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In our regular cheese update, we talk about the great French Camembert war! No cheesefire in sight, as purists defend a smelly national treasure.

Our guest Charles Wente (Senior Producer, France 24) will give us his insightful perspective on this week’s topics.

And if you thought Emmanuel Macron was good looking, take a good look again. We’ll tell you why.

Recorded in Paris, 18 May 2018

This is our 50th Episode, and we thank you for listening to us. This week:

  • With strikes, bad approval ratings and a trolling former President all at once, Macron has little reason to celebrat his first anniversary.
  • We also talk about the Cannes Filmfestival and about the stratgeic interests of New Caledonia. 
  • And you probably thought this was done years ago, but it was actually only this week the last French telegram was sent. STOP.

Recorded in Paris, May the 4th (be with you)


Is Macron the European Messias, or is nobody ready to give in to his whims?

At home, the French President was not really bothered by all the strikes and protests. Is anyone actually working in France these days? We take a closer look at the very controversial reforms underway this spring

With sunny days on the horizon, there is a new ice cream flavour – très french – if you dare…

And Maud Descamps is here to explain to us a fresh french word of the week!

Recorded in Paris, April 20, 2018

Everybody seemed a bit angry at Macron this week: the railway workers, the Italians and some MP’s who risk losing their job due to new reforms. 

France is going to invest 1.5 billion euros in a technology that could eradicate mankind.

And if you are afraid of asking a grumpy French waiter for a doggy bag: there’s hope for your leftovers.

Recorded in Paris, April 7, 2018


This week, we let you know what ‘innovative’ striking is as the country’s public service workers are kicking off a long-lasting campaign to stop a government-planned major reform.

And worse than fake news… fake wine! France this week learned about a major scam, a producer selling cheap wine as exclusive vintage. What if you can no longer trust what’s in your bottle?

Also Nicolas Sarkozy is back, but probably not in a role he likes to be.

Recorded in Paris, March 24, 2018

We take a closer look at two of the biggest losers French politics – almost one year after the presidential election

And is time finally up for one of France’s most infamous politicians and his wife Known for their luxurious taste, preference for cash and unusual ability to get away with… almost anything!

This week has seen the International Women’s day being marked around the world. This year with some more intensity and acknowledgment maybe, thanks to the #metoo movement.

And of course, Maud Descamps is with us for a brand new word of the week!

Recorded in Paris, March 10, 2018


Paris is suffocating again because of heavy air pollution, again. Yet it is pretty hard to change the mentality of the Parisians when it comes to mobility
We’ll also talk about the first part of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s memoirs.

Rock Star Johnny Halliday’s family is fighting over his 100 million euro estate. And Emmanuel Macron is playing a part in a musical play.

With Maud Descamps & Stefan de Vries

Recorded in Paris, February 23, 2018

It’s snowing a lot in Paris, but we will take you to the sunny Island of Beauty, and that is Corisca, of course.

Millennials, or the boring new generation. And we’ll dicuss food, and stars and unbearable pressure. Maud Descamps is with us for a brand new winter-related expression of the week.

Recorded in Paris, 9 February 2018

The Jupitarian president once again using the Sun King’s to help conqueur the world.

Prison guards are angry, the World’s best ice cream is French and Parisians are getting wet feet.

Recorded in Paris, January 27, 2018

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