coming up on Friday's show....an interview with acclaimed poet Philip Schultz, a look at the comic partnership between Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and reviews of the latest albums from Sharon Van Etten, Neil Young and Sam Smith
Alan Corr with the latest news from the arts world - the death of American DJ Frankie Knuckles, Catherine Deneuve's criticism of Gerard Depardieu for abandoning France for tax reasons and the first Creative Arts scholarship to be offered in NUI Galway
President Francois Hollande and his Socialist government have suffered a crushing defeat in local elections. The government has lost control of around 150 large towns, mostly to the right. And the far-right National Front will be in charge of at least two large cities. Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who has led the French cabinet since the left came to power in 2012, has already resigned. President Hollande now faces a struggle to re-establish his political credibility. The London Independent’s John Lichfield joined Sean from Paris.
In France President Francois Hollande is trying to save his foundering presidency. He’s about to launch a series of policy moves involving cuts to public spending and tax reductions. He is particularly keen to cut taxes on jobs and business. Reporter John Lichfield joined Sean on the line from Paris.
As the number of refugees fleeing Syria tops 2 million people, last night the French government declassified intelligence reports which they say links President Bashar Assad’s government to the apparent use of chemical weapons in Damascus last month. John Lichfield is with the London Independent in Paris