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Spotlight on France
Spotlight on France
RFI English

Interested in France? Let us be your ears and eyes on the ground. Hosts Sarah Elzas and Alison Hird introduce you to... more

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Podcast: Political swearing, Molière and women, King Behanzin's surrender

Which Macron vowed to "piss off" the unvaccinated and why? The 17th century female playwrights around Molière, as France marks his... more

13 Jan 2022 · 24 minutes
Podcast: Inclusive language, improbable roommates, the Dreyfus affair

Inclusive writing and gender-neutral language divide France. The merits of homesharing across generations. And the trial that started the Dreyfus... more

16 Dec 2021 · 27 minutes
Podcast: Green hydrogen, sperm shortages and France's other revolution

A visit to the world's first green hydrogen production plant, in western France. Major delays in IVF for all women,... more

02 Dec 2021 · 29 minutes
Podcast: France's first Alzheimer's village, translation wars, Josephine Baker

An experimental centre near Bordeaux offers Alzheimer's sufferers more freedom and less medication; debate over whether a translator's identity matters following the... more

18 Nov 2021 · 30 minutes
Podcast: Returning African art, dying with dignity in France, Brassens at 100

How France is dragging its feet in returning African art and artefacts housed in its museums. An 77-year-old activist talks... more

21 Oct 2021 · 27 minutes
Podcast: LGBT conversion therapy, crack in Paris, training France's elite

A historic vote in parliament as French MPs unanimously approve a bill criminalising conversion therapy for LGBT+ people; no quick... more

07 Oct 2021 · 29 minutes
Podcast: Paris attacks trial, courtroom artists, Harkis to get reparations

How journalists are covering the 2015 terror attacks trial. The artists who have an important role in bringing French courtrooms... more

23 Sep 2021 · 25 minutes
Podcast: health pass protests, lavender beyond Provence, Canard Enchainé

Why are people protesting the Covid health pass in France? Challenging terroir by growing lavender outside of Provence. The birth of Le Canard... more

09 Sep 2021 · 27 minutes
Podcast: Le Pen's strategy, French quinoa, birth of the Paris fire brigade

Is Marine Le Pen's 'softening' of the hard-right National Rally the right strategy to win the presidency? The American who... more

01 Jul 2021 · 23 minutes
Podcast: Regional elections, France's local languages, first paid holidays

The hijacking of France's regional election campaign, the fight to keep local languages alive and the first paid vacations for... more

17 Jun 2021 · 31 minutes
Spotlight on France
Podcast: Political swearing, Molière and women, King Behanzin's surrender
Spotlight on France