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PODCAST: Will immigration row topple Macron’s government and how will France’s discount rail pass work?

The Talking France podcast is back discussing all the French talking points from the week - from the brewing political storm over immigration to a glossy new TV series, via cheap train tickets, Alpine tourism and how to get a property bargain.

PODCAST: Will immigration row topple Macron's government and how will France's discount rail pass work?

In a cross-border podcast episode, host Ben Partland is joined by Rachel Loxton from the Germany in Focus podcast to discuss how the €49 train ticket works in France – and whether it could be adapted to France.

Regular contributors The Local France editor Emma Pearson, journalist Genevieve Mansfield and politics expert John Lichfield are all back to talk about the big news in France.

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A political storm is brewing in France (yes, another one) over the issue of immigration. Emmanuel Macron’s new immigration bill is currently pleasing no-one and looks likely to be blocked in parliament – but will Macron cave under pressure from both the left and the right? And who will he side with?

A high-profile French figure is the latest to get the Netflix treatment, with a splashy new drama about his life. But who was Bernard Tapie – businessman, politician, singer, football club president and prisoner?

We’re heading off to the Alps to look at how climate change is altering the face of Alpine tourism – from ski resorts to hiking lodges.

And we’ve got a tip to get a bargain property in France (if that is, you don’t mind waiting for the vendor to die. Yes, really – this is the system known as viager).

And stay tuned to the end for our French words of the Week – this time the selection relates to the classic French pastime of complaining. 

You can find all episodes of Talking France here. The podcast is free, but if you like what you hear, please consider becoming a member of The Local in order to support our work.

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PODCAST: France’s bedbug invasion, Macron’s green conundrum and picking a good restaurant

This week's Talking France podcast looks at the explosion of bedbugs and French tax laws inspired by an epic legal battle as well as a controversial motorway in the south west and tips for choosing a decent French restaurant.

PODCAST: France's bedbug invasion, Macron's green conundrum and picking a good restaurant

Host Ben McPartland is joined by The Local France journalists Genevieve Mansfield and Sam Bradpiece, plus political expert John Lichfield to talk about all the latest developments in France. 

This week the Talking France team unpacks why bedbugs seem to be exploding everywhere in France – from cinemas and passenger trains to hospitals. We’ll also give you some tips for how to stay bedbug-free.

You can find the Talking France podcast on Spotify, Apple or Google podcasts, download it HERE or listen on the link below

Then we try to unravel what a French prosecutor once claimed “the longest and most sophisticated tax fraud” in modern French history, which has spanned generations involved stashing precious pieces of art in far-away places and even nuclear bomb shelters.

We look at how the case tells us a little something about French inheritance laws, and why disinheriting your children in France is a no-go.

Next the Talking France team looks into why the French seaside town Dinard has gone all British this week.

We’ll also hear from John Lichfield about why going green in France presents a real conundrum and plenty of risk for President Emmanuel Macron.

And stay tuned for tips on how to pick a delicious, authentic restaurant when visiting France, plus a crash course on French ‘text-speak’. 

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