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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.

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

The situation for refugees and migrants in the French capital is pretty tough. We’ll bring you an exclusive report from one of the makeshift camps in central Paris.

Is it the end of ‘Allez les Bleues’? The French national football team takes on an American super hit to boost the squad ahead of the Euro 2016 championships here in France.
And this episode’s So French Word is ‘cheminot‘? Do you want to know what that is? Then listen to our tenth Episode!

 

In this edition: The Panama Papers mentioned a French political party. Prostitutes’ clients will be punished. A French Employment Court ruled that the use of the word ‘pédé’ (faggot) was not homophobic and star football player Karim Benzena will not be part of the French national team during the UEFA Euro 2016 Tournament.

Recorded in Paris, on April 14th, 2016.

France’s blaming Belgium in the Brussels Attacks aftermath, Sarkozy is in trouble (again), and Maud Descamps teaches you a new So French word: solidarité. And if you ever wondered why the Easter Bunny is unemployed in France: that’s because chocolate eggs are delivered by flying church bells. What?! We’ll tell you So French!

In this episode:

  • Thousands have been demonstrating this week against a new law that would create more jobs. Why? And have you ever heard of the Paris Syndrome? The Paris mayor travelled all the way to Tokyo to prevent it in the future.
    Then there was a scandal this week, of course. A Saudi crown prince was awarded the Légion d’Honneur during a discreet ceremony in Paris. Why?! The word of the week is jungle, explained to you by Maud Descamps. And France has not been doing very well in the Eurovision Song Contest the last couple of years. This year’s contribution might have more succes. See the videoclip below.

Recorded in Paris on March 10, 2016

In this Episode:

Hollande’s reshuffle, a new candidate for the Conservative’s primary election, a homophobic football player and the word of the week is le remaniement, explained by Maud Descamps.

Hosted by Sara Bertilsson and Stefan de Vries; recorded in Paris, 17 February 2016.

The French government went through an unexpected reshuffle this week, when Justice Minister Christiane Taubira resigned. She was seen as a leftist rebel, so what does her departure mean for Hollande’s future?

Also: A report from a refugee camp in Dunkirk, the César nominations and a new segment: the word of the week, by Maud Descamps.