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

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So French

The Podcast from Paris is back! This week: Will the French Catalans join their brothers across the border? Who is Jihad Granny? And we will teach you some French swear words with the help of the foul-mouthed French President.

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Couscous, jihadi’s and sexy accents

So French! - Episode 34

After a long and very French Summer Break, we are back with our third season of So French! We discuss the falling popularity of Emmanuel Macron. His will sign his new Labour Bill this week and unions are taking to the streets. Couscous, the popular Moroccan dish, caused a political row. Maud Descamps gives us […]

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The Sun King, Startups and Simone Veil

So French! - Episode 33

‘Le Startup’ is the magic word in France since Macron became a president. This week he opend the world’s largest incubator, in the heart of Paris. Both President Macron and Prime Minister Philippe held long speeches this week to unveil their programme. One of France’s most beloved women passed away, Simone Veil (89). Who was […]

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Episode 32 – Macron keeps it cool during heatwave

As a heatwave hits the country, we dive into the muddy waters of European politics, and ask the question what Europe will look like under the new french president. Will Emmanuel Macron be a refreshing force, or will the warm relationship between Germany and France cool down once the UK leaves the union? Other topics: […]

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Episode 31 – State of Emergency: The New Normal

The French government would like to turn the exceptional measures of the state of emergency into regular law. We discuss the worrying implications of this bill with Marco Perolini, of Amnesty International. This weekend, it’s election time again. This time, the French go to the polls to vote for their MP’s. It looks like it’s […]

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Episode 30 – Moralisation and Muddy Waters

In their first week, the Government is already involved in two potential scandals. Once again the French media revealed some embarrassing details about two politicians, both close to Emmanuel Macron. The new President has promised to clean up his country’s politics, so what will he do? He is preparing a new law to ‘moralise’ politics, […]

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So French!

With the second round of the presidential election coming up in just one week, we scratch our heads and take a closer look at what actually happened and what to expect. We also ask the question why Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left candidate, refuses to encourage his voters to vote against Marine Le Pen. And of course, […]

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So French

Only a week to go before the first round of the presidential elections, we’re we’re wondering if France will face a run-off between the extreme left and the far right.
 Is France going to ditch the euro for the sucre? We alo have a look at what’s left of Nuit Debout, the grassroots movement that grew […]

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So French!

The French Left is crumbling down. Why don’t they just kiss and make up to have a better chance in the upcoming elections? Since two weeks, there’s a lot of social tension in French Guyana. Journalist Déborah Neusy of the newspaper France Guyane is in Cayenne and gives us the latest. We have a report on […]

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So French! - Episode 21

Episode 21 of the podcast from Paris. Since our last episode only three weeks ago, French politics has been shaken up. Old men like Sarkozy, Juppé and Hollande are leaving the scene, but will not be replaced by new faces. In other news: Parisians were suffering this week from a extreme pollution. There’s no solution in […]

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