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

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A delicious Wife and a resentful ex-President

So French Episode 50

This is the 50th Episode of So French!. A grand merci to all our listeners! This week: With strikes, bad approval ratings and a trolling former President all at once, Macron has little reason to celebrate his first anniversary. We also talk about the Cannes Filmfestival and about the strategic interests of New Caledonia. And you […]

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Macron's Anger Management

So French Podcast #48

Everybody seemed a bit angry at Macron this week: the railway workers, the Italians and some MP’s who risk losing their job due to new reforms. France is going to invest 1.5 billion euros in a technology that could eradicate mankind. And if you are afraid of asking a grumpy French waiter for a doggy […]

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Episode 45: I want to ride my bicycle!

So French!, the podcast from Paris

Paris is suffocating again because of heavy air pollution, again. Yet it is pretty hard to change the mentality of the Parisians when it comes to mobility We’ll also talk about the first part of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s memoirs. Rock Star Johnny Halliday’s family is fighting over his 100 million euro estate. And Emmanuel Macron […]

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Episode 44: Snow French!

So French, the podcast from Paris

It’s snowing a lot in Paris, but we will take you to the sunny Island of Beauty, and that is Corsica, of course. Millennials, or the boring new generation. And we’ll dicuss food, and stars and unbearable pressure. Maud Descamps is with us for a brand new winter-related expression of the week.   Recorded in […]

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So French! - Episode 43

The Jupitarian president once again using the Sun King’s to help conqueur the world. In other news: Prison guards are angry, the World’s best ice cream is French and Parisians are getting wet feet.   Recorded in Paris, January 27, 2018

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So French! - Episode 40

So French!

Selling fighter jets, saving the Earth, delivering two eulogies and being the king of Europe: this month, Macron’s agenda is fuller than a stuffed Christmas turkey. Also, with independence à la mode in Europe, the French Corsicans are making their voices heard, voting for more autonomy. One homeless man got very lucky this week, but […]

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Episode 39: Are you joking?

So French, the podcast from Paris

Emmanuel Macron toured Africa, trying to change the decades-old touchy relationship with the former colonies on the vast continent and the old ‘motherland’. Paris is the world’s most visited city, and the number of apartments rented out through Airbnb has exploded in just a few years. Now the city wants to limit short stays French […]

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Episode 38 – Where’s Marine?

Where is Marine? And what’s going on with the Front national? We also take a closer look at the leadership battle in the French conservative party. Who will lead the party – and will it be in opposition, or compliance with president Macron? And does Sara feel insulteed by Carla Bruni? Listen to a new […]

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Episode 37 – A Presidential Poem

Many women and some men, around the world have added their voices to a wave of complaints about sexual harassment. In France, the Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan and the film director Roman Polanski were publicly confronted with their past. The government presented a 1 billion euro plan to reform the French University System. But why? […]

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Episode 36 – Rat on your pig

In this week’s episode We’ll take a closer look at how the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #metoo hashtag has affected France When the days are getting shorter, and the trees are losing their leaves, it’s not uncommon for Europeans to be a little bit sombre in this time of the year. The French seem […]

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