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Le Pen Steps Aside As National Front Leader
The rival candidates in France's presidential run off have been setting out their strategies. Marine Le Pen's latest move has been to step down as leader of the National Front, "to be above partisan considerations". We hear from Mrs Le Pen's advisor, Jean Messiha, on her plans for France's economy. The BBC's Susannah Streeter has been gauging reaction on the streets of France to yesterday's first round election. We get the perspective of and Sophie Pedder from The Economist in Paris. Pierre Gatass, President of the French employers federation MEDEF tells us how the business community is responding. President Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexican border is threatening to shutdown the US federal government. It has become the most contentious issue in discussions about the US budget between the White House and Congress. John Hudak, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC tells us what's going on. All this and more discussed with our two guests on opposite sides of the world: Simon Littlewood, the President of AC Growth Delivered in Singapore. And Brad Stone, a journalist at Bloomberg and author of a new book on disruptive technology companies, in Los Angeles. (Photo: French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen arrives to visit the marketplace in Rouvroy near Henin-Beaumont, northern France, on April 24, 2017. Credit: Getty Images.)
Last Day of Campaigning in France
The attack in Paris by a suspected Islamist on Thursday night has become a party-political issue on the last day of campaigning in the French Presidential elections. Sylvain Courage of Novel Observateur consider the effect the attack had on the final hours of the campaign. The BBC's Theo Leggett reports from the rural provence, in the South of France about why the National Front's Marine Le Pen and the hard-left Jean Luc Melenchon appear to have gained a lot of support from people in the countryside. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks to former CEO of Chanel, Maureen Chiquet. In this edition of Trumponomics, the BBC's Economics Editor, Kamal Ahmed, the BBC's Michelle Fleury and Neil Irwin from the New York Times discuss President Trump's relationship with the IMF and his executive order on visas. Roger Hearing is joined for comment throughout the programme by Professor Danny Samson, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne. (Photo credit: Bertrand Guay / AFP/Getty Images)
Policeman Killed in Paris 'Terror Attack'
A gun attack disrupts the French presidential election, after a gunman opened fire on police officers on the Champs Elysees. The presidential election candidates were debating live on TV as the shooting took place. Correspondent Thomas Fessy reports live from the scene. The issue of immigration has been increasingly dominating campaigning, thanks in part to the hard line promoted by the National Front candidate, Marine Le Pen. As the BBC's Theo Leggett reports, immigration is woven into France's economic and social fabric. The US says it will investigate whether the level of imports of Chinese and other foreign-made steel is a threat to national security. Chad Bown, from the Peterson Institute for International Economics, used to be a trade advisor to President Obama and discusses whether steel imports really are a national security risk. Rahul Tandon joins the programme from India to discuss the day's biggest stories. Rob Young is joined by Andrew Peaple, the Deputy Asia Finance Editor for the Wall Street Journal based in Hong Kong and Mindy Lubber, the President of Ceres, an environmental investment organisation based in Boston. ( PICTURE CREDIT: Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Two Dead as Venezuelan Protests Turn Violent
The United States has said the government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is violating its own constitution, as anti government protests turned deadly in the country. Alexandra Ulmer fro Reuters joins us from Caracas on a day of violent protests. Also on the programme, as the UK Parliament gives the go ahead to a June General Election, and just four days before France goes to the polls in a razor tight Presidential election, what does the EU make of the impending votes? We're in London, Paris and Berlin. And, could a clamp down on alcohol sales near roads in India help tackle the country's problems with drink drivers? The BBC's Shilpa Kannan has been hearing about the campaign to tackle the issue. The BBC's Fergus Nicoll is joined throughout the programme from Hong Kong by the Quartz bureau chief, Tripti Lahiri and from Toronto, Canada by Ralph Silva of the Silva Research Network. They'll also be joined from taiwan by the BBC's Cindy Sui. Picture:Caracas, Venezuela. Demonstrators want new elections and the release of opposition politicians. (Photo: Reuters).
British PM May Calls Shock Snap Election
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on June 8. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum. We have reaction from Westminster, and across the UK to the shock news. Also on the programme, "Buy American, Hire American," that's the slogan of the day from the White House. With President Trump again talking up his jobs drive during a trip to the northern state of Wisconsin, we hear from Jason Abbruzzese of US news website Mashable on the President's latest jobs push. And, cycling in China. Why the bicycle boom is unclogging air pollution, but still clogging the country's streets. The BBC's Fergus Nicoll will be joined throughout the programme from New York by Jason Abbruzzese of Mashable, and from Dehli by senior journalist and president of South Asian Women in Media Jyoti Malhotra. They'll also be joined from Kolkata by the BBC's Rahul Tandon. Picture: London, United Kingdom. Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement to the nation in Downing Street (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images).