Now it’s all about compromise in France’s National Assembly

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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the opposition political party that joined Macron’s party to pass spending legislation. There’s the Bonus Question, the “Listeners Corner” with Michael Fitzpatrick, and “Music from Erwan”. All that, and the new quiz question, too. Just click on the “Audio” arrow above and enjoy! 


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This week’s quiz: On 6 August, I asked you a question about an article written by RFI English journalist Michael Fitzpatrick, about Macron’s loss of an overall majority in France’s National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament. This means his party’s proposed laws will have a much harder time passing than in his last presidential term when he had the absolute majority. Compromise, coalitions – all that’s now necessary, and we’ve been watching closely how this new political landscape will play out.

As Michael wrote in his article “After angry debate, French parliament agrees spending power budget changes”, you’ll read exactly how that is going … as Michael put it: “After four days of frequently violent verbal clashes, the French National Assembly on Wednesday morning finally passed the budgetary adjustments needed to finance measures aimed at boosting spending power.”

I asked you to send me the answer to this question: How many deputies from the right-leaning French political party “Les Républicans” joined with members from Macron’s party “Renaissance” to pass the adjustments to the 2022 budget?

The answer is, as Michael wrote: “The presidential faction and its allies profited from the support of the 54 deputies of the Republican right, which is anxious to position itself as a ‘constructive opposition.”

In addition to the quiz question, there was the Bonus Question: “When are you at your best?”

The winners are: Khondaker Rafiqul Islam, who’s the president of the Source of Knowledge Club in Naogaon, Bangladesh, and is also the winner of this week’s Bonus Question.

The other winners this week are RFI Listeners Club members Mogire Machuki from Kissi, Kenya; Hans Verner Lollike from Hedehusene, Denmark; Ding Lu from Jiangsu Province in China, and RFI English listener Sultana Begum from Sirajganj, Bangladesh.  

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “April in Paris” by Vernon Duke and Yip Harburg, performed by Count Basie and the Mills Brothers; “September” by Al McKay, Maurice White, and Allee Willis, performed by Earth, Wind & Fire; “L’Indifference” by Tony Murena, performed by Murena and the Café Accordion Orchestra; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov; “The Cakewalk” from Children’s Corner by Claude Debussy, performed by the composer, and “Dancing on the Tables” written by Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and performed by the Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Quartet.   

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This week’s question ... you have to listen to the show to participate. After you’ve listened to the show, refer to our article “French director receives two awards for debut film at Venice festival” to help you with the answer.

You have until 10 October to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 15 October podcast. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

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Susan Owensby

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