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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be


With me are France 24 correspondent Benedicte Paviot,


and the Editor of Newsweek in Europe, Matt McAllester.


Welcome to you both. Tomorrow's front pages, starting with... The


Financial Times, and it, like most of the others, lead unsurprisingly


on the attacks in Belgium. The FT says so-called Islamic State has


struck at the heart of Europe. The Metro carries a picture of the


suspects thought to have carried out the airport bombings. The i says a


manhunt is under way for one of the men, wearing a white coat, who


survived the attacks. The Express highlights that the other two


suspects were wearing one glove, possibly to hide the detonators of


their bombs. The Telegraph calls the trio the black gloved suicide squad,


and the bomber who got away. A picture of two of the battered and


bloodied survivors dominates the front of the new day. Bloodbath in


Brussels as the headline in the times. While the Mail wonders how


many more Islamic State terrorists are ready to strike in Europe. So,


let's might begin. As I was saying, all the front pages are dominated by


the same story, exactly as you would suspect. Let's start with the


Telegraph, Benedicte. The black gloved suicide squad and the bomber


who got away. This is the picture of the men in the black gloves, it is


sinister. Previously, sometimes after bombs, whether it is


imperative on the London, Madrid, Frankfurt, unfortunately, take your


pick, since it is the favourite soft target of bombers and terrorists,


actually since the 1980s, airports, train stations, underground


stations, and what the Daily Telegraph says is that these men may


have looked like ordinary airline passengers as they pushed their


trolleys along the departure hall of the Brussels airport. But they were


anything but. Says the Daily Telegraph, they were hell bent on


causing as by dangerous destruction on a massive scale. The suitcases


contained not clothes but bombs. The two men on the left, allegedly were


wearing black gloves because they were hiding a trigger. Even if


somebody had pounced on them and had detected their evil, they would have


blown themselves up. The man on the right is on the run, allegedly. Now


he is interesting, because there has been a photo on Twitter published a


few hours ago by the Belgian federal police. He is a man, it is not


confirmed, he may or may not be a man who was previously known. His


name is unfortunately very familiar to a lot of French people since the


13th of November. This man's fingerprints were found on some


suicide belts. He is a very close, if it is him, accomplice of Salah


Abdeslam, who of course is tonight still in a Brussels jail awaiting


extradition to France. And his true identity it seems is known. It is


interesting, mats, because the interesting, mats, because the


Telegraph mentions him. It is not entirely clear. They say here is the


prime suspect. It is not entirely clear if he is the man in the hat


though, is it? No, there is a huge amount before we dive into anything


that is not known about this man, who is now the most wanted man in


Europe. He seems to be potentially a bomb maker. We were saying earlier


that he was not wearing a glove. That is a key indicator,


potentially, that he was not a suicide bomber. And that he may have


made these bombs and intended to escape. We are guessing, we are


going with the tiny little clues that we have. You mentioned tiny


little clues. It is interesting, Benedicte, in the Times, which


carries the identity picture on its front page -- the identical picture.


It too mentions this prime suspect, and picks up what you were


mentioning, his traces of DNA were found on two explosive belts in the


Paris massacres. That is right, the 13th of November infamous Paris


attacks, multi-location, exactly what is feared around Europe and


other places like London. That is right. His DNA traces were found,


underlies the times, an two explosive belts. One used on the


attack at the Bataclan Theatre, the other at the Stade de France. That


is where the French president was actually at a football match, and


where, thanks to the vigilance, actually, of the security teams


there, the men were forced to explode their belts outside the


stadium, and did not manage to either kill the president or indeed


the thousands of people watching, or the death toll would have been even


higher. Matt, what do you make of the times? There is another little


clue, we are looking for these tiny clues, and that is that in the same


neighbourhood, allegedly, that this suspect lived in Brussels, the


police today found an explosive device, the Times says, chemicals,


and here is the key bit, and Isis Flagg, according to prosecutors.


Anybody can on an Isas flag. It is easy to come by. But the fact that


they found one might be a dotted line between what happened today at


this man, and the people in Raqqa in Syria, their headquarters, the


capital of the so-called caliphate of the Islamic State, who clearly


are showing that they have the ability as Al-Qaeda at once did and


maybe still has two reach out into the capital is, Madrid, London,


Paris, and now Brussels. The other interesting detail, I don't think it


is in the Times article, but very much on French media, is the fact


that they found a bowl with nails. What this seems to possibly a credit


is the fact that -- in all with nails. An attack like today, the two


tax we have witnessed, the first in the airport and an hour or so later


near the EU institutions, the parliament, you know, the council,


would indicate that possibly this was a preplanned terrorist attack


that was brought forward. One French expert was actually saying, usually,


bombers will not bomb where they are then going to go and hide. For


example, Salah Abdeslam went back to Belgium wants he had gone to Paris.


-- once he went to Paris. There is a theory, although not proved, that it


could have been a pack that was actually meant for France. Of


course, this will cost a lot of worry two months before Euro 2016.


And today the Frenchman is to the interior has again announced more


controls at the Borders. Interestingly, he has revealed that


10,000 people since the much more stringent controls on the night of


the 13th of November, have been turned down at the Borders. What we


hear a lot in the British press is about how porous these borders.


10,000 people have been stopped from getting into France. So we come back


to freedom of movement has well. As you hinted at the beginning, Matt,


it can be easy in these situations to start to fill the vacuum of facts


with speculation. A lot of this we just don't know. Nonetheless, a


chilling headline in the Mail. How many more jihadi bombers are out


there? A question I suggest a lot of people's clips. I think so. The


male's key point comes from the Howard of the police agency Europol.


-- the head of. He warns that as many 5000 jihadist on the run across


Europe, 700 in the UK alone. That far outstrips the ability of the


combined intelligence and security agencies to monitor all these people


around the clock. You know, it takes many intelligence agencies to keep a


night on one person. -- to keep an eye. And we have civil liberties and


court orders that are required. But what we do know is that we do not


know a lot and we have seen that the last few days with Abdeslam. He was


the most wanted man in Europe, for four months he was living right in


the heart of the place, the part of Brussels that the police, that


really everybody has no is a place that has been home to attackers and


to jihadists. He was living right there. I think that is what feeds


into this intense anxiety in France and Belgium and I think everywhere


in Europe, that there are, as the Mail says, how many more are up


there? We just don't know. We should distinguish between the people who


were prepared, like the two men with the black loves, who are prepared to


blow themselves up, kamikaze attackers, who were probably trained


in Syria, whoever the man on the right, the man whom it would seem is


a bomb maker. And people who are tacitly hiding, helping, financing,


in small or big waves, lending their flats etc. It is time that everybody


kind of grew up, it may seem an obvious thing to say, you are guilty


of helping somebody, murder, maybe innocent civilians. We duly in open


democracies. -- Guidolin. I don't think there is any suggestion, apart


from some people, that we should lose our freedom of speech,


movement, religion. But how we counter this threat I think is about


winning hearts and minds. And I don't think we are doing that. Matt,


I want you to rifle back through your pile of papers, your front


pages, back to the Telegraph. They have linked the events of today to


questions over open borders, raised by David Cameron. Tell us a bit more


about that? It was really raised by Lord Howard, the former Tory leader,


who this evening has said that the Schengen agreement, the agreement


that allows freedom of movement within the EU, is acting as a


welcome sign to terrorists. He made this speech this evening to a think


tank in London. Earlier today, Ukip chimed in on the same theme. These


open borders that the EU citizens and member states in joint are just


a big target -- enjoy. Jihadists in Syria can move very easily and


quickly through Turkey, Greece and up into Europe. Of course, the UK is


not a member of the Schengen agreement. We are not. This feeds


into the other great story of our day, which is the debate over


Brexit, really. And the anxiety in this country in particular over the


EU. We are heading towards this referendum on June the 23rd. Like it


or not, the events of today have almost immediately been politicised.


David Cameron's comment is that this is inappropriate to even discuss it


at this stage, today when at least 31 people have been killed and up to


200 injured and these things should not be discussed. Getting away from


it is terribly hard, because we were discussing the top of the Express,


seven migrants tried to sneak into Britain, that Azharullah photograph


of the three men in the airport. It is a story that is infusing every


part of our news at the moment. Dominating get, and it will, I


predict until long after the 24th of June whatever the result is --


dominating it. We have got the front of the FT, referendum makes waves


for Brits on Costa Blanca. Briefly tell us what that is? 2 million


Britons could actually swing the vote. 2 million Britons living in


the rest of the EU and their votes, they can take part will stop if you


have lived less than 15 years abroad you can vote. And you could actually


sway the result. Of course, we know it is also a question of the


turnout. But who knows how close it is going to be? If we don't believe


in polls since the last election or before the last election, I think it


is the most unpredictable, difficult result to predict, and I hope we


know the result. But we will on the 24th of June. Absolutely. We must


leave it there. You note... Such a serious day, I am really grateful


that you have both come into talk to us. Benedicte and Matt, thank you so


much. That is it from us. Don't forget that the front pages are


online on the BBC News website, where you can read a detailed review


of the papers. And you can see us there too, with each night's edition


of the papers being posted on the page shortly after we have finished.


Thank you again for our guests. Bye-bye.


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