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

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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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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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