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PODCAST: Eurostar faces more misery, defending Paris waiters and key questions on new French language tests

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PODCAST: Eurostar faces more misery, defending Paris waiters and key questions on new French language tests
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The Talking France team get together to discuss more travel problems France and the UK, plus dilly-dallying French waiters, how the French celebrate Valentine's Day and that Paris SUV vote.


Host Ben McPartland is joined by The Local's Emma Pearson, Genevieve Mansfield and John Lichfield to discuss the latest news in France.

This week, we start off with a referendum that has grabbed international headlines - the tripling of parking fees for SUVs in Paris. The topic might be controversial to global audiences, but very few people in France's capital actually turned out to vote. We turn to politics expert John Lichfield to help understand the low voter turn-out.


We are sad to report that there will likely be more travel misery on the horizon for Eurostar passengers, plus why some people are turning to planes instead of trains. 

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French waiters often get a bad reputation - some think they are grumpy while others love to complain that they take too long to bring out the food or the bill. The Local's team discusses whether there is any truth to these stereotypes, and why French servers in Paris are going to pick up the pace come March.

And after many emails from concerned readers, we take another look at France's new language test requirements for residency cards and citizenship. This time, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions on the issue.

Finally, the French may be stereotyped as romantic, but do they actually care about Valentine's Day? We explore how the French celebrate 'La Saint Valentin'.

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