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TALKING FRANCE

PODCAST: Will cars always be king in rural France and how angry are the French right now?

The Local's Talking France podcast is back - looking at the latest in the tense French political situation and why rural France is so dependent on cars, when Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral is re-opening, why everyone is talking about 'KB9' and where to find the best - and stretchiest - French cheese.

PODCAST: Will cars always be king in rural France and how angry are the French right now?
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We start with a look at France’s rather fractious political scene – from strikes to fuel blockades and the government’s controversial powers to push legislation through parliament.

Listen on Spotify, Apple or Google podcasts, download it HERE or listen on the link below.

Our political columnist John Lichfield told us: “I think this is the beginning of a period of social unrest.

“Tuesday’s strike, not very well supported, was partly a testing of muscles on both sides, just to see what the strengths would be.

“But I think if we do come to a dispute over pension reform then the moderate unions would also call their troops out on the streets and then you would have a much, much bigger social unrest.”

We’re also looking at why France – especially rural France – is so dependent on cars, and whether anything is likely to change for country-dwellers.

We’re looking at where in France has the stretchiest cheese, which footballer the French both love and love to hate, and when Paris’ fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral is likely to re-open.

And we know that lots of people loved Emily in Paris – but if you want a view of France beyond those few wealthy parts of Paris that tourists love, we’ve got some recommendations for French films that show a very different side of the country.

Talking France will now be taking a short break during the school holidays, but we will be back on November 10th, and until then you can find our complete back catalogue HERE.

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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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