In Episode 11:
It’s a hot spring in France with blockades, strikes and riots. Will the current government survive?
Would you put your money on Britain’s membership of the EU? Our new series on a possible ‘Brexit’, the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union, tries to give you an answer. We also discuss the everlasting tension in the Middle Was, with James Barr, the author of the book ‘A Line in the Sand’. He will tell us how, in May 1916, France and Britain laid the foundations of the current mess. And then there’s the official UEFA 2016 song. Is composer and superstar DJ David Guetta a genius or a copycat?

You can listen to the longer version of the interview with James Barr here (20 minutes).

James Barr

Author James Barr

In 1916, in the middle of the First World War, two men secretly agreed to divide the Middle East between them. Sir Mark Sykes was a visionary politician; François Georges-Picot a diplomat with a grudge. The deal they struck, which was designed to relieve tensions that threatened to engulf the Entente Cordiale, drew a line in the sand from the Mediterranean to the Persian frontier.

alinecoverUsing newly declassified papers from the British and French archives, James Barr brings this overlooked clandestine struggle back to life, and reveals, for the first time, the stunning way in which the French finally got their revenge in the fascinating book A Line in the Sand.

So French spoke to James Barr, exactly a Century after the Sykes-Picot Agreement. You can listen to the entire interview here.

The Author’s website
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Recorded in Paris, via Skype, on May 27, 2016.