Today on Join Us in France we dip our toe into the world of both competitive and recreational cycling in France with Olympic Silver medalist and World champion Marion Clignet. Are you a cyclist, a runner, a walker? You might want to come enjoy those activities on your next vacation in France in the Pyrenees. Nothing is more French than seeing the country on a bicycle! But even if you’re never going to take a sports vacation, Marion tells an inspiring tale of how epilepsy changed her life and how she’s managed to cope with the disease since her early 20s.
This week on Join Us in France Annie digs into the history of secularism and free speech in France as it relates to the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher Grocery store terror attacks . Knowing a little history will explain a lot about a place, and in this instance, the events unfolding in France in January 2015 make no sense whatsoever without understanding the historical context. Why did so many French people take to the streets? Why are the French police now arresting people who just want to be heard too? Is it simple backlash? Is it rampant racism? Or is it compliance to French law and why is the law the way it is? This is all explained in today’s show.