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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.

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.