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PODCAST: How the climate crisis is changing France and French public holidays explained

The Talking France podcast is back and for the second series we're branching out from politics and taking a look at all aspects of life in France - holidays to travel rules, political scandals to the climate crisis.

PODCAST: How the climate crisis is changing France and French public holidays explained

In this episode Ben McPartland is joined by Local France editor Emma Pearson, along with new Local France reporter Genevieve Mansfield and political columnist John Lichfield.

We’re looking at the latest news in France – from the scandal surrounding the newly appointed disabilities minister to the latest developments from the Provence lavender fields.

You can find the Talking France podcast on Apple or Spotify, on the link below or download it HERE

John Lichfield told us: “I found France’s new prime minister more impressive than I expected when she was campaigning in my local town in Normandy, and all the polls indicate that Macron will win the majority that he needs in the parliamentary elections in June.”

Genevieve Mansfield examines some of the specific ways in which the climate crisis is already impacting life in France – from changes in wine vintages to coastal erosion.

She said: “The agriculture sector is so important for food production for France and for Europe – within the EU France really is the bread basket – but we might need to get used to fewer baguettes in the future, especially of global warning reaches the 2C mark that we’re afraid of. And of course a lot of French culture and traditions are bound up with its agriculture.”

And we’re also tackling some of the big questions about life in France, such as why the supposedly secular country has so many Christian holidays?

As ever, we’ll be answering questions from our readers and taking a look ahead at some upcoming events.

You can find this episode, plus all episodes from series 1 HERE, or on Spotify or Apple by searching Talking France.

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PODCAST: Strikes, regional rivalries and how French cities are adapting to heatwaves

As France bakes under an unusually early heatwave, the latest edition of Talking France examines how French cities are adapting to the new reality of hotter summers, as well as discussing French regional rivalries, the latest strike action and the reality of driving in France.

PODCAST: Strikes, regional rivalries and how French cities are adapting to heatwaves

Host Ben McPartland is joined by Local France editor Emma Pearson and reporter Genevieve Mansfield to discuss all the latest talking points in France – from the neck-and-neck elections on Sunday to the threatened summer of strikes.

As temperature records break around France, we’re also looking at how French cities are adapting to the climate crisis – particularly the northern cities that are badly designed for the scorching summers that are the new reality.

You can find the podcast on Spotify or Apple, listen on the link below or download it HERE.

As ever we are answering questions from listeners – this week you asked us about the biggest regional rivalries, from sports to boundary disputes, food wars to flag rivalry.

And we also explain three things you need to know about French autoroutes – from the rules of the road to how it is that they came to be operated by private companies and how those toll prices are set.

You can find all previous episodes of the podcast – talking about topics as diverse as Emmanuel Macron, the Academie fran├žaise and French music festivals – HERE.

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