welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is tom donkin. our top stories: a big win for emmanual macron as the 39—year—old centrist sweeps to victory in the french presidential election, promising to unite and to protect the people. translation: our task ahead is arduous but every time, i will tell you the truth. your fervour, your energy, your courage, will always carry me forward. a night of defeat for marine le pen. but, with nearly a third of the vote, she insists the national front is now a realforce. translation: i will be at the head of a battle to gather together all those who choose france to protect its independence, its freedom, its prosperity and its security. another presidential election, this time in south korea. we look at the frontrunner moonjae—in.
and they were tired and confused but finally free. 82 schoolgirls, held for three years by the islamist group boko haram, meet nigeria's president. france has voted for a new president. emmanuel macron is set to be the youngest ever in french history. in a televised address, the 39—year—old centrist promised to fight the divisions in his country, re—build the links between the eu and its citizens, and to combat threats posed by terrorism and climate change. with results almost counted, projections show mr macron has won more than 66% of the vote, sweeping aside the challenge of his far—right rival, marine le pen. our coverage begins with this report from our europe editor, katya adler, who's in paris. young, dynamic and very, very confident.
emmanuel macron, said to be the youngest leader since napoleon took the crowd by storm. translation: in the face of extremism, i know there are disagreements and i will respect this. and i will be faithful to that commitment taken, i will protect the republic. this is an incredible moment. mighty france, an economic and political world heavyweight, key eu nation will be presided over by a 39—year—old virtual political newcomer who has made a lot of big promises. to bring revolution, to change hungry france and the european union. business—friendly, yet socially just, neither left nor
right wing. sound like a tall order? his delighted supporters have faith. i am really, really, really happy because, he is a good choice to keep our valour in france. we love europe. i am very happy about this result. it means confidence. it means future. france is not dead, france is not an old country dying. france has hope. but easy it won't be — this is a divided country. marine le pen may have lost an eye, but millions voted for her and herfar right programme. translation: i propose to transform our movement into a new political force, for small french people are calling for and which is more necessary than ever before to rebuild our country. i call on all patriots to join us for a decisive, political battle which begins this evening and will continue in the months ahead. farfrom being defeatist,
her supporters were defiant. you are never happy unless you win, of course, but we have got to look at the very good side of this result. we are getting — we have gathered around us, people from outside the party for the protectionist views we have for the programme marine le pen has put forward. supporters of the far—left also took to the streets tonight, some in a violent mood. for them, emmanuel macron is no solution. he is part of the problem, they think, of elitist, big business—minded government. but tonight, a new french revolution is promised with a new president from a brand—new party announcing a new dawn for france. for his supporters at least, the three colours of the french flag are not just about liberty, equality and fraternity, but above all, hope. katya adler, bbc news, paris. you really had to say that the
political rise of emmanuel macron has been quite remarkable. —— you have to say. he's a former investment banker, and served as an adviser, then later a minister, in the socialist government of the outgoing president, francois hollande. he resigned just last year to form his own political movement. our paris correspondants lucy williamson looks at the man who has been chosen as the country's new head of state. —— correspondent. he's the choice of a country desperate for change, neither left nor right, part of the french establishment yet never before elected. a fresh face who served in the outgoing government. so, who is emmanuel macron?
to his supporters he is their emmanuel, their political messiah, a provincial boy from outside the establishment who worked his way to power. he's a new man to politics. he's trying to find new solutions. he is a new face, he is our hope. but he went to france's most prestigious schools, met its most powerful people and made millions in an investment bank. a former colleague says that macron‘s rise is partly down to charm but that at heart, he is a secretive man. he is able to tell people what they really want to hear. so a very seducive man and he manages to agree with nearly anyone. that is a talent. macron‘s wife, brigitte, told one journalist that her husband never let people close. the couple met when she taught him drama at school. their unusual love affair is a sign, says one of macron‘s old friends, of his determination, self—belief and drive. i think the only person who really
knows him inside deeply is brigitte. you have to imagine, he seduced her, he convinced her to marry him, convinced his family. just imagine, it's not a small thing. france has not opted for the political extremes, the far right rejected in favour of a liberal newcomer with his own promise of change. emmanuel macron has vowed to unite a divided and disillusioned france but his critics say he is the old wine in a shiny new bottle and the price of failure could be high. some say that emmanuel macron has won the presidency by being all things to all people but he won't be able to govern that way. he has five years to solve france's problems or risk it choosing more radical change next time.
lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. well, earlier i spoke to our correspondent thomas fessy in paris. i put it to him that to get anything done mr macron will need the support of the traditional political parties in parliament. exactly. that will be his first real challenge. he will need to try and secure a parliamentary majority in parliament next month's election. without this majority, it will be extremely hard for him to pass any of the reforms that he has promised in his manifesto and for which he has been elected. make no mistake, this is not a vote of confidence we have seen tonight, the nature of french politics is such that both centre—right and centre—left voters have united to defeat and to stop marine le pen from taking power and emmanuel
macron needs to take that into account when it comes to the elections next month. you were reporting from the le pen camp. what was the mood down there? she sounded defiant that her brand of politics were part of the mainstream now. exactly. there was a clear disappointment amongst the supporters. they were also celebrating some kind of victory. the fact that she gained a vote of nearly 11 million voters. a historic high for the front nationale after a progressive few decades from the 19705 to this figure tonight. —— front national. this is a political force that the french have to camp with and marine le pen wants to relaunch the party
for next month's election. she wants to make sure that the national front can impose itself as a big opposition force in this political landscape. and thomas, the other thing we saw in this election is a level of political apathy in france. that's got to worry emmanuel macron as he tries to build broad support for his programme. exactly. nearly one third of voters decided to abstain or spoil their ballots. this is more than number of voters that marine le pen had in tonight's election. that is a huge number. the lowest turnout in decades, the first time in decades that the turnout was lower in the second round and the first. it shows you how divided, how fractured the nation is. that will be the major challenge for emmanuel macron, to reunite the nation. thomas, just briefly,
it will be interesting to see if we see any familiar names from the political landscape in france joining en marche and capitalising on the popularity of emmanuel macron. yes, we have seen certain figures from the socialist party backing emmanuel macron, even before the run—off, such as the former prime minister manuel valls. we have seen long time independent centrist francois bayrou backing his campaign. it would be interesting to see who of these politicians willjoin him in the battle for the parliamentary election next month. he has also promised to line up a certain number of people from the civil society. that was thomas fessy
joining me from paris. here is how some world leaders reacted to the result via their social media accounts. us president donald trump tweeted his reaction. he posted: the british prime minister theresa may also congratulated president—elect macron, saying: italian prime minister paolo gentiloni tweeted: and a similar sentiment from donald tusk, the former polish prime minister, who chairs summits of european leaders. he tweeted: and jean—claude juncker, the president of the european commission, said the result made him:
"happy that the ideas that you defended, of a strong and progressive europe that protects all its citizens, will be those that france will cherish under your presidency". let's hear some more of emmanuel macron‘s speech outside the louvre museum in paris. the president—elect said he would unite the country and rebuild the link between europe and its citizens. translation: thank you for the risks some of you have taken. i know about it. and your trust is something that creates an obligation for me and it's something that i feel you've entrusted in me and i don't want to disappoint you. i want to be worthy of your trust and for the five years to come, i want to carry the dynamism you represent. i would like to see something for people who voted merely because they wanted to protect and defend the republic. in the face of extremism.
i know that there are disagreements, and i will respect this. and i will be faithful to that commitment taken. i will protect the republic. you have chosen audacity. well that audacity will carry on with it and every day will carry on bringing it forward because that is what is expected by all the people of france and what is expected by europe and by the world, that's what is expected from us. they expect that once again, france is a country of surprise, a country that is faithful to itself and that is what we will do. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: no smiles — no celebrations. the 82 chibok schoolgirls, kidnapped by boko haram for three years are finally free. i, nelson rolihlahla mandela,
do hereby swear to be faithful to the republic of south africa. after six years of construction and numerous delays, the channel tunnel has been formally opened by the queen and president mitterrand. the tunnel is still not yet ready for passengers and freight services to begin. for centuries, christianity and islam struggled for supremacy. now the pope's visit symbolises their willingness to coexist. roger bannister became the first man in the world to run a mile in under four minutes. memories of victory as the ve celebrations reach their climax. this night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. this is bbc news.
the latest headlines: france has a new president—elect. the pro—european centrist, emmanuel macron — who'sjust 39 — was voted in with a projected 65% of the vote. but more than a third of french voters backed marine le pen's hard—right vision for france — she vows to turn her attention to the coming parliamentary elections. elections are really dominating the news at the moment, and it's not only in france — south koreans are also going to the polls. the early election comes after former president park geun—hye became the first south korean leader to be removed from power through impeachment. moonjae—in — who is leader of the newly founded democratic party of korea — is the frontrunner, with the latest opinion polls predicting he'll win more than 40% of the vote. from seoul, stephen evans reports. this is the man the opinion polls
tip as the overwhelming favourite to be the next president of south korea. moon jae—in, of the left—of—centre democratic party of korea, a big change from the ousted right—wing president. crowd: moonjae—in! moonjae—in! "who's the president," he says, "who'll speak his mind to the united states, to china, to japan, to north korea?" crowd: moonjae—in! moonjae—in! "who's the president who won't defer to the us or china?" if moonjae—in wins power, that would be a big change in policy, a move to the left, a closeness to pyongyang. that is what happened the last time he was in government. but being closer to pyongyang might make it more distant from washington.
there are five main candidates. whoever gets the most votes on election day wins. the us has installed an anti—missile system in south korea, called thaad, to shoot down north korean attacks. left—of—centre mr moon says there is no welcome in korea for it. potentially, there's a little bit of a train—wreck here, where you've got the trump administration saying, "pressure, pressure, pressure" on north korea, and suddenly you have a new south korean president who says, "actually, that's not going to solve the problem. we need to talk to those guys, we need to improve the relationship." in a room in the national assembly, defectors from north korea urge voters not to choose mr moon. they fear that a centre—left government would allow more contact with north korea, making it easier for north korean assassins to come south to target them.
moonjae—in is not president yet, and he may slip up at the last. but, if he wins, a softer policy on north korea is on the way. the hardline did not change kim jong—un. would being nicer be any different? let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: us forces have confirmed the leader of the islamic state group in afghanistan was killed when us troops and afghan forces stormed his underground hideout in the country's east. abdul hasib was allegedly behind an attack on kabul‘s military hospital in march, which left more than 50 people dead. north korea says it's detained a fourth american citizen on suspicion of hostile acts against the state. kim hak—song is understood to have worked for the pyongyang university of science and technology and was detained on saturday.
no details of any alleged offences were given. riot police in the dutch city of rotterdam have clashed with fans 82 nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group boko haram three years ago have met their country's president after being freed in a prisoner swap. they were among more than 200 girls taken from their school in the town of chibok. at least 100 are still being held. with more details, here's our africa correspondent, alastair leithead. released only a day ago, three years held in the forest by boko haram, here they are in the nigerian capital, meeting president buhari. campaigners and the families of those held still don't know if their daughters are among those freed, or the more than 100 still being held. whether she's among the ones that's freed, or still in captivity, i don't know yet. but, whether my baby is freed or not, i'm very happy. this photograph was the first proof they were free, a helicopter ride to the capital.
and once in abuja, they were under the care of nigerian soldiers, taken for a medical checkup. they looked tired and confused by all the attention. some needed treatment. i am very glad that you are here, and every nigerian today must be forgetting how they were suffering, because this is a veryjoyous moment. this boko haram video shows the girls shortly after they were kidnapped, in april 2014. they were taken from chibok government girls' secondary school. it sparked international outrage and a global campaign to have them freed. last october, the first 21 were released, as negotiations finally bore fruit. the government says talks will now continue to free the rest. these girls have grown up under boko haram. captives are often forced to marry their captors. emotions will be in turmoil, and returning to their families
and communities will not be easy. and following that meeting with the freed schoolgirls, president muhammadu buhari is flying to london for medical treatment. he's missed the last three cabinet meetings. his team are saying he's recovering from an unspecified illness. mr buhari had only returned to nigeria in march after two months of medical treatment in britain. let's take a look at some of the other stories the mayor of the canadian city of montreal has declared a state of emergency, as heavy rain and melting snow have resulted in the worst flooding in decades. in the province of quebec, more than 2,000 homes have already been flooded, with water levels set to rise further. after weeks of seemingly unending rainfall, many roads are now only passa ble rainfall, many roads are now only passable by boat. from 0ttawa to
montreal, more than 130 communities are being evacuated. thousands of homes are already submerged — some com pletely homes are already submerged — some completely cut off. on the tiny island of ilmercia, sandbags and pumps haven't been enough to hold back rising water. but some residents are still refusing to leave. i'm feeling sad. you know, it's been there for 15 years and it's been there for 15 years and it's my home, you know? a disaster. a disaster. i mean, most people left. a couple of them are high enough that they are ok and they decided to stay. everybody was waiting for sandbags all day. now our house is going to get ruined because we're not prepared. our house is going to get ruined because we're not prepared! combination of torrential rain and melting snow has caused rivers to overtop. parts of south—west quebec have already been flooded for a week. now, the mayor of rigo appears to have lost his patience with some residents. people have to be
evacuated, and we put them in boats, and they're evacuated, and we put them in boats, and they‘ re crying evacuated, and we put them in boats, and they're crying like babies. i'm sorry — they're at a point where now they are not in a position to decide anymore their own future. around 2,000 troops have been brought in to help. 0fficials warn the worst is yet to come. we're gonna receive a lot of rainfalls over the next three days, and because of the combined forces of many factors that have happened coincidently, this situation will last for a number of weeks. people are salvaging anything they can, using whatever means available. with floodwater affecting an area of some 300 miles, these are the worst floods in canada for decades. emergency teams warn the next 48 hours will be decisive. let's leave where we began — a day of political history in france. here's some of the more memorable
scenes on election day. merci, mes amis! hello, there. good morning. there's going to be some more sunshine around for the next few days. we may well have seen the peak of the temperature, though, over the weekend. it was pretty much wall—to—wall sunshine in northern ireland, and here we had the warmest day of the year so far. 21 degrees in county fermanagh. same temperature for glasgow and pershore, and we had the warm air all the way from wales towards the south coast. but these areas that had the warmth by day are getting the chill right now, with the clearer skies, actually, and in rural parts we may find temperatures not far away from freezing. in the towns and cities, this is what the temperatures look like. and further east across england and scotland, there will be more cloud coming in from off the north sea. and essentially we have an east—west split to the weather on monday. another lovely sunny day for northern ireland. the best of the sunshine in scotland in the south—west. sunshine for wales and western england, but a cloudier day than yesterday across the midlands
and south—east england. some sunshine, though, developing at times across scotland, some cloud filtering into northern and eastern areas and into the north—east of england. sunshine coming and going across the north—west of england. lovely day, again, in northern ireland — not quite as warm as it was, though, yesterday. pleasant in the sunshine, mind you, across wales and the south—west. but a cooler, cloudier sort of look to the weather across the midlands, towards south—east england. again, a fair bit of cloud across yorkshire, lincolnshire and east anglia. well, that cloud is coming in off the north sea, around this area of high pressure. that dominates our weather for the start of the week and stretches all the way back to southern parts of greenland. the position of the high will be crucial, though. there may well be a bit more cloud around come monday. still some sunshine, but not as much in western parts of england and wales. temperatures again typically into the mid—teens, so we're not seeing 20 or 21, but it will feel warmer eastern scotland and as we lose the wind of the north sea. but if we lose the cloud overnight, dawn on wednesday could be quite
cold almost anywhere in the countryside. it will warm up quickly again across england and wales, southern scotland, northern ireland, in some sunshine. we may see afternoon highs of 19 degrees, perhaps, in the midlands southwards. northern scotland hanging onto a bit of cloud, perhaps a spot or two of rain on the weak weather front. our high pressure, though, is being squeezed well away into europe, and pressure is going to be falling from wednesday onwards, and that means the weather is going to start to change. for much of the week, it is going to remain dry. there will be some sunshine around. if we get some clear skies, it will be quite chilly at night. later in the week, the chance of some rain moving its way northwards. this is bbc news with the headlines: france has chosen a new president. 39—year—old emmanuel macron will become the youngest in the country's history when he assumes office on sunday. the pro—european centrist won nearly two—thirds of the vote. he said a new page was being turned in french history, promising to fight divisions and combat the threat of terrorism. more than a third of voters chose
marine le pen's hard—right vision vision for france. she vowed to turn her attention to the coming parliamentary elections, and said her national front party was now the main opposition. 82 nigerian schoolgirls, kidnapped by the extremist group boko haram three years ago, have met the country's president after being freed in a prisoner swap. they were among more than 200 girls taken from the town of chibok. more than 100 are still missing. now on bbc news: professional ballerina michaela deprince