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PODCAST: France faces major strikes, new driving laws and the menace of far right violence

The Local
The Local - [email protected] • 14 Jan, 2023 Updated Sat 14 Jan 2023 07:56 CEST
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The Talking France podcast is back for series five tackling all the big issues in France - from pension reform and the threat of violence from the far right to ski holidays, Emmanuel Macron's love life and a game to play in Paris.


Host Ben McPartland is joined by Local France editor Emma Pearson, journalist Genevieve Mansfield and political expert John Lichfield to talk about what's going on in France.

After a series of events involving violent far right extremists, we're looking at exactly what threat is posed by far-right attacks in France, with John telling us: "The French government is worried and they're right to be worried."

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We're also taking a look at the big talking point in France this week - pension reform. The government has finally unveiled details of plans to raise the pension age, and unions responded immediately with strikes.

We're talking about a rather unusual interview given by Emmanuel Macron to a group of journalists with autistic spectrum disorders, which ended with him opening up about his marriage and family life.

And for visitors to France we're taking a look at two big questions - what should you do if you have a ski holiday booked and there is no snow? And what are the new driving laws in 2023?

As ever, we end with some tips to make life in France easier and more fun, from saving money on trains and buses to making walks around French cities more fun, especially for kids.

This episode marks the start of series 5 of Talking France, you can find all previous episodes HERE.

The following articles cover the subjects discussed in the episode.

France's January pension strikes - what services will be affected?

'When you're in love you cannot choose': Macron opens up about falling for Brigitte

The law changes drivers in France need to know about in 2023

What can I do if I've booked a French skiing holiday and there's no snow




The Local 2023/01/14 07:56

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