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today at 5, the final battle lines are drawn in the race for the french presidency. macron and le pen will contest the final round in just under a fortnight, pushing aside the traditional mainstream parties. the outgoing president, francois hollande, is the latest figure to throw his weight behind mr macron's campaign. it was a brutal night for the centre right and centre left. the ruling socialists took just 6% right and centre left. the ruling socialists tookjust 6% of the vote and in the path of an hour, francois fillon has resigned as leader of his party. —— past half an hour. we'll have more from christian in paris in a moment. the other main stories on bbc news at 5: following the murder of a former royal navy officer in manchester, police say they've arrested a 21 year—old man. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn tells trade unionists in scotland about plans to strengthen workers' rights if he wins the general election. one month after the westminster attack, we hear from the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation about the continued threat.
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the story of london marathon runner who sacrificed his own race time to help an exhausted athlete reach the finish line. i was like shouting in his ear, saying, come on, come on, we can do this, we will finish. it's 200 metres. i'll stay with you. and a british woman is recovering after being attacked by a shark while swimming off a remote island in the south atlantic. it's 5 o'clock. our main story is that france now faces just under a fortnight of intense campaigning between emmanuel macron and marine le pen, who emerged last night as the two remaining candidates for the presidency. mr macron is running without the backing of one of the traditional parties and ms le pen, leader of the national front, is also regarded as an outsider in a race that's transformed
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the old patterns of french politics. mr macron won 23.8% of votes in the first round, while ms le pen took 21.5%. the turnout was high, at nearly 79%. live to paris for the latest with christian fraser. a very warm welcome to paris. it was a huge upset for the established parties last night, with two outsiders progressing to the second round. mr macron, who has never run for political office, told his supporters they had changed the face of french politics, and it was his job to reconcile the country. marine le pen described her victory as historic and said a vote for her was important for the survival of france. it's the first time in nearly 60 years that neither of the country's established parties has had a candidate in the second round of the race.
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james reynolds reports from paris. the centrist candidate emmanuel macron began his run—off campaign this morning. his supporters believe he's now one step away from winning the presidency. france now prepares for a choice between macron and marine le pen, pro—eu versus anti—eu. pro—immigration against anti—immigration. at the macron campaign headquarters supporters cheered their candidate into the night. this is the 39—year—old's first ever election. he is the newcomer, the insider turned outsider, making it through to the next round. and he is now the favourite to become this country's next president. translation: in 15 days i want to become your president, the president of all the french, the president of the patriots to counter the threat of the nationalists. the macron team gave themselves time
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to celebrate but they now have to focus on fighting the run—off. of course we feel the responsibility, it's a new page starting in this country and we have marine le pen in front of us so it is, as we say, it's also about the value, we want to defend. marine le pen will dispute that. at her victory rally she promised a real fight in the second round. translation: what i have to offer is a big change, a fundamental change, a new way of doing politics. new faces in power and the renewal that you have been waiting for. marine le pen won more votes than her party has ever got before. her supporters believe that she can beat macron. the choice is clear, macron is for globalisation, marine le pen is for a renewed
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france. we have a clear political choice and i believe in these two weeks we will be able to explain that and that marine le pen will gather the patriotic vote. her first stop this morning was a market in northern france. opinion polls suggest that she starts the run—off well behind emmanuel macron. marine le pen will want to make it a referendum on patriotism, on europe, on globalism. she is trying to repeat a little bit the american campaign. trump versus clinton. the capital, here cleaning anti—le pen graffiti, is already preparing for the second round. in two weeks' time france will make its choice. james reynolds, bbc news, paris. i'm joined now by marine le pen's campaign co—ordinatorjean messiha. how do you look at this result?
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because it is historic in the sense that the national front are into the second round, but marine le pen did not do as well as the polls said she would. why? it is a tradition that in the last phase of the election the small candidates emerge and take some voices to the main party. even macron did not perform as he was meant to perform. this is democracy andi meant to perform. this is democracy and i think we are very satisfied from this result. it is an historical step that we took yesterday by qualifying in the second round and now we are going to convince our fellow citizenship to choose us instead of choosing the
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son of hollande. i'm fascinated by the split and i have been studying the split and i have been studying the statistics. marine le pen won 17,000 communes, compared to 7005 macron. here in paris, she gotjust 596 macron. here in paris, she gotjust 5% of the vote. your message does not resonate with people in the cities. i think globalisation as it is today creates losers and winners. i think the losers are in the small villages in the countryside of france and it is hidden by the view of those living in the big cities. paris is not france. there are people that say that mr macron's victory represents hope. macron one
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because he is encouraged and supported by the financial economic system that wants to perpetuate the old globalisation, the old system. marine le pen is a conduit of the new world. don't forget you had to ta ke new world. don't forget you had to take upa new world. don't forget you had to take up a wider picture of what is going on in the world. we have a world now with donald trump, theresa may, the world is changing. i think on the contrary, marine the pen is the only one to be in the wind of history. very quickly to finish, all the polls have you losing the second round by 20%. how are you going to reverse that? the polls were made before the first round or immediately after. it doesn't take into consideration the new dynamic
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of the second round. thank you. so how do the two remaining contenders for the french presidency match up? 39—year—old mr macron and his en marche party is promising a liberal, pro—european agenda. that includes a 50 billion euro public investment plan to reduce unemployment, renewable energy, a big cut in corporation tax and more leeway for companies to renegotiate the 35—hour week. 48—year—old marine le pen took over the national front leadership from her father six years ago. and her policies are strongly right wing. among them: talks with brussels on a reformed eu, followed by a referendum on it. ms le pen wants the ‘automatic‘ expulsion of illegal immigrants. and she's pushing for the closure of extremist mosques and housing priority to be given to french nationals. polls predict that the pro—business and pro—eu candidate,
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emmanuel macron will win the run—off in two weeks. to talk more about this i'm joined by edouard lecerf from ka ntar public. what would marine le pen had to do? she is a rank outsider here. what will she have to do to win? she has to make emmanuel macron more repulsive than he is and she have to become more attractive than she is. when i say attractive, i mean from a political point of view. right now in france there are still a majority of people thinking that the national front is a threat to democracy and that the national front is not ready to be in command and probably emmanuel macron, the opposite, is someone emmanuel macron, the opposite, is someone who is less repulsive. so she has in a way to convince people that they should make a choice that
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would be between her and him based on that divide. the reason i asked the question that way round, what does she have to do, is because i'm just wondering what the interjection of francois hollande does today to the campaign? he has supported emmanuel macron, as he has to do, this is the republican front against the far right, but emmanuel macron can be painted as the continuity candidate. is that not dangerous? can be painted as the continuity candidate. is that not dangerou57m he was considered to that extent as francois hollande class, probably he would not be at that stage, he would not be qualifying. the argument was already use before the first round of the campaign and it did not work that well. maybe it works for the right wing voters and some of them, of course, some of the fillon
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first—round voters might hesitate, but if you look at figures, only one third would vote for him. but if you look at figures, only one third would vote for himlj but if you look at figures, only one third would vote for him. i have interviewed a senator from the left and someone from mr fillon's party and someone from mr fillon's party and they are confident about mr macron. they are nervous though that the coming weekend of the vote, it's when people go away on their holidays and that they won't vote, said mr macron could be a shoo—in. the turnout will have to be loath to prevent mr macron for —— be lowered to prevent mr macron from winning. in the first round we had nearly 80% of the voters turning out, so it would mean that we have half of the voters of the first round, that those people, half of them don't
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turn out, but that probably won't happen. thank you very much for your analysis. of course, marine le pen will try to turn this into a de fa cto will try to turn this into a de facto referendum on the euro. the most interesting thing is that 40% of those who did vote voted for eurosceptic candidates. there has been a sigh of relief in brussels, but there is something in the vote to worry them. christian, thank you very much. either way, a little we will be talking to doctorjoseph downing, who is an expert on french politics. he will be in the studio to develop some of the themes that christian was discussing with the guests in paris. more of that to come. some of the other stories making bbc news at five. two men have appeared in court, charged in connection with an alleged acid attack at a nightclub in east london over easter. more than 20 people were injured in the incident, including two who lost their sight in one eye.
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tougher punishments for the most serious cases of speeding have come into force in england and wales. drivers may now be fined one—and—a—half times their weekly wage for the worst offences, including driving over 50 mph in a 30—zone, or 100 mph hour on a motorway. in a 30—zone, or 100 mph on a motorway. the first ever vaccine against malaria is to be introduced in ghana, kenya and malawi. the world health organisation says trials suggest it can prevent four in ten cases of the disease. three quarters of a million infants are to be immunised from next year. a 21 year—old man is being questioned by police investigating the death of a former royal navy officer outside his home in manchester. mike samwell, who was 35, is thought to have been run over by his own car as it was being stolen in the early hours of yesterday morning. 0ur correspondent danny savage is in chorlton in manchester. just to remind us what happened here
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and what is being said today? just to remind us what happened here and what is being said today7m just to remind us what happened here and what is being said today? it was the early hours of yesterday morning. mike samwell was asleep at his home in this street in chorley which is still filled. he and his wife were awoken by intruders in the property. he went down to investigate and there was some sort of confrontation between him and the people who were either in or have beenin people who were either in or have been in his property. he then went outside it appears and as his car was being stolen, he was run over, just behind in the parking area of the terrace of homes. he died of his injuries are short time later. neighbours have told us that they we re neighbours have told us that they were woken up by his wifejessica shouting his name and screaming for help. emergency services were the quickly. the audi s3, almost
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brand—new, was found a few miles away a short time later. he died in away a short time later. he died in a murder investigation was launched. police said they were appealing to the criminal fraternity to search their consciences and come forward with information. they said this was a crime that had crossed the line. the police continue with the investigations and they announced this morning at 21—year—old man was arrested this morning in suspicion —— on suspicion of murder. greater manchester police have also said there are further suspect they are trying to trace. they have been carrying out detailed searches of the area here to get more clues to lead them to the suspects. they also say a blue bmw one series car was used by the people they are after after the incident. so if anyone saw
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after the incident. so if anyone saw a blue one series bmw in the early hours of yesterday morning in the area, they want them to come forward with the information as well. still an active investigation. the area is sealed off, lots of police here. meanwhile, his wife jessica sealed off, lots of police here. meanwhile, his wifejessica is being comforted by friends and relatives. people are in shock. all that knew him said he was a nice guy. 35 years old, his life wiped out within a few moments of being woken in the night to intruders in his home. thank you very much for the update. the headlines. president hollande has asked the people to back emmanuel macron. police have arrested a 21—year—old man in connection with the death of mike
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samwell. jeremy corbyn says he will strengthen workers's rights if he wins the general election. in sport, can newcastle return to the premier league? 11 months ago they were relegated, but if newcastle beat preston in the championship tonight, they will be back in the top flight. kelly's other turn is awarded the bronze medal after a russian athlete was found to have tested positive. and mark selby is suited the next round of the snooker world championships. more on those stories later. jeremy corbyn has pledged to strengthen britain's trade unions if labour wins next month's general election. he told the scottish trades union congress that their members were ‘the dna' of the labour party.
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labour has just one mp in scotland , having lost a0 seats labour has just one mp in scotland, having lost a0 seats to the snp in 2015. 0ur chief political correspondent vicky young joins us. let's get more from our political correspondent vicky young in westminster. what do you make of whatjeremy corbyn has been saying? the conservatives have been concentrating the fire on mr corbyn and his remarks regarding trident yesterday. he suggested there would bea yesterday. he suggested there would be a review of defence policy and that had to be clarified by the labour party saying it was the policy to renew trident. some problems for labour to clear up. mr corbyn off to scotland today and on much happier territory talking very much happier territory talking very much about workers' rights. talking
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about one of his first tasks if he became prime minister would be to repeal the laws brought in by david cameron which make it harderfor people to vote for strike action. we are standing for the many, not the few. we must ensure the many, standing together, have the power to stand up to the rich and the powerful few. the labour party will always cherish, sustain and protect our relationship with the trade union movement and the working people that all of you in this hall represent. you are our dna and our family. we'll never apologise for the closeness of our relationship with you. as you mention, the situation to labour in scotland is not particularly healthy, reduced to just one mp and the fear among some labour mps is that that kind of word
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sure wipe—out could be repeated in other parts of the country. —— virtual wipe—out. nicola sturgeon it is the opposite. she won almost every seat in scotland in 2015. the fearfor every seat in scotland in 2015. the fear for the every seat in scotland in 2015. the fearfor the snp every seat in scotland in 2015. the fear for the snp is that they can't replicate that. her main opposition are the conservatives and she was gunning for them today, talking particularly about brexit. she says the direction the conservatives want to ta ke the direction the conservatives want to take the country and scotland in will be damaging the scottish economy. it is obvious to see the hardliners have ta ken over the it is obvious to see the hardliners have taken over the conservative party and now they want to take over the country as well. it is no surprise that ukip right now is losing support to the tories because the tories are now threatening to ta ke the tories are now threatening to take the uk in a direction that a few years ago ukip could only have dreams about. nicola sturgeon raising the prospect
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of ukip and then trying to cling on their votes and where they might go andi their votes and where they might go and i think that could well be a crucial factor and i think that could well be a crucialfactor in this and i think that could well be a crucial factor in this election. conservatives very much hoping to pick up former ukip voters. thank you very much for the latest on the campaign. let's have a look at some of the other developments on the campaign trail today. ukip have unveiled a range of policies which they say would improve integration in british society, including a ban on the burqa. party leader paul nuttall said it was not an attempt to sow division but that ukip were ‘10 years ahead of their time' on these issues. earlier mr nuttall refused to say whether he'd stand for parliament, appearing at one point to barricade himself inside a room to avoid journalists. the liberal democrats say their party membership has passed the 100,000 mark and is on course to break the record for their highest ever party membership. speaking to supporters at a campaign event, leader tim farron put the influx down to the party's pro—european stance.
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a network of first world war tunnels have been discovered on ministry of defence land in wiltshire. the tunnels are part of a first world war training ground used to get men ready to fight in and under the trenches of france and belgium. as well as the tunnels, some prehistoric remains and burial sites have also been uncovered. the tunnels were found on land set aside for hundreds of new homes for armedforces families. 0ur correspondent duncan kennedy is at the site in larkhill. an extraordinary sight here. i'm standing in the middle of the wiltshire countryside, but if you we re wiltshire countryside, but if you were here 100 years ago it would have seemed like you were standing in the middle of the battle of the somme. that's because all these tunnels were part of an army
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training camp. the idea was to put soldiers through their paces here before they headed off to the real front line in northern france. lark hill, a building site today, but home to an army secret from a century ago. this is the extraordinary system of tunnels and trenches and by developers. built in 1917 to recreate an entire battlefield, this was the somme on salisbury plain. this was a listening post. archaeologists said this was as close as it came to wa rfa re this was as close as it came to warfare before troops headed to the real front line. the conditions here we re real front line. the conditions here were horrendous. they were using live ammunition. they were training 24 live ammunition. they were training 2a hours a day on occasions in some pretty hideous conditions, particularly in 16 and 17 when the brutal winter crept in. this was the brutality of the first world war.
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the training tunnels and trenches we re the training tunnels and trenches were designed to recreate. thousands of troops pass through lark to get a taste of conflict. dozens were killed through accidents and exposure. special computer mapping shows the extent of the tunnels and trenches, the largest system of its kind anywhere in britain. in fact, they found about eight kilometres of tunnels and trenches here. the emphasis across the whole landscape was realism, right down to digging out the chalk, the same kind of rock they encountered at the battle of they encountered at the battle of the somme. some soldiers left their mark on the walls here before they headed to france. to science facing up headed to france. to science facing up across no man's headed to france. to science facing up across no man's land. —— two sides. if they were taking guys who we re sides. if they were taking guys who were no more soldiers than you and i and put them into an unfamiliar environment, they had to learn how
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to live in it, fight in it, fighting it, the period, eat, drink, sleep. 450 it, the period, eat, drink, sleep. a50 homes will soon be built here for troops returning from germany, but many tunnels and trenches with the wooden struts still intact will be preserved. world war i, from walsh to the western front. duncan kennedy, bbc news, larkhill. it's hard to believe there are eight kilometres of tunnels and trenches here. while some of those will be lost with the building of those a50 homes, others will be preserved nearby. what historians are saying is that there was a lot of the perception of world war i was one of total chaos and disorganisation, what this place proves is that there was a lot of training going on as well before those troops were sent off to the horrors of northern france. thank you very much. duncan
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kennedy the revealing the network of tunnels in larkhill. it is 5:27pm. a british woman injured in a shark attack while swimming off the coast of a british island in the south atlantic has been named locally as frankie gonsalves. the woman, who works for the government of saint helena, was attacked while swimming off ascension island. the victim was flown to the uk for medical treatment. the attack is thought to have happened three days ago. joining me from oxford is paul collie. he has written about marine life around ascension island. thank you forjoining us. first of all, is this kind of event something that locals would expect or not?|j this kind of event something that locals would expect or not? i think not. this is a rare occurrence indeed, even globally you can count on the digits of one hand the amount of people killed by sharks. but it
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is the first i have heard of around ascension islands. what other mechanisms for any kind of warnings if it is not expected. what mechanisms are there to warn people? you can't prepare and warned for attacks like this. shops are in their own environment and if you are going into the water and you interact with them, there is this risk, but it is small. you can't predict a specific event, you can just prepare generally and behave in a way that would not antagonise or make the shots aggressive. in your experience, what would that advice be? first of all, respect that this is the environment —— their environment. when you are on the surface are making a lot of noise, it can attract sharks. you have to be careful also where use swim and
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dive. there are a lot of sharks around the area of the ascension islands. you can put out a warning when you see more shots, but that is unusual because they are usually deeper and further away. tellers about the experience of swimming in this kind error. it is fantastic. the uk government created is a marine reserve last year. it is so rich in wildlife. there are marlin, tuna, all sorts of wildlife. you can see thousands of fish in this area and they naturally attract predators such as sharks, but they normally keep away from humans. good to talk to you. thank you for helping us understand it all a little more. the headlines in the sports in a
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moment. we'll talk more about what is happening in france as we head towards the second round of the french elections. time for a look at the weather. it is quite cold, the cold air is spilling down the uk in this line of cloud which is bringing outbreaks of rain with it. that is the cold front with the cold air following behind. that will clear away. it is turning into a cold night with wintry showers for northern and easterly areas. many inland areas will have clear skies and it will be quite cold, too— three, and lower than that in rural areas. plenty of sunshine. make the most of that, because showers, wintry showers, they will get going. some of those showers will be heavy with hail and thunder and it will feel cold in the wind especially in more eastern areas, it will feel like three
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degrees. if you catch a harry will -- hail degrees. if you catch a harry will —— hail shower it will feel around freezing, but this low period will be temporary. this is bbc news at 5 — the headlines: the french president, francois hollande has called on voters to back emmanuel macron in the second round of the presidential election saying support for the far—right puts the country at risk. a 21—year—old man is being questioned by police, investigating the death of a former royal navy officer outside his home in manchester. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has told trade unionists in scotland about plans to strengthen workers' rights, if he wins the general election. speaking at the same conference, scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon said the conservatives' vision for the uk should be "ringing alarm bells" across scotland. and that scots would pay a heavy
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price if more conservative mps are elected. sport now, here's hugh ferris. newcastle united can be promoted back to the premier league at the first time of asking tonight. if they beat preston in the championship at stjames' park. brighton have already secured their place in the top flight next season. but rafa benitez‘s side have had a dip in form taking just a single point from their last three games. the other teams, they have to do something and we have to do ourjob. the only thing that we can control is our team the only thing that we can control is ourteam and the only thing that we can control is our team and we have to be sure that these three games, we are concentrating to do ourjob properly and to win our games and if the other results go in our favour, much better. my target was always to go up, it doesn't matter the position, so the main thing is that we finish ourjob. league one champions sheffield united are attempting
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to re—sign striker ched evans from chesterfield. and a fee of around half a million pounds has been agreed. evans joined chesterfield who have been relegated to league two after having a rape conviction quashed in april last year. he was then found not guilty following a retrial. the 28—year—old last played for sheffield united in 2012 before he served two and a half years in prison. he is due to have a medical later this week. former british heptathlete kelly sotherton is set to be upgraded to her third 0lympic bronze medal. it comes as a result of the international olympic committee disqualifying russia's tatyana chernova for testing positive for a steroid at the 2008 games in beijing. chernova's positive test is only the latest in a long line from the ioc‘s re—analysis of stored anti—doping samples from the 2008 and 2012 games. after his early exit from the monte carlo masters andy murray has squeezed in an extra tournament as he continues his build up to the french open. and his attempts to stay as world number one. he's entered the barcelona 0pen which will be just his second
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competition since recovering from an elbow injury. it's hard to maintain your ranking at the top of the game. you know, you have some of the best players of all time playing great tennis. this year. and many of the young ones are starting to play better and better as well, so it will clearly be tough but i'm happy to be fit and healthy again. and hopefully i can start playing some good tennis. while murray has a bye to the second round, kyle edmund has booked his place in round two after a straight sets win over france'sjeremy chardy. he'll play the austrian dominic thiem next. joining them is briatin's dan evans who's beaten thiago monteiro of brazil 7—2 in a deciding set tie—break in barcelona. it's his first ever win on clay on the atp tour. defending champion mark selby is through to the quarter finals of the world snooker champoinship
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after beating xiao guo—dong. selby resumed with a 10—6 lead against his chinese opponent. and rattled off the three frames he needed in under an hour. he made a century break at the cruicible for the first time this year in the first frame of the session and just missed out on another as he clinched the match by 13 frames to six. 10-6, 10—6, you still have a comfortable lead but xiao will be looking for a 3-1, lead but xiao will be looking for a 3—1, and then he could be back in the match, but to win that 13—6 was great. barry hawkins willjoin mark selby in the last eight of the championship. he tookjust under hour this lunchtime to complete a 13—6 victory over scotland's graeme dott and reach his fifth consecutive quarterfinal where he'll now face another scot stephen maguire. that's all sport for now. you can keep up to date with all those stories on the bbc sport website. i'll have more in sportsday at 630. let's talk a little more about the presidential
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election in france. voters now face just under a fortnight of intense campaigning, between emmanuel macron and marine le pen, who emerged last night as the two remaining candidates for the presidency. let's take a look at how the vote was split vertically across france. here you can see marine le pen, leader of the front national, won votes across the east of the country — particularly in the north east. meanwhile emmanuel macron, who is running with his new party en marche which he set up a year ago, picked up votes in the west of france and central regions. very strong in paris. it is a country divided as we have shown on the map. this is a race that's transformed the old patterns of french politics. with me is drjoseph downing, a fellow at france's national centre for scientific research
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in marseille, and a visiting professor at lse. first of all, now that we know who is in the final round. what kind of statement does this make about the political process in france? this election has sent shock waves through the existing political structures which have been in place in france since the boat the —— things the first world war. we have two candidates who do not represent a party. he is a centrist, emmanuel macron, but he has not play ball with the conventions of french politics, like marine le pen. you could say that they are both establishment figures, if we can use that word in a loose way, is a former minister. his circles of
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influence are very clear, and marine le pen is very much a political creature in some ways. yes, she would not be in this place if her dad didn't start the party after the independence of algeria. she is now outside and she has never had a job outside and she has never had a job outside politics. but for emmanuel macron, this ability to be a fresh face, yet someone who does have connections and has served in government, that is i think one of the things which has swung it for him. if he clinches the final election. those networks will become extremely important in getting a government, forming circles of influence and bringing people in from all different parts of the political spectrum. he has got this movement, this party, and there are parliamentary elections in france and clearly whoever the new president is will have to work with the national assembly. what are the
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prospects for either of these people to do that if they don't have a solid base of traditional party support? this will be shimmied of the court. the front national has a party structure —— this will be extremely difficult. they have seats ata extremely difficult. they have seats at a party level in the north—west and south—west france, said they have a head start, but emmanuel macron will be tapping into the network of the socialist party —— so they have a head start. they are both going to have problems, though, are very fractured pitch and no one is going to have the easy majority ata is going to have the easy majority at a local level which will make governing simple. marine le pen has been talking about levels of immigration, but i'm wondering what are the other themes that they will clash on. it is easy to overstate the importance of immigration and security, even though they are big
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issues because we have seen repeated terrorist attacks in france and we have at the migration crisis, but the real concern of voters is the economy. not just how the real concern of voters is the economy. notjust how it affects them personally, but the fact they are watching an inside generation growing up, unable to get secure jobs and not able to enter the system and unable to move out of their mums and dads places and start a new life. this is a central concern of voters. whoever gets into power will have the problem of promising reform, which will be billy impossible to deliver. everyone in france loves to talk about the need for reform, but they don't want reform to their own privileges —— which will be nearly impossible to deliver. a final thought, or the polls so far show that emmanuel macron is expected to win pretty handsomely in the second round —— all the polls. can you foresee any circumcised dues which
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might change that? —— any circumstances which might change that? in short of endorsement by charles de gaulle or a major terrorist attack, and even then i'm not sure it will be enough, i really don't see marine le pen clinching it. it is good to talk to you. we may talk again as the campaign finishes. the really intense phase in the next couple of weeks. thanks for coming in. for the past two years, the threat from the so—called islamic state group, has made it almost impossible forforeign media, to get into their stronghold in north western syria. now a bbc team has made it to al bab, islamic state's last big city outside of raqqa. so what's the situation in a region where fighting has become complicated,
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by rival groups and foreign fighters? 0ur middle east correspondent quentin sommerville and cameraman fred scott, have sent this exclusive report from al bab and nearby dabiq. in syria's long war there are many fronts and scores of enemies. this is the city of al bab in northern aleppo. here, the victory belongs to the free syrian army, and defeat to the so—called islamic state. everyone has a foreign backer here. for some it's russia or america. for this division it's turkey. this is hallowed ground for the islamic state. this tiny village, dabiq, was a beacon, drawing in foreign fighters from across the globe. dabiq was a great symbol for the islamic state group. it was here that the prophet
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muhammad said that muslims would defeat the romans. this is also the spot where britain's "jihadi john" murdered the american aid worker peter kassig. is were right about one thing, though. this is a place of reckoning, but it's the place of their defeat and they've now been driven more than 100 kilometres from here. and these days they don't make much mention of dabic. to the south of al bab, the free syrian army face a different enemy. the syrian regime. there's a truce on these lines. the regime are only 150 metres away. and now that it's free from is, displaced from aleppo and raqqa, heading to the security these men offer. air strikes are no longer a threat
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but islamic state's roadside bombs and booby—traps are everywhere. villages and towns here have been fought over by so many factions, it's hard to identify who bombed where. and for some it's even a struggle to find what remains of the family home. in the battle against is, this village changed hands more than half a dozen times. this war has been a shattering experience, but in many respects it's no longer syria's war. the decisions to attack the next town, the next village, they are not taken here any longer. they are taken in ankara, moscow, and in washington. the next big battle, the final battle with the islamic state, will take place in raqqa. that will only happen if the opposition forces stop fighting each other first. translation: our first enemy was is, we have defeated them. now we face some separatist terrorist groups that want to divide syria. so after the fall of aleppo
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we have two enemies, the separatists and the regime. and for us there is no difference between the two. his men are mostly syrian turks. they accuse their neighbours, and blood enemies, the kurds, of trying to split the country. the rebuilding of al babb is already underway. in syria it takes a lot of confidence to replace your windows. but the damage done here isn'tjust to buildings. it extends deeper, into syria's ethnic fabric. amid the ruins, this was an is headquarters, you find reminders of the victims. the disappeared, the lost, and the dead. new and rich wells of hatred are being formed. inside these four walls syria's hopelessness is revealed. when the jailer enters the cells
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they must stand and face the wall. all of these men are syrians. some joined the islamic state. others, no more than boys, fought for the kurds with american backing. and some fought for president assad, helped by russia. translation: because of the joblessness in syria, i had no salary to look after my children, so i had to join the fighting. foreign interference here has only caused more destruction. people are killing each other. these menjoined is. translation: the different people in groups here despise each other more and more. war only increases hatred. it never lessens it. these men will likely be exchanged in a prisoner swap. some came to fight for is,
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others to destroy it. that war may be approaching an end but there will be no rest in syria. and the people who make up this country will likely find themselves cast even further apart. quentin somerville, bbc news, northern aleppo. the current threat level for terrorism in the uk remains severe — which means that an attack is highly likely. last month month 52 year—old khalid masood killed five people and injured 35 others, when he drove a car across westminster bridge, before fatally stabbing a policeman in parliament. but investigators believe masood acted alone, in planning and carrying out the attack. the nature of terror acts here in the uk and across europe has changed in recent years, and ensuring the legislation is up to date, and fit for purpose, is the duty of the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, he's max hill qc, who took over just a few weeks before
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the westminster attack happened. hejoins me now. cani can i start with the dreadful attack, now that the police have concluded most of the elements of what they were looking at. more thoughts on the way that people dealt with that and the way it was reported? it was a horrible attack and a horrible event. all 82 seconds of it, and ourfirst and a horrible event. all 82 seconds of it, and our first thoughts and a horrible event. all 82 seconds of it, and ourfirst thoughts have to be with those who died and the many who were injured and the dozens if not hundreds of people who were affected by this. but their fortitude and their calmness needs to be matched by everybody else. it is interesting, a few weeks later it was revealed that this individual was revealed that this individual was acting alone. many have noted that some of the early reporting wasn't accurate. there were claims by so—called islamic state and
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others as to this individual acting for so—called islamic state, that was plainly wrong. that goes to show that we have to be careful and we have to pause before making comment. the other comment i noticed, within 2a hours of this atrocity, was the suggestion that this is what happens asa suggestion that this is what happens as a result of uk policy on immigration. another 2a—hour is later it was revealed that this individual was born and bred in this country. stab judgments are a bad idea, that is one of the reasons why i barely commented at all, if i may say —— snap judgments. i barely commented at all, if i may say —— snapjudgments. there has been an effective investigation and a number of people were investigated and they were treated well and they we re and they were treated well and they were not charged and the investigation has been brought to an end. it is notable that the national threat level as you said which remains at severe, was not raised to critical, during or at any stage in the attack and that shows that we
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have calm heads working behind the scenes and there are hundreds if not thousands of them and we have got to place our trust in them. the final thing i would say, what would've happened if this individual survived the attack himself? the answer is, from my perspective, he would have been charged as a murderer which is what he was. which goes to another question, our terrorism legislation is fit for purpose in my view, and maybe we will talk about that later, but there are occasions when you don't need modern terror laws to deal with one deranged criminal. you deal with one deranged criminal. you deal with one deranged criminal. you deal with him by way of the common law offence of murder which is what he committed. much has been said and written about the difficulties of trying to prevent attacks by lone attackers. i'm just trying to prevent attacks by lone attackers. i'mjust wondering, given one of the very sensitive arenas,
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social media, and online activity, thatis social media, and online activity, that is clearly one potential ave, if people are in gauging some sort of activity online. in that area, what are your concerns and what can be done to improve the efficiency of measures? we live in the age of the internet and we all benefit from the internet and we all benefit from the internet and we all benefit from the internet and we all celebrate the use of the internet and the freedom of speech and relationship which it represents and it would be part of that knee jerk reaction which i have said we must avoid, to say, well, this brings cause for closing it down, and just put it that way shows how impossible it would be, so that is the answer. and it is not necessary to introduce new laws to restrict the world wide web. but we know that shortly before this attack, during march, social media
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companies entered into an agreement to form a database to take down illegal or extremist content and what is needed is quick early recognition of criminal material which is being uploaded onto the internet, it is a matter of identifying where the law is being breached. and taking down the material for the greater cooperation is needed. the signs i'm saying is that whether through this attack or other attacks or just that whether through this attack or other attacks orjust raised awareness, social media companies are willing to do their part. some of the commentary after the attack was that what sat needed to be interrogated and there needed to be a back door provided to them. so law enforcement agencies could see what we work in indicating, but that is a device to device method of communication and there is no back door to what's app. there's a limit
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to what we can do, and so cooperation the key thing. one more thought, we are entering into a very complex little process with brexit and there are people who have expressed concerns about potential gaps in our legislation depending how that pans out. in your area, the most important area, are you concerned that that process could leave us vulnerable and that the system will need patching up? it is an area where we need to be vigilant, but before we joined the european union and at every stage since, our legal system is fundamentally different to the legal systems in europe. we apply different laws and we may put them through the prism of the european cause but we have our own system. cooperation under that system and the a0 years we have been part of europe has been highly effective and the reason that we did not suffer an
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attack before and we did not suffer an attack like spain had in 2003, and we did not suffer one until 2005, that is in part because of the effective intelligence sharing between countries and that includes the states of the european union and united states of america. we don't need a union to have effective cooperation. it is fundamentally important that when we leave the european union tower corporation is maintained and continues. —— european union tower corporation. this liaison will continue and i would be very concerned if someone said there is likely to be a cessation of operation, and cooperation, but i don't see that, i
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think the signs are displaying the reverse , think the signs are displaying the reverse, and i think european countries and european legal systems are more likely to look to us for the things that we do and we are effective in doing in combating terrorism. there never reason why that should stop. thanks forjoining us. that should stop. thanks forjoining us. “ that should stop. thanks forjoining us. -- there is no reason why that should stop. almost a0,000 people took part in yesterday's london marathon — but it was these two who summed up the spirit of it all. heading down the mall about to finish the marathon in under two hours 50 minutes — matthew rees saw an exhausted runner and decided to stop and help — almost dragging him over that finish line. dan johnson caught up with them both this morning. after a test of endurance, it was a moment of kindness that summed up the marathon's spirit shared by so many. how are you feeling? with sore legs and swirling social media, the it manager
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from manchester and the banker from swansea spoke about those last few tough and tired steps to the finish. i was just trying to get to the line. my body went and i went to the ground. so, yeah, it was really desperate. i saw him in the distance as i was about to sprint, his legs were completelyjelly but he said he was determined to finish. and then his legs went again and i realised i was going to have to stay with him to make sure he did it. i didn't really think about it. when someone's in need you want to help them out. it was important that he got to the finish line after coming 26 miles and there was only 200 metres left. i couldn't let him lie on the ground there. what did you say to him? i was shouting in his ear, saying, "come on, you can do this, it's 200 metres, we will finish — i'll stay with you". maybe i was a bit overzealous with my support.
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it was wonderful. it was needed! it needed to kind of hit home. you were telling matthew to carry on? yes, because we had never met and i didn't know what his aspirations were for the day. i just wanted him to finish his race. matthew was clear in knowing that if he leaves me there's a chance they will whisk me off and not let me get to the finish. and that's so nice. such a gentleman for doing that. if roles were reversed, would you have done the same thing? oh my goodness. you are the first person to ask me that and that's such a good question. i have not given that any thought. i would love to think i would. i'm sure you would have. yeah, but it was special, what he did. and the crowd loved it, the royals cheering them home. these are two competitive runners
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who have both put in good times, under three hours. what the general public see there is the spirit of the running community and this happens all over the place. itjust happened there were quite a few cameras trained on that. at that point, capturing that moment. but it happens everywhere up and down the country. a friendship formed, more races to come. maybe next time the selfless good samaritan will even finish ahead, because it was the man on his last legs who officially crossed the line first. but taking part is more important than winning, right? they have already shown that. dan johnson, bbc news. some news, ukip donor aaron banks will not be standing in the general election in clapton and maybe not anywhere else as an independent either. time for a look at the weather. for some people it felt more like
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winter, and this was the view in aberdeen, some snow on the ground. it has turned much more cold. this is the cold front moving south and the cold air follows behind and eventually we will all have the cold airwhen eventually we will all have the cold air when the eventually we will all have the cold airwhen the rain eventually we will all have the cold air when the rain clears away from the south—eastern corner. for many it will be clear skies overnight and we have the arctic air in place and the temperatures will be dipping away. 2—3 and even colder in rural areas. a widespread frost to begin, and also wintry showers, northern scotla nd and also wintry showers, northern scotland and the north east of england. heavy showers in places, there could be hale and thunder. it will feel colder especially in the east. if you get a hailstorm it could feel close to freezing, but that will be fairly temporary. goodbye for now. a run off between
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