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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.

 

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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.

Now Brexit is a fact, we’re looking at the consequences for Europe in general and for France in particular.

We decided to drown our sorrows in an English pub in Paris and interviewed the British owner, who is not amused by the result of the referendum.

Bye Bye Britons!

Podcast recorded in Paris, on June 24, 2016

A new terror attack in France and the ongoing social unrest are the main topics of the week. There are around 300.000 French people living in London. Are they afraid of a possible ‘Brexit’? We travelled to British capital to talk to two of those ‘frogs’.

And this episode, Maud Descamps selected the So French word: ‘Eboueur’.

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
James Barr on Twitter

 

Recorded in Paris, via Skype, on May 27, 2016.