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Stefan de Vries is a multimedia journalist based in Paris, covering European current affairs.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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So French Episode 9

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/podcast.sofrench.news/2016/SoFrench-E09.mp3

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Fun of France

Stop being so Parisian, Janine, and get your facts straight!

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The World This Week - 22.02.2013

Chinese hackers, Italian politics and a feisty correspondence between France and the US.

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The World This Week - 02.11.2012

Sandy, China and Google: the topics of this week’s The World This Week.

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