#184 - French presidential elections | Curio

#184 - French presidential elections

25 mins | Apr 8, 2022

Today's episode from 8th April 2022. This weekend people in France will head to the polls as the first round of the presidential elections take place. Whilst Emmanuel Macron is the frontrunner, we discover that there are a number of deep rifts in society which far right and left opponents might take advantage of. Then later, many of us blurt out our every thought we have on platforms that will eventually be replaced. So can the enduring art of letter writing leave a better legacy behind? We take a look at the medium after it was announced that acclaimed author John le Carré’s private letters are to be published. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has given Emmanuel Macron a boost in the national polls; however, if he fails to acknowledge France's core issues, his rivals on the far right and left will remain popular. For The Financial Times, Victor Mallet gets a realistic picture of the country's mood and critical issues at play, as the election content looms closer. John Le Carré achieved the rare combination of popular and critical acclaim over his long and glittering writing career. This is why his final contribution — a collected volume of previously unpublished letters from his childhood in the 1940s to his death in 2020 — has sent a thrill through the literary world. Ahead of their November 2022 release, for The Guardian Stephanie Merritt explores the resurgence in popularity of letter writing, our fascination with the illusion of eavesdropping that private correspondence provides, and the complicated truth that we might never truly know who the person was beyond the pages. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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