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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.
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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.

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James Barr on Twitter

 

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!