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Here is my commode with some thoughts about the latest films in

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the Film Review. -- Mark Kermode. Hello and welcome to a look at what

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the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Tim Stanley, Columnist at The Daily Telegraph

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and Benedicte Paviot, UK Correspondent at the French

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Welcome to you both. Tomorrow's front pages, then:

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The Financial Times headlines Emmanuel Macron's victory

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in the French Presidential election saying his win

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calling him 'le Big Mac' after he took over 65% of the vote

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The Guardian says Mr Macron now has to reunite

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a divided France after the far right Le Pen received more

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The Times writes Macron received a landslide victory

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as France elects it's youngest leader since Napoleon.

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But The Telegraph warns the Europhile's election

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could have an affect on Brexit negotiations

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And the Daily Mail leads with an exclusive in which it

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says loyalty with an insurer can cost families an extra

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So it is mostly going to be about Emmanuel Macron, but we will be

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hearing from Tim and what has been written about John McDonnell, just

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to be evenhanded. That's start with Emmanuel Macron's victory. He said

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that he will be stepping down as leader of his party in order to

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focus on the new job of president. I'm getting into the air drains as

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it. I'm sensitive about young people doing so much, so young. He is only

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39! I am 35. I might some day want to be, so I see as competition. His

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party has only been around for a year. It is really only a movement.

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It does not have a single seat in Parliament. And yet in this extra

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ordinary revolution in French politics, seeing off the Gaullists

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and the Socialists, he went up against Marine Le Pen and took 65%

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of the vote. It is extraordinary. But the vote was held under unusual

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circumstances, with the establishment coming around to

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support him against the National Front. On this basis, does this mean

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that he really is a vote for change? Or is he simply a reaction by the

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establishment against the Nationalists. That is the big test.

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Can he be more than simply be Le Pen candidate? Can he pushed through

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with his agenda and the more than a protest vote. It is not just a

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protest against the protest vote or he would not have beaten the

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candidates in the first one. What is significant and is not being

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mentioned in these excellent articles I'm seeing, no, let me make

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a serious point, and that is that France has tried and failed to have

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primary is that select candidates that when a presidential election.

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It is an American tradition, fine, but I think it has shown that it has

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not worked very significantly in France, and that is the fact that

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firstly Le -- right has chosen him over Alain Juppe. It was first

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thought that Alain Juppe's politics would appeal to a wider range, not

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just on the right, but also on the left. No, it was Francois Fillon who

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was chosen. Then the Socialists chose somebody who was very much on

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the very left of the left. And this man, a manual micron, who was in the

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Socialist government, who was finance minister for two years, and

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was financial adviser for President Hollande, he has won the election

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fair and square. Not just because he is offering something different. Not

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because he is a protest vote to Le Pen, but because the centre ground

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was freed by the beleaguered Francois Fillon, with allegations of

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misuse of funds, allegedly, for employing member of his family...

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That left the centre opened for this man to say it is not about left or

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right but about solutions for the country.

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We do have to show the papers are sometime. Let's just go to the

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Times. It is a fascinating analysis. The evocation of the Republicans

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choosing Donald Trump is that they are talking to extremes. Only

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Clinton was not, because they chose her over Bernie Sanders. This

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suggests this system is not not working, but that voters are

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responding to stresses that are real. They are reacting to left

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austerity, or the right, with immigration. You have the resurgent

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hard left. You had a Catholic right in Francois Fillon. They went with

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this chap. But don't forget that he needed about 24% in the first round.

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I was at about to forget it. But to imply that he won the first round...

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He did, but by default, because all the other options divide up the

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vote. He won a plurality, but a low variety. Cloud over Brexit. Our

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Prime Minister has been on the phone to Emmanuel Macron to congratulate

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him. The statement says that the leaders discussed Brexit and that

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the Prime Minister emphasised that Britain wants a secure relationship

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with the EU after we leave. They have met in Downing Street because

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Theresa May actually invited him to come and meet her in Downing Street.

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That was in February. And it will be interesting to see how that

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relationship develops. And what policies come out of it. There is

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the small matter of things like, well, Brexit, but also, of course,

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about immigration and Borders, and for example what will be happening

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around the Channel Tunnel and so on. But of course, France and Britain

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co-operate on a variety of things. So there is a connection, even if

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the relationship is occasionally tested. And it will be tested by

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Brexit. And let's remember that this May chose not to meet Marine Le Pen

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will stop even after she was pressed to do so. -- Mrs May. She did not

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meet marina plan. -- Marine Le Pen. Marine Le Pen defeated, but

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negotiations to become tougher? This an interesting question. Has

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populism been stopped. Obviously, lastly we had Brexit, and then

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trump. Some people say there was a momentum across the world for

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populism, nationalism, and conservatism. And then go to

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builders did not do so well. To me, what that tells me is that every

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election is different. -- Geert Wilders. There are always local

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factors on the ground and each context is different. Even if some

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of those people see themselves as having something in common.

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Obviously, Donald Trump, he was seen as in favour of Marine Le Pen. But

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the choice is different. Ultimately, Donald Trump was embraced by the

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Republican Party. Now he is being slowly absorbed by it. By contrast,

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the Marine Le Pen challenge, the pitch, that was a far right one,

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which posed a much bigger challenge to European citizen than either

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Brexit or Donald Trump. Do you think that Donald Trump is good to be a

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run-of-the-mill republican president? That is what he is being

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turned into. He has really been sending out missiles in the case of

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Syria, his foreign policy is fairly said. And what is he focusing on?

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Obamacare repeal and tax cuts. That is basic Republican stuff. Now he's

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the White House, he is not a strong right leader. But we have the

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Parliamentary elections coming up soon. That is right. Well, a French

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president is the head of policy. Or she, it could have been. We have not

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had a fever president, yet. And we don't again, tonight. We have a

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young 39-year-old. -- female president. He has the power to

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appoint a Prime Minister to dissolve the government and governed by

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decree. So in case of real emergencies and war. And also to

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declare war. So he is not at that stage. We are going to see the

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transfer of power from the outgoing Socialist leader to this address. He

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will need support. He's getting it from the Socialist. In the large

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part. Not on the extreme left. We will see what happens there. He has

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had in this campaign and we need to see continued support from the

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Republicans. He will not be to introduce the reforms that he says

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he really wants to introduce. The Telegraph is where we finish. John

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McDonnell resists attempts to oust him. He is the right-hand man to

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Jeremy Corbyn. He praised Karl Marx's cellar work. I wrote about

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this. -- salmon all. -- seminal work. He said he is not the

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Socialist, but he said that he believed that people could learn a

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lot from Das Kapital. He said earlier that he was a Marxist. So

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what changed his mind? They do say that as you get older, you do get

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more right wing. So maybe has moved back more to the centre-left. I

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think that is unlikely. He also said in this interview, which I find

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fascinating, is that he is said that if he is elected, he will be the

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first Socialist Chancellor in the Labour tradition. He believes that

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those who came before him were not true socialist, and he will be the

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real thing. So on the one hand, he says that he is not a Marxist, but

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advises people to read Das Kapital. So we can recently in so that the

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answer to the question is that yes, he is a Marxist. Other people in the

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party are not happy with this. No, indeed. And indeed, your colleagues

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say that he faces a labour revolt. -- Labour. That is it fought the

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paper Sanaya. Don't forget all the pages online seven days a week. Go

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to our website. -- that is all fought the papers, tonight. Or the

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papers publish shortly after we finish. This programme is also on

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the eye player. There is the address. You know it better than I

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do. Do buy a newspaper tomorrow. I don't mind which one. Give us a bit

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of talk about. -- iPlayer. They give a much for joining us. Coming up

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next, the Film Review. -- thank you very much.

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