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BBC News Daily: 8 May 2017

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  • Emmanuel Macron elected French president
  • Conservatives to repeat immigration pledge
  • Labour promises pre-watershed ban on TV junk food adverts
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"Everyone told us it was impossible, but they don't know France," said Emmanuel Macron, as he celebrated being elected the country's next president. The 39-year-old centrist took almost two thirds of the vote, seeing off far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

But Mr Macron, who started his own party last year, has no MPs and may well need to pull together a coalition to govern effectively. He certainly has "charm", says BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield, but will that be enough to unite a country divided over immigration and its place in the world?

Analysis: What next for Emmanuel Macron?

By Lucy Williamson, Paris correspondent

Balancing the expectations of sweeping change with the demands of government will not be easy, especially as he is likely to face a politically diverse cabinet - and probably a divided parliament too.

Read Lucy's full article

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What the papers say

Photographs of an exultant Emmanuel Macron feature on several front pages, Metro describes the French president-elect as "Le Big Mac". The Financial Times calls his win a "phenomenal achievement", but the Daily Telegraph says Mr Macron's strong pro-Europeanism will offer "scant comfort" to Theresa May ahead of Brexit negotiations. Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports that a "broccoli pill" could prevent thousands of stroke deaths, and the Daily Star promises a "heatwave", starting today.

Daily digest

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North Korea detention - US citizen held on suspicion of "hostile acts"

Fake news warning - Facebook runs advert in UK newspapers

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Monday lookahead

Today Hacker Paul Dixon, who attacked websites, including BA's, is to be sentenced. The 23-year-old from Seaham, County Durham, has pleaded guilty to five offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

20:00 Chelsea, strong favourites to win the Premier League, take on Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge.

22:00 South Korea holds an election, after Park Geun-hye became the first president of the country to be removed from power by impeachment.

On this day

1968 - Ronald and Reginald Kray, two of London's most feared gangsters, are arrested on suspicion of murder.

1984 - The USSR announces it is boycotting the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, due to take place in 12 weeks' time.

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