>> hello, welcome from parris. it's 1:00 p.m. ear in the french capital. take a look what's making headlines this hour. >> i do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude. to have had the opportunity to serve the country i love. >> an emotional theresa may announcing s she'll step towown u.k. conservative party leader parking a contest as to who will
become britain's next prime minister. we'll get the latest from "france 24's" very own chris moore who is at westminster. second day of voting in the european elections. polling stations open in iceland and the czech republic. and hundreds of thousands of school students across the world, including here in france, are on strike marksing the start of the worldwide day of climate change protests. we begin if loan done where a visibly upset british prime minister theresa may anountsed her departure day after facing an you will pay may tim from conservative p.m. she'll step down june 7 sparking a leadership contest within the
conservative party. it comes the day after theresa may backed down from plans to seek parliament's support for brexit bill already rejected by most of her fellow conservatives. let's listen to what she said earlier. >> it is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that i have not been able to deliver brexit. it will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honors the result of the referendum . to succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in parliament where i have not. we must remember what brought us here because the referendum was not just a call to leaeave the e.u., but for profound change in our country. a call to make the united kingdom a country that truly works for everyone. >> now to "france 24" chris moore at westminster. we have a departure date for
theresa may. what actually will happen next, chris? >> first of all, theresa may will stay on for the visit of the u.s. president donald trump. however the writing had been on the wall for quite some time for the u.k. the prime ministeter, the presse from disgruntled conservative m.p.'s, ultimately too much for her to bear. all this fired the starting gun on a conservative leadership contest. some of the major contenders there have been jockeying for position for quite some time. it's going to come down to a base which reflects the divisions in the conservative party. on one side the brexiteers led by the likes of the outspoken former secretary boris johnson. a man who feels he can deliver a better deal. or if need be, a no-deal brexit, hard deal brexit. a man popular with the conservative party. a man they feel can revive their
elective portions. the brexexit party showing she' european elections. on the other side, various candidates at the moment. they are coalescing around amber, one nation reserve reserve group. more moderate conservative m.p.'s. who want a softer brexit or remain. that will get under way in the coming weeks and months. unlikely to be a quiet summer in british politics. reproved end with theresa may. >> one of the ironies of the brexit saga when david cameron called that referendum one of the things he wanting to do was end decades of infighting. it ultimately backfiredment it was europe, breast it which ultimately did fall, theresa may as well attempt to -- forced attempt to push through withdrawal agreement. she offered several steps there.
customs union, potential second referendum. that was the straw that broke her back as far as the party was concerned. you saw a very emotional theresa may speaking there as she was resigns against a backdrop of brexit chaos, divisions in her own party. parliament at a stand still. she used herself compromising which is something she failed to find. it remains unclear as to whether anybody else will have success. >> chris moore reporting from london. thank you. joining me is john, a professor of politics att liverpool university. john, her departure was a long time coming. one person keenly awaiting for it was boris j johnson. what do you think his chances re of actually succeeding her? >> johnson's very strong indede. he's by far the most p popular choicece amongst thehe conserva party members. they ultimatately w will decide
next leader. what boris johnson has to do is survive the parliamentry rounds of voting among conservrvative m.p.'s where he's less popular. conservative m.p.'s will have one eye on the next election. boris johnson n might be e able deliver election victory then. so we may get sufficient support to stay in the race and then whwhen it goes outut to the mem he's almost certain to win. boris johnson is the favorite for this. >> british politics has been changed forever by brexit and of course we're now waiting for the results of the european elections which will be another strong indicator. are we as a result witnessing the end of the conservative party? >> we'e're witnessing the end o yes, another conservative prime minister. brokeen by the issue of europe. we have had numerous conservative leaders who simply cannot resolve this issue. and until the conseservative pat comes to teerms with either beig in the e.u.u., or we get some fm
of brexit sorted d out, the iss will rumble on forever. today's departure byy theresa may, or announced departure, told us precisely nothing in terms of ouour relationshipip w the european ununion. her successor whwhether it be boris johnhnson, whoevever, isn going to be able to unpick thth e.u.'s witithdrawal agreemement. where dodo they go from there? they can can offer a second referendum b but that t would b popular wiwithin the conservatitive party. they c coo row voke article 50, that would be unpopular. oror go b back to brussels and for a new deal. they a are not going too get a deal from the european union. you can chanange the p personnel you want. it's the party that needs changing in terms of its attitude toward the e.u. >> the chances of the urk k. crashing out of the e.u. on ococtober 31 increased as a rest of theresa may's resignatition? >> essentially i think that's
the case because come the 31 october enen our extension -- 31st of october when our extensions expired, they have to make a choice doeses he or she for far r ture u under wororld organization rules, or do they try to get a revised farar ture from thehe eururopean union. and i think if thehey try toto y the issue, i don't think that will go downwn well. it w will end the period as leader. . i think the odds leavining witht the deal are that much much stronger. >> thank you. as we mentioned the european elections now under way with voting continuing. this friday it's the turn of ireland anti-czech republic to head to the polls. the rest of the european block apart from the u.k. and netherlands, will be casting their ballots over the weekend. france is among the last to be casting its votes on sunday.
this fridaday as a a result is last day of campaigning for candidates. french overseas territories, will be voting on saturday. polls consistently show la pen's far right party is ahead of macron's party. we have more. >> french european candidates have until midnight on friday to sway voters ahead of election this is weekend. latest polls show la pen is in the lead with an expected 25% of the votes. and president macron's party is a couple of points behind. to beat the far right, president macron wants to mobilize younger voters. will be taking a part in a debate on youtube friday. and thursday of his newly form environmental defense counsel. he highlighted his green credentials. environment is a key election concern ahead of terrorism and immigration, especially for the
young. >> when it comes to the environment, it no longer time for words. we have done that. we have discussed what we had to do. then it was time for us to change the law and that was easy. and for the past two years, we have been making decisions with immediate impact. >> the opposition dismissed his words as opportunistic. like france's life, left leaning voters have a host of parties to pick from. this means even though all together the french left represents over 30% of the vote, separately, parties from the left struggle to secure seats. with a frontrunners predicted 8.5% of the growth. and french green party was 8%. other parties vying for votes need at least 5%, most are below that threshold. voter turnout is expected to be only slightly better than 2014.
the election results will be announced along with the rest of europe on sunday night. >> reminder that "france 24" will be providing special coverage of the european election results this sunday evening from 1900 g.m.t. that being 9:00 p.m. parris time. moving on, the u.s. justice department has filed 18 new charges against wiki leaks co-founder julian assange. facing extradition from the u.k. the latest charges accuse him of receiving and unlawfully publishing names of classified sources. he's already being charged with one count of conspiring with ex-intelligence analyst, chelsea manning, to gain access to the pentagon. he's currently serving a jail sentence in britain for jumping bail. to india, the country's incumbent prime minister has led his party to a stunning election victory. he is currently holding talks to form a cabinet. the results give hindu
nationalists the strongest hand they ever held in modern india history. despite the strong results, others are increasingly worried about a rise in hate crimes under modi's leadership. >> this is one of the numerous vigilante groups that patrol neighborhoods in india. their goal, protect cows, an animal sacred for hindus. human rights watch said 44 people were killed of anti-crimes in a span of 18 months between 2015 and 2 2018. they w were accucused of eating killing, or transporting cows. lower cast casts, have been targets of such attacks. christians, too. it's india's muslim community that's been wearing the brunt of recent hate c crimes. rights groups have decried a crime of impunity since the election of prime minister modi. his pararty has close links to militant groups sucuch as the
r.s.s. who promote hindu supremacy. this government has normalize intolerance towards minorities. we're talalking about someone w on social media follows, n not just iss silenced, actively follllows hindu extremists >> it's splitting the droin some 200 million muslims in danger. his supporters say it was worth of fall. >> there will be much bigger massacres on the watch of congress. but there was never this kind of international condemnation. on a a sustained basis as we indent that do take place. > india's industry estimates can communal violence is 28%. some 822 incidents were reported in 2017. the 2008 remains the most
violent in the last decade. rights groups say communal violence is being underreported in the current climate. despite the call on thursday for an inclusive india, critics find it hard to look past its history. in 2002, more than 1,000 people were killed in anti-muslimim riots. just m months after modu was elected chief minister. >> other news, three people dead after tornadoes raised homes, and tossed cars in the american state of missouri. another 24 were injured in the capital of jefferson city, the largest twister stretching from five kilometers creating havoc in its p path. forcing schools and local residents to seek shelters. school students across the world are going on strike this friday marking the beginning of a worldwide day of climate change. protests. organizers are hoping more than one million young people will be
participating in at least 110 countries including france. the strikes have been inspired by swedish school student greta, who began the movement after a regularly protesting outside sweden's parliament since august last year. we go to andrew who is covering the protest for us in central paris. where you are, what is the mood like? .> they festive atmosphere here just a few moments ago we saw the arrival of hundreds of students chanting slogans. there is now i would say at least 1,000 students gathered here. they are set to head off on the protest march not too far from here. as you mentioned not far from everyone's mind here is that swedish greeta.
she inspired students around the world to strike and protest. when she protested outside the swedish parliament last year. today's focus is not just involving students in france. of course there are also workers being encouraged to get involved by airing armbands to show their olidarity with the movement. and also worth mentioning here, the timing of this protest very important. coming as it does right in the iddle of those e.u. elections. protests call for protest outside he key institutions like the parliament in strasbourg. european central bank in frankfurt. they are hoping to counter the narrative that say climate change is a lesser threat than it's made out to be. the focus is on the students hoping to push the climate change agenda. >> as you say this protest
movement is certainly gathering steam. you have talked a little bit about what's happening elsewhere in the globe, what else is occurring across the world this friday? >> well, as you mentioned earlier we're expecting up to more than one million young people to get involved. protesting at least 110 countries. that's a huge figure. earlier today we also saw protests in new zealand, australia as well. of course australia taking on importance there given it just recently recorded its hottest summer ever on record. on top of that the recent election of a center right coalition who has made climate hange much less of a priority. the last big focus even coordinated on an international scale, that was in march 15. in the last two months a lot has happened since then. we have seen almost a sense of
urgency with the u.n. releasing its report for biodiversity. saying up to one million species could go extinct in the next few decades unless we act now. of course the feeling amongst many protestors is that politicians are not doing enough o capture those urgent issues. >> andrew reporting. thank you. a tale of three weddings with a twist. taiwan having become the first country in asia to legalize same sex marriage with a new law take being this friday. couples decided to celebrate together with a special ceremony. naomi lloyd has more. >> sealed with a kiss. at the registry office in taiwan's capital of taipei, dozens of gay cupples game to ie the knot and register their union. >> today i can candidly tell
everyone in front of so many people that we got married. we're gay, and i feel that we're so lucky. >> cameras from around the world snsnapped history being made. taiwan is the first country in asia to recognize same sex marriage after parliament votet in favor of it last week.. it's been a long g road with rg activists campaigning for decades to get here and much conservative opppposition in th country. >> the legalization of gay marriage is only the first step. i hope that in the future through this legalization that gay people can be accepted by taiwanese society as ordinary people. taiwan is a very advanced country.y. i love taiwan. >> taiwanese officials say more than 160 same-sex weddings took ace. > i'm joinened in the studio yuka. you have been following how
global markets have been reacting to theresa m may's resignation. >> it was wildly expected so it didn't actualllly have much of impact on the trading floor. the announcement she would step down in june was what everybody -- was expecting. the british pound bounced back after two weeks of losses. it was up about 1.3% against the u.u.s. dollar a short while ago. this after falling to the lowest level in more t than four month major european stock markets turned posititive this friday despite lingering concerns over brexit and the u.s.-china trade war. meanwhile, shares of frerench one arket chain jumped day. shares gained as much as 16% this friday after the company said that it wasn't part of bankruptcy protection proceedings relating to its major shareholder, rally. turning back t to the u.s.-c-ch
trade dispute. prpresident donanald trump says u.s. exaxaints against huawei might be resolved within the framework of a u.s.-china trade deal while calling the tech company very dangerous. washington placed huawei on a trade lack blist last week, effect yellow jacket live banning u.s. f firms doing business witith the e company a the latest round of trade talks fell apart. >> new announcements that could be instrumental in easing the trade war. on thursday, donald trump appeared to be ready to reverse his hardline stance on the chinese telecom giant. despite calling it a threat to national security. >> huawei is something thahat's very dangerous. you look at what they have done from a security standpoint, military standpopot it's dangerous f we made a deal coy imagine huawei being possibly included in some form of -- or some part after trade deal. >> the world's two largest economies are in a race for leadership in the rollouts of
5-g technology. and the u.s. has raised concerns huawei equipment could be used to spy on other countries. at risk of falling into the government's hands. acue scations the company has repeatedly denied. >> they say they don't work with the chinese government is false. >> it's a law they must work. >> required to by chinese law to do that. it's just -- huawei c.e.o. on that at least isn't telling the american people the truth. >> the u.s. launched a trade war with china last year after accusing it of unfnfair traradi practices.s. sparkiking a tit f for tat tari battle between the two countries. last week, washington placed huawei on its trade blacklist. a move that prompted other firms across the world to distance themselves from the chinese telelecom. >> china, meanwhile, , accused e s.s. o of if a bring kating rums about huawei's time -- ties.
some politicians in the u.s. have been making up lies to fend off growing skepticism about the trade war to mislead the american public. he brushed assad donald trump's suggestion that the u.s. complaints with the telecom could be resolved as part of a trade deal. >> frankly, i'm not sure exactly what t the u.s. president meanty suggesting that huhuawei be inincluded in a trade deal. our stance on the issue has not changed. the united states should stop using its national power to suppress and smear foreign firms in order to serve its own interests. it should not disrupt the market and destroy international coopereration. >> thehe u.s. postal service ha started a two week trtrial transporting m maiacroross he three sosouthwesternrn states u self-driving trucks. the trucks were built by a san diego-based start-up. the company says the fleet will dramatically improve delivery times and cost and could provide
an answer r to driver shortages. it involves five round trips, totaling more than 3,000 kilometers or around 45 hours of driving. >> labor costs tododay is about 40% of the operating cost on a per mile basis of the truck. imagine if you can reduce the labor cost, then the trucking busisiness becomes more profitable. in addition to that, the trucks can n operate twice as many hou in a day. assuming you have one human driver driving it. there is some fear in terms off having basically robots on the road. when we do launch a commercial product, it will be safer than a human dririr. >> o on a slightly larger scale space x has launch add rocket carrying five dozen communication satellites into low-earth h orbit. they are a about 12,000 to be deployed in the system. each weighing around 230
kilograms and materials constitutes the heaviest payload carried aloft and successfully been placed in an orbitit 400 kilometers aboveve earth. constellation of satellites space x aims to provide e internext connenection to payin customerershen around the world. it faces stiff competition from the likes of amazon. finally, some e food c can be expensive, especially at the start of the season. in japan, a pair o of mellononst seset a new record settingng a whopping five million yuan or 40 million euros at an auction. there are more than 1,000 mellons up for grabs at the awk -- auction. the mellons named after the city here they are produced are saviorored for their sweet texture. japanese companies are often
willing to pay inflated prices as a symbolic gesture. >> as the company offered we were looking for ways to contribute to the region. the city of newberry has suffered a lot since it went bankrupt a few years ago. we wanted to help the people through our products. >> they are promoting new products that's not inflated. >> that's very expensive. >> so much. >> 40,000 euros. >> 20,000 each. >> thanks for that. business news. that's it for this edition. we'll be back after a short break. stay with us here on "france 24." >> join us on "france 24" for european election results night. i will be with you live as the results come in from all across the globe. we'll get experts comments and
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