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this is bbc news — and these are the top stories: a french soldier shoots and seriously injures a man carrying a knife who shouted ‘allahu akhbar‘ at the louvre museum in paris. the attack is believed to be of a terrorist nature. translation: an attacker rushed towards and attacked policemen and soldiers while shouting threats, including allahu akbar. npower announces a 10% price hike — one of the largest single rises by a big six supplier — blaming an increase in wholesale energy costs and government policies. theresa may is attending a european union summit in malta, where she'll brief leaders on her meeting with president trump and the government's brexit strategy. the defence secretary, michael fallon, accuses russia of trying to destabilise western democracy using cyber attacks. hundreds of thousands of romanians have taken to the streets for a third day to protest against a government decree reducing
penalties for corruption. and the town of tadcaster in north yorkshire will be reunified today when its only road bridge reopens, more than a year after it was destroyed by severe flooding. good morning. it's friday 3rd february. i'm annita mcveigh. welcome to bbc newsroom live. first to paris where there has been an attack at the louvre museum in the heart of the city. it's been described the french prime minister bernard cazeneuve as being of a "terrorist nature". police say a man carrying two machetes and two backpacks shouted "allahu akbar" and tried to enter the underground shopping
area outside the museum. a soldier opened fire and the man was seriously wounded. the backpacks did not contain any explosives. a huge security operation is underway, and the louvre has been evacuated. it's the latest security alert in a city which has become well used to them. the louvre museum houses some of france's most famous works of art, and is one of paris's most iconic landmarks — a place which is a "must visit" for tourists to the city. latest pictures from the scene show heavily armed police patrolling the area — one of their colleagues of course attacked just a short while before. as well as police, around 3,500 soldiers patrol key sites as part of beefed—up security measures in the city. tourists have been evacuated as police lock the area down — pictures show streams of people being led across the road.
paris's police chief michel cadot spoke to reporters a short while ago. translation: it happened at ten o'clock this morning. near the escalators that lead to the entrance of the louvre museum. an attacker who had at least a machete and possibly another weapon and was wearing a backpack rush towards and attacked policemen and soldiers while shouting threats. including allahu akbar. we have also heard from a police officer who provided further details of the attack. translation: in the commercial area the man threw himself at the soldier who was there, armed with at least one knife or bladed weapon possibly two with the appearance of a terrorist. the soldier was injured, his colleague fired at least five rounds and one bullet hit the
individual. he was seriously injured, very seriously injured in the stomach area. those are the fa cts the stomach area. those are the facts we have, and inquiry has been opened into the incident. the individual had two backpacks, but as regards the explosives there is no immediate risk. the area has been made safe and the people who are trapped are now exiting the commercial area and the museum. these are live images from paris, people now leaving the louvre museum. after the suspect was shot. people were initially held inside the museum, for there and safety, maybe for security checks, to make sure that no accomplices of this man we re sure that no accomplices of this man were already inside the museum. but now hundreds of people have been ushered out. in the midst of this huge security operation. so this is
the scene live in paris. i can talk now to an opposition french mp for the republican party. let's speak now to jacques myard. france has become all too used to this kind of threat and indeed to attacks. yes, what happened this morning is something which is most of the court to prevent because it comes from a man who is maybe unknown by police —— which is most difficult to britain. he is attacking soldiers at random, so he is attacking soldiers at random, so this is difficult to prevent and he —— it shows that we have a genuine fifth column inside france and we have people who behave like jihadists and this is why i must say, of course, the soldier reacted
promptly. they are injured, the man, but he has also injured a soldier because of an attack with an axe. we know that we are living in tough times and this is not going to end very rapidly, unfortunately. as investigators try to determine what his intentions were. we have to look at the subject of this attack, the louvre museum, an absolute icon domestically and internationally. can you still hear me? yes, i do hear you. i was making the point, has this individual been able to proceed with whatever his intentions were, the location of the louvre, with presumably a huge number of domestic visitors as well as tourists, it is an iconic spot in
paris. it is, it is. this is the most visited area in paris after the eiffel tower. you could imagine that you have, let's say, thousands, even tens of thousands of people every day, also underneath, in the underground area. if there was a bomb attack in this area it will really kill certainly dozens of people. so you know, this is certainly a place which has to be searched and has to be protected, but it shows also that the military patrols that we have now in france are, of course, is a necessity, and it shows that we have to be aware that the threat is everyday, everywhere. this is the main lesson
that we can take from this attack. how much do you think is the ability of the next french president, whoever that is, to protect france, to what degree is that a factor for boaters? security is one of the main issues of the presidential election —— voters. issues of the presidential election -- voters. i do believe that the french have now learned that it is a long—term period, a long—term policy, and it won't be solved in a fortnight. i also believe that the state of urgency which has been implemented in france will last. but of course it will be uncertain. as it happens during war periods. we are at war, we have an enemy which can come from abroad but an enemy which can also be at home.
u nfortu nately, which can also be at home. unfortunately, it is very difficult to spot those who become in very short time at radicals. to my knowledge, there are more than 10,000 people in france who have been spotted as, you know, potentially radical islamist ‘s and fanatics. it is quite a lot. they are followed fanatics. it is quite a lot. they a re followed by fanatics. it is quite a lot. they are followed by all the police in france, also by secret service, but it doesn't mean that we can have, behind each person, let's say, a policeman 2a hours a day. that is why it is a combat the vigilance and this is something which is the most difficult to implement in the french spirit and the french... let's say,
brain, because after the bombing, people are vigilant, but they forget. this is why we should not be that much lazy in vigilance. thanks for joining that much lazy in vigilance. thanks forjoining us. we will stay with this story. our correspondent is in paris. we are looking at these live images of people being ushered out of the louvre, walking calmly, no sense of panic, it seems. what is the latest you are hearing about this incident? the latest is there is a political side to this, and on the ground the french police are reported to be saying they have arrested a second man. in connection with the attack. as ever with these events, when they
occur, there is a swirl of details and it becomes difficult to pick out exactly what has happened. but there was talk of a second man, possibly a second attacker. there now appears to bea second attacker. there now appears to be a second arrest at any rate and we believe the police are saying it is connected with the attack. it is hard at the moment to say that with any absolute firmness. indeed it contradicts a line the bbc was told 90 minutes ago that this was an isolated incident. but that is on the ground. there is also the political reaction. the french prime minister bernard cazeneuve has described the attack as terrorist in nature, may be informed that the attacker, before he began his assault, cried out allahu akbar, which is god is great in arabic. i think both of those will concern people deeply, that this is classed asa people deeply, that this is classed as a terrorist attack. terrorist in nature. and that it might have been a wider attack than we believe.
however the french authorities will be pleased by the fact that what is a fairly visible military presence around the great buildings of paris, the great transport hubs, as well, it seems to have worked. when this attacker began his assault, soldier reached for his gun and was able to end the attack relatively swiftly. and with very little damage. and to that degree, this is a successful day for the french authorities, but on the flip side this is a very bad day because this is an attack in the of paris. outside one of paris's greatest tourist attractions which will gain worldwide publicity, no doubt. and it is one which will disturb parisians, the french themselves and those thinking of visiting the capital. thanks for joining us. the energy company npower has announced one of the largest single price rises ever implemented by a "big six" supplier. the company will raise standard
tariff electricity prices by 15% from march 16th, and gas prices by 4.8%. a typical dual fuel annual energy bill will rise by an average of 9.8%, or £109. npower said the changes would affect about half of its customers, as the other half are on fixed term deals. with me is our business correspondentjohn moylan. what about the explanation from vote leave first of all? the big picture? —— what about the explanation from npower? we saw the big fall in oil prices, so wholesale prices in gas and on to city fell, but those commodity prices have been coming back over the last year —— in gas and oilfell. back over the last year —— in gas and oil fell. but back over the last year —— in gas
and oilfell. but these increases, 1596 and oilfell. but these increases, 15% in electricity, adding over a hundred bills to an annual bill, these are chunky rises. —— adding over £100. npower have mentioned the price of the commodity itself coming so, they are also pointing to the cost of delivering government energy policies. we pay in our bills for things like green levies to support green energy projects, for the roll—out of smart meters which are coming to our homes by the end of 2020 and for the new thing called the capacity market which is the way we make sure that the lights stay on in the future. these are government policies and we pay for them through oui’ policies and we pay for them through our bills and i think npower have pointed towards these and this puts it on pointed towards these and this puts itona pointed towards these and this puts it on a collision course with government and the energy industry ona government and the energy industry on a collision course with the government about why consumer bills will start to go up. so, political implications. some of the others,
like british gas, they have said they will be keeping their prices on hold until the end of march. but now npower has done this, the question is, will others follow suit? edf dropped gas prices last month, but announced they would be increasing electricity prices from the 1st of march. so npower are not the first to announce an increase. edf has done it first. glacier now have big price rises. —— npower have now said they will have big price rises. three others have put them on hold, but they have said it is like there will be increases coming so it feels as if we are moving into a period where we will have the big six putting up prices, these are prices which will affect the standard tariff which 66% of people in the energy market are on. by the so—called loyal customers who continue to pay high prices. and
these are the same loyal customers, these are the same loyal customers, these other people the energy secretary greg clark is worried about. he is putting pressure on the companies to make sure that the loyal customers are rewarded, but on the face of it these loyal customers are going to face higher prices in the years to come. thanks for joining us. the headlines on bbc newsroom live: french anti—terrorist police have begun investigation into a security incident at the louvre in paris. police opened a fire on a man who had machetes, and who had cried allahu akbar. the energy firm npower has announced a big increase in prices. at the cool bill will —— a typical bill will rise by an average of tempus. theresa may is in malta
where she is talking about the eu summit. and in sport, saido berahino has completed an eight—week ban at his former club west brom, following reports that he failed and out of match drugs test. tiger woods has suffered back spasms after his first round in the first tournament he has played since being out for 19 months with back problems. the england captain with back problems. the england ca pta i n dyla n with back problems. the england captain dylan hartley says it is about mental sharpness for the six nations. they begin the defence of their crown tomorrow against france as the favourites for the tournament. i will be back with more on those stories just after half past. the defence secretary, sir michael fallon, has accused russia of trying to destabilise western democracy using cyber attacks. he said moscow was "weaponising misinformation" to expand its sphere of influence. speaking last night
at st andrew's university, sir michael called on nato to strengthen its cyber defences — and tackle what he called the "false reality" being propagated by the kremlin. there is use of cyber weapons to disable democratic machines. in april 20 15th france experience this. france investigations decided that russia was behind the cyber attack. months later, germany was also targeted. the lower house of the parliament was shut down by a group. the investigation said it was speared by the russians. as sir michael fallon called on nato to improve its defences against cyber attacks, there's been scathing criticism this morning of government plans to improve britain's cyber security.
a report by the commons public accounts committee says there doesn't appear to be any proper co—ordination of efforts to protect people and electronic systems from online attacks. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani reports. the russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the united states of america... a presidential campaign rocked by a hack. hillary clinton's team were targeted in a cyber attack. the resulting leak of staff personal e—mails was devastating. but it's notjust us politicians who are being embarrassed by cyber security breaches. this teenager, daniel kelly, is awaiting sentencing in london for a major cyber attack on talktalk. personal data belonging to almost 160,000 customers was stolen. now mps warn the uk's national efforts to counter these threats isn't inspiring confidence either. in its report, the powerful public accounts committee says ministers haven't consolidated an "alphabet soup" of agencies. they are struggling to find enough people with the right skills
and there's been a chaotic response to personal data breaches, such as loss of tax records. if something goes wrong it could close down hospitals, we could have a loss of important data and there are some serious things that can happen now with the skills of some of the hackers out there. just last october, hospitals across north lincolnshire were the victim of a hack. hundreds of operations cancelled in grimsby and scunthorpe after a computer virus infected their systems. gchq is the heart of the uk's cyber defence. ministers have pledged more than £3 billion to security over the next five years. but the mps warn there is still no detailed plan for a new national centre which aims to make the uk the safest place online. with me is our security correspondent gordon corera. let's pick up on the report first of all. we are hearing a couple of different stories. the government is
saying there is a comprehensive and ambitious national cyber security strategy in place. but the public accou nts strategy in place. but the public accounts committee is saying there isa accounts committee is saying there is a chaotic handling of personal data and an affable super data breaches. where does the true picture like? —— lie. breaches. where does the true picture like? -- lie. there's the national cyber security centre which is being launched, and that will bring together in one place, or the people passed with protecting government —— all. and also critical infrastructure from cyber attacks. for the first time we are going to see that and that should be up and running soon. to try and bring that together. some of the criticisms are about government handling of data and personal data, and issues over a long period in trying to do with that in government. the idea is for the national cyber security centre to place britain at the leading edge of trying to protect itself against
syria cyber threats out there. this phrase that was used, moscow is weaponise in misinformation, very interesting. yes, the speech is interesting, it is about russian influence generally and russian behaviour and the assessment that the defence secretary was referring to. he said it has been testing later, some of it is exercises and some of it is direct attacks on democratic institutions in countries like france and germany —— he said it has been testing nato. it is also the spread of what is called misinformation or what some people called fa ke misinformation or what some people called fake news. the defence secretary criticised russian related news networks were doing this and he said more needs to be done to confront it. he pointed to the shoot down of the malaysia in airliner and the claim that that was not done by
russian rebels, even though that was where the evidence pointed. they will dispute whatever one else seems to a cce pt will dispute whatever one else seems to accept as agreed facts. we are going to malta to talk about the meeting there. theresa may will be speaking about nato and defence budgets. what michael fallon has been saying, that will tie into that narrative. yes, you raise is the issues —— he raises the issue of budget. they need to be more robust in confronting russia. he doesn't refer to, but the elephant in the room, donald trump and the new american administration, because clearly at the same time that the defence secretary here is taking a tough line on russia, there is the question over which direction donald trump will go, will they relax sanctions in any significant weight? how will they deal with russia? britain is saying there needs to be
a clear counting of the kind of activity that russia undertakes and which needs to be confronted in some way by the nato alliance. thanks for joining us. we can turn to the eu summit in ten one. theresa may is there and she is briefing european union leaders —— summit in malta. she is expected to stress that she would like a positive and constructive relationship with the eu after brexit. our europe correspondent gavin lee is in malta. regarding the discussions about nato and defence spending, just to pick up and defence spending, just to pick up on the interview we heard, theresa may very much centre stage for all of that. yes, she has gone into this meeting, downing street has said, as the first leader to meet with donald trump, she bears
good news, and she persuaded him to say that he is 100% committed to nato but also she is asking for people to put their hands in their pockets and paid to do —— and paid 296 pockets and paid to do —— and paid 2% of gdp. theresa may says that she is the bridge maker and is the conflict for >> studio: -- this is an important role. the lithuanian president has said they don't need to have any type bridge, and they have said they already have twitter, regarding to the updates on donald trump. there was concern from the austrian chancellor, as well, who said that they had concerns and there is mixed feelings about the idea of britain having a close legend ship with us and being this kind of bridge —— a close relationship. some italian meps have
wondered if britain is the trojan horse for the us. there's a lot at play. effectively, they here to discuss the migration crisis, but thatis discuss the migration crisis, but that is the bigger worldwide focus right now. let's discuss brexit, of course. conversely theresa may is not so much centre stage, but in some ways she is. you are right. she has gone there, i've been watching... she had an informal walk around, at this informal summit, she is right now in the 16th century, beautiful castle, a former palace, she will go to see the cathedral, as well. she is informing them on the relationship, but at some point, when they have discussed the migration crisis and the issues with the crossing from libya to italy, and that 5000 people are making it
every month. fewer than it was, but still happening. the other 27 leaders will effectively lined up and get their ducks in order, their policy on brexit for the negotiations, given that theresa may can do that in westminster and talk about life post brexit. we mentioned donald trump. he isn't the only external threat as donald tusk suggested this week to the european union. they're also populist movements in germany and france and holland. marina plan, for example, taking on the rhetoric from donald trump. —— marie le pen. taking on the rhetoric from donald trump. -- marie le pen. gavin, for the moment, thanks. some newsjust coming in. a fresh legal challenge over brexit has been blocked by the high court. this was the so—called article 127 challenge where it was claimed that mps must be given a boat on leaving the european
economic area —— given a vote. this also has to leave europa —— european economic area with a fresh vote, but that challenge has been blocked by the high court, we havejust heard. thousands of protesters have staged a third night of demonstrations across romania against a government decree that will decriminalise some types of corruption. at least 80,000 people gathered to voice their anger in the capital bucharest and there were rallies in 20 other romanian cities. our correspondent nick thorpe is in the romanian capital bucharest. it is the carnival which is not going to win any —— it is the kind of law which is not going to win any public popularity contests. why was it introduced? it is a long feud
going back many years between the governing social democrats who have just returned to power and romania's very powerful anti—corru ption agency. they are the agency, it is accused by the government of targeting their social democratic mps and they say it is not true they are equally fair, that this strong anti—corruption fight in romania has been seen in the past as a threat by the social democrats. now they are in power they have tried to clip the wings of the agency. these people have come out to the streets in this remarkable situation, on the streets of this country, in support of prosecutors and their efforts to clear up romania of its corruption problem. very briefly, might the constitutional court declare this illegal? it is going to hear this case next week. that is right. the
constitutional court has been taken to them by the magistrates and the president, that is one of the legal obstacles, and also the european union stepping in, putting pressure on this government to back down, but no sign at the moment that the social democratic government is willing to back down on this decree. thanks forjoining us. and parra has announced what are the single highest price rises ever implemented by one of the big six. an annual dual energy fuel bill will rise by miss 10%. this is a quote from the energy regulator. it says this cost index has risen over the past year after having fallen for the previous two—three years. we don't see the need for significant increases where suppliers have
bought energy far in advance. empower us there for justifying bought energy far in advance. empower us there forjustifying the increase to its customers. npower are an increase in costs is behind its decision. we've just had a statement from the governments, it says it's committed getting the best dealfor says it's committed getting the best deal for households, and says it's committed getting the best dealfor households, and it concerned by npower‘s plans to increase prices were customers who are already paying more than they need to. let's take a look at the weather with sarah lucas. a real mix of weather types out there, heavy rains, some wintry sunshine around too. rain in the south west of england, really picking up comic chaos to the english channel, particularly as we head to the latter pa rt particularly as we head to the latter part of the afternoon. gas of up latter part of the afternoon. gas of up to 70mph in the channel islands will stop towards the north east of the country, a lot of dry and
brightness. enter the evening, the bulk of the rain moving northwards, wet weather for northern ireland, perhaps into scotland, some snow on the hills. chilly overnights, once the hills. chilly overnights, once the winds died down across southern england. through tomorrow, still got rain and hail snow, particularly across scotland. for a time in the south east of england, but not as rainy as later today. much of the country having a recently decent day, temperatures only around 6 degrees, a similar day on sunday, showers around the coast, dry but chilly weather inland. the headlines at 11:30am. an investigation is underway and paris after a soldier opened fire on a man armed with machetes who attacked
police, chatting live akbar at the louvre museum. the attacker was seriously wounded. the energy company npower has announced a price hike of almost 10% for its dual fuel tariff, one of the largest ever rises were a big six apply. it blames an increase in energy costs and government wholesale policies. theresa may is attending a summit in malta, she will be talking with foreign leaders about the brexit plan. michael fallon accuses russia of trying to destabilise russia. it says moscow was whether missing the information in an bid to expand its influence. time for sports, let's head to the sports centre for the very latest. good morning. the stoke city manager mark hughes has confirmed that his new striker saido berahino served an eight—week fa suspension last year.
it follows newspaper reports today that berahino was banned after failing an out of competition drugs test. it was confirmed he is circa suspension last year. berahino joined stoke last month, and hughes says he's available for selection to face his former club west brom tomorrow. we're aware of it, clearly. there was an fa disciplinary matter, and he had as eight—week suspension. we we re he had as eight—week suspension. we were aware of it that's about it, really. in terms of more detail, i can't give it a great deal, you are properly have to refer to his previous club, west brom. burnley midfielderjoey barton has accepted a football association charge that he placed 1,260 bets on matches over the past ten years. barton, who was charged in december, has requested a personal hearing before being sanctioned for breaking
fa rules by betting on "matches or competitions" between 26th march 2006 and 13th may 2016. it is expected barton will offer mitigation for the breaches. tiger woods's agent says he feels terrible at having to withdraw from the dubai desert classic with a bad back. this was only his second tour appearance, after three operations over 19 months. despite an awful first round, he says he wasn't in pain then. the 14—time major winner, finished five over par, 12 shots off the lead. the problem apparently came on late last night when he experienced a spasm in his lower back. this year's six nations begins this weekend. scotland host ireland, england take on france, with wales travelling to italy. last year's tournament saw england secure a grand slam. in fact, they went unbeaten in 2016 and will be favourites this time around. our preparation has been good. i
think the concern is, when you prepare so well you can be complacent going into a game. we've had it with a good week this week, with training today, i think it's good thing, greasy ball, key people on edge. i think the power he running in the game is to try and sharpen the axe mentally. the women's six nations runs along side the mens — and that gets underway tonight as scotland host ireland. for england, it'll be a very big year as a whole they try to defend the rugby world cup in the summer, but captain sarah hunter says they are focussed on this tournament. the competition is so competitive now that we can't get ahead of ourselves. we had to prepare asbestos we can. we'll take ourselves to twickenham and put on a performance that we would want for victory, and from their we'll look ahead for the rest of the competition. then the world cup will
come around soon enough, no doubt. he was so instrumental in great britain's success in the david cup in recent years, but andy murray will miss their opening rubber against canada this weekend — he's having a rest. it means dan evans will carry the baton for gb in the opening match later today. he's the most improved player in men's tennis, now up to 45 in the world, so reason to be positive for captain leon smith. we have really good players. a tonne of confidence in them. we're all playing really well. it is difficult ina way playing really well. it is difficult in a way ties, you expect the opposition to raise a game in front ofa opposition to raise a game in front of a home crowd, so we'll have to be prepared for that. these format guys are playing very good tennis and are ready for it. that's all the sport for be back in half an hour. we returned to paris, where there's
bin attack at museum. it has been described as being of a terrorist attack that's nature. police say a man carrying two machetes and with two backpacks shattered allahu akbar and try to enter the underground shopping complex near the museum. the man was seriously wounded after being shot. the backpacks did not contain explosives. the liver has been evacuated. the presence of armed soldiers outside the museum is armed soldiers outside the museum is a measure of the security threat that paris continues to fade is, a place which is a must visit for tourists to the city. the latest pictures from the scene show a heavily armed police patrolling the area. one of their colleagues, of course, attacked during this incident. as well as belize, around
3500 soldiers are patrolling key sites around the city as part of beefed up security measures. tourists are being evacuated as police lock the area down. picture shows streams of people being led across the road from the museum. on the line—out is a journalist based in paris. what is the latest you're hearing about this incident? we're hearing that another individual has been arrested by the authorities, and that the involvement in the attack has not yet been discovered, we do not know who ears or why he was arrested. we know that the men who participated in the attack are still alive. that he was seriously injured, but that he was seriously injured, but that he has been dropped. the four
military that were with the policeman in the shopping centre, at the entrance of the louvre, acted very promptly. apparently, the prime minister says that they acted very quickly and calmly and their reaction, a part of what we call an operation, set up afterjanuary 2015, after the charlie hebdo and supermarket terrorist attacks. 11,000 military and policeman have been stations all over france, mostly in paris. defending religious basis, sometimes schools. and, of course, public places, tourism places. the louvre is the biggest french museum with 9000 visitors a year. on its site it says it is the business that's biggest museum in
the world. it has now been closed, i am hearing 1000 people are still inside, we have some contradictory information on that. the police will interrogate people to make sure that there are no accomplices inside the building. you know if major tourist attractions like the louvre have their own security protocol and plays for events or threats such as this? i'm talking about the museum or other tourist attractions themselves, not the security forces who may be stationed outside? these were inside, actually. these we re these were inside, actually. these were inside the actual museum, because the attack in for dreaded inside the shopping centre. from the underground, you get an error, and there is a huge haul in which the attack happened. probably several
hundred people were there, wanting to get inside the louvre. i don't know about any special protocol, i just know there are more policeman ora just know there are more policeman or a military men in paris. we had quite a lot of military stations, for example, one than 20 years now, because of other terrorist attacks. there are more, i don't know it there's something special, because there's something special, because there are numerous militaries and policeman in paris. paris continues to be a major tourist destination. for the french themselves, i wonder how the attacks of the last couple of years has affected, have affected their psyche? do you think theyjust get back to life as normal. something like this happens, it shocked the city, of course, but try to get back on with life as normal? that's very good question. the immediate reaction abroad is always
very quick when something like this happens. in a way, it shows the mentality that is ours too, which is that any time something happens, evenif that any time something happens, even if it would be minor, it does bring back the memories of major terrorist attacks in france in the past two years. this period here is that life is definitely normal, we're not a country at war, at least inside our borders, paris is still a very nice city to be an, to live in and work in for tourists. it's just that we are amended every time something like this happens but it has been worse. i don't feel insecure, personally. thank you very much for your thoughts on this morning's incident at the louvre. as we look at these live pictures, you can see still a major police presence outside the louvre. and at the entrance to that
underground shopping area that was just being described to us. she said rob whatsapp perhaps 1000 people are still inside the museum, but we have seen images of huge numbers of people being ta ken seen images of huge numbers of people being taken away from the area. a short while ago we heard from the former foreign minister of france who shared his reaction. in the louvre, the pyramids, it's heavily guarded, like any other place with the pyramids —— tourists are. the man was denied, but no tourist was harmed. this was apparently, the security is coming from the soldiers and the police in
mixed performance. it was very well donein mixed performance. it was very well done ina mixed performance. it was very well done in a way, nobody was winded, .. they done in a way, nobody was winded, they were prepared for such an attack, it was in the middle of a group of terrace, they reacted the proper way. congratulations to the patrol. the operation, this is not the end, it goes all around the louvre and everywhere, including the underground station, they are looking for some people. it seems the attack was alone, but this cutie operation is still going on around the louvre. the time is 11:a5am. a north yorkshire town that was split in two by the boxing day floods in 2015 will be reunited later today when its only road bridge is reopened. up until now, residents in tadcaster could only cross the river wharfe
via a temporary footbridge. our correspondent jayne mccubbin reports. all hands on deck. the 13 month, £4 million rebuild, nears completion. are we all excited? yes, we are! oh yeah, we are, yeah! we are. i can't imagine it. can you, tomorrow, at two o'clock, is that right? i don't know. what has the last 13 months been like? a nuisance, to put it mildly. ah, the yorkshire art of understatement. because these were the scenes when storm eva hit on boxing day 2015 and days later, this was the outcome. tadcaster town has been divided ever since. many of its families, too. it's been very difficult because my grandchildren and children are over there and we live over this side. we have to keep going around the a64 and it's quite a long way. it adds to our expense bill, no end. all of this meant that a two—minute drive to the supermarket 200 metres
away became a 16 mile round trip. for shops here, it has been devastating. many are still closed. there's still a lot to do, david! there certainly is. david glock has had a birds eye view from the very beginning. complete devastation. wrecked furniture, computers, everything. now he is in charge of the bridge reopening celebrations. come to tadcaster. spend a few bucks in our shops and cafes and everybody will appreciate it. you are on the map now. and we intend to stay there. 13 months ago, david buley was one of a dozen residents evacuated. it's very, very hard to keep going... but we will do. and he did, and today he tells me he is £15,000 down and he fears for the future. every time it rains, people get concerned. the flood action group has spent nearly £40,000 on flood pumps. what about the environment agency?
zero. really? tadcaster‘s future starts today. the environment agency admitted that while 446 million was being invested in other parts of yorkshire, nothing has yet been set aside for defences here in the town who was torn in two. we go to tadcaster now, phil, local people must be incredibly excited to have their town reunited again? yes, they are indeed. there is a huge sense of anticipation here in tadcaster. 401 days, they have been without this main bridge across the river. due to that flooding in
december 20 15. along time ago, the businesses here over the last 13 months have really suffered. some are seen trade down by almost a half. but this town has come together, and what we're going to see next couple of hours will bring i°y see next couple of hours will bring joy to the faces of those people. i just point you behind me, it there's this road resurfacing machine. beyond that, they've now resurfaced one half of the carriageway. about an hourago, one half of the carriageway. about an hour ago, they laid the final stone on the parapet on that side. if we can zoom in, you can see this left side of the road remains u nsatisfa ctory left side of the road remains unsatisfactory moment. that's they're preparing to do now. that should be completed in time for the opening at around 2pm this afternoon, we're expecting local dignitaries to come down with the ribbon and cut the bread into, essentially. people and traffic will then be able to cross it. local
schools are coming down today, so quite a sense of occasion. that's 2pm. where does that the first traffic will be allowed to cross the bridge around an hour or so later. there's lots of activity. if we pan around, we can see a last—minute eternity with all these bands and contractors working to get things finished. in a couple of hours, we will be a life with traffic. this is a date the residents are tadcaster have long hoped for after this rather torturous last year when they had an eight—mile detour simply to access a journey that would normally take, what, 30 seconds and about 200m. today a very important day in the day of this famous old town. very glad to hear a good news story, thank you very much. the time is 11:50am. in a moment a summary of business news, not in the
student, we'll tell you more in a second. first, the headlines. french police have begun an investigation into security incident at the louvre in paris. a man opened fire on a man carrying machetes. npower have announced a big increase in prices, announced a big increase in prices, a typical dualfuel announced a big increase in prices, a typical dual fuel energy bill will have an annual rise of as ten are present. theresa may is in malta calling for nato members to spend more on defence. now to business, we enjoyed from london's tech hub where we are seeing the impact of brexit and president trump. i'm ina president trump. i'm in a place called the tech hub which is essentially an incubator
for technology start—ups. that means businesses can come here, get a desk space, wi—fi, and meet other like—minded businesses. technology, largely, was against leaving the european union, there are concerns over recruiting talent. joining me now are two start—ups here. lucy, how is brexit going to impact your business? brexit has brought a certain amount of uncertainty for us, and also for retailers. what that means is that we have accelerated our plans to expand as a business outside of the uk, we'll be opening up an office in another european city. three of the founders in our business are from inside europe. 35 % of our workers are not from the uk. it's really important for us, with a global ambitions, to get talent from wherever we want. jamie, we have heard from the chancellor, philip hammond, yeah
come up with an industrial strategy. would you think he and the government can do to give assurances to start—up companies like you? we'd like to see assurances around what doing business within europe would look like from the uk. there's beena would look like from the uk. there's been a lot of talk about what shape brexit may take, but there is nothing for us to plan against. i think the most important thing is that talent situation, we want the most clarity on that at most immediately to ensure european employees and be assured as a business that we will have access to the talent we need to grow our business is in the uk. we were told before the referendum that start—ups could have been one of the winners from brexit. reviving matabele case? not sure i entirely agree with that. i think for the larger corporations, any rules that come into place they will be easier to face and tackle. we hear about people have worked in the eu for a certain amount of time,
they have to be on a certain salary. for a big corporation, that's easy, for a start—up, more tricky. thank you very much. that's everything from the tech hub for now, i'll be back in two hours' time with more business news. thank you very much. we return to live pictures outside the louvre museum in paris, where that big security operation is continuing, following the incident this morning in which a man, armed with machetes, contact soldiers and police who were outside. one soldier injured. another shot. the attacker is alive, being treated in hospital, but his condition isn't known. not much information in writing about who this individual is as yet. we saw pictures a little earlier of thousands of people being ushered out of the louvre, and some reports
there is still a sizeable number of people in there. both for their own protection is in the first instance, but also to make sure there are no accomplices perhaps inside the museum complex. which sees around 9 million visitors each year. the french prime minister calling this an attack of a terrorist nature. the attacker is said to have shouted allahu akbar as he approached the security forces. and this big security forces. and this big security operation now continuing as investigators try to find out more about the individual. reports are that another man had been arrested as well in connection with this. trying to find out the individual is' motivations and what the exact intentions were. two backpacks the
attacker were carrying contained no exposes. more and that story coming up in the headlines here on the bbc news channel any moment. in a moment to say goodbye to viewers on bbc two, and moment let's get a look at the forecast, let's get a look at the weather. really unsettled weather out there for most of us. strong winds, a difficult feel to the weather. milder over the last few days, but must have a look at the temperature what it's doing. highs of 14 degrees recently, today just what it's doing. highs of 14 degrees recently, todayjust getting into double figures, over the next few days, it will be colour. —— cooler. then it will strengthen on monday as we head into the working week. this weather watchers picture of this morning, beautiful scene in scarborough, blue skies and sunshine. still sunshine across many northern and eastern parts of the
country. but different feel to the weather for the south, because we have this area of low pressure here, creeping in towards the south west. with the southwest. wavertree seen heavy rain across cornwall and devon, pushing its way further north through the next few hours. strengthening winds pushing around that area of low pressure. gusts of around 60mph already towards the scilly isles. further north, less windy. blustery through the afternoon in scotland, but some sunshine. northern ireland, rain in the afternoon, heavy at times in belfast. some rain in the far north west of england, range searching down towards the midlands too. down in the south east it should be dry and bright, to the south west, we have the rain and winds causing problems as we head through the afternoon and into the evening hours too. strong winds through the english channel. so we can see gusts up english channel. so we can see gusts up to 70mph or so. into the evening,
the strongest of the winds pushed into southern england, east anglia, 50mph here, and after cause potentially some disruption to travel. in the evening it looks like the strongest winds in the north, but not as strong as further south. some hill snow across scotland to start your day on saturday. further south, lighter winds and clearing skies, quite a cold start to the weekend. some frost first thing. through the day on saturday, low pressure in the north bringing outbreaks of rain and health low across much of scotland. some rain for a time towards southeast irving and too. for most of the country, try and bright. scattered showers on sunday, particularly around coastal areas, inland, myspace is dry and killing fresher than it has done recently. you can find more days —— details on the weather for the week ahead on the weather website. this is bbc news — and these are the top stories:
an attacker carrying a machete is shot and seriously wounded by a soldier at the louvre museum in paris. the french prime minister believes the attack was ‘terrorist in nature' — a big security operation is underway. translation: an official was assaulted at the louvre in what was clearly a n assaulted at the louvre in what was clearly an attack which was terrorist in nature. npower announces a dual fuel price hike of almost 10%. the energy watchdog has urged the supplier to justify the decision to its customers. european union leaders meet in malta, where theresa may is holding talks with eu nato members — as she attempts to build alliances ahead of brexit. a fresh legal challenge to brexit has been blocked by the high court.
campaigners in favour of britain staying in the single market had launched the legal action. hundreds of thousands of romanians have taken to the streets for a third day to protest against a government decree reducing penalties for corruption. and the town of tadcaster in north yorkshire will be reunified today when its only road bridge reopens, more than a year after it was destroyed by severe flooding. good afternoon. it's friday 3rd february. i'm annita mcveigh. welcome to bbc newsroom live. first to paris where there has been an attack at the louvre museum in the heart of the city. it's been described by the french prime minister bernard cazeneuve as being of a "terrorist nature".
police say a man carrying two machetes and two backpacks shouted "allahu akbar" and tried to enter the underground shopping area outside the museum. a soldier opened fire and the man was seriously wounded. the backpacks did not contain any explosives. a huge security operation is underway, and the louvre has been evacuated. it's the latest security alert in a city which has become well used to them. the louvre museum houses some of france's most famous works of art, and is one of paris's most iconic landmarks — a place which is a "must visit" for tourists to the city. latest pictures from the scene show heavily armed police patrolling the area — one of their colleagues of course attacked just a short while before. as well as police, around 3,500 soldiers patrol key sites as part of beefed—up security measures in the city. tourists have been evacuated as police
lock the area down — pictures show streams of people being led across the road. the french prime minister bernard cazeneuve said it appeared to be a terrorist attack. translation: and official who was in charge of ensuring security at the museum was assaulted in what was an attack which was terrorist in nature. we have to be careful, but thatis nature. we have to be careful, but that is the information i have and i wa nt to that is the information i have and i want to say here, that my heart is full of recognition and gratitude for the police, the soldiers who are working in a heightened security level to make sure the security of the nation and the protection of the french people. we also heard from a police officer. translation: in the
commercial area of the man threw himself at the soldier who was there, with one weapon, possibly two. his colleague fired at least five rounds and one bullet hit the individual. he was seriously injured, very seriously in the stomach area. these are the facts we have an inquiry has been opened into the incident. just to clarify, the individual had two backpacks. regarding the explosives, there is no immediate risk of the area has been made safe and the people who we re been made safe and the people who were trapped are now exiting the commercial area and the museum. on the line isjonathan kuzy — an american law student who was evacuated from the museum a short time ago. when did you first become aware that something was wrong? at first i did not realise anything was wrong. they
made an announcement but i don't speak any french, so i kept looking at the exhibits. the museum staff very politely took us down on the ground and told us to wait. luckily there was wi—fi and i was able to keep track of what was going on. i was with friends but we had got separated. i was able to make sure they were ok. it was after the first initial confusion, it was very well controlled and very well contained. once you got on your phone and saw what was happening outside. although you were inside the museum. how did you were inside the museum. how did you feel? well, alli could you were inside the museum. how did you feel? well, all i could find was that there was some sort of attack and that it was thought the terrorist related, but we did not know what that meant, whether they had explosives, we had no idea. i
just tried to keep michael macro and help the people around me and stay calm. ——i help the people around me and stay calm. —— i tried to keep my cool. if we panicked, that would make things worse for everyone. did you feel the museum staff were in control of getting everyone to hopefully a safe place? did it feel like a procedure which was in place and practised? definitely. this was probably the most... i almost thought it was a drill, it was so well run. they were very nice and helpful. they were very nice and helpful. they were very precise in how they got eve ryo ne very precise in how they got everyone together. they had people speaking a multitude of angerjust to explain that we needed to stay down —— a multitude of languages. it was very very well put together. how long were you in lockdown? was very very well put together. how long were you in lockdown7m was very very well put together. how long were you in lockdown? it is ha rd to long were you in lockdown? it is hard to say. i was not keeping track
of time. i got to the museum around nine andi of time. i got to the museum around nine and i was walking around and we got out around 12, so i would say maybe two hours. when you are planning to come to paris, where you conscious of the terrorist attacks in the city over the last couple of yea rs ? in the city over the last couple of years? did you feel that you were in a city under threat? yes, part of me thought of that, but i also wasn't very worried. i do feel like there are measures in place to help people like me, tourists, save, as well as the french people. —— stay safe. i saw that in action. everything was very saw that in action. everything was very secure, very saw that in action. everything was very secure, very well put together. i feel like it could very secure, very well put together. ifeel like it could have been a lot worse than it was. you have managed to find your friends again?|j
worse than it was. you have managed to find your friends again? i know where they are. i will reunite with them very shortly. thanks for talking to us and we hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. that was an eyewitness telling us about his experiences inside the louvre, while the attack was taking place outside. our correspondentjonny dymond is in paris. any more details emerging about who this attacker is? no, very little detail at the moment. what we know, he launched an assault on a soldier outside the louvre museum, with what we understand to be one or two machetes. the soldier was injured in the face and the attacker was then shot, five shots were made and one hit him in the stomach. he was described after the attack as being between life and death, which we can
describe as a very serious condition. we know that as he made his attack he called out allahu akbar, which in arabic means god is great. we don't have anything on his identity, anything on his motive, although in the last hour we have been told that a second man has been arrested in the area. and that is linked to the attack itself. thanks for that update. the energy company npower has announced one of the largest single price rises ever implemented by a "big six" supplier. the company will raise standard tariff electricity prices by 15% from march 16th, and gas prices by 4.8%. a typical dual fuel annual energy bill will rise by an average of 9.8%, or £109. npower said the changes would affect about half of its customers, as the other half are on fixed term deals. our correspondent explained how
15% in electricity, adding over £100 to an annual bill, these are chunky rises. so they are also pointing to the cost of delivering government npower have mentioned the price of the commodity itself so they are also pointing to the cost of delivering government energy policies. we pay in our bills for things like green levies to support green energy projects, for the roll—out of smart meters which are coming to our homes by the end of 2020 and for the new thing called the capacity market which is the way we make sure that the lights stay on in the future. these are government policies and we pay for them through our bills and i think npower have pointed towards these and this puts it on a collision course with government and the energy industry on a collision course with the government about why consumer bills will start to go up. so, political implications. some of the others, like british gas, they have said they will be keeping their prices on hold until the end of march. but now npower has done this, the question is, will others follow suit? edf dropped gas prices last month, but announced they would be increasing electricity prices
from the 1st of march. so npower are not the first to announce an increase. edf has done it first. npower now have had big increases. three others have put them on hold, but they have said it is likely there will be increases coming so it feels as if we are moving into a period where we will have the big six putting up prices. these are prices which will affect the standard tariff which 66% of people in the energy market are on. they are the so—called loyal customers who continue to pay high prices. and these are the same loyal customers, these are the people the energy secretary greg clark is worried about. he is putting pressure on the companies to make sure that the loyal customers are rewarded, but on the face of it these loyal customers are going to face higher prices in the weeks to come. that was our business correspondent. theresa may is attending a one—day european union summit in malta. the prime minister is briefing european union leaders on her meeting with donald trump, and is expected to stress
that she wants "a positive and constructive" relationship with the eu after brexit. our deputy political editor can talk to us now. partly aimed, halfway out, that is the way to describe the uk, so what will theresa may be trying to achieve? —— partly in. yes, they are heading towards the exit door of the european union, without knowing what really lies beyond. theresa may, at the top of her list of priorities, has the mission of keeping britain a global player after brexit, so she is here at this informal summit, and she will say that she wants to help with the migrant crisis, but she's also fresh back from the visit to the white house last week. she was the
first world leader to the oval office to see donald trump and she will be telling them about that. she will be telling them about that. she will say the visit yielded results in the form of a 100% commitment to nato on the part of the president. before that donald trump had given cause to believe he might be wavering in his commitment to nato but she had that agreement from donald trump. the message is that britain continues to be a global player in economic but also security and military terms and has to be taken seriously in that line and might also be seen as a bridge between the european side of the atla ntic between the european side of the atlantic and the american side of the atlantic. that has always been seen as part of the place in the world for britain and after brexit it arguably becomes more important. it isa it arguably becomes more important. it is a decision which is important for the uk to hold on to as the bridge between the usa and europe becomes important, and regarding nato and defence spending, is theresa may going to make headway in try to persuade other countries they should up their defence spending?
try to persuade other countries they should up their defence spending7m isa should up their defence spending7m is a big ask that we are talking about some nato members having to double their defence spending to get close to the nato target of 2% of national earnings spent on defence. britain reaches that target and so does poland, greece and estonia, but thatisit does poland, greece and estonia, but that is it in europe. donald trump has made it clear that he needs to see more commitment to spending more on defence for stop and on that depends his commitment to his membership of the nato alliance. it is part of theresa may's message that it is part of theresa may's message thatitis is part of theresa may's message that it is in no one's interest to see nato weaker. and even fall apart. as far as being a bridge to washington or having that role, one of the problems is the chilly nature between donald trump and so many european leaders on the other. he has been clear about his disdain for the european union and his lack of regard for some leaders. and they
look at him with something between alarm and horror. so the climate is not exactly helpful, and theresa may has to press on with this, but this is an uphill climb. thanks for joining us. the headlines on bbc newsroom live: french police have begun an investigation into a security incident at the louvre in paris. a soldier opened fire on a man with a knife, who attacked police shouting "allahu akbar". the energy firm, npower, has announced a big increase in prices. a typical dual fuel annual energy bill will rise by an average of 10% and now the sport.
it's been confirmed new stoke city striker saido berahino served an eight—week ban last year. the suspension happened while he was at his former club west brom and follows reports that berahino was banned for failing an out—of—competition drugs test. berahinojoined stoke berahino joined stoke from west brom and mark hughes says he is available to faces former team. we are aware of it, clearly. there was an fa disciplinary matter and saido had an eight—week suspension, i think. we we re eight—week suspension, i think. we were aware of it. and that is about it, really. in terms of more detail, i can't give you a great deal and you would have to refer back to his previous club west brom. he served a ban when he was here at west brom andl ban when he was here at west brom and i don't want to comment on the reason why. but i will go back to
saying what i said then, and i will saying what i said then, and i will say it again, saido never played regular for me because he was not fit enough. for whatever reason. it was a personal matter. we are under strict obligations not to release any of that information. that is an fa directive. burnley midfielderjoey barton has accepted an fa charge that he placed over 1200 bets on matches over a ten year period. barton, has requested a personal hearing before being sanctioned. he was charged in december for breaking fa rules on betting between march 2006 and may 2016. tiger woods's agent says he feels terrible at having to withdraw from the dubai desert classic with a bad back. this was only his 2nd
tour appearance, after 3 operations over 19 months. after an awful first round, he said ‘he wasn't in pain'. the 14—time major winner, finished his round 12 shots off the lead. but the problem apparently came on late last night when he experienced a spasm in his lower back. he's been instrumental in great britain's success in the davis cup in recent years but andy murray will miss the tie against canada in ottawa — he's having a rest after the australian open. it means dan evans will ‘carry the baton' for gb in the opening match later today. he's the most improved player in men's tennis, now up to 45 in the world. and that is all the sport for now. and now to brexit. the high court has rejected another legal challenge for the uk's plans to leave the european union. the appeal which was brought by the single marketjustice campaign, claimed that parliament must also vote on formally triggering the uk's exit from the european economic area agreement. we have the vote in parliament
earlier this week on triggering article 50 and the court case that led up to that, that got the lion's share of the attention, but this has also been going on. we know what article 50 is, take that, double that and throw in a new treaty and you get article 127. without going into all the ins and outs, this is about membership of what is called the european economic area and that is the agreement which creates the single market which the uk is part of. norway iceland and lichtenstein are also part of this, and they are not in the eu. this court hearing was about it should also be about a vote to take us out of the eea, effectively the same argument. for parliament to decide rather the ministers, but the high court has thrown this out smaller, effectively. there was an attempt before christmas, and there was a fresh art this morning and the judges were having it. —— a fresh
argument this morning. what have they argue? what the government has argued. this is effectively premature because the first step is about leaving the eu. the lawyers of the government says they have not taken a decision about the eea, although the government probably has because the government has said they have got to leave the single market which is at the heart of the treble, because if we don't we are still subject to the rules coming from brussels and that includes freedom of movement which is the red line for the government —— which is at the heart of the eu. as things stand, because theresa may has said, when she laid out the options, she said her view was that we have to leave the single market and there was no possibility of staying, and if we don't leave we are still subject to the rules. if the government sticks to that position, when we trigger article 50, we will
in theory be able to remove ourselves from the eea at the same time. this challenge was on the basis of, we have got to make a decision about the eea separately. it is important in relation to scotland. the scottish government has said we can have a deal where we are outside of the eu but still within the singer market. that is the deal that scotland wants. downing street is pushing back on that. there is significant in that. the single marketjustice campaign, can they take this to the supreme court? they could try, but this has been emphatically thrown out of the high courtand been emphatically thrown out of the high court and they will probably struggle now. we will wait to see what thejudges struggle now. we will wait to see what the judges say after two o'clock. thanks forjoining us. the defence secretary, sir michael fallon, has accused russia of trying to destabilise western democracy using cyber attacks. he said moscow was "weaponising misinformation" to expand its sphere of influence.
speaking last night at st andrew's university, sir michael called on nato to strengthen its cyber defences — and tackle what he called the "false reality" being propagated by the kremlin. a north yorkshire town that was split in two by the boxing day floods in 2015 will be reunited later today when its only road bridge is reopened. up until now, residents in tadcaster could only cross the river wharfe via a temporary footbridge. our correspondent jayne mccubbin reports. all hands on deck. the 13—month, £4 million rebuild nears completion. are we all excited?
yes, we are! oh yeah, we are, yeah! we are. i can't imagine it. can you, tomorrow, at two o'clock, is that right? i don't know. what has the last 13 months been like? a nuisance, to put it mildly. ah, the yorkshire art of understatement. because these were the scenes when storm eva hit on boxing day 2015 and days later, this was the outcome. tadcaster town has been divided ever since. many of its families, too. it's been very difficult because my grandchildren and children are over there and we live over this side. we have to keep going around the a64 and it's quite a long way. it adds to our expense bill, no end. all of this meant that a two—minute drive to the supermarket 200 metres away became a 16 mile round trip. for shops here, it has been devastating. many are still closed. there's still a lot to do, david! there certainly is. david glock has had a birds eye view from the very beginning. complete devastation. wrecked furniture, computers, everything. now he is in charge of the bridge reopening celebrations. come to tadcaster. spend a few bucks in our shops and cafes and everybody
will appreciate it. you are on the map now. and we intend to stay there. 13 months ago, david buley was one of a dozen residents evacuated. it's very, very hard to keep going... but we will do. and he did, and today he tells me he is £15,000 down and he fears for the future. every time it rains, people get concerned. the flood action group has spent nearly £40,000 on flood pumps. what about the environment agency? zero. really. tadcaster‘s future starts today. the environment agency admitted that while £446 million was being invested in other parts of yorkshire, nothing has yet been set aside for defences here in the town that was torn in two. we can go to tadcaster. a lot of
work has gone into making this possible. indeed, that is still going on, these last—minute preparations underway. you can see the honey coloured stone, that is what the stonemasons have been working on. this is a listed structure, hundreds of years old. when it collapsed in december 2015, the prime minister said it was a national priority and it has taken 401 days until we got to today for the bridge to reopen at two o'clock this afternoon. it is causing interest here in tadcaster as you might imagine, you can see people coming down to take a look at what is going on, and you can also see the tipper trucks and the machinery which is resurfacing the second part of the carriageway. work is still
frantically going on in order to get this bridge open at two o'clock. people are coming from far and wide to visit and to see this process. we can talk to a couple of people. dave and keith, you have come from east yorkshire, why have you come down? we have come for the spectacle and this is lovely weather, we saw this on social media and we were looking the something to do today. and you thought you would come down. we have followed the story ever since the original damage, the progress and frequent visits to see how it has been going on. you have been watching them at work. this has been a delicate situation. we never thought it would be as fine as this, it isjust thought it would be as fine as this, it is just amazing. they thought it would be as fine as this, it isjust amazing. they have done a greatjob. expensive, as well. i hope you enjoy the spectacle later this afternoon. they won't be alone, there are three schools coming down, we understand lots of people, thousands, possibly, will turn out, those who are native to tadcaster
and further afield. the official ceremony begins at o'clock and we expect a ribbon cutting ceremony. and then we are expecting traffic to be able to drive over it for the first time in about 13 months, an hour later, by around 330 this afternoon, traffic will be able to enter and leave tadcaster the way it a lwa ys enter and leave tadcaster the way it always has. and when they be relieved. thanks for joining always has. and when they be relieved. thanks forjoining us. —— and won't they be relieved. we will be watching that throughout the afternoon. and now we have the weather. we have done tadcaster proud in the short—term, but i can't promise the blue skies throughout the day. behind me you can see that i'm focused very much on this area of low pressure, because the circulation is already very wet,
through the irish sea to the midlands. some fine prospects in northern and eastern parts, but the wind is also a factor tonight and overnight. 50—60 miles per hour gusts. as the skies clear, if you are posting tomorrow, watch out for are posting tomorrow, watch out for a bit of ice. that could be an issue. —— if you are up first thing tomorrow. northern ireland with brightness and also a good part of england and wales. bart bles south—eastern quarter, they have their own low pressure to contend with —— apart from the south—eastern quarter. passing rain, no one keeps if any great length and there will be sunshine, but it is pretty cool both day and night. this is bbc newsroom live. the headlines: a soldier opens fire and seriously wounds a machete—wielding attacker at the louvre museum in paris.
the attacker shouted allahu akbar — god is greatest — as he ran at police. the french prime minister says the attack appeared to be of a terrorist nature. the energy company npower has announced a price hike of almost 10% for its dual fuel tariff — one of the largest ever rises by a big six supplier — blaming an increase in wholesale energy costs and government policies. the increase has been questioned by ofgem. theresa may is attending an eu in summit in malta. she'll be briefing foreign leaders about her meeting with president trump and the government's brexit plan. a fresh legal challenge over brexit has been blocked. high courtjudges rejected a call for mps to be given a vote on leaving the european economic area. let's return to paris, where there has been an attack at the louvre museum in the heart of the city. it's been described by the french prime minister bernard cazeneuve as being of a "terrorist nature".
police say a man carrying two machetes and two backpacks shouted "allahu akbar" and tried to enter the underground shopping area of the museum. a soldier opened fire and the man was seriously wounded. the backpacks did not contain any explosives. a big security operation is continuing, and the louvre has been evacuated. these are the latest pictures from inside the museum itself. footage filmed on a phone shows visitors being held inside, after the attacked tried to enter with machetes. latest pictures from the scene show heavily armed police patrolling the area. one of their colleagues, of course, attacked. as well as police, around 3,500 soldiers patrol key sites as part of beefed—up security measures in the city.
tourists have been evacuated as police lock the area down. pictures show streams of people being led across the road. the french prime minister bernard cazeneuve said it appeared to be a terrorist attack. an official in charge of security was assaulted in an attack that was ofa was assaulted in an attack that was of a terrorist nature. that is the information. i want to say that my heart is full of recognition and gratitude for the police, the soldiers working in a heightened security level in our country to ensure the security of the nation and the protection of the french people. local french tv spoke to a chef who was inside the louvre
at the time of the attack. he described his experience. i was getting things ready as i do every morning and i heard the sound ofa every morning and i heard the sound of a shooting. i thought it was the security doors closing as they usually do when they test the fire alarms, but i realised it was not the doors, it was gunshots. it was frightening. i said to my colleagues, let's go, go, go, this is not right. i was frightened and so was everyone else. we saw people falling down on the ground. it is not the sort of thing you usually hear. the police arrived and i said, get out, get out! we all went running out. let's speak now to raffaello pantucci, a security expert at the royal united services institute think tank. thank you forjoining us. do you have any doubt, given the location
of this and what you heard, that this was a terrorist attack? we have the french prime minister describing the french prime minister describing the attack as terrorist in nature. which i think indicates, from their perspective, we are certainly seeing something leaning in that direction. from what we have heard, the nature of the attacks, attacking the security officials, the use of knives, the exclamation of allahu akbar, suggests someone trying to indicate they were launching a terrorist attack of some sort. what we don't know is whether this individual is someone already known to security services from past investigations or one of these individuals we have seen who was communicating with people fighting with so—called islamic state or other groups in syria and iraq. we just don't know this information yet. to help us understand better what sort of a terrorist attack we are looking at. in either of those
scenarios, of course, where someone creates fear, creates the concerns we have heard and seen today, that can be said to be an attack that is terrorist in nature. they are creating terror. they are indeed. the question then becomes, if this is someone who is part of a larger network, and it becomes a terrorist attack that you can track back to an organisation... in other situations, individuals with a disorganised mind, latching onto the ideology and launching an attack that doesn't have any tangible links... you have to be careful of separating those two. in reality, one is someone who might latch onto any ideology, whereas in the other case we are seeing something that is much more worrying, an expression of a large network in a specific attack. of course. it's perhaps worth asking at
this point again, why france? why paris? why have we seen so many attacks perpetrated in this city? the sad truth is we have seen the conflict in syria and iraq is a very large law to french citizens and nationals who have gone over there to fight alongside the groups. —— a very large draw. if we just focus on those who have gone away, and an equal if not large number stay behind of course, becoming involved in the ideology, which means france is dealing with a large community of radicalised people. france is also seen as one of the great european powers at the forefront of the war against so—called islamic state. jihadism, al-qaeda more generally... it is seen as one of the great countries that these groups want to strike at. because of the relatively porous borders of other european
countries, it is one that u nfortu nately has countries, it is one that unfortunately has had a flow from lots of different places and the authorities have to stay alert to prevent people coming back and launching attacks. france is u nfortu nately launching attacks. france is unfortunately in a situation where it's at the heart of the current terrorist targeting picture in europe. is france doing better in terms of security and intelligence, with a morejoined up terms of security and intelligence, with a more joined up approach to these matters? that was heavily criticised after previous attacks, that it was quite disjointed, the approach to intelligence sharing was piecemeal in places? if we look at the report from the senate in the wa ke the report from the senate in the wake of the paris attacks of 2015, charlie hebdo and the bataclan in paris, we can see it was condemning about the level of intelligence sharing going on. since then, french authorities have done a lot to try to improve these contacts at every level. i think the problem is that france is dealing with a substantial
threat. on the one hand, they don't have time to pause and stop and reorganise and then continue forward. they have to deal with an immediate threat that continues to p0p immediate threat that continues to p°p up- immediate threat that continues to pop up. networks that are still not com pletely pop up. networks that are still not completely disrupted, and multiplied by those coming back from syria and iraq. they cannot pause and regroup and we commissioned the intelligence agencies. they have to do that while dealing with the immediate threat. —— recommission the intelligence agencies. that is reflected in the attacks of this nature, rather than large networks of attacks that we saw in paris and brussels which is a reflection of the fact they are trying to get more on top of things. presumably the intelligence services will be trying to establish something you mentioned earlier, the precise motivations of this attacker, whether he was part of a large network or whether he was
acting pretty much on his own. yes, that's going to be the key question. we really don't know. it's speculation at this point, which way the investigation will go. at the fa ct the investigation will go. at the fact the authorities are failing to it as of terrorist character suggests they are not pointing to any previously known information about this individual, which suggest it could be someone who has popped up it could be someone who has popped up on the radar abruptly rather than someone they knew for a long time. time will tell which one it is. thank you very much. earlier, i spoke to the french republican mp jacques myrad. he told me that this morning's attack would have been very difficult to prevent. this is certainly the most visited area in paris after the eiffel tower. you can imagine you have thousands, even ten thousands of people every day. also underneath,
you know... that means in underground areas. if there were a bomb attack in this area, it will really kill certainly dozens of people. so you know this is certainly a place which has to be searched, which has to be protected. but it shows also that the military patrols we have now in france are of course very patrols we have now in france are of course very efficiency, and we have to be aware that the threat is everyday, everywhere. this is the main unless we can draw from this attack. how much do you think the ability of the next president of france, whoever that will be, to protect france and be tough on terrorism... to what degree is that a factorfor the terrorism... to what degree is that a factor for the voters?” terrorism... to what degree is that a factor for the voters? i think that security is one of the main
issues of the presidential election. and of course, with unemployment. but i do believe that the french have now really learned that it is a long—term period, a long—term policy, and it won't be solved in a fortnight. i also believe that the state of urgency which has been implemented in france will last. but of course, it will maybe insert in the ordinary laws, as it happens during war periods. we are at war. we have an enemy that can come from abroad but also from at home. u nfortu nately, abroad but also from at home. unfortunately, it's very difficult, let's say, to spot those who become ina very let's say, to spot those who become in a very short time radicals. to my knowledge, there are more than
10,000 people in france who have been spotted as, you know, potentially radical islamistss and fanatics. it's quite a lot. they are followed by a all the plays in france —— the police in france, the secret services. but it doesn't mean that we can have behind each person a policeman 24 hours a day. that's why it is a combat of everybody, a combat of vigilance. it is most difficult to implement in the french spirit. you know, let's say the brain, because after the bombing, of course people are vigilant and then forget. this is why we should not be that much lazy in vigilance. the
headlines: french police have begun an investigation into a security incident at the louvre in paris. a soldier opened fire on a man armed with machetes who attacked police shouting allahu akbar. the energy firm npower has announced a big increase in prices. a typical dual fuel annual energy bill will rise by an average of almost 10%. theresa may is in malta, briefing eu leaders on her meeting with donald trump and calling for nato members to spend more on defence. thousands of protesters have staged a third night of demonstrations across romania against a government decree that will decriminalise some types of corruption. at least 80,000 people gathered to voice their anger in the capital bucharest, and there were rallies in 20 other romanian cities. our correspondent nick thorpe gave me the latest from bucharest. it is a long feud going back many
years between the governing social democrats who have just returned to power and romania's very powerful anti—corruption agency. the agency accused by the government of targeting their social democratic mps. they say it's not true, that they are equally fair, but this strong anti—corruption fight in romania has been seen in the past as a threat by the social democrats. now they are in power, they have tried to clip the wings of the agency. all these people have come out to the streets in this remarkable situation, on the streets of this country, in support of prosecutors and their efforts to clear up romania of its corruption problem. the constitutional court has been taken to them by the magistrates and by the president, that is one of the legal obstacles. also the european union stepping in, putting
pressure on this government to back down, but no sign at the moment that the social democratic government is willing to back down on this decree. new claimants with disabilities could be unable to meet essential living costs if government plans to cut unemployment benefit go ahead, a group of mps have warned. the work and pensions select committee is calling for a delay to the cut until there is clarification on how those most in need will be supported. sima kotecha reports. there are a lot of things to think about with your cv... a group of disabled people are being taught how to write a cv properly. they are all unemployed and some are worried about the disability allowance cuts coming into force in april. bob suffers from inflammation of the spine. people need that money. they need the help, like i did. i needed it for mobility. obviously, people with different things wrong with them, it's a help to them as well.
today's report calls on the government to postpone reducing the amount of cash given to those who can't work because they're ill or disabled. all these here fall into what the government calls the ‘work—related activity group'. they are those who can't work at the moment but are judged capable of returning back to work at some point in the future. and it's those who will be put into this category that will be affected. at the moment, they're being paid £102 per week. but from april, the amount will go down to £73. only new claimants will get the lower rate. but mps say they want clarity on how the government will help those in this group, who won't be able to make ends meet because of the changes. ministers argue their welfare reforms are increasing the incentives for people to get into work. they say they are giving extra money to those who need it because they are disabled.
supermarkets are rationing the sale of more vegetables to cope with a shortage brought about by bad weather in spain. it comes after similar problems with courgettes a few weeks ago. tesco is limiting customers to three iceberg lettuces, and morrison's is also reported to be preventing shoppers from buying more than three heads of broccoli. lord haskins, the former chairman of northern foods, which supplies to tesco, says he is surprised that the shortage has caused such a panic. well i think if the nation is in panic about iceberg lettuce, god help us. these things happen. 30 years ago, you would never have worried about buying lettuce in the middle of the winter. lettuce was something that grew in the summer and you ate it in the summer, and you had cauliflowers and brussels sprouts in the winter. we have become this slightly strange group that we want to have these all the year round crops,
and sometimes it goes wrong. it's going wrong at the moment. so what's the answer? this will resolve itself. if you are really keen on iceberg lettuce, you can get them from peru or south africa, somewhere like that. it will cost a bit. if it gets too expensive, people will be sensible and they will go back and buy a few more brussels sprouts. it sounds as though you don't think it is necessarily a bad thing if it makes people think about the seasonality of produce and what kind of things people should be buying? yeah, two things about that. we all buy stuff from all parts. first of all, they don't taste nearly as good. strawberries, this time of year from egypt, they don't taste anything like as good as a british strawberry in the summer. secondly, there is this business of flying all this stuff all the way around the world, and the impact that has on climate change.
there's nothing wrong about buying a little bit more home produce. assuming we have the eastern european workers to pick them, but that might not happen either. the company that owns the instant messaging and photo app snapchat will go public in the us stock exchange the california—based tech firm, which allows users to send images that vanish within seconds, is set to be the biggest company to list shares in the us in recent years. snapchat is expected to start trading at a value of between £20—25 billion, but market analysts have doubts about the company's long—term profitability. it has about 160 million regular users. the average car insurance premium has reached a record high of £462, as cars go hi—tech, according to the association of british insurers, which says repairs have become more expensive partly because of cars' increasingly complex electronics, as well as higher whiplash claims and insurance premium tax. buying in spare parts is also getting more expensive, due to the weakness of the pound.
the united states has said it will deliver an effective and overwhelming response if north korea uses nuclear weapons. speaking at the end of his two—day visit to south korea, the new american defence secretary james mattis said any attack on the united states or its allies would be defeated. our seoul correspondent steve evans has more. what to do about the nuclear arsenal being developed in north korea? that's the problem facing the americans, japanese and south koreans. kim jong—un tested two nuclear devices last year, and is making progress towards getting missiles capable of, in his words, turning washington and seoul into a sea of fire. mr mattis is doing a reassurance tour, his first foreign foray of the trump administration. "we stand side by side," was today's message in south korea. any attack on the united states
or on its allies will be defeated. any use of nuclear weapons will be met with a response which will be effective and overwhelming. there are 28,000 us troops in south korea. the american threat to retaliate with massive force if attacked will not be news to kim jong—un. the bigger question is whether to talk to the north korean leader, to try to persuade him to abandon or limit the size of his nuclear arsenal. on that, the trump administration is so far silent. although gene therapy has the potential to eliminate birth defects and debilitating diseases, it also presents difficult ethical issues, with opponents claiming it's wrong to create so—called designer babies. the use of gene therapy will be
debated by the royal society of medicine tonight. arguing the case that gene editing should be resisted will be kiruna stamell, a stage and screen actor with dwarfism. she made this short film for radio 4's today programme. that was kiruna stamell. in a moment, the news at one with kate silverton. first, the weather. friday is turning out to be a day of wet and windy weather again. especially if you are close to that area of low pressure. it will gradually work up through the irish sea during the afternoon and through into the evening. further north and east, somewhat drier conditions for the rest of the afternoon into the first part of the evening. but as soon as we come into the south—west of scotla nd soon as we come into the south—west of scotland and the east of northern ireland, across the far west of wales, quite heavy rain at times and the odd heavy burst as this branch
of activity sweeps to the south of england and east anglia, towards lincolnshire. the wind, quite noticeable in the south—western quarter, but it won't stay there. this evening and overnight, we will see gusts of wind, 60 mph, through pa rt see gusts of wind, 60 mph, through part of the channel, and the southern shores of england. the strongest wind up getting towards the english channel and the far east of kent, where the gusts will easily be 50 mph or so. through the evening and overnight, the cloud will gradually work further north. low pressure eventually concludes its journey towards the western isles of scotland. following behind, the skies were clear and it will become a quite chilly night. especially in the countryside. could be some ice first thing saturday. saturday, two areas of low pressure. the original feature away towards the north—west of scotland, wet and windy the far
north. further south, some showers for a time over the higher ground and north—western england. some dry weather, until the second area of low pressure flirts with the far south—east of england and perhaps the eastern side as well. saturday and sunday, another band of showery rain up across the heart of the midlands and wales. these link out as it gets to the north of england. a more southerly feature will, come sunday we think, be influencing the weather across eastern scotland. elsewhere, a decent day but markedly more cool than the moment. a weekend of passing lane, there will be some sunshine as well but it will feel much cooler. —— passing rain. npower announces one of the largest price rises by a major energy supplier in years. standard tariff electricity will cost 15% more from next month. the government says customers are already paying more than they need to. we would like to see more done,
particularly for vulnerable and low—income customers, to get them off these expensive deals. three million people will be affected. the government says it may act if customers are not treated fairly. also this lunchtime: the prime minister's in malta for an eu summit. she'll brief foreign leaders about her recent meeting with president trump and the government's brexit plan. in paris, a man armed with a machete is shot after attacking a soldier outside the louvre. a warning that russia's using cyberattacks to destablise the west.