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President Emmanuel Macron went on a trip to China, and brought a curious present for his host Xi Jiping.

More on the ongoing #metoo discussion, but this week the controversy was caused by women, who disagree with the movement against sexual harassment.
We mentioned this article in The New Yorker: Why Did Catherine Deneuve and Other Prominent Frenchwomen Denounce #MeToo?

Refugees were dominating the headlines in 2015, but they’re back again. At least on the French political agenda.

We also talk about some spectacular heists, one of which is really stinky.

Of course, Maud Descamps is with us for a brand new word of the week! And don’t forget to check out our Spotify Playlist. We added a couple of songs by France Gall, who passed away this week.

Recorded in Paris, 12 January 2018

The last episode of 2017 and the very first of the new year. We are looking back to last year and forward to 2018.

We wish you all the best for 2018!

Recorded in Paris, 30 december 2017

Selling fighter jets, saving the Earth, delivering two eulogies and being the king of Europe: this month, Macron’s agenda is fuller than a stuffed Christmas turkey.

Also, with independence à la mode in Europe, the French Corsicans are making their voices heard, voting for more autonomy.

One homeless man got very lucky this week, but most of the 140.000 ‘SDF‘, the homeless people, in France will face a rough winter.

The government wants to prohibit the use of mobile phones in classrooms, but will they succeed?

Maud Descamps brings us a fresh French Word of the week.

Recorded in Paris, December 15, 2017

Emmanuel Macron toured Africa, trying to change the decades-old touchy relationship with the former colonies on the vast continent and the old ‘motherland’.

Paris is the world’s most visited city, and the number of apartments rented out through Airbnb has exploded in just a few years. Now the city wants to limit short stays

French politicians are not known for their wit. However, this week one of time tried a stand-up routine, and another one even received a lifetime achievement award.

Recorded in Paris, December 1st, 2017

Where is Marine? And what’s going on with the Front national?

We also take a closer look at the leadership battle in the French conservative party. Who will lead the party – and will it be in opposition, or compliance with president Macron? And does Sara feel insulteed by Carla Bruni?

Listen to a new epiosde of our podcast!

Recorded in Paris, 17 November 2017

Many women and some men, around the world have added their voices to a wave of complaints about sexual harassment. In France, the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan and the film director Roman Polanski were publicly confronted with their past.

The government presented a 1 billion euro plan to reform the French University System. But why? And how?

We’ll also take a closer look at the poetic qualities of the French President,

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

 

In this week’s episode

  • We’ll take a closer look at how the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #metoo hashtag has affected France
  • When the days are getting shorter, and the trees are losing their leaves, it’s not uncommon for Europeans to be a little bit sombre in this time of the year. The French seem to be the champions of depression. Two scholars claim to have found the culprit.
  • And what do you do when once upon a time you’ve been a well-known politician, but the media have forgotten you? That’s easy: You contact them yourself! At least that is what Jack Lang does.

Recorded in Paris on 20 October 2017.

Also listen to us on World Radio Paris, every other Saturday at 17:30 (CET)

Will the French Catalans join their brothers across the border?
Who is Jihad Granny?
And we will teach you some French swear words with the help of the foul-mouthed French President.

After a long and very French Summer Break, we are back with our third season of So French!

We discuss the falling popularity of Emmanuel Macron. His will sign his new Labour Bill this week and unions are taking to the streets. Couscous, the popular Moroccan dish, caused a political row.

Maud Descamps gives us the French Word of the Week and we talk to Wassim Nasr, a journalist at France 24 and a renowned specialist on jihadist movements.

And you’ll never guess what is the world’s sexiest accent. Listen very carefully!

‘Le Startup’ is the magic word in France since Macron became a president. This week he opend the world’s largest incubator, in the heart of Paris.

Both President Macron and Prime Minister Philippe held long speeches this week to unveil their programme.

One of France’s most beloved women passed away, Simone Veil (89). Who was she and what is her legacy to the French society?

And don’t try to understand what Emmanuel Macron says, since his thoughts are “too complex” for mere mortals. Maud Descamps tries to decipher his language nevertheless in the So French Word.

Recorded in Paris, July 7, 2017.