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PODCAST: Why France is facing a ‘dangerous moment’ and who is the ‘French Murdoch’?

In this week's episode of Talking France you can listen to the team discuss everything from Beaujolais wine and a move to ban bullfighting to the story of the 'French Rupert Murdoch'. Plus find out why John Lichfield believes the country is facing a "dangerous moment".

PODCAST: Why France is facing a 'dangerous moment' and who is the 'French Murdoch'?

Talking France is back with a new episode on Thursday, which marks one of the big day’s in France’s cultural calendar.

Read on to find out what’s on Talking France this week or simply download it here or press play below.

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau day, when the 2022 batch of Beaujolais wines hits the shelves. We’ll explain why it’s such a big event – but why it was even bigger in the 1980s.

This week we also discuss bullfighting, yes bullfighting exists in France, well at least in certain parts of the country. But for how much longer? The controversial blood-sport is in the line of fire of lawmakers and animal rights groups.

We’ll also discuss why John Lichfield believes France is facing a “dangerous moment” with fuel prices set to soar once again.

“We are just four years on from the Gilets Jaunes movement which was a protest against the threat of rising fuel prices. But these (protest movements) tend to develop very quickly like a squall and we could see a lot of problems in the weeks ahead,” said John.

Also in this week’s episode we look at whether €72.2 million could bring an end to the dangerous and deadly Channel migrant crossings and what happened to the 234 migrants on a rescue ship that was allowed to dock in France.

And we’ll also hear about an almighty row involving the man some call “France’s Rupert Murdoch” and learn some French insults that we don’t recommend you use – (but they are useful to know).

Do you live on the coast of France? A new report has mapped out those parts of the country’s coastline which could one day be under water. We’ll take you through them to see if you area or favourite coastal resort in France is affected.

Our host Ben McPartland is joined by The Local France’s journalists Gen Mansfield and James Harrington, our politics expert John Lichfield and special guest Caroline Conner from Lyon Wine Tastings.

You can find the podcast on Spotify, Apple, Google podcasts or download it HERE, and find all of series 1-3 HERE

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PODCAST: How good are French American relations right now, tips for Paris Olympic tickets and why is Alsace so different?

As Emmanuel Macron is in the USA, Talking France takes a look at the long and sometimes complicated Franco-American relationship, as well as talking French Christmas festivals, baguette news, Olympic tickets and the life of one of France's greatest icons.

PODCAST: How good are French American relations right now, tips for Paris Olympic tickets and why is Alsace so different?

Host Ben McPartland is joined by two special guests – veteran CNN correspondent Jim Bittermann and French Today founder Camille Chevalier-Karfis, plus Local France editor Emma Pearson and journalist Genevieve Mansfield to talk about everything that has been happening in France.

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

As Macron is wined and dined by Joe Biden, we look at what’s happening beneath the surface of this state visit, and why there are some tricky conversations ahead.

Jim Bittermann, the Paris-based CNN correspondent who has been covering France for more than four decades, told us: “President Macron is one of the few French leaders who can say he has had two state visits to the White House and I think at least in part this visit is about soothing ruffled feathers over the AUKUS submarine deal.

“On this visit I think they’re really concerned about the issues surrounding Ukraine, how they will get Ukraine through the winter, and what they can do to help with the energy crisis – but there are a couple of more difficult topics including the Inflation Reduction Act which France and Europe sees as unfair competition and the price of American liquified natural gas that is flowing into Europe.”

We’re also talking a look at the ups and downs of the French-American relationship through history, from the Revolutionary war to the ‘freedom fries’ of the 2000s.

We’re also talking bread – and why the French baguette has finally been recognised by UNESCO – and the latest on the Dijon mustard shortage.

We discuss the life of the great French icon Simone Veil, and why she’s back in the news this week after a ground-breaking event in parliament, and why the historic region of Alsace has a special Christmas festival.

We’ve got tips and getting tickets for the Paris 2024 Olympics and life hacks to make your time in France a little easier.

Find the latest episode and all four series of the Talking France podcast HERE.