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On the eve of election day in France, hackers release a trove
of documents targeting Emmanuel Macron's team.
New protests in Venezuela as US officials meet with the Leader
So near and yet so far - Kenya's Kipchoge runs the fastest
marathon in history, but WON'T get into the record books.
And - it's something the fashion world has been criticised
for time and time again - thin models.
Hello and welcome to World News Today.
With less than 12 hours to go before voting starts,
France's Election Authority - has warned the media
against spreading information hacked from the campaign of the centrist
Aides to Mr Macron say the hacking attack was intended
James Reynolds has sent this report.
Emmanuel Macron arrived last night for his final interview,
assuming that his campaign was basically done.
But whilst he was speaking, documents stolen from his team were
Coming in the last hour, his team said this
intervention is an attempt to destabilise democracy, as happened
In the past, Emmanuel Macron said that
Russian-backed hackers were out to get him.
One cyber expert said this hack looks different.
It is very low-level, compared with what they
That was a highly creative and high-end information war
What we are witnessing now is very low-end, very amateurish.
But many French people braving the Saturday drizzle do not know
On this, the day before the vote, the French media is
banned from doing any in-depth political reporting.
It shows Emanuel Macron has capable enemies.
It may not change the course of this election.
Many French people have already decided which way they will vote.
And some have already cast their ballots.
These French citizens in Canada have made an early start.
47 million voters here in France will soon follow.
So how is that data leak affecting the mood in France?
Our correspondent Karin Gianone is in Paris.
Already this election had been an extraordinary one.
Who in France would have imagined that on the eve of the second
round of its presidential election we could have ended up
with these two candidates, the far right Marine Le Pen,
and Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate,
who only set up his campaign in the last few months?
But in the very last hours, at this latest twist came. This massive dump
of date her. I have been talking
about this with my guest, Tristan Mendes France,
an expert in social media at As far as we know, there was a leak
on a forum last night at 8:30pm, and those documents became viral
half an hour later on social media. Today there is a hashtag
called #Macronleaks, As for the timing,
it is rather strange. It came hours before
all the restrictions about what you can say
about the election came into force. It means that neither candidate can
comment on the content of this. Nobody understands why,
just two days before the presidential election,
it has come out. There is supposedly
a huge amount of data. It cannot be processed in 48 hours,
so it's impossible for anybody to estimate the damage that
could come out of it. I don't think it will impact
tomorrow's election, but it might impact later,
specifically in a month, for the election of the members of
Parliament. So perhaps it's too late
to do anything tangible for the presidential election
tomorrow, but in six weeks' time, we have this key vote that
Emmanuel Macron is counting You think that could
make a difference? There could be one month
of smear campaign, extracted from the information in those
documents that have linked, and that could be problematic
for Macron if he becomes elected. If he doesn't get a majority,
how will he implement his policy? In terms of the origin of this
attack, there have been allegations against Kremlin-backed agents
previously targeting Everybody is looking
towards the Kremlin, Nobody will ever have
absolute proof, only hints. The French Electoral Commission has
come out very strongly, telling the media and people
using social media that they mustn't It's a question of legality,
but it's pointless today. The environment online
has no frontier. Even French-speaking media
in Belgium are able to speak about this horrible story,
so I understand the French position, That was Tristan Mendes France,
from the Sorbonne's School That was Tristan Mendes France, from
the Sorbonne's School of Journalism. Just to remind you, as we go
into Sunday's final vote, An IPSOS poll published
in Le Monde newspaper puts Emmanuel Macron,
the centrist, on 63%. He is the clear favourite in this
presidential election. We will be bringing you special
coverage on the BBC of the results as they come out late on Sunday. We
will be bring you a special programme presented by Christian
Fraser from 7:30pm GMT. Thousands of women have led
a march in Venezuela's capital of Caracas in
the latest anti-government At least 36 people have been killed
and hundreds injured It comes as Donald Trump's national
security adviser met with Venezuela's Leader
of the Opposition on how to bring The daily wave of protests against
the government of Nicolas Maduro continues across Venezuela. In the
capital Caracas thousands of women marched on the Defence Ministry,
dressed symbolically in white, urging the government to end what
they said was the brutal oppression of its opponents and free hundreds
of political prisoners. Some of these protesters have husbands and
family members in jail, they say in prison for opposing a corrupt
regime. But the government and the Armed forces, which remain loyal so
far, are not backing off. More than 30 people have been killed in a
month of demonstrations. President Maduro has vowed to ride out the
storm, accusing Venezuelan's enemies abroad and what he says our business
elites at home, waging a campaign of destabilisation. But what should be
Latin America's wealthiest and most stable nation is punch-drunk from
years of instability. Many young people say they have no future here.
I knew him for nine years, says this girl who has just buried her friend
and fellow youth orchestra member. It hurts me so much to see him taken
in the bloom of his life, just 18 years old. Venezuelan has the
world's second largest oil reserves, yet in cities across the country,
people are so poor and hungry, they are looting shops for food, even
when there is nothing there for sale. With an inflation rate of
900%, Venezuelans are used to queueing for basic goods at
subsidised government markets. But food and medicine is scarce. Hugo
Chavez's socialist revolution failing the very people who
supported it. Thousands remain loyal, and chav is's success in
Nicolas Maduro has rejected calls for the release of political
prisoners. After a week of increasingly violent protests,
opposition leaders met senior members of the Trump administration,
Washington accusing Mr Maduro of disregarding the rights of his own
people. Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news... The former head of the Palestinian
militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh,
has been elected as He succeeds Khaled Meshaal,
who has led the movement The election took place
using a video link between The British Prime Minster Theresa
May says she's grateful for the support her Conservative
party received in the local elections, but she says she's taking
nothing for granted ahead The Leader of the Opposition Labour
party, Jeremy Corbyn, has admitted Tens of thousands of Polish
opposition supporters have taken taking part what they called
a Freedom March through Warsaw, to protest against what they see
as curbs on democracy imposed The opposition has accused
the governing party of trying to stack the constitutional tribunal
with sympathetic judges and of manipulating radio
and television coverage. Pupils from two girls' schools
in the Indian capital, Delhi, have been taken to hospital
for treatment after a chemical The substance, which is thought
to have been used in pesticides, caused eye and throat irritations -
as well as breathing difficulties. Police say they'll be
taking legal action Our South Asia regional
editor, Charles Haviland Details emerged rather slowly
throughout Saturday. First we had reports of a few dozen schoolgirls
being admitted to hospital for treatment, but later in the day, the
official Indian news agency said more than 300 had been admitted,
from two schools, and several teachers needing treatment. The
symptoms were problems with their eyes, throats, and breathing
problems, from this leakage from a container truck at some kind of
storage depot in Tughlakabad in the south of Delhi. It appears these
were chemicals imported from China for use in pesticides. Do we know
how some of the victims are? The doctors have been saying from the
start that they are OK and no one is in danger. What we heard towards the
end of Saturday was that people are being discharged and going home to
their families. That seems to be the situation. That said, we have had
some people saying they are out of danger, and others simply saying
they are stable, which sounds less certain. The Indian media have not
given a very full account of what has happened, and haven't prioritise
the story very much. These sorts of leagues are not actually unusual in
India, are they? They do happen from time to time. There was one of three
years ago in Chhattisgarh, with a smaller number of people being
affected. There is an issue in India with supervision. The police have
said that legal action will be taken in this case because Hazard
materials were not being stored responsibly. Others are saying that
this material should not be close to these schools at all.
Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come...
Models who are extremely thin are to be banned
from the catwalk in France - but will it work?
We'll get the view of a fashion editor.
computer hackers release a huge cache of documents which they say
New protests in Venezuela as US officials meet with the Leader
There's been a reduction in fighting in Syria since a Russian-led
initiative took effect - to halt the country's six-year war.
The Russian defence ministry says it has registered 15 violations
Also, Russia and the United States have agreed to resume the operation
of a bilateral memorandum to prevent mid-air clashes in
Syrian government aircraft in action. There are reports of
shelling and gunfire elsewhere in the country, but the violence has
eased following the international plan to create for de-escalates a
Sion Jones inside Syria. Russian and US staff have... In a phone call,
representatives agreed to work on additional measures. Russia says a
new initiative to create demilitarised areas in Syria can
pave the way towards more substantive negotiations.
TRANSLATION: The most important thing is that the implementation of
the memorandum can help cease the military action and therefore end
the Syrian crisis at a practical level. The initiative is of
significant meaning to the political process in Syria. The deal to create
de-escalation zones in the major areas of conflict in Syria took
effect in midnight on Friday. The initiative was proposed by Russia,
President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally. It is backed by
Turkey and Iran. With the deal coming from two strong back backers
of the regime, some say they are not too confident about it.
TRANSLATION: The revolution is very damaged. It is strangled, and the
Syrian people are killed in these so-called de-escalation zones. The
regime and the Russians are the only beneficiaries. Failure of peace
efforts are familiar story in this conflict that has claimed 300,000
lives since 2012. So how effective the current plan will prove to be is
highly uncertain. The Nigerian government says 82
girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria have been released.
The girls were among about 220 students abducted from a secondary
school in the north-east of the country in 2014. That story is
breaking at the moment, so we will bring you more details when we have
them. Now some sport. Here is James. Barcelona and Real Madrid are both
still battling it out Barcelona surged three points clear
of Real with a thumping 4-1 win Lionel Messi scored twice
and there was one each Real though look certain to go
back level on points - they're currently winning 4-0
at already relegated Granada. Swansea have moved out of the bottom
three in the Premier League after a 1-0 win over Everton
at the Liberty stadium Fernando Llorente got the crucial
goal in the 29th minute, It was the Spaniard's 13th league
goal of the season and it Swansea's win means that Hull drop
into the relegation zone - they lost 2-0 at home to already
relegated Sunderland. Billy Jones and Jermaine Defoe
scored for the Black Cats. It was Marco Silva's first
experience of a home defeat in three To lose our focus like we did in the
second half, and we conceded two goals and set pieces. That's our
problem. It's like you come to the past again. Our team in the past
conceded too many goals in set pieces, because they lost focus, and
that happened this afternoon. The second goal was offside again, and
the referee didn't see. That is football, and now is the moment to
rest, to analyse what happened, and prepare for the next.
Here are the rest of the day's Premier League scores.
Crystal Palace still aren't safe from relegation after being thrashed
City move up the third in the race for a Champions League place.
Tyson Fury has said he'd easily beat unified heavyweight champion
Anthony Joshua should the pair meet in the ring.
Fury has dealt with depression and lost his boxing
licence after beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
Fury says he'll be back fighting in July, on the undercard
at London's Copper Box Arena, IF his licence is reinstated
by the British Boxing Board of Control.
He clearly has scant regard for Joshua.
I can play with that body-builder like a cat playing with a ball of
wool. And if I get hit, I will be highly, highly disappointed. If you
can even land a blow on me. Never mind beat me.
An attempt to run the first sub-2 hour marathon has failed.
There were no spectators, just a small number of journalists,
allowed to attend the event on the Monza racetrack in Italy.
Only one of the three men taking part, Eliud Kipchoge,
the Olympic champion, came close to the two hour
mark, crossing the line in two hours 25 seconds.
And although it's the fastest marathon in history -
it won't be counted as an official record, because of the use
The name was to bring about 10 billion people, and knock out the
third set. 12 marathons in 12 hours is impossible. So to pass that
message is really important to me. That's why I was pushing to prove
that there is no human who has limitations. He is averaging 17
seconds that every 100 metres he runs. That is remarkable. That is
all the sport for now. A law in France banning the use
of extremely thin fashion models Models working there need to provide
a doctor's certificate attesting to their overall physical health,
with special regard Digitally altered photos will also
have to be labelled from October. Earlier I spoke to Debra Bourne
from the campaign group "all walks beyond the catwalk",
I asked her The important thing is the serious
message it sends out to the fashion industry. I don't know how they can
keep it. Will they send a police officer to every photographic studio
in Paris what is interesting is the doctors note. This would be valid
for two years, and as all women know, your weight fluctuates a lot
over two years. Yes. There's some real problems here in terms of the
actual strategy and day-to-day managing of this law. I don't know.
I don't know if it exists when French brands shoot outside of
London. Many campaigns are shot in New York, the Caribbean, London. But
the government has done something that is sending out a very clear
message. Paris has a reputation in the industry in terms of casting for
putting very skinny models on the catwalk, and that is serious. What
is your opinion on the labelling of digitally enhanced photos? I think
it's great. I was part of a government round table on body
confidence, and this is something we discussed in the UK about bringing
this in with a kite marking system. It makes it very clear to the
consumer that this is an animation, that photo is that they could think
were real have been enhanced and touched up and changed, and people's
body shapes have changed. I would like to see a world where that
doesn't happen at all, and where our imagery is far more real, but given
that we have to change things step-by-step, it is a fantastic move
forward. France is blazing a trail here with this policy, but isn't it
down to the individual models and a cultural shift within the industry
itself? It is, but the model in this picture looks like the most powerful
person in this planet, but in truth, these are teenage girls, young,
impressionable women, surrounded by people in the studio, trying to
adhere to a system they might not agree with, and scared to voice
change. So the models really need to be protected here.
An 85-year-old Nepalese man who was attempting to become
the oldest person to climb Everest, has died at Everest base camp.
The death of Min Bahadur Sherchan was confirmed by Nepal's
The former British army Gurkha soldier was trying
to reclaim the record from Japan's Yuichiro Miura, who
Our breaking news. The Nigerian government says that 82 girls
kidnapped by Boko Haram have been released. They were among around 220
students abducted in the north-east of the country in 2012. Don't forget
you can get in touch with me on Twitter. That's it from me and the
team. Goodbye for now.