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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

Is the French government executing its own citizens abroad? We’ll walk you through accusations of targeted killings approved by the president himself in legal grey zones.
And after the 35 hour work week a legal right NOT to reply to work email. On top of that – a tax free year in France! Maybe the country is really turning into heaven on earth?

And of course, Maud Descamps brings us a fresh French word of the day. This week, Maud is being radical.

Recorded in Paris on January 6, 2017.

Since our last episode only three weeks ago, French politics has been shaken up. Old men like Sarkozy, Juppé and Hollande are leaving the scene, but will not be replaced by new faces.
In other news:

  • Parisians were suffering this week from a extreme pollution. There’s no solution in sight.
  • Beards are getting more and more popular in France
  • The country has a new space hero.
    Recorded in Paris on December 11, 2016.

The video of we were talking about in Episode 21, showing what really happened when Hollande gave its farewell speech:

We follow up on that surprise Donald Trump victory in the US elections. What is the impact on the French presidential elections, up in only six months? And how do Franco-Americans see the Rise of the Orange Leader? We’ll discuss that with our special guest, the Franco-American journalist François Picard.

PNL is the name of a rap duo that’s a real phenomenon in France. And of course, Maud Descamps brings us a fresh French word of the day.
Recorded in Paris, 19 November 2016

We talk about a new scandal that is threatening the very existence of iTélé, one of France’s 24 hour news channels. We also you about another scandal that took place 55 years ago this week, the massacre of 40 to 300 Algerian protester by the French police. It hardly ever gets into the media limelight. And of course we’ll discuss the start of the evacuation of The Jungle, Europe’s largest refugee camp in Calais.

Recorded in Paris, 24 October 2016.

There was one robbery in Paris that dominated the headlines this week around the world. Yes, we are talking about the French government’s train robbery to safe some jobs and to please some voters. We are also going on a camping holiday in the city.

This and more in Episode 18 of So French.
Recorded in Paris on Oct. 8th, 2016

This week, a former president told the French that their ancestors are a group of comic book heroes. Yes indeed, Asterix and Obelix are the real French. Maud Descamps tells you more about these Gaulois.

For the first time in its history, the centre-right parties are organising primary elections. They will be held at the end of November and there are now seven official candidates. And is there something beautiful blooming between François Hollande and Rihanna? We’ll tell you all about it in this week’s episode of So French.

Recorded in Paris, 24 September 2016.

The Summer of 2016 is over. So French is back, but also the many politicians who are hoping to become France’s next President.

We’ll tell you all about a scandal that shocked the ever so chic French world of art. And we tasted some coffee. Although Paris is world famous for its café culture, the coffee Parisians drink usually tastes like mud. But that’s going to change: quality coffee is slowly but surely conquering the city. And we talk about something So French: la rentrée. Maud Descamps explains this strange ritual.

 

Photo credit: Schill via Foter.com / CC BY

Two more terrorist attack in France. Apart from the horror and sadness, there is growing discontent with the politicians who fail to protect the citizens and to behave like grown-ups. We also talk about green cars and the very French habits surrounding the Summer holiday.
Enjoy!

The dust has not settled yet, but it seems there’s no other choice for the EU than to find an answer to Brexit. We’ll talk to Yves Bertonconi, director of the think tank Jacques Delors Institute, about what France needs to do. The Irish supporters are widely regarded as the nicest ones of this Euro 2016 tournament. We cheered with them in the streets of Paris. We’ll also bring some good news for the environment, and Maud Descamps learns you a new So French Word.