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A quirky, insider's guide to understanding France and the French, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Thursday at 1:50pm. And join us for French Connections Plus on the last Thursday of the month at 4:15pm.

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A quirky, insider's guide to understanding France and the French, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Thursday at 1:50pm. And join us for French Connections Plus on the last Thursday of the month at 4:15pm.

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    A snapshot of France’s thriving tourism industry

    A snapshot of France’s thriving tourism industry

    For decades, France has been the world's number one tourist destination, ahead of Spain and the United States. In 2019, nearly 90 million people visited the country. The aim had been to reach 100 million tourists by 2020, but then the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Yet after several tough years, the tourism sector is making a comeback. So what does the future of France's travel trade look like? How can the country avoid being a victim of its success and welcome tourists in a sustainable way? In this episode of French Connections Plus, Florence Villeminot and Genie Godula take a snapshot of France's thriving tourism industry. 

    • 13 min
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    Born to revolt? Why the French go on strike

    Born to revolt? Why the French go on strike

    This Thursday, much of France is grinding to a halt due to a nationwide general strike over pension reform. It begs the question: is striking typically French? Although French people arguably have striking down to a fine art, on closer inspection, the figures debunk the myth. So why is the stereotype of a nation on strike so hard to shake off? We tell you more in this edition of French Connections.

    • 6 min
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    Pension conundrum: Why is it so complicated to reform France's retirement system?

    Pension conundrum: Why is it so complicated to reform France's retirement system?

    France's pension system is an emotional and divisive issue. Critics say it's an expensive and complex burden for the French economy, while defenders say it's a treasure that needs protecting. Attempts to reform it (and there have been many) have driven a cross-section of French society into the street and ground the country to a halt. President Emmanuel Macron came to power in 2017 with the promise of streamlining the pension system. His initial plan was sidelined by the Covid-19 pandemic but he's determined to push through changes during his second term. Will he manage where others have failed? We take a closer look in this edition of French Connections.

    • 6 min
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    Should abortion rights be enshrined in the French constitution?

    Should abortion rights be enshrined in the French constitution?

    In this week's French Connections, Genie Godula and French Connections take a closer look at what French law says about abortion and contraception, in light of some new developments. Recently, the government made contraception and condoms completely free for anyone under the age of 26. Meanwhile, the morning-after pill has become free for all women. With abortion rights moving backwards in the US, Poland and Hungary, there have been calls to enshrine these rights in the French constitution. But while a majority of French people support the idea, changing the constitution is a complex affair. 

    • 6 min
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    A crust above the rest: French baguette granted UNESCO World Heritage status

    A crust above the rest: French baguette granted UNESCO World Heritage status

    We've talked about the baguette multiple times on French Connections, but this week has seen some exciting news for this quintessential symbol of France. The French baguette has been added to UNESCO's list of cultural treasures known as 'intangible heritage'. The idea of the register is to protect traditions and skills, such as Belgian beer culture or Neapolitan pizza, so they are not lost over time. But if the French baguette is so popular, why does it need protecting? And how do you make a baguette? We take a closer look.

    • 7 min
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    Discovering France's regions through gastronomy: The delights of Normandy

    Discovering France's regions through gastronomy: The delights of Normandy

    One of the best things about France is its food. Each region has its own culinary wonders that reflect the area's culture and history. Join Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot as they embark on a road trip to discover France's regions through gastronomy. Their first stop is Normandy. Known for its world-famous beaches and towering monuments – like the Mont-Saint-Michel – the region is also a foodie's paradise. From the creamy delight that is Camembert to the apple brandy named Calvados, we take you to discover the region of Normandy through its culinary specialties.

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