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There's a Royal send off for tens of thousands of runners,

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

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With me are Rosamund Urwin, columnist at the London Evening

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Standard, and France 24's UK Correspondent, Benedicte Paviot.

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She has had a very long day. She was on the Andrew Marr show this

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morning. We will prop up up. Tomorrow's front pages

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starting with... The FT leads with

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the French elections. And former banker Emmanuel Macron

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going head-to-head against the far-right leader Marine Le Pen

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in the race to become The Guardian says Macron is now

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favourite to win as they say the result redraws

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the French political divide. The i features the former

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Labour Leader, Tony Blair, telling voters to put aside party

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loyalty for the sake The Daily Telegraph questions

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Labour's debility on defence as they say Jeremy Corbyn ruled out ever

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using the nuclear deterrent. The Daily Express claims a foreign

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aid row broken out over claims taxpayers' cash was being given

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to a government which And The Metro carry the story

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of a Navy veteran, who was hit and killed by burglars

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driving his car. Let's begin. If you heard a rustling

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of papers, it is because Peter dashed in with a copy of the

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start with the FT and a couple of start with the FT and a couple of

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on the front pages. Defeat to the on the front pages. Defeat to the

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established parties as Macron and Marine Le Pen

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extraordinary. Two radically different visions of France and the

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future France. You could have thought Macron was a socialist but

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he has made a big point saying he is not from the left or the right, he

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is a centrist. This is a political earthquake which we have witnessed

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tonight. He has never held elected office. It is extraordinary. Since

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we have a centrist, who, it is not a party he has foundered, it is a

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movement, En Marche, barely a year ago. Marine Le Pen, like a father,

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has made it through to the second round, as predicted by many polls.

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It is done. This is a huge achievement for her as well.

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Radically different visions for France. Mr Macron very pro-EU with

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open markets and Marine Le Pen wants immediate ceasing of immigration and

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has a very different vision for France and we will have to see the

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debate. There be a face-off on French television and it will be

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fierce. Another photograph of Marine Le Pen accepting a vote came. It

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will be interesting to see either of them tried to put an Administration

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together, given they do not have form in office. Of course, Macron

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does have the support of the more established parties. Marine Le Pen

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might sound like he is after a revolution with something new and

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something fresh but look who is behind him. We have Francois Fillon

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who has been beaten. At some point he was the prime contender. We have

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had him come third and immediately get behind Macron. What is

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interesting is they have done it that quickly. The Socialist

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candidate, the official Socialist candidate who has done so badly,

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which is a real knock-down for the Socialist party. I should also

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stress, and this is not appreciated perhaps in the United Kingdom

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enough. 39 years old, unelected office. You are really, possibly,

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probably going to be the next president. 20 years younger, apart

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from Marine Le Pen. This is extraordinary that he is pulling

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this off so far. When he says, this is a very grave moment in the

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history of France, a historic moment. He is really needing to show

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that he has that gravitas, that he has what it takes, he has the

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solution is full that he has a lot of people to convince. One

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accusation as he tends to say one thing when speaking to one person

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and then he says another thing. That is what Marine Le Pen will be

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attacking. Tonight, Le Front National is livid whether it is

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Francois Fillon, the centre-right candidates saying he would vote

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Macron and he is asking people to vote against Marine Le Pen. The euro

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has gained a bit in value. There was concern about the integrity of the

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European Union if it were to be Marine Le Pen who wins. Of course

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also she is completely Eurosceptic. The idea that there could be a

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breaking up of the year union. Eurosceptic against Europhile

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railing. A crucial election for France. It is not over. There is a

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second round on the 7th of May. It would seem to be at is all there for

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Mr Macron. There are two weeks to go. Let's see what happens. Be you

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tonight is relieved. The unit is looking at France. If there were to

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be a win for Marine Le Pen this would have huge imprecations for the

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United Kingdom and for Brexit. She has said she would put it to the

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people and, in the end, it would be the French people who would decide

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that. Sighs of relief and a huge tension around France. There are

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some clashes with people not happy about the results. They have

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radically opposing views. Not to downplay the 19.5, 20% and the 19.5

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that Jean-Luc Melenchon on the far left got. That is a very divided

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France. How that is healed we will see. Let us look at the Daily

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Telegraph for a British story. We cannot offer such lovely language

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but Labour's nuclear implosion. Labour's debility on defence in

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tatters as the Daily Telegraph. I do not think the Daily Telegraph would

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ever have thought that Jeremy Corbyn had much credibility on defence.

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Jeremy Corbyn went on the Andrew Marr show this morning and he ruled

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out ever using Britain's nuclear deterrent. He also refused to back a

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strike to kill the leader of IS. Hours later, the Labour Party has to

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have clarification saying, of course, that they do support Trident

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as the nuclear deterrent. I was thinking back to Labour leaders who

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have said this in the past. It is not without precedent. I think, if I

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remember correctly, Denis Healey, the Labour leader who never was, I

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think he also said he would never have hit the button and sent nukes

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back in return. It is not completely... We all knew that

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Jeremy Corbyn thought this. It makes it difficult him same. A number of

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former military figures having their say and saying he cannot be trusted

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with the security of the nation. What a Prime Minister does, as

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Andrew was pointing out, you get locked away and you write letters.

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In those moments, it will be a very short letter and it will be very

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clear what your instruction to your military commanders are. Of course,

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I think some concern because, if you want to be the Prime Minister of

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this country, you must be very clear in your thinking, clear in the way

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you express what you think, and certainly, in a short letter like

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that, it is crystal clear so there is no hesitation as to what those

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instructions are. Let's have a look at the eye. Here is a man we all

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know well. Forget party allegiances, former Labour leader says to put

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aside loyalties and vote for anybody who is anti-Brexit all want a softer

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Brexit. Then suggesting he is tempted for a political comeback. He

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did not quite say that. He might look at France and think a centrist

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leader is doing terribly well. The comparison some people in British

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politics have made is that Macron feels a little bit like Tony Blair

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in certain ways. Probably a lot of people think in the last thing we

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need now is Tony Blair. There will also be people thinking, actually,

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elections, three general elections, elections, three general elections,

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for Labour. How keen Jeremy Corbyn would be on that, you wonder. It is

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one thing to think you might want to go back. As you say, where and doing

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what? When? And how soon. Very quick look at the Daily Express. Fresh

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calls for funding for authority that pays terrorists. This plays very

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much to those who want to reduce the amount that is given to foreign aid.

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Theresa May immediately, very early on, came out and said she would

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support the .7% target of GDP that would go towards aid. Many people

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thought she would go back from that. It was very much David Cameron,

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fresh face of the Tory Party together with the green stuff that

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got dropped. What our aid money is going to is much more about building

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future markets for us. Before it was not so much about that. She has

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committed very on to keeping it full studies is incredibly popular with

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readers of the Daily Express. This is about a mentally ill Arab, says

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the Daily Express who killed a British student and is in line to

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receive a salary from the Palestine authority which receives ?25 million

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a year from Britain. A lot of talk about foreign aid quite rightly is

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about soft power and particular leak in relation to Brexit. The huge

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necessity apart from the humanitarian aspect of it. With good

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governance and checks and balances. That is why it is so important, to

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convince people and taxpayers that there are those checks and balances

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and that government is really carefully monitored. That's good

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back to the Daily Telegraph. 40,000 people ran the London Marathon

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today. Nobody around this desk did. Bryony Gordon, the economist for the

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Daily Telegraph, she is featured hugging her little girl at the

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finish line. What a feeling he must have! In particular, mental health

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charities have really benefited this time because of the support by the

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Royal family. The Royals have come out to tackle an issue which should

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not be back has been controversial. It is really lovely to see this

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picture. That has been her work and it is fantastic. A lot of money from

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the marathon is going towards mental health charities. That is a real

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achievement. She will be writing about her experience in the paper.

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How she got the strength to even type I do not know. Do you fancy it?

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When I was in New York, I used to go and see them. It was astonishing. I

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love that feeling when you run. I have great admiration for people who

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do that. I cannot see myself doing it. I think it is an incredible

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accomplishment. What I also admire hugely is people who wear these

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costumes. I have done it. The rhinos are the fittest people because they

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are carrying around this enormously heavy thing. There is a bit when you

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go in a tunnel and he had to call on his knees. I think he was faster

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than me. There are amazing people. You are quite right. It is

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extraordinary. They make so much money for charity. The other thing

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doing it which she realise, the crowd gets you round. The crowd is

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the most amazing thing. These unbelievably generous people come

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out and give you Arab oh as he go around. Other suites are available.

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They give you sugar. Well done to you. There was me saying nobody

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around the table has done it this year. We will be back at half past

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11.

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