In this week’s episode

  • We’ll take a closer look at how the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #metoo hashtag has affected France
  • When the days are getting shorter, and the trees are losing their leaves, it’s not uncommon for Europeans to be a little bit sombre in this time of the year. The French seem to be the champions of depression. Two scholars claim to have found the culprit.
  • And what do you do when once upon a time you’ve been a well-known politician, but the media have forgotten you? That’s easy: You contact them yourself! At least that is what Jack Lang does.

Recorded in Paris on 20 October 2017.

Also listen to us on World Radio Paris, every other Saturday at 17:30 (CET)

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

In their first week, the Government is already involved in two potential scandals. Once again the French media revealed some embarrassing details about two politicians, both close to Emmanuel Macron. The new President has promised to clean up his country’s politics, so what will he do?

He is preparing a new law to ‘moralise’ politics, and moralisation is our So French Word of this episode, brought to you by Maud Descamps.

Our special guest is comedian Paul Taylor. Just like us, he is fascinated by the French and turned his amazement into a successful Youtube Channel, What The Fuck France.

And a homophobic presenter may cost his channel many millions in advertising revenue.

With the second round of the presidential election coming up in just one week, we scratch our heads and take a closer look at WHAT actually happened and WHAT to expect.

And we also ask the question WHY Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left candidate, refuses to encourage HIS voters to vote against Marine Le Pen.

And of course, Maud Descamps brings us a fresh French word of the day!

This month, So French! has a very famous neighbour. Stay tuned to find out whom we’re talking about…

Recorded in Paris on April 28, 2017.

Episode 27Only a week to go before the first round of the presidential elections, we’re we’re wondering if France will face a run-off between the extreme left and the far right.
 Is France going to ditch the euro for the sucre?

We alo have a look at what’s left of Nuit Debout, the grassroots movement that grew out of the protests against the new labour laws here in France. One year on, does the movement still exist?

And we get into a food fight: The French were not amused by a restaurant review by a British food critic this week. The severe but righteous food critic Jay Rayner (The Guardian) is our special guest.

With just over a month to go until the French presidential election, we finally know who is a candidate and who isn’t. We also discuss the ongoign revelations of François Fillon’s way of life.

The So French Word of this epsiode is ‘cadeau’, given to you by Maud Descamps.

And we listen to the stars, to the music selected by France’s star-astronaut Thomas Pequet. You can find his playlist on Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/artist/678. If you like French music, don’t forget to check out So French’s playlist on Spotify.