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TALKING FRANCE

PODCAST: What does the energy crisis mean for France and does Macron have a plan?

The Local's Talking France podcast is back after the summer break, and in the first episode of the new season we're looking at the burning questions in France - the climate and the energy crisis.

PODCAST: What does the energy crisis mean for France and does Macron have a plan?
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Host Ben McPartland is joined by Local France editor Emma Pearson, reporter Genevieve Mansfield and veteran political reporter John Lichfield to sift through the current crisis – will France get through the winter without blackouts, what can we expect from the ‘energy sobriety’ policy and does president Emmanuel Macron have a plan?

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

John told us: “If there are cuts to the electricity in France this winter it will have very little to do with the war in Ukraine and more to do with the French nuclear industry, which is in real trouble.

“The other big issue is to do with the 2023 Budget, which will be one of the main subjects of legislation for the parliament when it returns. Consumer prices for electricity have been capped at 4 percent but the actual price increase in France is more like 50-60 percent and the government has been covering that – just over 1 percent of the national GDP this year has gone on this price shield.

“Can the government continue with the shield at this level? The short answer is no.”  

We’re also looking back at the scorching summer in France and assessing whether this has made a difference in the attitude of French people to the climate crisis – and whether a French football coach’s bad joke is in fact a sign of the zeitgeist.

We’re got some chat on trees, holidays and why Lille is turning off its lights and Genevieve sheds some light on the very particular storm that is brewing in the wine-producing area of Saint-Emilion.

And we’re also bringing you a round-up of French vocab, with our pick of some of the words and phrases that you’ll hear in France right now, from political discussions to cheery greetings, and Ben’s new favourite French insult. 

You can find all previous episodes of the Talking France podcast HERE, and we will be producing new episodes every week.

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PODCAST: Why France faces a ‘cold turkey’ winter and how French high streets stay independent?

From spiralling prices to Paris scooters, via independent shops, France's best-known philosopher and a few French life hacks, here's the new episode of the Talking France podcast.

PODCAST: Why France faces a 'cold turkey' winter and how French high streets stay independent?

Host Ben McPartland is joined by Local France editor Emma Pearson, journalist Genevieve Mansfield, political columnist John Lichfield and French language expert and founder of French Today Camille Chevalier-Karfis to discuss everything that has been happening in France this week. 

You can find the Talking France podcast on Spotify, Apple or Google podcasts, you can download it HERE or listen on the link below.

We start with looking at why France’s low inflation figures paint a perhaps misleading picture, and why the government should be worried about January, with John warning of a ‘tsunami’ of price rises to come.

We’re also looking at why France traditionally does badly compared to its European neighbours when it comes to learning English, with Camille suggesting that it may be down to a particularly French characteristic – fear of being ridiculed. 

And we also like to answer the big questions – such as how France manages to maintain so many independent shops and who is Bernard-Henri Lévy and why does his shirt always seem to be unbuttoned?

We’re also taking a look at why e-scooters could be banned in Paris, and finish up with Ben, Emma and Gen sharing some of the life hacks that they have picked up to make time in France easier, cheaper and more fun. 

You can find this episode of Talking France, on Spotify, Apple or Google podcasts, or find all four series HERE.

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