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Interested in France? Let us be your ears and eyes on the ground. Hosts Sarah Elzas and Alison Hird introduce you to the people who make France what it is, and who want to change it - to give you a fuller picture of this country at the heart of Europe. Spotlight on France is a podcast, in English, from Radio France International, out Thursdays.
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In a block of flats in Paris a small group of neighbours enjoy friendly relations. Billie, a young foreign student is welcomed by Rosa, the doyenne of the group. She gets to grips with life in Paris with Zirek, a private car hire driver, Amir, a young florist from Afghanistan, Diane, Pierre and their three children. Les voisins du 12 bis, a bilingual radio story in 13 episodes for immersive listening to learn French in everyday situations.
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in for a fifth term on Saturday after winning re-election last weekend. But he will have little time to rest with the threat of a financial crisis and a tricky balancing act between Russia and Turkey's traditional Western allies. Erdogan's victory, widely considered his toughest, came despite an ailing eco…
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the meaning of “pataphysics”. There’s a meditation on bird song, a poem from listener Adeyola Opaluwah, the “Listeners Corner” with Paul Myers, and Ollia’s “Happy Moment”. All that, and the new quiz question, too, so click on the “Play” button above and enjoy! Hello everyon…
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The village of Oradour-sur-Glane continues to memorialise the massacre of 643 of its inhabitants by the Nazis in 1944. Are shortages of an abortion drug in France linked to the anti-abortion movement in the United States? And the French doctor who helped identify HIV in the early days of the Aids epidemic. On 10 June 1944, Nazi troops entered the b…
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about French President Emmanuel Macron at the Nexus Institute. There’s a little info on spinning gorillas (yes, you read that correctly), the “Listeners Corner” with Paul Myers, and Erwan Rome’s “Music from Erwan”. All that, and the new quiz question, too, so click on the “Play” …
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Incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the frontrunner as Turkey prepares for its first ever presidential runoff vote this weekend. But analysts say challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu has an outside chance, if he can galvanise his base. The first round saw Erdogan secure a majority in parliament and narrowly miss an outright win in the presidential race. Ana…
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Turkey faces a presidential run-off poll on 28 May after an inconclusive vote on 14 May. The political momentum seems to be with the incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who narrowly failed to secure an absolute majority. Erdogan is also expected to win a majority in the parliamentary election, the official results of which will be announced on Monday. …
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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear music written and performed by the Women in Jazz South Florida collective – a program that originally aired 23 October 2021. Just click on the “Play” button above and enjoy! Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday. You’ll hear the winner’s names announced and …
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is predicted to face his toughest re-election challenge yet as voters head to the polls today. Amid growing concerns over voter security, opposition and non-governmental organisations are stepping up efforts to ensure a fair poll. It's busy in the Istanbul office of the non-partisan election monitoring group …
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the CFDT trade union and Macron’s pension reform. You’ll meet Paul Myers – who is our new “Listeners Corner” host - and get happy with Ollia Horton’s “Happy Moment”. All that, and the new quiz question, too, so click on the “Play” button above and enjoy! Hello everyone! Wel…
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A political taboo has been broken in the prelude to the May presidential elections in Turkey. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's chief rival, has spoken out about being an Alevi – a member of a progressive Islamic sect targeted by centuries of discrimination and violence. The move is regarded as a significant and potentially dange…
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This week on The Sound Kitchen, a special treat: RFI English listener's musical requests. Just click on the “Play” button above and enjoy! Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, published every Saturday. This week, you’ll hear a program dedicated to the French singer Marie Laforêt – an idea from RFI English Club member Jayanta…
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Why French unions are so prominent despite record low membership. How Tintin defied critiques of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism to remain one of France's favourite comic strip characters. And the 1920 beauty pageant that evolved into Miss France, watched by millions each year. France's leading trade unions have seen a recent increase in membershi…
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is struggling in many opinion polls ahead of the May elections. Challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu has promised to mend strained ties with Turkey's Western allies, a move which could be bad news for Moscow and might pose a dilemma for the European Union. With Turkey's economy in crisis, Kilicdaroglu is ahead of Erd…
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the alleged French bank dividend arbitrage trading scheme. There’s the “Listeners Corner” with Michael Fitzpatrick and “Music from Erwan” with Erwan Rome. All that, and the new quiz question, too, so click on the “Play” button above and enjoy! Hello everyone! Welcome to The…
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With Turkey amid hotly contested elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing for the first time a powerful independent media. But international rights groups watchdogs accuse Erdogan of seeking to silence critical journalism as he faces his most formidable reelection bid. Dokuz8 Haber broadcasts news programs and produces reports with its n…
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the Namuli horseshoe bat. There’s the “Listeners Corner” with Michael Fitzpatrick and “Music from Erwan” with Erwan Rome. All that, and the new quiz question, too, so click on the “Play” button above and enjoy! Hello everyone! Welcome to The Sound Kitchen weekly podcast, pu…
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France's pioneering 2017 law that made French-based multinational companies responsible for human rights and environmental violations wherever they do business. Also, a Franco-Vietnamese theatre director brings Vietnamese history to life on stage. And the first same-sex marriage remembered 10 years after it became legal. The collapse of the Rana Pl…
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Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched his bid for an unprecedented third term as president in May polls, but rocketing inflation is threatening his reelection hopes as he heads into his toughest campaign yet. In Kadikoy, a middle-class district of Istanbul, people patiently queue for a free Iftar meal to mark the end of a day of fasting during…
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about Fespaco. There’s a celebration of the Bengali New Year, as well as the “Listeners Corner” with Michael Fitzpatrick and “Music from Vincent” with Vincent Pora. All that, and the new quiz question, too, so click on the “Play” button above and enjoy! Hello everyone! Welcome to…
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the French departments under water restrictions as of early March. There are musings on spring and – of course- the music that makes us think of it, as well as the “Listeners Corner” with Michael Fitzpatrick, and “Music from Vincent” with Vincent Pora. All that, and the new…
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France's evolving relationship with China; allowing women time off for period pain; and why artist Pablo Picasso never became French. France has historically had good relations with China, but as Europe has been looking to distance itself from the People's Republic, France has had to follow suit. RFI's Jan van der Made talks about French President …
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The mayor of Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, is warning of a race against time after February's deadly earthquakes highlighted deficiencies in the country's construction industry, with thousands of buildings collapsing. "We don't know when the earthquake will hit," said Ekrem Imamoglu, adding that to let people live in buildings that threaten thei…
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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about comic book author Marguerite Abouet and her non-profit organization in Côte d’Ivoire. There’s the “Listeners Corner” with Michael Fitzpatrick, Ollia’s “Happy Moment”, and music for April Fool’s Day. All that, and the new quiz question, too, so click on the “Play” button abo…
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