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see you soon. Coming up in a moment,
it's The Papers. Good night.
Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Pippa Crerar,
at the London Evening Standard
and the French Journalist
at the London Evening Standard
and the French Journalist,
Benedicte Paviot - President
of the Foreign Press Association
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
The Telegraph says
the Foreign Secretary,
Boris Johnson discussed the prospect
of building a bridge
across the Channel between the UK
and France during talks held today.
The I headline as President Emmanuel
Macron's visit to Sandhurst, urging
the President to change its mind
the President to change
its mind over Brexit.
The Guardian quotes
the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn,
who wants to halt the 'outsourcing
racket' exposed by the collapse
of the construction giant,
The FT reports that the President
of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa
The FT reports that the President
of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa,
will allow missions into the country
to monitor election later this year
in a bid to renew ties with the UK
and the Commonwealth.
The flu outbreak could reach
epidemic levels within a fortnight
as 8.3 million people suffer
from symptoms, that's
the lead in the Mirror.
The sun shows a picture of Prince
William's new haircut. Paying £180
for his very short back and sides.
And the Express claims that playing
a person's favourite music to help
ward off the effects of dementia.
There is coverage of the Macron and
the May summit in the papers but
many other stories to grab the head
lines with flu and royal haircuts
sharing the headlines. But let's
start with the story of the day. The
meeting. Let's start with the front
page of the I, the new Entente
Cordiale. Benedict, you hot-footed
it from Sandhurst. Was it Entente
Cordiale or lukewarm?
It was very
good entente in the announcements.
It was a delayed press conference. A
long press conference, an
interesting press conference. I
would say that one of the two strong
moments in it, that caused a little
frisson, with not just the French
and the British ministers who, were
there and had come to see bosses and
sign treaties themselves, as well as
the UK and the British press, is
when Emmanuel Macron referred to in
French, when he said "be my guest"
this was very much about the City of
London having access to the single
market if you are not a part of the
the single market you cannot retain
them in that way.
That was a strong message. It is
something that he has thought about
a great deal. He repeated what the
French President, the French
Government have said before, that
there is great regret that the
United Kingdom is leaving the EU but
it's a British decision and
therefore, you need to see it
through if that's what you need to
do. I think it is interesting. Then
the reception was at the V and A.
Having come for the first time in my
life with a presidential convoy with
this amazing reception, to arrive
with all of the guests who had been
waiting, I don't know if they had
been doing very much drinking but so
happy to see the leaders arrive.
What was interesting, they made
short statements and Theresa May
spoke in French. I have tweeted it.
She talks about how Britain would be
a poorer country if the French, and
basically, she is saying the EU
citizens were to leave.
She had a slight pronounciation
trouble on the word country but we
can forgive her for that. But what
the French President is consistently
saying is that it is not an
accident, it is geography, not just
history. He very much was
emphasising, as indeed was the
British Prime Minister, the
bilateral relationship. Brexit was
not on the table but it will affect
the bilateral relationship.
And can I bring in Pippa with the
Financial Times which is presenting
the other side of today's events. We
have had the pomp and the ceremony
on the front page of the i but the
Financial Times, talking about
ententes, and the deals done on
defence, on security co-operation,
borders and culture but Brexit came
up at the press conference after. It
is what everyone is thinking about,
wondering be and Emmanuel Macron
represents the most stable leader of
one of the main EU powers at the
moment and therefore is instrumental
in what we do when getting out of
Brexit. Everyone wanted to know what
he thought. He made it clear to the
Prime Minister that it would not be
as repeating as Michel Barnier, the
EU negotiators said, about
cherry-picking and bespoke deals. He
was obviously making a big deal of
rolling out the red carpet to
British bankers, desperate to have
them there and pinch them from us.
You can't blame him.
Not desperate. He referred to it. He
said that this is healthy
That is, that our two countries
have, and emphasised, as did Theresa
May, what the countries have in
common, it was not just defence and
security, it was about science, it
was about research, medical research
and new advances there. And a young
generation getting to know each
other, so economy there as well. But
an important sentence that came out
very much in the press conference in
response to questions was the French
President and I had not heard the
line in that way before saying: I am
not there to reward or to punish,
I'm there, obviously, to defend
French interests. It is very much as
part of the EU negotiation. He made
that clear and military
co-operation. It is significant it
exists and intelligence agencies for
the first time, all five meeting.
That is important. Whether it is
here in the United Kingdom, in the
rest of the EU or indeed in Africa.
And there is more on that story
replacing May with Boris Johnson.
Getting on the front page of the
Telegraph, despite the fact that the
focus was not on him. But let's have
a look at this other story, the
Japanese flu strain running riot.
There is a fear that within a couple
of weeks we will have a flu
epidemic. Britain has been badly hit
this winter. We have heard of the
warnings of the Australian flu. A
strain of inflew ansa which caused
many deaths in Australia and has
arrived here and resulting in lots
of deaths in the elderly and the
young and has been a problem for the
NHS. The Telegraph is reporting
there is a second strain of flu
which is accountable for 60% of the
cases in hospital. Japanese flu.
They are suggesting that it has been
made worse by the fact that many
doctors have made a decision to cut
costs on vaccines and many health
officials are cut costs on vaccines
and ended up vaccinating people for
other strains of flu but not this
one and in the conditions that the
NHS is under, that this could be
virulent and bad, facing epidemic
And the Daily Mirror head line has
the similar story. Flu epidemic in
Yes, hits 8.3 million people and
kills 149. And hospitals are
struggling with high levels of
admissions. So that is worrying. I
get nervous as a broadcaster,
especially sitting next to someone
on public transport, coughing away.
But these things are airborne.
Wash your hands, apparently. Very,
Thank you very much for reminding
To the front page of the Garde.
A big splash, the interview with
Jeremy Corbyn, talking about
Carillion and PFI. The other story
on the front page is about
harassment at the UN.
Yes, every day there has been a
couple of big exclusives. There is
the Jeremy Corbyn story and
Carillion and about outsourcing and
using his opportunity to get away
with using private partners. A
nugget that Jeremy Corbyn brushed
off concerns he would be too old to
govern at the next election. And
lots at Westminster suggesting that
he will be in his early 70s by the
next election if it is in 2022, that
he may decide to stand down and talk
about a successor. So interesting to
hear he is saying he is going to
fight it and carry on. But a story
also about harassment and sexual
assault at the UN. This does not
come as a surprise. We are going
through the sectors, institutions
and organisations, one by one, and
the truth is coming out about some
of the behaviours that is going on.
We started off with Hollywood and
the film industry, Westminster,
sexual harassment there, there are
other industries as well which we
have been focussed on and the latest
is a big organisation like the U
where they have issues of output all
over the place where women can be
isolated, outposts where women are
isolated in remote locations and
part of the story is how difficult
it is, how few women are able to
manage to report this kind of thing
to the UN. But it is interesting,
will we see industry after industry,
having this sort of story focussing
on them and this sort of story and
behaviour going on.
OK. I will get through a council of
front pages. Back to the front page
of the financialtimes and the story
about the Zimbabwe want leader,
talking about open elections?
this is very much a new President
when is trying to open a new
To show not just his potential
voters and also the international
donors and whether it is the former
colonial master, as indeed the
United Kingdom, that he intends to
do things differently. Therefore
inviting UN monitors to come and
assess the poll. This reminds me
very much of his inaugural speech of
course where he made a lot of very
good sound bites and promises.
But that costs nothing. So what,
whether it is the United Kingdom or
other countries we are looking at,
he wants investment. Zimbabwe is on
its knees. And it is interesting,
Zimbabwe has dropped from the
headlines ever since the resignation
speech, that was not one, of Mr
Mugabe. Who know what is he is up to
now. But he has his plush house and
bodyguards. But a very sad,
potentially rich country, completely
run down, so of course it is
. Let's see if this is a new
Now to the Daily Express, page three
of the Daily Express. It has two
royal stories, one about Al-Megrahi
had been and oned about Prince
Harry and Meghan have gone to Wales
and seen a rapturous reception.
Meghan mania it has been described
as. There she is in her Stella
McCartney coat and Welsh trousers.
Yes, so everyone is delighted to
have met her and she's obviously
proving to be a bit of a hit as she
goes around the country. The second
story is that Prince William has
decided to shave off what remains of
his hair and to go for sort of a
cleaner look. Which I have to say is
much better. You look at Donald
Trump and you think, face up to the
fact that you are losing your hair.
And deal with it. I think he looks
It is important.
And bookmakers William Hill are
offering offers of 6-4 that William
will go totally shaven head to
Thank you very much
will go totally shaven
head to Harry's wedding.
That's it for THE PAPERS tonight.
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