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As a heatwave hits the country, we dive into the muddy waters of European politics,
and ask the question what Europe will look like under the new french president. Will Emmanuel Macron be a refreshing force, or will the warm relationship between Germany and France cool down once the UK leaves the union?

Other topics: France is getting older and older, Paris wants to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, and Maud Descamps brings us a steaming hot So French word!

Recorded in Paris, Friday 23 June 2017.

The French government would like to turn the exceptional measures of the state of emergency into regular law. We discuss the worrying implications of this bill with Marco Perolini, of Amnesty International.

This weekend, it’s election time again. This time, the French go to the polls to vote for their MP’s. It looks like it’s going to be a landslide victory for Wonder Boy Macron.

And Maud Descamps introduces us to Roland Garros.

Recorded in Paris, June 9, 2017

In their first week, the Government is already involved in two potential scandals. Once again the French media revealed some embarrassing details about two politicians, both close to Emmanuel Macron. The new President has promised to clean up his country’s politics, so what will he do?

He is preparing a new law to ‘moralise’ politics, and moralisation is our So French Word of this episode, brought to you by Maud Descamps.

Our special guest is comedian Paul Taylor. Just like us, he is fascinated by the French and turned his amazement into a successful Youtube Channel, What The Fuck France.

And a homophobic presenter may cost his channel many millions in advertising revenue.


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