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TALKING FRANCE

PODCAST: France faces an autumn of strikes, Eurostar derailed and are mussels in danger?

Our Talking France podcast is back with a new episode that ranges from the mussel beds of Brittany to the mushroom fields of south west France - via the controversial subject of pension reform, the woes of the Eurostar and a certain fashion-conscious French minister.

PODCAST: France faces an autumn of strikes, Eurostar derailed and are mussels in danger?

Host Ben McPartland is joined by The Local France editor Emma Pearson and journalist Gen Mansfield, while writer James Harrington joins us from south west France and political expert John Lichfield from Normandy. 

We start by tackling the thorny subject of pension reform – Emmanuel Macron is pushing ahead with a second attempt to reform the French pension system, but the last one led to the longest transport strikes since 1968.

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

We have a look at whether we’re headed for more strikes and why Macron is determined to do it anyway.

John told us: “I think pension reform is unfinished business for Macron and he I think has come to see it as the key to all other reforms, which in a sense it it. 

“It’s also become a sort of sea serpent that he has to slay to prove that he is still able to do something in his second term, despite not having an overall majority in parliament.”

After a damming letter from the CEO of Eurostar was published we take a look at the problems of the international train service, and whether they’re likely to be resolved soon.

From Paris’ only vineyard to troubles in the mussel beds of Brittany we’re taking in some French news, as well as talking about one French minister’s choice of jumper, and why it’s important.

Also Gen and Emma debate the relative merits of France’s Vendée and Brittany resorts and Ben reveals the French word that is the bane of his life. 

You can listen to Talking France on Spotify, Google podcasts or Apple, and you can find all previous episodes HERE. The podcast is free, but supported by subscribers to The Local France – if you would like to support us, you can become a member HERE, or alternatively you can rate us or leave a review wherever you listen to your podcasts. 

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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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