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PODCAST: What are real French values and does France care about its troubled far-away territories?

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PODCAST: What are real French values and does France care about its troubled far-away territories?
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The Talking France podcast is back looking at the big issues in France - from deadly rioting in New Caledonia to the threat of Olympic strike chaos, via 'French values' and France's most overrated tourist sites.


Host Ben McPartland is back with The Local France's Emma Pearson and John Lichfield to discuss all the latest news and talking points from France - plus what we think are the most overrated (and underrated) tourist sites in France.

Starting with strikes in Paris - is this just pre-Games posturing or is there a real threat of strike chaos during the Olympics this summer? And is it really true that the French want to ban people from speaking English during the Games?

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From imagined future chaos to current actual chaos - the French islands of Nouvelle-Calédonie have been engulfed in rioting that has left six people dead. We dig into the politics behind the violence, the special status of the islands and the reason that France has a presence in the Pacific in the first place.

France's most famous person? Perhaps. You'd certainly struggle to find a French person who doesn't know his name. As Kylian Mbappé prepares to leave Paris-Saint-Germain we look at just why he is so famous and what his status tells us about France today.

And what exactly are 'French values'? It's a pertinent question for foreigners living in France and those hoping to move here someday, who will soon be expected to sign a contract agreeing to respect the 'values of the French republic' - we take a look at exactly what those values are and what foreigners will be expected to demonstrate.

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