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genie: you are watching "france live around the world, i am genie godula in paris. these of the headlights. the paris climate conferences zooms in on africa today. african leaders are sitting down with the french president, francois hollande, to focus on slowing the spread of deserts across the continent. select its first president after decades of dictatorship. he split off to form an opposition group. a prisoner shed with al qaeda in syria are the militants released at least 16 lebanese soldiers and policemen help captive for over a year -- and policemen held captive for over a year. as countries race to replace fossil fuels to make power, we will look at europe's biggest
solar panel form, which goes into operation today in france. and combating heart disease in the united states. a new saltshaker symbol will tell if a meal contains more than the recommended daily intake of salt. that and more on the way, but first our top story. the paris climate conference kicked up yesterday with dozens of world leaders pledging their commitment to climate change. the goal over the next two weeks is to come up with a global, binding, and long-term packs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. the major focus today was on the situation in africa. france has pledged 2 billion euro over the next four years to develop renewable energy and
replace climate-harming fossil fuels. here is more from francois hollande. president hollande: first it is a measure -- it is a matter of renewable energy. africa has huge potential in this regard but remains largely unexplored. the fight priority is tion,st desertifica specifically but not limited to this era. we will work to strengthen agricultural production and per -- and preserve the fertility of the soil so that we can preserve security. our correspondent is at the conference for the second day. have made banks announcements after that minisummit with the 14 african leaders, and the world bank says
it will unblock $16 billion by 2020 in a bid to help africa curb climate change. as you know, the african hit on thes the most planet, despite the fact that it is not responsible for the crisis. and france, as you mentioned, francois hollande is going to unblock 2 billion euro by 20 tony -- by 2020 and also some 6 billion euros will begin given to the african continent to set up electricity. as you know, some 600 million people in africa do not have access to electricity, so this announcement is going to be a pretty big deal for the africans. genie: tell us a bit more about the negotiations going on. we saw yesterday, these 150 heads of state who were there for that one day only. now you could say the real nitty-gritty work begins. what is happening with the negotiations?
negotiations have been ongoing since 10:00 a.m. this morning, and they will not stop. they will go on throughout the day and throughout the night, i am told by an insider. it is going to be very tricky because some countries do not really see an economic interest in going green, countries rich in petrol like saudi arabia, venezuela. they do not see an economic interest, but they are effected by -- they are affected by climate change. i was told that gulf countries have shifted that position, saying that actually they are worried about their economy because if the entire world is going green apart from them, with a legally minding agreement, they are worried that the rest of the world will not buy their oil. so that is a change in attitude, as you say. negotiators will be working throughout the day until they , saturday,adline
when the ministers are due to read their final draft. that is when they will have a final say. they will have another week to decide on what to do. genie: thanks for that, aurora ,upree, -- aurore dupuis reporting from paris. as the summit continues here, china is being hit i extreme smog. factories around beijing have been ordered to shut, and school have been allowed to skip class. our correspondent reports. >> beijing's skyline, swallowed by thick smog. the city remains under orange alert, the second-highest level for the third day. pollution from small particle plants is 35 times that set by the who. >> as soon as i got out this morning, my throat felt uncomfortable, so i am wearing a mask.
i normally do not wear it. >> authorities in beijing have ordered 2000 highly polluting businesses to shut down. people are being warned to stay indoors. 30 domestic flights have been canceled from beijing and shanghai. gathering and paris are discussing ways to curb carbon emissions. >> i hope all countries come together to solve the problem of emissions and pollution. we need everyone to act together. pledged to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel and increase renewables in its energy mix. it's coal consumption declined sharply in the past year, but the aging economic powerhouse remains the world's number one core user and emitter of greenhouse gases. the chinese president repeated his country's promise that in emissions willt
peak around 2030 and poor nations should i have to sacrifice economic growth. organizationda's in syria has freed a group of lebanese soldiers who have been held captive since august of last year. they were released as part of a prisoner swap deal organized by qatar. the al qaeda group released the 16 soldiers near a border town, where they were abducted last year. they are the exchange -- they are exchanged for an unspecified number of prisoners wanted by the militants. let's bring in our beirut correspondent. adam, these lebanese visitors were held for almost 16 months per walk us through how we got finally to their release today. has: the prisoner exchange now been successfully completed with those 16 soldiers who have been held by the al-nusra a group being exchange for other -- exchanged for other prisoners held by the lebanese
authorities. that took place starting first thing this morning, at dawn this morning, with the body of one of the lebanese security forces who was killed in september of 2014 being returned, and the process has gone on throughout the morning, with the red cross helping in the transfers of both the prisoners from the lebanese to al-nusra, and the other way around, so the soldiers from all those rough are taking them back into lebanese territory. this took place high in the mountains, past the town where these servicemen were originally kidnapped. we do not know how many soldiers, how many prisoners they were exchanged for. that is, islamist prisoners held by the lebanese authorities. among them was the former wife of the head of the islamic state
group. is a little unusual because this is our most rough who has just exchanged these prisoners, rather than the islamic state group themselves. .ut freeing his wife there has been speculation over the last couple of days that this would take place as of friday when roads in the area were closed. these militants were moved from a prison to other locations, being held by the lebanese general security. it is knows apprise it is taking place now. it has been in the pipeline for a while. adam pletts reporting from beirut. the german cabinet has approved against thein islamic state group in syria or germany is ready to send in 1200 soldiers. at that meeting, the move still needs to be okayed by the german parliament, but it looks likely
to be easily approved. the lana desousa has more. >> an endorsement from germany's cabinet that is seen as a gesture of solidarity with france. government has approved joining the fight against the islamic state group in syria. if the plan is accepted by the bundestag wednesday, reconnaissance jets, a frigate, and 1200 personnel are expected to be deployed to the region. while germany will not actively engage in combat, the move marks a major shift for the company for the country that is so far join military intervention. i believe there is growing support across parliament for the compelling case areas of the call from our allies to act against isl and -- against isil in syria and iraq.
it makes no sense to recognize -- to recognize this border in the action we take. for,free vote was called urging lawmakers to use their conscience rather than tell the party line. the british prime minister says he would not have called for the vote unless he was confident of victory. britain is expected to step up its military operations against the islamic state group shortly after approval from parliament. next, to burkina faso, where three decades of dictatorship -- the country is about to get a new leader. the former leader was ousted in a popular uprising. jubilation in the streets of the capital as the election is celebrated. >> it is the first time in
burkina faso that we are witnessing democratic elections. everyone came out. we are very happy, and we're asking everybody to get the country on the right track. >> just over a year ago, the former leader was ousted in a popular uprising after announcing his plans to serve yet another term as president. ultimately, paving the way for the vote. he promised a knockout victory in the first round, a promise he kept. cap array clinch to more than 53% of the vote, beating out his main rival, who garnered just under 30%. quickly conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent. in an exclusive interview with "france 24," he underlined how unique this was. the first time a candidate who lost has congratulated the winner right away.
he is not going to make an appeal. he has accepted his defeat, and that is good for the country. road to this week's it election has not been smooth sailing. -- itnths ago, a military looks to be the most democratic polling in the country's history. overseen by the country's transitional government, turnout was high. in stark contrast to past elections that people felt were fixed. --h kabore, who served his who served alongside his prime on ther, turned his back old regime and formed a new opposition party. he has promised to tackle the country's economic crisis and continue along the path to democracy. genie: we are all often told that we eat too much salt, but now for the first time in
america, a new salt warning is being introduced. --new york, schultz acre saltshaker symbols are being printed on fast food menus for items that contain more than 2300 milligrams of sodium, about a tablespoon of salt and the daily limit recommended by nutritionist. the aim is to reduce heart disease and stroke. >> i think that is a good thing. early, but my goal is to be a little healthier and loose some weight. it is good for people to know that there is a little more sodium than your daily recommended value, especially when you're eating out. >> it started when they started giving warnings about trans fats. frankly, i stopped buying anything with trans fats. it is a good idea. i do not see it being a harm. i think it would help. the food chains do
not inform us on what they really use. so they have to make those tell us how much salt the use, and i think it will be good. genie: someone who never uses assault, our business editor stephen carroll. you have good news on the unemployment in europe? europe: it fell across at 10.7%, the lowest level in three years. greece's on a plummet remains the highest in the e.u. at almost 25%. spain fell to just under 22% while france's went up to 10.8% in october, and the lowest across europe was germany. let's take a look at how the markets are reacting to that. we are seeing some slight falls in paris and in frankfurt in trading at this midpoint of the trading day. some gains in london with british banks leading those
gains. there were some mornings for rbs, and standard chartered shares are up over 3% or dark is up over 2%. genie: let's go to brazil, where the economy is not looking so bright. economy their contracted, which was not expected. it has not happened since records began in the 1990's. the economy had been battered by a slump in it -- i.s. slump in commodity prices and a corruption scandal. genie: let's come back to france, where a new solar farm, a massive solar farm, is opening today. stephen: it is the biggest farm of its kind in europe. it will provide electricity to more than a quarter of a million homes. mirrors facing the
sky. plants the electricity near bordeaux in southwestern france. 250 hectares, or 300 football fields of solar panels. in no -- in europe, no plan will generate more power. bigger, but not more expensive. >> we are competitive and are going to be increasingly competitive. in a few years it will fall by 30%. these days we are starting to build solar plants not because it is green but because it is cheaper and quicker to build. construction started last year, and every day the 500 workers set up 7000 affordable, chinese-made panels. the weatherproof equipment is lined up on an east-to-west axis
so that it can follow the sun and produce electricity all day. prepping for the inauguration, the site manager wants to ensure that everything is ready. >> there will be a ribbon they can cut, but you should know this plant is already up and running, operational since november. >> solar energy transformed in electricity at the capacity of 300 megawatts, enough to service the needs of bordeaux and its 230,000 inhabitants. at a cost of 360 million euros, the plant will be profitable in 2016. stephen: nissan has denied reports it is planning to increase its stake in the french carmaker renault. suggested the japanese firm was going to increase its stake from 15% to 25%. renault nissan has been in an alliance since 1999.
alston has secured two contracts to build trains in india with 3.7 billion euros. the firm will invest 200 million in billing electric trains. theill electrify part of rail line between new delhi and calcutta. the most of any of the major banks operating in america, it applies to mothers and fathers to be taken during the baby's stretch year. struggle to retain top employees. is theone toymaker helped to bring home the bacon. stephen: the british company , characterthe toys 72%p, there profits rose by in the last year. they suffered somewhat from the value of the -- they say a new
range of teletubbies will help drive growth next year. genie: given the choice between teletubbies and peppa paik, i any day.se peppa it is now time for the press review. florence them and no is with us today. lots of focus today on the paris climate congress kicked off yesterday. photond impressive family of that meeting that took place yesterday. the front a look at page of the right-wing daily here in france. you can see that impressive photo, a rare show of unanimity. "everyone had the best intentions in the world." the challenge now is to
translate those good intentions into a legally binding and universal agreement. the left-leaning paper agrees today. -- it is an old-fashioned way of saying "get to work." essentially it means, "get to the coal mines." genie: there is also a big debate over who is more responsible for the house gas emissions, china, india, countries like that, or very wealthy countries like the united states. flo: and while countries are bickering over who is responsible, the world is suffering. you can see that in a cartoon in the chinese paper, "the global times." you can see these countries fighting over who is imaging more greenhouse gases. what is interesting about these high-profile global meetings is everything that is happening in front of the cameras. and there are all these meetings happening on the side as well.
there is one meeting in particular getting a lot of attention. that happened yesterday between benjamin netanyahu and the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas. they shook hands. you can see it here. the first time they shook hands in five years, but you can see this incredible occasion was completely photobombed by the president of kumar. he wins the award for best photobomb of 2015. genie: let's take a look at burkina faso, which has a new president-elect, roch kabore a. he is -- roch kabore. flo: if you want to know more about him, you can see an interesting portion -- an interesting portrait that tells all sorts of things about him. he is an excellent basketball player. he actually played for the national team. he is also a very well-connected
politician. and he knows how to make concessions. what is interesting is he won ,he election in the first round one paper talking about a knockout, a paper from burkina faso. it is interesting to see what they are saying about his election. a pivotal moment for burkina faso. what is interesting is, he said he served under his predecessor. he is the first democratically elected leader in decades. lots of papers are saying he is really facing a lot of pressure to show he can do the right things for the country. one thing in particular, something his critics say that tojust recently broke off and an opposition party, was it sincere? in the meantime, voters gave him their confidence, and we have to
respect that. genie: other elections coming up in france, people are focusing on the regional elections. round one is coming up this sunday, and the far right party the national front is expected to do very well. for theredible gains national front. you can read more about it in "the business paper" here. it has never been so popular, according to the paper. it has been rising for months and years, but it certainly got a boost from the attacks in paris last month, according to the paper. it is kind of surfing on this wave that we are feeling, this wave of fear and a desire for more security. what is incredible is that the national front is expected to -- two-way two regions in france. the other two regions it is expected to win.