For our Summer Series we sat down with Sophie Pedder, the Paris Bureau Chief of The Economist. Over the last couple of years, she interviewed Macron several times. Her new book is called Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation.

We had a very interesting and entertaining conversation with Sophie on President Macron, but also about the challenges of living in France and about Brexit.

Note: This Episode was recorded a couple of days before the story of #Benallagate broke, the scandal that seriously tarnished Macron’s image as the Wonder Boy of European politics.

Emmanuel Macron went to the Vatican, while French butchers were under fire. They ask for police protection because they fear vegan attacks.

French police uncovered another terrorist plot. But this time one of the suspects is a former… police officer

And the immigration has been has been dominating European headlines and scaring European politicians for almost three weeks now. What’s going on?

Recorded in Paris, 29 June 2018

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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

 

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

The last episode of 2017 and the very first of the new year. We are looking back to last year and forward to 2018.

We wish you all the best for 2018!

Recorded in Paris, 30 december 2017

Emmanuel Macron toured Africa, trying to change the decades-old touchy relationship with the former colonies on the vast continent and the old ‘motherland’.

Paris is the world’s most visited city, and the number of apartments rented out through Airbnb has exploded in just a few years. Now the city wants to limit short stays

French politicians are not known for their wit. However, this week one of time tried a stand-up routine, and another one even received a lifetime achievement award.

Recorded in Paris, December 1st, 2017

After a long and very French Summer Break, we are back with our third season of So French!

We discuss the falling popularity of Emmanuel Macron. His will sign his new Labour Bill this week and unions are taking to the streets. Couscous, the popular Moroccan dish, caused a political row.

Maud Descamps gives us the French Word of the Week and we talk to Wassim Nasr, a journalist at France 24 and a renowned specialist on jihadist movements.

And you’ll never guess what is the world’s sexiest accent. Listen very carefully!

‘Le Startup’ is the magic word in France since Macron became a president. This week he opend the world’s largest incubator, in the heart of Paris.

Both President Macron and Prime Minister Philippe held long speeches this week to unveil their programme.

One of France’s most beloved women passed away, Simone Veil (89). Who was she and what is her legacy to the French society?

And don’t try to understand what Emmanuel Macron says, since his thoughts are “too complex” for mere mortals. Maud Descamps tries to decipher his language nevertheless in the So French Word.

Recorded in Paris, July 7, 2017.

As a heatwave hits the country, we dive into the muddy waters of European politics,
and ask the question what Europe will look like under the new french president. Will Emmanuel Macron be a refreshing force, or will the warm relationship between Germany and France cool down once the UK leaves the union?

Other topics: France is getting older and older, Paris wants to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, and Maud Descamps brings us a steaming hot So French word!

Recorded in Paris, Friday 23 June 2017.

The French government would like to turn the exceptional measures of the state of emergency into regular law. We discuss the worrying implications of this bill with Marco Perolini, of Amnesty International.

This weekend, it’s election time again. This time, the French go to the polls to vote for their MP’s. It looks like it’s going to be a landslide victory for Wonder Boy Macron.

And Maud Descamps introduces us to Roland Garros.

Recorded in Paris, June 9, 2017