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Fix. Hello and welcome to our look at

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what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow, a lot of one particular

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story, Tim Stanley, columnist at the Daily Telegraph, joins me with

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Benedicte Paviot, UK correspondent at France 24. The Financial Times

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headlines Emmanuel Macron's win in the French presidential election

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saying his win is a phenomenal achievement. The Metro calls him big

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Mac after he took over 65% of the vote in the second round. The

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Guardian says Mr Macron must now reunite it if fans after the far

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right Marine Le Pen received over 11 million votes. The Times receives

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that Emmanuel Macron received a landslide victory as fans elect its

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youngest leaders and is Napoleon. The Telegraph warns that the

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election of the Europhile could have an effect on Brexit negotiations

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with the European Union. And the Daily Mail leads with an exclusive

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in which it says that loyalty with an insurer can cost families an

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extra ?1000 a year. Interesting that some papers don't even mention the

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French presidential election. They won't feature much in this review.

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Maybe at past 11 we will look at broccoli on the front page of the

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Daily Express but we can't promise. Emmanuel Macron wins the presidency,

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yet the country remains divided. He was very much aware of that when he

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appeared on TV shortly after it became that he had won, Benedicte. ,

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Yes, this 39-year-old who resigned from the government only last summer

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and set up a movement, it is still a movement, not a party, with no

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official subsidies from the French authorities, En Marche, and he has

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astonishingly confounded all the predictions of the experts and

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tonight he is president elect of France. A certain Emmanuel Macron.

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He has reason to be solemn. The country is in a state of emergency

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still. There's a lot of major terrorist threats, as we know.

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French and policeman -- a French prison killed and another seriously

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injured on the Champs-Elysees, stagnant economy, huge unemployment,

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10%, that was the very pledge that the then candidate Francois Hollande

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said he should be judged on. And there is a lot to do. I thought it

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was interesting that Mr Macron talked about serving France and

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talked about the monumental task, la tache colossale that he has in front

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of him. It was a fractured campaign, we knew that since the first round,

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whistle that tonight. Marine Le Pen has lost resoundingly, Mr Macron has

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won comfortably, easily, but the fact is that what Marine Le Pen has

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achieved is in itself extraordinary. So Mr Macron has a lot to do. He is

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an independent, he says he's not from the left of right and he has

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the small matter of parliamentary elections in June and he needs to

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rally support behind him if he is to push through any or all of the

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reforms that he wants to do and unite France. There is no point in

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trying to compete on the French pronunciation front with this woman,

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Tim! Alaves I will speak in pidgin English! So you have this man who

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has won by 65% to 35%. Yet he positioned himself as not being of

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the establishment. For a lot of people, of course he is. This is one

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in a long line of remarkable elections that have changed politics

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across the world. Brexit, Trump and now Macron. The old parties seem to

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be unable to come up with solutions to France's myriad problems, a

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socialist was brought down by a corruption scandal, a communist did

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well in the first round and it came down to two people from outside

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mainstream politics, one independent and one rationalist. So the very

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fact that it was him this is her shows the scale of change -- one

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independent this is one rationalist. He has won that many people will say

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that he won because of who he was opposing. And I agree that although

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she lost the increase in the vote, National Front since when her father

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run is substantial. And for all the controversy around her to do one

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third of the vote is remarkable. On top of that roughly one third of

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eligible voters chose not to vote. An extraordinary figure of 4.2

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million people chose to spoil their ballot. So on the one hand, I'm

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saying that Emmanuel Macron yes, he has pulled off an extraordinary coup

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and reshaped French politics. On the other hand he is where he is because

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of a series of mishaps, accidents and forces of history well beyond

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his control. And the question is now, can he translate as he tried to

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do in his speech this evening this remarkable upsetting surprising

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victory into a coherent policy, a coherent approach towards

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government, and the question of a coherent political force? Just one

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line, I'm sorry, Martine, in the Guardian, I haven't seen it in the

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other papers, the calamitous performance in the final TV debate.

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I'm not suggesting any parallel with anyone who doesn't want to take part

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in UK TV debates but French TV debates in presidential campaigns

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before have not been massive vote winners. Marine Le Pen absolutely

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flanked her major test last Wednesday. But will have helped some

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people who are floating voters and said, this woman cannot be our

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president. Yet the polls after the debate suggested it had not changed

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things for her, for better or worse. But the polls immediately after the

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debate said that the person who had won the debate easily was Mr Macron

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and that he had the presidential qualities. The Times says a

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landslide for Macron, with pictures of his supporters celebrating

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outside the Louvre, he has got five years to prove that he can make

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these changes that he's promising. And if not will she be back again?

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This is what many people are predicting. Nigel Farage, who is

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turning into our very own voice of the outside right in the UK,

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predicted that she would return in the next round of elections and that

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she would win. What she wants to do now is when a large number of seats

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in the parliamentary elections so that she has some kind of foothold

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to do that. There's also talk that you wants to change the name of the

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party. That's right. In her acceptance speech, or defeat speech

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I should say, she wants to change the name of the party. This will be

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part of her changing the brand and distancing herself. She could do it

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tomorrow or the day after. She's got to move quickly, she wants to get in

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there and do well in the parliamentary elections. Macron said

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this in his speech, he said he wanted to change things so that

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people who voted for her would feel they would never have to vote for an

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extremist again. That means he has to get the economy right, and

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security, address this question of Frenchness, this existential threat

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to French identity which many seem to feel. Those are very difficult

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problems and if he fails it is conceivable that her vote will go

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up. If nothing else, given the scale of the vote, given how comfortably

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she got into the second round, it looks as if her great achievement is

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to make the Front National the opposition within France. That is

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her goal. How instructive will what happened in Britain beat the Ukip

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vote where they lost 143 of their wards -- how will it be to the Ukip

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vote? They don't have a single MP left, how instructive will that be

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for Mr Macron on how to see off a party that is further to the right?

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He is very well read, he met Theresa May back in February, by the way,

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she has warmly congratulated Mr Macron tonight and says that France

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is one of the UK's closest allies and says they look forward to

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working with the new president who will take office on May 14 on a wide

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range of shared priorities. What lessons? Well I think that he knows

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that the task is huge. And I think his whole appeal to a lot of people

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has been to say, I don't believe that looking at the experience,

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having been in government for two years, as a finance minister, having

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been also had two years the chief economic adviser of Francois

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Hollande, people forget that, he has seen the inner workings of

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government and says, we must forget these totally left and right issues.

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And what is interesting and will be very instructive in the coming days

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is to watch the number of Les Republicains, French conservatives

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will continue to support Emmanuel Macron and who will be prepared to

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have their names put with him and say that they will support him in a

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government, it will be very instructive to see who he presents,

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who he appoints as Prime Minister, one who will be appointed

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immediately, man or woman, I'm hearing a lot about 52-year-old MEP

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woman tonight, whether it will be her or not, and that Prime Minister

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May not be his Prime Minister depending on what the results are in

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the parliamentary elections and to the Minister decides -- of the

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people decides in June he must work with. Cloud of a Brexit, said the

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headlines, EU leaders hailing the victory, Angela Merkel delighted

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that she has this man to do business with. Should she be? That's the

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interesting question. There are two takes on his win when it comes to

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Brexit. On the one hand like most European leaders he has been very

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critical of Brexit. He described it as a crime which is an extraordinary

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word to use. So there's a lot of worry that in a crude national

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interest since this was a bad outcome for Britain because at least

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Marine Le Pen what have been Eurosceptic and would have been

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against the EU whereas this man very much stands for a unified Europe. On

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the other hand what does he want to do. He wants to shift institutional

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power. And the focus of economic decision making away from Germany,

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which dominates, and towards France. Emmanuel Macron is interested in a

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more integrated economic policy and crucially or deflationary one, which

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encourages Germans to spend and consumers to buy stuff and to get

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the European economic working again. He is far more of a Keynesian fan a

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Conservative. So you could argue that he represents an attitude which

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modern Eurosceptics would welcome. So I don't know if it's such a good

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thing for Angela Merkel. We could seek the politics of Europe shift

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slightly away from Berlin and towards Paris. I'm not sure I share

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that vision. I think he has indicated that he wants to work

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closely with Angela Merkel. In fact Marine Le Pen, one of her main

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accusations in the TV debate said, either way it will be a woman who

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will rule, Sunday night because she said it would either be hurt or

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Angela Merkel. The point is, that either her or Angela Merkel. Mr

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Macron knows that he needs to work closely with Germany. It is a very

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different vision of France in the EU and for the EU and Mr Macron said it

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would be no walk in the park as far as the Brexit negotiations were

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concerned and he has talked about also as the Daily Telegraph points

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out, defending the integrity of the EU single market and the

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jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. I think we could have a

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rapid visit by President elect Macron. Remember that Theresa May

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chose to meet him and just not to meet Marine Le Pen. I want to

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quickly defend my argument... While you are doing that can be just show

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the Financial Times? Thank you! We run extracts from the memoirs of the

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Greek leader about the Greek crisis and he revealed that the one person

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in Europe he felt was friendly towards Greece's interests and

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understood what was being done to it was unfair and bad in the long-term,

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was Mr Macron. He said he thought Mr Macron was squeezed out of taking

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part in negotiations in the process because the Germans saw that he

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disagreed with them on policy. One way in which again he is bad for

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Brexit is, what France really wants to do is make sure that Britain

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doesn't do a race to the bottom in terms of regulation and tax after

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Brexit. So I think fans will really emphasise that strongly. France is

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keen to attract the City and get a brain drain going from London to

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Paris because it's been going the other way to such a long time. So in

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that sense is bad for Brexit, probably. He says, Britain, you want

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to be in control of your borders, we want to do it for you in Calais,

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have it back in Dover. That's why I'm surprised the French election

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hasn't made the front of the Daily Mail! There you are, said it. Hello

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Daily Mail. Maybe they will their minds. I'm sure that there will be

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discussions quite quickly about that. Let's see. It's one thing when

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you are campaigning, it's another when you have the office of

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president, and what they do decide on that, because that would change

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things a great deal for people coming into the UK. But then a great

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deal will change in the coming two years for the United Kingdom and for

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Europeans coming possibly, depending on what the powers that be decide in

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the Brexit steel and the status of EU Citizens and that equally of

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Brits in the EU. And he needs some MPs behind him. He has, elections

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will happen next month. At present En Marche, his party, doesn't have a

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single member. So he's got to get some. Presumably he'll be able to

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translate some of his momentum into a large number of seats. But if we

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can assume that the first round of elections indeed reflected the

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divisions accurately within France, there's no reason to presume that

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Jean-Luc Melenchon's people want to do well or force were Ffion's

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people, or indeed the Front National. So he may end up the

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parliament that is quite difficult deal with. That's it the papers of

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the moment, I'll be back with Tim and Benedicte at 11:30pm for another

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look at the front pages. Coming up next, Meet

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