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the french economy and bring an end to weeks of protests. prince william has delivered a powerful message on defeating extremism as he met victims of the mosques attacks in new zealand. now it's time to look at what's making the headlines in media across the world. we begin with french paper le figaro. and a frontpage picture of president emmanuel macron‘s first major press conference in two years, where he responded to the yellow vest movement with promises of tax cuts and higher pensions. in the financial times — this article looks at how shareholders of royal dutch shell, which is the joint owner of brunei's biggest oil venture, might pressure the government to push for gay rights in the country. it follows the introduction of harsh new laws where gay sex and abortion is punishable by death.
online in the guardian, this story takes us to ukraine where the government has passed a law requiring all official duties to be conducted in the ukrainian language, rather than russian. that includes politicians, judges, doctors and even employees of the national bank. unfortunately for him, the newly elected president is a native russian speaker. in london's evening standard — this story about a cafe in australia has set the internet alight — because it charges men an extra 18% to reflect the country's gender pay gap. it's been accused of reverse sexism and after two years the cafe has decided to close its doors this sunday. and finally on bbc.com/news — bond. james bond is back. a new cast and creative team have been unveiled as well as a new direction. the team has hinted the latest storyline will be reflective of the ‘outside world' and in line with the me too movement.
let us begin. with me is jane foley, senior fx strategist at rabobank. we start with le figaro. in the comments made from emmanuel macron, the president there. will it be enough to win the hearts and minds of the french people? have to see. we have to remember that macron had already given back around 10 billion to the protesters. this is on the heels of the yellow vest protests, in december. this is an additional 5 billion he has promised in tax cuts. he has also promised other things. for instance, more proportional representation, decentralisation of government services as well. he also promises no more hospitals and schools will be closed. the headline, it seems like there is significant leeway. but macron has also said that he doesn't want to let his reform programme drop. so he will be pushing ahead with reforms
and some of these reforms will remain unpopular, such as wealth taxes and cuts to the wealth tax, specifically. so from that point of view it will be quite interesting to see how the yellow vest protesters react over the next couple of days and few weeks. absolutely. he has also promised a less abrasive leadership style. it will be interesting to see whether or not there is any ground. for some of these pretty unpopular measures, like the longer working hours, for example. longer working hours has been quite contentious in economic circles for quite a long time. france, sometime ago, introduced a much shorter working week. this is something which, here in london, that seems quite unusual. he has said that in orderfor that seems quite unusual. he has said that in order for france, that seems quite unusual. he has said that in orderfor france, in order to give back these tax cuts to people, to get back to poorer houses and some pension benefits, that people will have to work harder and work longer. so, again, it will be
interesting to see how this is incorporated into see how this goes down. let us turn our attention to the financial times and an interesting story on the front page. shell, the big oil company, under pressure from shareholders to lobby for gay rights in brunei. the outrage over this new law is pretty uncomfortable for shell. it has been recognised as one of the best lgbt employers and has won all sorts of plaudits from human rights campaigns and workplace trips as well. where do they sit on this? it will be interesting. shell arguably in a vulnerable position. brunei is quite a small population. the population is about 500,000. the joint plan, thejoint is about 500,000. the joint plan, the joint allegiance between shell and the brunei government produces a huge amount of energy and the economy is very reliant on energy. so shell, arguably, is really quite
powerful. this is where the shareholders, think, coming in. they say shell is a company recognised for its lg bt say shell is a company recognised for its lgbt rights as an employer, how can you invest in a company and produce so much wealth for a country that has introduced stoning as adultery in addition to gay sex and abortion. so clearly there is a real difference between what shell does at home with its own employees, and at home with its own employees, and a country it invested in. so it is going to be fascinating to see whether or not any headway is managed. how far do you think corporate social responsibility should really go. to go to the point where it is changing countries' laws 7 where it is changing countries' laws? it does seem a little bit odd in that respect. this is a corporate. why should a corporate house way of a government of a country or how a country decides to rule itself? but on the other hand, you can say, hang on a minute, the
people who are in charge of the government of this country are getting a lot of the income for this country from this corporate. from that respect i think you can properly see it both ways. let us look at the story in the guardian. this story caught our attention for similar reasons. this is ukraine. adopting a language law that has been opposed by the kremlin. there are fears that russian speakers would be marginalised. this is the rule that has been adopted by parliament that you are going to have to use ukrainian in most aspects of public life. they say that this strengthens national identity. but, you know, the president himself is a native russian speaker. it is a country divided. it is a country divided. this goes back to the russian and axing of crimea. that was what, 2014. it goes back to this. ukrainians want to stand up and push back on the influence of russia.
now, this boat, we have got to remember, it was passed by a majority of 278— 238. it was met with sharing. there was a strong backing within ukraine. it is suggested 46% of people in ukraine speak mostly only ukrainian to their people. 20 a speak mostly russian. but the rest to speak both, which is interesting. a lot of people speak both. 0n interesting. a lot of people speak both. on tv there might be instances of interviews where question might be asked in ukrainian and the answer comes in russian. many people are bilingual. this is about the ukraine standing up and saying we are ukrainian and we want to push back on roster. it is interesting because a few days ago russia allowed residents in some of the separatist territories to apply for russian passports. that has met with criticism from some countries, including the us, who said it was an assault on ukraine's sovereignty. from that perspective there is a loss of political undercurrent is to
this story. it is want to watch. can you believe that a little vegan cafe in victoria has made the news in london? they were charging men 80% more for the cup of coffee and making men stand up if a woman came into the room and needed a seat. what you make of this? it is our closed its doors. they have closed their doors. it has put a discussion out there. interestingly, when asked the owner said we are young, we are educated, we want to move onto our next venture. it is not because of any particular reason, but we don't wa nt to any particular reason, but we don't want to run a cafe anymore. it has sparked a big debate. the report also says is that the 18% judged to men, they didn't have to pay it. it was just out there, it was to try to raise all shine light on the inequality between women and men's bay, whether or not men were forced to stand up to give things to women, iam not to stand up to give things to women, i am not quite sure. it has raised
this headline and it comes at a time, certainly in the uk, when companies are forced, i think with employees over 200, are forced to print their gender inequality in terms of pay. it is interesting. very quickly, are you a bond fan and would you want a more politically correct bond than the ones we are used to? i think we have a more politically correct one. the daniel craig films are more politically correct. it is obvious when you look back at some of the older films in the franchise. i think it is interesting. the scriptwriters are changing. they will be more modern and more reflective of the mithun perera. and while you think that bond is about a certain type of person and character i think the new films are better than the old ——me too era. controversial. thank you very much. stay with us on bbc news. lots more to come. send in your thoughts about the bond question. what do you make of it all? thanks your company.
hello again. the uk forecast in a moment. first of all we are off to mozambique where it looks like we have got another weather—related disaster on the way. another cyclone, this is cyclone kenneth, picking up strength. it will make la ndfall picking up strength. it will make landfall thursday afternoon in northern mozambique. five days of forecast, you can see the problem. 0nce forecast, you can see the problem. once the storm has made landfall it stops moving. we will see torrential forms of rain in the same area day after day. we could be getting on for one metre of rain over the coming days, combined with a storm surge 2— for me desire. that could bring coastal inundation. looks like another round of devastating flooding in the north mozambique _-2_ flooding in the north mozambique ——2— four metres. we have unsettled weather in the next three days with rain showers. although temperatures have eased over recent days it will bill kollar as we head into this
weekend. combined with strengthening winds as well. today we will start off with some reasonable weather in scotla nd off with some reasonable weather in scotland and northern ireland, brightness worsening. showers across england and wales from the word go. push northwards in terms ——it turns cloudy with the shower was heavier. some of the downpours will be quite lengthy as they dry northwards. in the south, perhaps turning brighter later in the day with a few showers and sunshine. temperatures down on recent days. 13— 16 degrees. quite a breezy day coming up. going through thursday evening and overnight, further wet weather for scotland. further showers working in across parts of western england and wales. lengthier spells of rain in northern ireland thursday night and into the early pa rt ireland thursday night and into the early part of friday morning. friday, on the face of it, although it is quite unsettled again, there will be bigger gaps between the showers and perhaps more in the way of sunshine for particular eastern areas of scotland in central and eastern england. it is not com pletely eastern england. it is not completely dry. further showers moving and as we go through the
afternoon. again, some of these are likely to be heavy. potentially lengthy in places. gusty winds around as well. temperatures 13— 15 celsius. through friday night and into the weekend, this area of low pressure moving southwards, tightly squeezed isobars. it will be a windy speu squeezed isobars. it will be a windy spell of weather. the strongest winds at this stage targetting south—west england, gusts up to 65 mph. 0utbreaks south—west england, gusts up to 65 mph. outbreaks of rain. widespread. and it will feel quite cool, not just on account of the strong winds and heavy rain. also the temperatures, highs 10— 13 degrees. you can forget the 20—5 we had a few days ago. "25.
good morning — welcome to breakfast with charlie stayt and naga munchetty. 0ur headlines today: a huge explosion at the tata steelworks in port talbot — residents describe hearing a massive blast. emergency services are at the scene. an inquiry has been launched into the leaking of discussions about the chinese telecoms firm huawei during a top secret government meeting. there are fresh hopes that talks to restore the power—sharing government in northern ireland could begin in the wake of the murder ofjournalist, lyra mckee. good morning. thousands of farmers are still out of pocket after the government failed to pay them for