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A debate on the latest developments in French politics with two Paris-based journalists. Every Tuesday at 4.45 pm Paris time.



Latest update : 2014-06-18

Reforming France: Mission impossible?

Already the most unpopular French president in history, François Hollande is now facing a wave of social discontent. Train drivers but also entertainment industry workers are on strike over proposed reforms. The train strike is now the longest since 2010, when Hollande's conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy was in power. Is reforming France an impossible task?

By Melissa BELL

Our guests

Philip Turle

Journalist, RFI

Stefan De Vries

RTL4 Correspondent in Paris



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