulous. it is how you feel.
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>> let's say, you are in it to her again and you got lots of young readers, what message would you want to put out now in light of what has happened with pip? >> i would never advocate -- i would never push, and never have, cosmetic surgery. but if it makes you feel better, i am not against it. i think what has to be regulated is the cosmetic surgery industry. i do not think you can blame men or women. i absolutely think this industry, which has gone entirely unregulated has got to be regulated. >> thank you. let's take a look at some of the other stories making headlines. in an age where personal security of world leaders is taken so seriously and their itineraries meticulously manage, rarely do you see the -- you see
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an international figure looking so shaken, in this case julia, a large. she had to be dragged from underneath protesters. >> the prime minister was giving out medals at an australian ceremony when protesters began charting through the window. she looks around to see where the noise is coming from. the sharks grow louder -- the shouts grow louder. there are about 200 aboriginal people who gathered and started banging on the windows. apparently, angered by comments by mr. adderall -- mr. abbott. the fear -- the body guard, fearing the demonstration could get out of hand, decided to make
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a run for it. than the chaotic scene involving the prime minister unfolded. one body guard greg to run the shoulder, and rushed her to a car. there's a local alarm on her face as she is crumbled away. at one point, she appears to try, almost ending up on the ground, the body guard still hanging on. >> the scramble to get them to safety may have cost of the prime minister some of her dignity. but for the indigenous people involved, they say it is the lack of dignity shown by the australian state that was the reason they were angry in the first place. >> police said the prime minister was never in danger. it was an ugly incident to remind all australians the country's indigenous people continue to claim rights and respect they believe are denied them.
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>> the prime in a stroke poppa new guinea has said that the country has fallen into -- the prime minister of papua new guinea said that the contras fallen into military hands. the government has warned the soldiers that they could be charged with treason. hundreds of egyptians have camped out in tahrir square in peaceful protest of the military council. pro-democracy groups are planning to stay until friday when another rally is planned. on wednesday, demonstrations were held to mark the first anniversary of the uprising that eventually toppled president hosni mubarak. authorities in iraq say insurgents have carried out a bomb attack on a policeman's house in baghdad, killing two brothers, both policeman, and eight others. the blast happened while their families were sleeping.
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pakistan is set to introduce new laws that criminalize forced marriage and attacks on women. it is also tupper sentences before violence -- it will also have tougher sentences for violence. >> she was 16 years old when she said her husband will corrupt in the middle of the night and attack her. -- woke her up in the middle of the night and talk to her. >> it was 4:00 a.m.. he grabbed a knife and attacked me. he cut off my nose and my lips. afterward, my mother-in-law and tied me. neither of them told me what i had done to deserve it. >> she said she now believes her husband had done it because she had taken longer than usual to get water from a well and he thought she was having an
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affair. her husband has been on the run since the attack. some believe he will not be appeased until he is caught. -- pat peace until he is caught. human rights groups welcomed the laws, but legislation is only part of the problem. >> in our community, they have a mind-set against the rights of women. they do not want their women to go outside the home. the one them hostages in their homes. -- they want them hostages in their homes. >> this woman is in her 50's. she was in her home in an argument with her son's wife when she said two men burst into her yard. she recognized them as relatives
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of her daughter-in-law. she said they forced her into their room and beat her and raped her death would have been better than life, she said. it is difficult for me to read and eat. -- to even eat. there are countless women in pakistan form changes coming far too slowly. -- for whom it changes are coming far too slowly. >> rio de janeiro faces an architectural disaster. a senior commissioner responsible for the london 2012 olympics has resigned over the sponsorship of the main stadium. a commission has urged organizers to drop chemicals because of the unresolved issues regarding the disaster.
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>> this isikoff the focus of the world next summer, but -- this is the focus of the world's excimer, but the way it is to be decorated is the achilles heel. it is controversial, dow chemical, because of its relationship with a 1984 disaster. the key member of the only sustainable watchdog for 2012 has told us she is quitting her post because of the sponsorship. >> i am not going to become a spokesman for a company that -- i will not become a supporter of a company that is responsible for so many deaths. >> it is from an accident in the 1980's. the victims of the incidents are seeking recompense from the company.
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the government said it was firmly behind dow chemical's sponsorship of the games. >> as you know, there was no union cards -- they did not know union carbide at the time of the incident, nor since the settlement that has been upheld the three times in the indian courts. it makes me confident that it was a reasonable decision. >> but tonight's resignation is an embarrassment to the london mayor and to the government, who meredith alexander used to work for on the sustainability commission. >> this is cmt from bbc world news. i'm george alagiah. the headlines. police in france have arrested
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the head of a company over a scare of breast implants. australians are forced to abandon a ceremony that was disrupted by aboriginal activists predict a 20-story building has collapsed in the city of rio de janeiro. rescuers have pulled four people from the rubble alive so far. others remain trapped. daniel griffin has the latest. >> in downtown rio de janeiro, a street turned to rubble. cars buried where they were parked. all of this in just a few devastating moment. >> i was walking on the path when suddenly the building collapsed. it was connected to the other building and it just collapsed. so we ran out. we try to see if there was anybody inside, but we could not tell.
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>> at first, i thought someone was trying rubble, that it was nothing serious. then i started to take some steps back and suddenly, the building collapsed. it came down completely. >> emergency services have begun a rescue operation. some people have been pulled alive from the wreckage. nobody knows how many more are still trapped. what caused this is still unknown. some officials have blamed it on structural faults. witnesses said they smelled gas and heard an explosion just before the collapse. some of the rubble is already been cleared and this the latest in a series of accidents that have raised concern about the city's infrastructure. as it prepares to host both the world cup and the olympics in the next four years. >> it is time to catch up on
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business news. suzanne is here. i want to talk about nokia. they're having a terrible time. >> absolute become a real tale of woe for nokia. it is the world's biggest producer of handsets in terms of volume, but it had a more than 1 billion euro loss in the fourth quarter and fell by 21%. what is happening? it is rivals like an apple and some song -- and samsung better proving lot more popular. >> the sales of its legacy cindy and products are declining much more quickly than the sales of the windows products are increasing. we will see quite a gap between those two things. on the high-end, nokia sales are slowing down considerably
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because the new devices are not putting up the slack. -- picking up the slack. >> a huge a competitive market out there. >> absolutely. >> listen, the eurozone, and everything that is happening at this economic forum in davos, there have been developments now in greece. they have been talking to their creditors, haven't they? >> yes, their talks are ongoing, but there this still has not been a real breakthrough. what are they discussing? greece wants its private creditors to swap existing government bonds, new ones, but at half their value the sticking point would be the interest rate that would be payable on the new bonds. one of greece's main creditors
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has told the bbc that the banks really are doing their utmost to try to reach a deal. >> they have gone to the maximum that they can do to keep a voluntary agreement. it is an enormous sacrifice, unprecedented. if we get there, it will be historical. >> and others claim that the real sticking point is not the interest rate. it is actually what the european central bank is doing because it holds a lot of kreag debt as well. private creditors say, we have to take a hit, but you should be taking a hit as well until now, greek officials ordaz -- german officials have been saying that they do not want to take that big hit. >> the germans hold the key to all of this. there's this argument that says,
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we got to show countries like greece that there is going to be some gain for the pain. and the only people that can help them are germinate -- is germany. >> angela merkel said yesterday that she was -- she did not believe that many private investors would be willing to put their funds into the bailout. an awful lot of answers still need to be found to this current crisis. >> british prime minister david cameron going in there and saying it is time to the bold. >> absolutely, it is time to be bold, and british leadership is saying we leadership in this current crisis. that is perhaps what some private investors say we are lacking at the moment, this decisive leadership there are so many people at the table, all with different demands and
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requirements. greece needs a bailout at the moment, but it is not very expedient politically for the german chancellor to say, yes, let's go for it. >> in the talks with the germans and the greek government, can i go on forever? >> march 25 is a real date when there needs to be some kind of decisive action by them, because that is when we have to roll over billions more debt. it is he there is some kind of resolution to these? by then. but really, people are hoping it will be in the next few days -- to these talks by then. but really, people are hoping it will be in the next few days. >> thanks. competitiveness remains europe's achilles' heel, that is the message that david cameron outlined at the world economic
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forum, speaking at the swiss ski resort of daud host. -- -- los. he said europe needed to be bolder and now was the time to demonstrate the leadership the world is looking for. >> this is not a moment to ignore the problem, or to allow the failure -- fear of failure to hold us back. this is the time for leadership that our people are quite rightly demanding. the tinkering here and there and hoping we will drift into a solution is not going to cut it anymore. this is the time for boldness, not for caution. boldness in what we do nationally, but also in what we do together. >> i am joined from davos by u.s. republican congressman joe for turnberry. thank you for being on gmt. david cameron is calling for
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boldness and on the other side of the lead to, that is what you are looking for as well. >> wells are the, in economic matters. we are suffering in the u.s. i come from an agricultural area, so we have been somewhat immune from the downturn. but unemployment and jobs remain a concern of most americans' minds. the president in the state of the union talked about revising american manufacturing. i thought he did a sound job that would -- on some proposals for american manufacturing to bring it back into our country. so much has been exported if you want to talk about the broader issues we can go into that. bu >> we do not have an enormous amount of time. but what of the other things he
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said is that the rich need to pay more tax in america. how is that going to sit with the republican party? >> the problem is, which got a convoluted tax code that does skew toward creating an office or aristocracy. -- offshore aerostar pretty. -- aristocracy. and once you start talking about raising taxes and hitting small business owners and entrepreneurs, he will have a real problem. >> i'm really sorry, we have run out of time. sorry about that. that is all for the moment. stay with us on bbc world news. we have plenty more to come.
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