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PODCAST: Macron breaks war taboo, why Lyon is the place to move to and French language test tips

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PODCAST: Macron breaks war taboo, why Lyon is the place to move to and French language test tips
The Local's podcast Talking France

The team at The Local have a new series of the Talking France podcast, looking at all the latest news in France and the realities of French life, from Emmanuel Macron's military plans to tips for passing your French language test, via moving to Lyon and why the French taxman might be spying on your social media.


Host Ben McPartland is joined by The Local's Emma Pearson, Genevieve Mansfield and John Lichfield to talk through all the latest happenings from France. 

The big talking point this week is of course Emmanuel Macron's words on the possibility of sending ground troops into Ukraine - we look at what is on the table, why Macron said what he did and France's military power within Europe. We also take a quick glance at that hoary old cliché of the French army being keen to surrender.

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Moving on to more practical topics, we've got the low-down on France's biggest farm show - why there were clashes this year, the background to the show's popularity with politicians and why it's a great day out. 


And could your new Facebook friend be the French taxman in disguise? Tax authorities have been given the green light to go 'undercover' by creating fake social media profiles to catch out tax-dodgers.

France's third biggest city Lyon has recently come top in a 'livability' survey so we're chatting about some of the reasons you might want to move there.

Finally, we share some tips on passing the French language exam, based on our recent experiences of taking the test.

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Carmela Santana 2024/02/28 16:48
As of 16:37 today, there doesn't seem to be a link in the two emails sent to listen to this podcast, nor does it show up on your website, nor is it on Spotify. The latest podcast is from February 15. I would love to hear this week's podcast. Please link it up. Love the show, btw, it's always informative and entertaining.
  • Emma Pearson 2024/02/28 17:01
    Many apologies, the email was sent in error and went too early. We'll have the podcast up first thing on Thursday. Thanks for your kind words and hope you enjoy this one

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