• The rise of populism
    Donald Trump’s election has shocked the world and the aftershocks have crossed the Atlantic, landing smack in the middle of the French presidential campaign. Could a populist candidate such as far-right leader Marine Le Pen also carry the day next May, or will what happened in the US stay in the US? This question will […]
    Stefan 0 Comments 13 December 2016
  • François Hollande: A lame-duck President?
    The French presidential election is now exactly one year away. The sitting president, François Hollande, will not announce until the end of the year whether he intends to run for re-election or not. But if he does, he will need nothing short of a miracle to stay on in the Elysée Palace. According to the […]
    Stefan 0 Comments 21 April 2016
  • So French Episode 9
    Stefan 0 Comments 15 April 2016
  • Molenbeeks in France?
    Molenbeek has become a synonym for terrorism in Europe. This neighbourhood of the Belgian capital is widely described as a jihadist hotbed and often branded as an example of failed government policies. In France, a heated controversy has emerged after Patrick Kanner, the minister in charge of urban affairs and sports, suggested that the country […]
    Stefan 0 Comments 30 March 2016
  • So French Episode 6
    In this Episode: Hollande’s reshuffle, a new candidate for the Conservative’s primary election, a homophobic football player and the word of the week is le remaniement, explained by Maud Descamps. Hosted by Sara Bertilsson and Stefan de Vries; recorded in Paris, 17 February 2016. https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/podcast.sofrench.news/2016/SoFrench-E06.mp3
    Stefan 0 Comments 18 February 2016
  • Face-Off
    France’s ruling Socialist Party held its congress last weekend in Poitiers. After weeks of tensions, it managed to avoid a nasty split between supporters of the government and President Hollande, and those who criticise his perceived tilt towards the right of centre. But these disagreements are still simmering and could hurt Hollande’s re-election prospects in […]
    Stefan 0 Comments 18 June 2015
  • Facho Victim
    Always wanted to teach your kids something about history? Then Spanish retailer Zara has the perfect item in its new collection! Zara has a wide choice of children’s clothing. Their designs are usually very wearable and a perfect reflection of the Zeitgeist. Yet when I stumbled upon a T-shirt in their online store (no longer available, screen […]
    Stefan 0 Comments 27 August 2014
  • The Fun of France
    Stop being so Parisian, Janine, and get your facts straight!
    Stefan 0 Comments 6 January 2014
  • The World This Week – 22.02.2013
    Chinese hackers, Italian politics and a feisty correspondence between France and the US.
    Stefan 0 Comments 23 February 2013
  • The World This Week – 02.11.2012
    Sandy, China and Google: the topics of this week's The World This Week.
    Stefan 0 Comments 4 November 2012