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The podcast from Paris about French current affairs, culture and politics. Hosted by Sara Bertilsson and Stefan de Vries

The podcast from Paris about French current affairs, culture and politics. Hosted by Sara Bertilsson and Stefan de Vries

Location:

France

Description:

The podcast from Paris about French current affairs, culture and politics. Hosted by Sara Bertilsson and Stefan de Vries

Language:

English

Contact:

+33663093331


Episodes

Het Leesvirus

4/18/2020
Audition Template: 1 Mono Host track (with Speech Volume Leveler), 1 Mono Interview track (with Speech Volume Leveler), 1 Stereo Sound FX with effects, 1 Stereo Music Bed track. 44.1k, 16 bit, Stereo Master.

Duration:00:31:21

Paris, The City of Strikes

1/20/2020
It's the seventh week of the National Strike. Will we see any major developments, or will the country stay chaotic over the next couple of days? What's at stake in the upcoming local Elections? Will the pension reform diminish Macron's chances? And who will become the next Mayor of Paris? A dustman in Paris was fired because someone tweeted that he was taking a nap. What's behind this story? Recorded in Paris, 19 January 2020.

Duration:00:33:36

How to survive the Strike of the Decade?

12/2/2019
This week: Black Thursday is coming! On December 5, a national strike will paralyze the country. It could well last until the New Year. How to survive what could become the biggest strike in decades? Another black day for the French Army, when 13 soldiers died in a helicopter accident during an anti-jihadist operation in Mali. France’s military involvement in Africa is now in question. Turning Black Friday green? As the infamous November took its grip on France, the country’s politicians...

Duration:00:29:43

Why the French are terrible at languages (and what they can do about it)

11/16/2019
Parlez-vous franglais? The French are not known for speaking English fluently. Or any other foreign language. Our guest, Giuseppe Fantigrossi of the start-up Play2Speak, will tell us why that is the case, and more importantly: how the French can finally improve their foreign language skills. This weekend, it has been one year already that the Yellow Vests started their protests. And they are continuing. There were violent clashes in Paris again this Saturday. It coincided with the day the...

Duration:00:35:42

While New York City is banning foie gras, the French are hooked on Halloween

11/3/2019
Seine-Saint-Denis is France's poorest district. In 2024 it will be the main site of the Olympic Games. This week the government presented a plan to improve life for its 1.6 million inhabitants. What are the challenges? And is the plan sufficient? Bad news for New York Foodies: in 2023, all foie gras will be banned. We talk with New York Chef Hugue Dufour, who is not amused with the ban. On this side of the Ocean, Halloween is getting more and more popular every year. Ten years ago, the...

Duration:00:29:45

Why headscarves to the French are like red rags to a bull

10/20/2019
Once every while debate rages in France about Muslim veils. This week another high-point was reached: the topic was discussed in no less than 85 (!) TV programmes, with 286 talking heads, not one of them being a veil wearing muslim woman... In the country that has 'Liberty' and 'Equality' in its publicity slogan, many people would like to see restrictions on the way people dress. And by 'people', they often mean 'Muslim women'. Is banning the headscarf a legitimate way of defending France's...

Duration:00:29:47

French Media go bananas about Chirac's death

10/4/2019
Hosts Sara and Stefan are baffled by this week's media frenzy following former President Jacques Chirac's death. Why did French media go bananas with their coverage? They also discuss the fire at the chemical plant in Rouen. The aftermath showed once again that French citizens have very little trust in government institutions. And to a certain extent, that distrust is justified by the way French authorities has been handling some severe health crises in the past.

Duration:00:28:43

Back to School!

9/21/2019
The schools have started again, the Rentrée is almost forgotten, yet the debate on how to reform the old fashioned and underperforming French education system is still raging. The OECD published a report comparing school systems around the World, and the French are not the best pupils. We go into detail of these findings with our special guest Juliette Buisson, Middle School Teacher in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. And also: Patrick Balkany is without a doubt France’s most colourful white-collar...

Duration:00:29:52

Threats and trees: Brazil gets personal with Macron

9/7/2019
The crazy hot Europan Summer is over and that means we're back with So French! It is our fifth Season already. And we are recording in a brand new studio not far from the Eiffel Tower. In this week's episode: France is getting serious about violence against women, while Brazil is insulting Macron. Also: the families of the victims of Air France flight 447 were shocked to learn that the investigating judges will drop their inquiry into the causes of the crash. And: victory for Maurice, the...

Duration:00:23:44

Bastille Day Edition - special Guest: Lindsey Tramuta

7/13/2019
A special guest: Lindsey Tramuta, from Lost in Cheesland

Duration:00:34:12

Baguette, bistro or bouquinistes?

5/15/2019
Three French 'B’s' are competing for a spot on the World Cultural Heritage List. Will it be​ the baguette, the bistro or Paris’s bouquinistes that gets the official heritage stamp from Unesco's much-coveted seal of approval? We’ll try to make up our mind of what we think is the most important French tradition to preserve! France’s top political power couple since almost four decades goes on trial! Politicians Isabelle and Patrick Balkany accused of hiding...13 million euros! from the French...

Duration:00:35:34

After the fire, a flaming debate ignited on the future of the Notre-Dame

4/28/2019
President Emmanuel Macron gave his first press conference since his election almost two years ago. We were there and give you a summary. The Notre-Dame trauma, turning into a Notre-Dame drama, with controversy regarding everything from the funds donated for its reconstruction, the state of the French heritage sites and WHAT the new Notre-Dame should look like French drug dealers taking on new methods to retain their clients, or how about a lottery for the most loyal clients - just like any...

Duration:00:39:44

S04E13: So Fake!

4/7/2019
This week: While trying to fight fake news, Emmanuel Macron fell on his own sword. Facebook and Twitter resued a […]

Duration:00:28:02

So Fake! Macron fell on own sword while fighting Fake News. Special Guest: Jackson Webster.

4/7/2019
This week: While trying to fight fake news, Emmanuel Macron fell on his own sword. Facebook and Twitter resued a European election campaign made by the French government because of breaking the new French Fake News law. Our guest Jackson Webster, a cybersecurity expert of Legalcluster in Paris, talks to us about the difficult relationship between social media and governments. Would you like to buy an appartment in Paris? Dream on! The average price of one square meter (just enough space...

Duration:00:28:02

S04E11: Summer or winter time? Chocolatine or pain au chocolat?

3/8/2019
This week we try to find an answer to essential life questions like should we keep Summer Time or Winter […]

Duration:00:29:33

Summer or winter time? Chocolatine or pain au chocolat?

3/8/2019
This week we try to find an answer to essential life questions like should we keep Summer Time or Winter Time? And do we say 'pain au chocolat' or 'chocolatine'? We also discuss the start of the conviction of the Cardinal of Lyon in a child's abuse case and Emmanuel Macron's start of the campaign for the European Elections. Recorded in Paris, March 7, 2019.

Duration:00:29:33

S04E10 - Säcrebleu! Scandinavian Cooks beat French Chefs

2/6/2019
This week we talk about the controversy regarding French police’s non-leathal flash-ball weapons, about food and about France's entry for this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Duration:00:28:51

S04E10 – Säcreblø! Scandinavian CHEFS do it better

2/6/2019
This week we talk about the controversy regarding French police’s non-leathal flash-ball weapons, about food and about Bilal Hassani, France’s […]

Duration:00:28:51

S04E09 - The Grand National Debate: brilliant or blabla?

1/13/2019
To satisfy the yellow vests, Emmanuel Macron launched his Grand National Debate. But will it be enough to calm down the profound anger in French society? In the mean time, Renault's CEO Carlos Ghosn is still in a Japanese prison, are the French smoking less and less and was the country eating a lot of galette des rois... Recorded in Paris, 12 January 2019

Duration:00:32:00

S04E09 – The Grand National Debate: Brilliant or blabla

1/13/2019
To satisfy the yellow vests, Emmanuel Macron launched his Grand National Debate. But will it be enough to calm down […]

Duration:00:32:00