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Good evening. I want to bring you up to date with the developing story in

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Nice this evening, it is Bastille Day in France. This is right in the

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south of the country and we are seeing some quite horrific pictures,

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a Bastille Day celebration on going in the city tonight. It appears that

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a truck ploughed into a crowd celebrating as fireworks were going

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off in the city, customary on Bastille Day, you can see an area

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close to the promenade which is on the front, people running away from

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that area. Some of the pictures on social media, quite distressing,

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obviously we cannot show you those. Unconfirmed reports about

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fatalities, some correspondence saying the local prefecture is

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saying at least 12 people dead, and many injured, the prefect talking

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about a terrorist attack. Some reports of gunfire but that is

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perhaps a little premature because at the moment, anyone who has been

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to a Bastille Day Day celebration in France knows there are lots of

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explosions and bangs and fireworks so it will be perhaps difficult to

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differentiate between what is gunfire and not what is certain is

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that there has been what seems to be at this stage, an attack of some

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description, perhaps a terror attack, a truck driving into the

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crowd celebrating on the front. You see these pictures, crowds including

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a woman with a pushchair running for safety, clambering over each other

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in their bid to escape. And we are still waiting for some of the

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reports from police on the scene. There was a spate of these sorts of

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attacks, you might remember last year, around the time of Christmas

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markets, a number of vehicles that drove into crowds of people either

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at bus stops or in markets and of course, France still on a high state

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of alert, Francois Hollande, in his speech the other day, a customary

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speech ahead of Bastille Day, said they were thinking of relaxing the

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highest terror alert sometime in the middle of July. If this proves to be

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a terror attack, that will be reassessed. Some other interesting

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lines of news from France, but we glossed over in the last few days

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with all the events in Downing Street, there was a report yesterday

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that in fact the intelligence services in France were looking for

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someone who might have been linked to Bataclan attacks, they were

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saying the ringleader may not have been the man who was pulling that

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attack together in November and so there is still a very life and

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ongoing investigation into that attack in November. France is still

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on the highest alert, they just had the football tournament and they had

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a record number of police on the on the streets, and it passed off

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peacefully, we are pleased to say but if these reports are true,

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terror has returned to the streets of France tonight. For those of you

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just joining us, just to remind you... We have these pictures coming

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in from the front in Nice, you can see people running away in panic.

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This is, on this area, it is a Corniche, there is a long coastal

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road which goes around the Corniche in Nice, that is the promenade and

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it is in that sort of area, we have seen pictures of the truck, we will

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see if we can get you some pictures that we can show you because some of

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these pictures are quite distressing, but it is quite a big

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truck that has driven straight through the middle of the crowd and

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had appeared they were gathering and standing together as this firework

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display was ongoing. I think that is all I can tell you about that at the

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moment. We will plug on with the paper review. The job easily we do

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at this time in the evening. When we get more news, I may well break into

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the paper review and bring you that. Let's look at what is on the front

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pages. With me are the Daily Mirror

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columnist, Susie Boniface, and the Daily Telegraph columnist,

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Tim Stanley. Thank you both for your patience.

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You will understand as the story breaks, we may have to dip into it.

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Tomorrow's front pages first of all.

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So... Let's begin, starting with The Daily Express. I just wonder, Susie,

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what you make of the constant comparing... You know what I make of

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it, I just told you. The new Prime Minister, with the iron lady, she

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has steel. But you don't like this. She's only been in the job for

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24-hour race and it's kind of, I think it's appalling, as a nation,

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the only way we can look and consider what the new Prime Minister

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is doing is to compare her to 125 years ago who happens to share a

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similar set of features. Why isn't Theresa May compared to Tony Blair

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are David Cameron or John Major or lots of different people in

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different ways? 20 of the May leaders, we can compare to other

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female leaders of that than Maggie. The idea that she must be like the

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iron lady or not like the iron lady and she will have this throughout

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her Premiership, whether she does well or appallingly, right-wing or

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left-wing, successful or not, the economy tanks or brooms, she will be

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told she is just like Maggie, better than Maggie, not as good as Maggie.

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She is not Maggie, she is Theresa May. We can only regard her through

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the prism of Margaret Thatcher, I think it lets all of us down. In a

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similar style, Tim, the front page of the Guardian, a host of women and

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they are not as tightly cropped in terms of the picture as the men with

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the, you see a lot of what they are wearing. What are you dry to say? It

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is almost as if it invites us to make a comment on the dress, which

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you wouldn't do with men. There is no point, because they are wearing

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the same damn thing! Look at you. This is true but the narrative of

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this Cabinet is that it is a Cabinet of people we have not seen go so

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far. A lot of the talk is about how many women are in it. I take your

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point, it is frustrating that of and Premier will become Perdita Maggie

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but I think, in one sense, the comparison is actually quite

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fruitful, in the last 24 hours. If you are a woman in politics, not

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through any fault of your own, operate outside the usual networks

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of influence on friendship and one thing we saw with the sackings, is

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the death of chum Chrissy, the government up by best friends... The

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Notting Hill set. You cannot have that, women in politics don't

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operate those networks because they are very often the only woman in the

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room so I think the whole style of government will change because we

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won't be led by a bunch of files. Is it possible we can be friends... All

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the men in Cabinet could be great chums offer us? Particularly when

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you're dealing with Tory men who see life entirely in metaphors of

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cricket... Nanny or mummy... To be led by a woman changes the dynamics.

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Let me change it a little, is this the winning Cabinet we were

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expecting, I counted eight, seven B four out of 22... Appointments based

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on talent, I don't think it's got anything to do with that, I don't

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think she's the kind of leader who had to follow a 50-50 split. You

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talk about times, she has not rewarded chums but rewarded those

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who were loyal. All the people working with her at the Home Office.

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The advisers will come in but you can't possibly argue that these are

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all appointments based on talent, when one of them is Andrea Leadsom

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who was regarded as the worst treasury minister they have ever

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had... By whom? Completely unnamed Whitehall mandarins. And Liz Truss

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or didn't do terribly well... That is the key thing, she is for Brexit.

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The reshuffle, it's not just the death of chums, it's about making

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breaks it happen, we thought the was a possibility she would seek a post

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coming consensus but no, every portfolio that has something to do

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with Europe, she has put brakes a person in there, that explains

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Andrea Leadsom, she will be heading up an buyer and in one the things

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she will be doing is repatriating control over agriculture and

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fisheries so she's saying to people like her, you wanted it so now you

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make it happen. It's not just sweeping... She has got to unify the

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party, she has got to have Brexiteers and remainders in the

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party but there were other more copper don't Brexiteers who could

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give interviews to the press without saying the wrong stupid thing. I am

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going to have to posit because I will remind people about what is

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going on in France at the moment. Tim and Suzy, thank you for the

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moment. If you are joining us, we are hearing reports of what appears

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to be an attack in the southern French city of Nice, people

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celebrating Bastille Day in Nice this evening, gathered for a

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firework display and you can see pictures of people running away from

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an area right on the front, alongside the promenade which is an

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area that runs around the Corniche in Nice and it appears that this

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lorry drove into a big crowd of people as they were watching the

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fireworks display. The early reports from the prefect, 12 people have

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killed and several injured, those are unconfirmed reports at the

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moment. But the prefect also saying that he thinks it is a terror

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attack. We are seeing these pictures of people running away and some

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quite distressing pictures as well of the street where there are people

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lying in the road who have clearly been killed and run over by this

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track, the prefect saying a dozen people killed but there are other

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reports that it could be dozens, there could be many more than 12 and

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so, you will appreciate, it's quite early at the moment but this looks

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like a rather serious attack in Nice and an Bastille Day, at a time when

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the country is at a heightened sense of alert. The President saying in

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his interview for Bastille Day the other day he was thinking of

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relaxing the highest terror threat in mid-July, a record nine birth of

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police and security services, the Army as well on the streets through

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the football tournament, the European Championships which passed

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off peacefully but were always these fears that something like this might

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happen and we are now getting reports that it could be many more

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than 12, one report I am seeing, perhaps as many as 30 people killed,

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if that proves to be the case, is very serious indeed. Will be a huge

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concern in France this evening. We will bring you much more on this

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from our sister station, BBC world, we will be with you over the course

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of the next hour, stay

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