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see you soon. Coming up in a moment,

it's The Papers. Good night.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Pippa Crerar,

Political Correspondent

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at the London Evening Standard

and the French Journalist

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at the London Evening Standard

and the French Journalist,

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Benedicte Paviot - President

of the Foreign Press Association

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in London.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Telegraph says

the Foreign Secretary,

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Boris Johnson discussed the prospect

of building a bridge

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across the Channel between the UK

and France during talks held today.

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The I headline as President Emmanuel

Macron's visit to Sandhurst, urging

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the President to change its mind

over Brexit.

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the President to change

its mind over Brexit.

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The Guardian quotes

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the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn,

who wants to halt the 'outsourcing

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racket' exposed by the collapse

of the construction giant,

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Carillion.

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The FT reports that the President

of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa

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The FT reports that the President

of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa,

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will allow missions into the country

to monitor election later this year

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in a bid to renew ties with the UK

and the Commonwealth.

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The flu outbreak could reach

epidemic levels within a fortnight

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as 8.3 million people suffer

from symptoms, that's

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the lead in the Mirror.

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The sun shows a picture of Prince

William's new haircut. Paying £180

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for his very short back and sides.

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And the Express claims that playing

a person's favourite music to help

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ward off the effects of dementia.

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There is coverage of the Macron and

the May summit in the papers but

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many other stories to grab the head

lines with flu and royal haircuts

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sharing the headlines. But let's

start with the story of the day. The

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meeting. Let's start with the front

page of the I, the new Entente

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Cordiale. Benedict, you hot-footed

it from Sandhurst. Was it Entente

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Cordiale or lukewarm?

It was very

good entente in the announcements.

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It was a delayed press conference. A

long press conference, an

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interesting press conference. I

would say that one of the two strong

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moments in it, that caused a little

frisson, with not just the French

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and the British ministers who, were

there and had come to see bosses and

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sign treaties themselves, as well as

the UK and the British press, is

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when Emmanuel Macron referred to in

French, when he said "be my guest"

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this was very much about the City of

London having access to the single

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market if you are not a part of the

the single market you cannot retain

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them in that way.

That was a strong message. It is

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something that he has thought about

a great deal. He repeated what the

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French President, the French

Government have said before, that

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there is great regret that the

United Kingdom is leaving the EU but

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it's a British decision and

therefore, you need to see it

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through if that's what you need to

do. I think it is interesting. Then

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the reception was at the V and A.

Having come for the first time in my

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life with a presidential convoy with

this amazing reception, to arrive

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with all of the guests who had been

waiting, I don't know if they had

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been doing very much drinking but so

happy to see the leaders arrive.

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What was interesting, they made

short statements and Theresa May

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spoke in French. I have tweeted it.

She talks about how Britain would be

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a poorer country if the French, and

basically, she is saying the EU

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citizens were to leave.

She had a slight pronounciation

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trouble on the word country but we

can forgive her for that. But what

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the French President is consistently

saying is that it is not an

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accident, it is geography, not just

history. He very much was

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emphasising, as indeed was the

British Prime Minister, the

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bilateral relationship. Brexit was

not on the table but it will affect

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the bilateral relationship.

And can I bring in Pippa with the

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Financial Times which is presenting

the other side of today's events. We

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have had the pomp and the ceremony

on the front page of the i but the

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Financial Times, talking about

breaking hypocracy?

Yes. The

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ententes, and the deals done on

defence, on security co-operation,

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borders and culture but Brexit came

up at the press conference after. It

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is what everyone is thinking about,

wondering be and Emmanuel Macron

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represents the most stable leader of

one of the main EU powers at the

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moment and therefore is instrumental

in what we do when getting out of

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Brexit. Everyone wanted to know what

he thought. He made it clear to the

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Prime Minister that it would not be

as repeating as Michel Barnier, the

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EU negotiators said, about

cherry-picking and bespoke deals. He

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was obviously making a big deal of

rolling out the red carpet to

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British bankers, desperate to have

them there and pinch them from us.

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You can't blame him.

Not desperate. He referred to it. He

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said that this is healthy

competition.

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That is, that our two countries

have, and emphasised, as did Theresa

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May, what the countries have in

common, it was not just defence and

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security, it was about science, it

was about research, medical research

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and new advances there. And a young

generation getting to know each

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other, so economy there as well. But

an important sentence that came out

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very much in the press conference in

response to questions was the French

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President and I had not heard the

line in that way before saying: I am

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not there to reward or to punish,

I'm there, obviously, to defend

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French interests. It is very much as

part of the EU negotiation. He made

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that clear and military

co-operation. It is significant it

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exists and intelligence agencies for

the first time, all five meeting.

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That is important. Whether it is

here in the United Kingdom, in the

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rest of the EU or indeed in Africa.

And there is more on that story

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replacing May with Boris Johnson.

Getting on the front page of the

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Telegraph, despite the fact that the

focus was not on him. But let's have

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a look at this other story, the

Japanese flu strain running riot.

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There is a fear that within a couple

of weeks we will have a flu

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epidemic. Britain has been badly hit

this winter. We have heard of the

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warnings of the Australian flu. A

strain of inflew ansa which caused

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many deaths in Australia and has

arrived here and resulting in lots

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of deaths in the elderly and the

young and has been a problem for the

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NHS. The Telegraph is reporting

there is a second strain of flu

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which is accountable for 60% of the

cases in hospital. Japanese flu.

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They are suggesting that it has been

made worse by the fact that many

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doctors have made a decision to cut

costs on vaccines and many health

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officials are cut costs on vaccines

and ended up vaccinating people for

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other strains of flu but not this

one and in the conditions that the

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NHS is under, that this could be

virulent and bad, facing epidemic

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proportions.

And the Daily Mirror head line has

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the similar story. Flu epidemic in

two weeks.

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Yes, hits 8.3 million people and

kills 149. And hospitals are

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struggling with high levels of

admissions. So that is worrying. I

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get nervous as a broadcaster,

especially sitting next to someone

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on public transport, coughing away.

But these things are airborne.

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Wash your hands, apparently. Very,

very important.

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Thank you very much for reminding

me!

To the front page of the Garde.

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A big splash, the interview with

Jeremy Corbyn, talking about

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Carillion and PFI. The other story

on the front page is about

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harassment at the UN.

Yes, every day there has been a

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couple of big exclusives. There is

the Jeremy Corbyn story and

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Carillion and about outsourcing and

using his opportunity to get away

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with using private partners. A

nugget that Jeremy Corbyn brushed

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off concerns he would be too old to

govern at the next election. And

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lots at Westminster suggesting that

he will be in his early 70s by the

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next election if it is in 2022, that

he may decide to stand down and talk

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about a successor. So interesting to

hear he is saying he is going to

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fight it and carry on. But a story

also about harassment and sexual

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assault at the UN. This does not

come as a surprise. We are going

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through the sectors, institutions

and organisations, one by one, and

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the truth is coming out about some

of the behaviours that is going on.

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We started off with Hollywood and

the film industry, Westminster,

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sexual harassment there, there are

other industries as well which we

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have been focussed on and the latest

is a big organisation like the U

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where they have issues of output all

over the place where women can be

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isolated, outposts where women are

isolated in remote locations and

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part of the story is how difficult

it is, how few women are able to

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manage to report this kind of thing

to the UN. But it is interesting,

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will we see industry after industry,

having this sort of story focussing

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on them and this sort of story and

behaviour going on.

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OK. I will get through a council of

front pages. Back to the front page

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of the financialtimes and the story

about the Zimbabwe want leader,

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talking about open elections?

Yes,

this is very much a new President

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when is trying to open a new

chapter.

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To show not just his potential

voters and also the international

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donors and whether it is the former

colonial master, as indeed the

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United Kingdom, that he intends to

do things differently. Therefore

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inviting UN monitors to come and

assess the poll. This reminds me

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very much of his inaugural speech of

course where he made a lot of very

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good sound bites and promises.

But that costs nothing. So what,

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whether it is the United Kingdom or

other countries we are looking at,

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he wants investment. Zimbabwe is on

its knees. And it is interesting,

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Zimbabwe has dropped from the

headlines ever since the resignation

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speech, that was not one, of Mr

Mugabe. Who know what is he is up to

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now. But he has his plush house and

bodyguards. But a very sad,

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potentially rich country, completely

run down, so of course it is

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important.

. Let's see if this is a new

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chapter.

Now to the Daily Express, page three

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of the Daily Express. It has two

royal stories, one about Al-Megrahi

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had been and oned about Prince

William.

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Harry and Meghan have gone to Wales

and seen a rapturous reception.

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Meghan mania it has been described

as. There she is in her Stella

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McCartney coat and Welsh trousers.

Yes, so everyone is delighted to

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have met her and she's obviously

proving to be a bit of a hit as she

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goes around the country. The second

story is that Prince William has

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decided to shave off what remains of

his hair and to go for sort of a

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cleaner look. Which I have to say is

much better. You look at Donald

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Trump and you think, face up to the

fact that you are losing your hair.

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And deal with it. I think he looks

much better.

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It is important.

And bookmakers William Hill are

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offering offers of 6-4 that William

will go totally shaven head to

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Harry's wedding.

Thank you very much

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will go totally shaven

head to Harry's wedding.

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That's it for THE PAPERS tonight.

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Don't forget you can see the front

pages of the papers online

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on the BBC News website.

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