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Hello and welcome to BBC World News Today -
A day before the European Championships kick off,
the French government issues a new security warning.
And minister warns about large crowds gathering.
I am in Paris where a large party is getting underway down by the Eiffel
Tower. After meeting President Obama,
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is declared illegal. And thousands of people pay tribute
to Muhammad Ali as a Muslim prayer service is held to honour him
in his hometown of Louisville. France is facing its first major
security test of the European football championship,
with tens of thousands expected to gather tonight
for an open-air concert at the foot The country is already
on the highest state of alert following the terror attacks
in the capital last November. 90,000 police and security
officers are being deployed for the month-long tournament,
which kicks off on Friday. Ministers have meanwhile called
on union leaders to end the disruption caused
by nationwide strike action. Hello.
Welcome to Paris on a balmy summer's evening. That has been a traumatic
18 months for Paris and Sue Knight is the start of what many people
hope will be a month of, in the words of the organising committee of
this tournament, an end to the negative spiral that has been seen.
It will be party time by the Eiffel Tower. A big music conference ahead
of the football getting underway tomorrow night with France against
Romania. We cannot ignore the huge challenges facing Paris.
Well, France says it's ready, and here in the centre of Paris,
That, we're told, is one of the biggest TVs in the world.
And thousands of people will come here to watch matches.
To be honest, if the action's not so interesting - excuse me -
they can turn round, and the view is not half bad.
But while the fans are concentrating on the football and having fun,
for the French authorities, there's serious work to do.
Last November, 130 people were killed in the Paris attacks.
While the Prime Minister here says there is no specific threat
against this tournament, 90,000 security personnel have been
deployed, and there's an app to provide people with information
There was a time when hooliganism was the primary security concern
for any international football tournament.
However, the authorities have identified five games
They include England v Wales, and Germany v Poland.
Next, there are the strikes and the fuel blockades.
Now, these have got nothing to do with football,
and everything to do with new labour laws here in France.
These reforms will allow employers to more easily change
the terms of employment, including playing staff after.
-- the terms of employment, including laying staff off.
Now, it's not clear how disruptive this will be to fans, but,
By all accounts, France has a good chance of winning this tournament,
but the Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema isn't
He says he wasn't picked because of pressure
French football authorities say it's because he's charged
Either way, it's a good reminder that no one does play a discord
Well, perhaps with the exception of the Dutch.
Anyway, so far so happy, we're told, in the French squad.
Last of all, there's the tournament itself.
There are 24 teams here - eight more than last time -
and it is estimated that 8 million fans will watch the matches either
Looking across the River Seine to the Eiffel Tower and the fan zone
behind, this looks like an event to savour, and, well, it might be.
But France has work to do over the next month to make sure this
Let's talk to two people about security and football. A former
German goalkeeper, also played for Nottingham Forest and Wimbledon, and
a freelance journalist. Welcome to both of you. Let's talk about
security first. It was inevitable that it would be the central issue
of this tournament. Yes, of course. There are huge precautions. If you
look at the numbers, 90,000 security personnel out in force, including
13,000 private security personnel. If we look down there at the Eiffel
Tower, 90,000 people can be accommodated, and there is 1500
security personnel there. Unprecedented numbers. A number of
drills. The French are trying to say, we have your back. Even the
Prime Minister has said, we cannot promise you that nothing will
happen. The challenge for fans is to have a good time while all this is
going on. Yes, definitely. People are worried. I see in Germany, lots
of people cancelled their trips because they think something could
happen. At the end of the day, I believe the security is
well-prepared and I don't think we should let terrorists dictate our
normal lives and football is a good way to fight against it. You are
friends with the manager of the German team. He has a tough job.
This is difficult. If you want the world champion title, then the
pressure is not there because the European Champion title would be
something good on top. The team reached a lot and looking at a rocky
qualification. The team is not in the best of shape at this moment. We
know that we have a tournament team which always reaches the heights
when it comes to big games. That is why Germany is still one of the
favourites for the tournament. In terms of security, the visible side
is the 90,000 security personnel, but a lot of people say this comes
down to intelligence. We haven't seen a lot of European intelligence
sharing. There has been an issue in the past. Can this be fixed this
time? They are trying. Cameron has said there is intelligence sharing
going on. You never know what is being spoiled. There are always
details trickling down, a French man caught with a lot of TNT on the
board are a couple of days ago, but they seem to have it under wraps.
Tell me about this game between Albania and Switzerland. You are
telling me this is more interesting than England and Russia. It is a
political game, because there are lots of decent Albanian players
playing for Switzerland and Albanian players who were born in Switzerland
playing in the Albanian team. It is the fight of brothers. It will be a
big party game, I think, in Switzerland on Saturday. Thank you
very much. You can follow the whole tournament through the BBC sport
application and here on BBC world News. It is a nice evening to be
here. In the last few minutes, president
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this office. He congratulated her on making history. We can bring you
what he has to say. Across thousands of miles and all 50 states.
There are millions of Americans, not just Democrats...
Our Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue joins us now
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include some of those feelings in her campaign? Is that to me? Yes.
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The Israeli Army says it will deploy two additional battalions
to the West Bank in response to the shooting in Tel Aviv
which left four people dead and 16 injured.
The Army has also revoked entry permits for more
Two former British prime ministers have joined forces to urge people
in the United Kingdom NOT to vote to leave the European Union.
Speaking in Northern Ireland, John Major and Tony Blair said
a Leave vote could undermine the peace process there -
as well as raising the possibility of Scotland opting for independence.
The African Union's Amisom force in Somalia says it has repelled
an attack on one of its bases run by Ethiopian and Somali troops
in the town of Halgan, nearly three hundred kilometres
The Islamist group Al-Shabab claims it killed 60 soldiers in the attack,
It's the fourth major assault on African Union bases
A Belgian court has approved the extradition to France of a key
suspect in both the attacks in Paris last November and the Brussels
Mohamed Abrini is said to have admitted being "the man in the hat"
seen on Brussels airport's CCTV moments before the bombing
Investigators claim both the Brussels and Paris attackers
were part of a network backed by so-called Islamic State.
A French court has fined the app-based taxi firm Uber
hundreds of thousands of euros for running what it called
The case centred on the Uber POP ride-share service -
which connects users with non-professional drivers
The government had anyway banned the service because of
With me with more on this story is our business
What exactly did the courts say? The court is saying that it has become
illegal in 2014 to run a service like this. What do Britpop was doing
was using nonprofessional drivers. In 2014, it became illegal to do
that. They continued until 2015 and then stopped at this service. Uber,
we consider to be a service where you may well get picked up by a
nonprofessional driver, but this is not OK in France, and in Germany it
is the same, and Italy and Belgium and the Netherlands are moving
against it. The sentinel of the cases the nonprofessional driver.
The centres could be five years in prison. It was 800,000 in the end.
Part of that is suspended. The question then becomes, where does
this leave the progress for the sharing economy? It is obvious this
is an enormous force. In some countries in the EU, less so we see
it in other countries, but they don't seem ready to accept it.
Almost as if legislation needs to be passed in order to make it
acceptable, to make it even safe. This has often been the argument
where we saw the centre of the objection in France was professional
taxi drivers protesting. The difference between UberPop, the
low-cost section of Tom ten man-macro -- Uber. Each is drivers
who operate... That is a ride sharing service. You can also be
picked up by professional drivers who are operating at that particular
time. It is an application, but there has been an appetite there, if
you have ever been to Paris and tried to get a cab, you understand
where it comes from. There is an appetite for this type of service.
The question becomes, how deregulated? The French are raising
that question now. Thank you. Thousands of people are attending
the Muslim funeral prayers for the boxing legend Muhammad Ali,
who died last week. Prayers are being held
in the Freedom Hall in Ali's Leading figures from the world
of boxing and the civil rights This is ahead of the main funeral on
Friday. The pastor, Rev Charles Elliott,
is a family friend and tells about Ali's involvement in the US
civil rights movement, and in the church's own
fight against poverty. Muhammad Ali was a great supporter
of my Feed The People programme. My Feed The People programme,
I was going to feed "He told me, he said,
feed them every day. They'll start to death,
they'll starve to death if they can't eat but just two
days out of the week. I'll pay for it, I'll
pay for it, every day." I have been trying to give
confidence, as much as I could, to Muhammad Ali's brother, Rahman,
and I have been almost like his father ever
since his father passed, I have a picture of Muhammad Ali
at my church, where a lot of children were there
and they were trying to get to him. The bodyguards were trying
to keep the kids away. Let them kids come here,
I want to sign every autograph Children are precious,
I love children." This is me right here,
looking up to him. Look at everyone else
in the classroom, how excited they were, to see
the champion come in. I just loved him, he was beautiful
then, he's beautiful That's the reason why I think he's
an idol and he's known nationwide, Every time there would be a major
event involving civil rights and whatnot, Muhammad Ali would be
there to share his vision. A lot of time, there
was controversy, because I have always told him,
"If you have a pure heart and love That's who God looks at -
he doesn't look at religion, We will bring you full coverage of
Muhammad Ali's funeral tomorrow. Preparations are being made
in Sweden for the opening of a museum showcasing one
of the country's greatest exports. Yes, it's an Ikea museum -
a celebration of the furniture And and as you would expect,
it's all carefully planned - don't even think about
deviating from the route. Located in the southern town
of Almhult - where the first store opened in 1958 -
the exterior has been restored Presumably they assembled
all the exhibits from a flatpack - along with rather confusing
instructions. Look at these remarkable pictures
from Australia. It is a fish swimming inside a jellyfish. The
shot was captured by Ocean photographer Tim Samuel Arthur Byron
Bay in eastern Australia. Samuel photographer Tim Samuel Arthur Byron
says the official was still alive and fighting.
Really a pretty grim experience for that page. The breaking news we had
at the start of the programme, in the last few minutes, President
Obama has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for President for
the Democratic candidate for president. He said, I don't think
there has ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. He
congratulated her on making history. Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders met
Obama earlier, but he hasn't officially conceded the race. He is
staying in for now. We will bring you more on BBC News. The weather is
next. Goodbye. Another glorious day up and down the
UK on Thursday. Just one or two showers in the forecast. As we head