PODCAST: Is Paris safe, are the French all adulterous and are the suburbs so bad?

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PODCAST: Is Paris safe, are the French all adulterous and are the suburbs so bad?

Host Ben McPartland is joined by Emma Pearson, Geneviève Mansfield and John Lichfield from The Local France to talk about all the latest news coming out of France.

Following the terrorist attack in Paris that claimed the life of a German tourist, we begin this week’s episode by examining whether it is safe to visit the French capital.

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French cheese producers are not afraid of combat and they recently emerged victorious in a battle against the EU. The Local team has all the details and more on the years-long controversy between pasteurized and unpasteurized Camembert.

We will also introduce you to one of the French’s favorite directors: Ladj Ly, whose films are celebrated for giving voice to “suburbs‘. The Local team talks about the French suburbs and the bad reputation that surrounds them.


Are all French women thin? And what about the cliché that the French cheat on their wives? We take a look at some of the most common stereotypes about the French and whether or not they contain any truth.

Christmas is coming and the French have their own traditions to celebrate. From how much people spend on gifts, office parties and delicious seafood platters on Christmas Eve, we’ll give you an insight into French Christmas traditions.

And finally, thank you to everyone who responded to our listener survey. We’ve taken your questions and turned them into a special episode which will air over the Christmas and New Year period.

You can find all previous episodes of Talking France HERE. Talking France is a free podcast made possible thanks to the support of paying members of The Local France – if you like what you hear, consider subscribing.

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