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LISTEN: The Local’s French election podcast

As France prepares for a battle over its political soul - and maybe also the future of Europe - The Local is launching a special election podcast featuring our expert columnist John Lichfield. You can listen to the pilot episode here.

LISTEN: The Local's French election podcast
The Local's French election podcast Talking France. Image: The Local

This episode gives you a taster of what we’ll be covering when Talking France becomes a weekly feature from March 8th.

You can listen to it here (scroll down) or on Spotify or Apple – search The Local’s French election podcast.

We’ll aim to explain the upcoming French presidential election for a non-French audience – how the political system works, who the candidates are and what they stand for, the hot-button issues in France and of course the crucial question; who will win?

We’ll speak to experts including John Lichfield who explains in our pilot episode exactly why this election matters so much.


“In a sense it’s an election not only about the future of France but the future of Europe – you cannot imagine the European Union surviving if either of the far right candidates Marine Le Pen or Eric Zemmour were elected,” he says.

In the episode we also take a look at why France has a two-round voting system and why some Parisians would vote for Trotskyist candidates in the first round but then centrist candidates in the second.

We also look at the tradition of the front républicain in French elections and ask John whether it will hold up in 2022.

Listen below:


You can also find it on Spotify here Apple here or by searching The Local’s French Election’s Podcast.

We hope this pilot episode gives you a taster of what’s to come. Please give us your feedback in the comments section below and let us know what you would like to hear in forthcoming episodes.

We’ll be back from Tuesday, March 8th with a weekly episode of Talking France, right through until the week after the election’s second round on April 24th.  

We’ll also be answering questions from listeners on any aspects of France, its politics and elections, so if you have something you have always wanted to know or a question you’d like to put to John then email us on [email protected] 

You can also keep up with all the election latest in our 2022 Presidential election section HERE.

Member comments

  1. I am surprised that there was no mention of Valéry Pecresse. It seems possible that she makes the second round ahead of Le Pen!

    1. We’re planning a more detailed rundown on all the main candidates in our first proper episode on March 8th, Pécresse will definitely be included

  2. Thank you for the excellent discussion on the candidates. French politics seem so much more interesting than American politics what with both Animalist and Trotskyist candidates among others. I’m looking forward to your upcoming podcasts.

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French authorities pay extra €111m for 2024 Olympics

French authorities have announced that they will increase their contribution to the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic organising committee (Cojo) by €111 million.

French authorities pay extra €111m for 2024 Olympics

National and local government were heeding a request from Cojo, which said on November 21st that they needed to lift their budget estimate 10 per cent from €3.98 billion to €4.48bn, partly as a result of inflation.

Cojo are due to finalise the budget for running the Games at a board meeting on December 12th.

The French government has been funnelling its contribution through Solideo, the public company in charge of building projects.

Cojo is meant to be self-funding but had already received €100 million from the national government, ear-marked for the Paralympics.

National, Parisian and regional governments are all contributing but said they had not yet agreed who was paying how much.

They did say extra cash includes €71 million more for the Paralympics, €12 million for “sports equipment”, €15 million for regional “redevelopment projects” and €8 million for anti-doping.

With Cojo pressing ahead with an ambitious opening ceremony on the Seine, they said the budget for the four Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies is “up €30 million to €130 million”.

Cojo said sponsorship and ticket sales were ahead of projections.

Tony Estanguet, the Cojo president, said that inflation would be reflected in the prices of tickets for prime sessions and that the plan for free transport for the spectators, had been dropped.