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TALKING FRANCE

PODCAST: Are the French quitting meat and will fuel blockades spark a winter of discontent?

The Local's Talking France podcast is back with a new episode that looks whether the current fuel blockades are just the beginning of a winter of social unrest and how the French are turning away from meat.

PODCAST: Are the French quitting meat and will fuel blockades spark a winter of discontent?

In this week’s episode of Talking France (scroll down to play or download) we discuss the ongoing and worsening fuel crisis in the country. 

With drivers having to queue for hours to fill up their cars and the French government taking the bold step of forcing strikers back to work tensions are high.

Our French politics export John Lichfield looks at whether we are heading for a winter of discontent with further social unrest and why the French government’s attempts to force strikers back to work is a high risk move.

“Politically any threat to the right to strike is potentially dangerous,” he said. “People on the left will try to use this to stir up anger and Macron phobia as we approach what is already looking like a winter of discontent.”

We also study the changing eating habits of the French.

In the country of Boeuf Bourguignon and steak frites is meat now becoming too hard to digest for a younger, more environmentally conscious generation?

And we discuss how one of France’s most famous Christmas markets is cracking down on tacky products – including, believe it or not, Champagne.
 
And the battle against the influence of English words in the French language goes on.
 
Are the guardians of la langue francais right to protect the language of Molière against the language of Shakespeare and the Spice Girls? Or is it futile?

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

 
Are there are any topics you would like to see covered in Talking France? You can take our survey HERE to leave feedback or make suggestions for future episodes.
 
 

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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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