Spotlight On France – Episode 92

France has historically had good relations with China, but as Europe has been looking to distance itself from the People’s Republic, France has had to follow suit. RFI’s Jan van der Made talks about French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China this week, and the shifting relationship between the two countries. (Listen @2’20”)

After Spain passed a law allowing women to take up to two days off each month for pain related to menstruation, France is being encouraged to do the same. The town of Saint Ouen, north of Paris, has put in place paid menstrual leave for city employees, to allow them to take time off, and to raise awareness of what is often a taboo subject. But not everyone agrees with the measure. (Listen @18’37”)

Pablo Picasso, who died on 8 April 1973, spent his entire adult life in France and a host of exhibitions are planned to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. France claims him as a national treasure, but it rejected his 1940 request for French nationality. (Listen @12’20”) 

Episode mixed by Cecile Pompeani.