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France has a new president…but who is Emmanuel Macron really?

The Swedish Club in Paris

The French political landscape looks more like the battlefields at the end of the First World War. They’re are casualties everywhere.

And…you may not yet have noticed…but l’amour is dead… The man who had the Parisians bump into love in every street corner has passed away.

Recorded in Paris, on May 12, 2017 in Le Cercle Suédois, the Swedish club in the heart of Paris, at 242 rue de Rivoli, which per next Monday is also the address of ex-President François Hollande’s office.

With the second round of the presidential election coming up in just one week, we scratch our heads and take a closer look at WHAT actually happened and WHAT to expect.

And we also ask the question WHY Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left candidate, refuses to encourage HIS voters to vote against Marine Le Pen.

And of course, Maud Descamps brings us a fresh French word of the day!

This month, So French! has a very famous neighbour. Stay tuned to find out whom we’re talking about…

Recorded in Paris on April 28, 2017.

Episode 27Only a week to go before the first round of the presidential elections, we’re we’re wondering if France will face a run-off between the extreme left and the far right.
 Is France going to ditch the euro for the sucre?

We alo have a look at what’s left of Nuit Debout, the grassroots movement that grew out of the protests against the new labour laws here in France. One year on, does the movement still exist?

And we get into a food fight: The French were not amused by a restaurant review by a British food critic this week. The severe but righteous food critic Jay Rayner (The Guardian) is our special guest.

The French Left is crumbling down. Why don’t they just kiss and make up to have a better chance in the upcoming elections?

Since two weeks, there’s a lot of social tension in French Guyana. Journalist Déborah Neusy of the newspaper France Guyane is in Cayenne and gives us the latest.

We have a report on university students working together with young Syrian migrants and we’ll tell you the link between sand, Donald Trump and an Arabic Princess.

NEW: Every second Saturday starting April 1st you can listen to us on air, on World Radio Paris, the digital radio channel in the Greater Paris Region.

With just over a month to go until the French presidential election, we finally know who is a candidate and who isn’t. We also discuss the ongoign revelations of François Fillon’s way of life.

The So French Word of this epsiode is ‘cadeau’, given to you by Maud Descamps.

And we listen to the stars, to the music selected by France’s star-astronaut Thomas Pequet. You can find his playlist on Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/artist/678. If you like French music, don’t forget to check out So French’s playlist on Spotify.

 

Episode 24

In this week’s episode: Elections, elections, elections (and the occasional scandal)!

We also talk about France’s large and diverse Asian population, with guest Leo Takeuchi of the organisation Asia 2.0

And of course, Maud Descamps brings us a fresh French word of the day!

Lots of politics in this episode. We talk about the socialist primaries, a new political scandal involving former PM François Fillon and about the fact that politics in France is almost a men-only affair. And Maud Descamps went into the lion’s den of American Republicans living in Paris, celebrating Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Hosts: Sara Bertilsson & Stefan de Vries

Recorded in Paris, January 27th, 2017

Is the French government executing its own citizens abroad? We’ll walk you through accusations of targeted killings approved by the president himself in legal grey zones.
And after the 35 hour work week a legal right NOT to reply to work email. On top of that – a tax free year in France! Maybe the country is really turning into heaven on earth?

And of course, Maud Descamps brings us a fresh French word of the day. This week, Maud is being radical.

Recorded in Paris on January 6, 2017.

Since our last episode only three weeks ago, French politics has been shaken up. Old men like Sarkozy, Juppé and Hollande are leaving the scene, but will not be replaced by new faces.
In other news:

  • Parisians were suffering this week from a extreme pollution. There’s no solution in sight.
  • Beards are getting more and more popular in France
  • The country has a new space hero.
    Recorded in Paris on December 11, 2016.

The video of we were talking about in Episode 21, showing what really happened when Hollande gave its farewell speech:

We follow up on that surprise Donald Trump victory in the US elections. What is the impact on the French presidential elections, up in only six months? And how do Franco-Americans see the Rise of the Orange Leader? We’ll discuss that with our special guest, the Franco-American journalist François Picard.

PNL is the name of a rap duo that’s a real phenomenon in France. And of course, Maud Descamps brings us a fresh French word of the day.
Recorded in Paris, 19 November 2016