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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about Les Républicains' primary polls. There’s a special draw for your New Year’s Resolutions, some great holiday music, and of course … the quiz. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


Hello everyone!

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A hearty welcome to three new RFI Listeners Club members! All three are from Ghana: both Dr. Bashirideen Koray and Professor Daniel Kwaku Mensah are from Accra, and John Taylor is from Kumasi. Welcome, gentlemen!

This week’s quiz: On 26 November, I asked you a question about French politics. That week, members of France’s conservative party Les Républicans (formerly the UMP) cast their votes to choose their candidate for the 2017 presidential polls. You were to write in with the names of the two candidates who won the most votes in that first round of voting and qualified to run for the second round on 27 November. You were also to note the percentage of votes each candidate won.

The answer is: François Fillion, with 44 percent, and Alain Juppé, with 28.5 percent. As you probably know, voters decided on François Fillion in the second round.

The winners are: Jobayada Aktar Jai, from the Nilshagor RFI Fan Club in Nilphamari, Bangladesh; Shehla Shahzad, from the RFI Pak France International Listener's Club in Sahiwal, Pakistan; Mahmuda Sultana Mitu from Sirajganj, Bangladesh; Rachid Dahmani from M'sila, Algeria, and Ebrima Jeen from Bakau, The Gambia.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 6 February to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 11 February program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

To find out how you can win an RFI wireless computer mouse click here

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club click here

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