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Musical summer!

Summer is here, and we just celebrated the Fête de la Musique here in France, the annual country-wide music festival on the summer solstice. To mark the occasion, here are some music profiles:

♪  Kinshasa symphony orchestra
Fusion music, 17th century style
♪  Irreverent gypsy tunes from around the world

Economist rockstar

When the translation of his book, Capital in the 21st Century, came out in English, economist Thomas Piketty became quite the hot thing... in the US. Turns out, France values philosophers more than economists - or at least that's what he told me when I interviewed him and other French economists a while back about French economists and their connection with the US. (listen here)

France news

Here is a sampling of some recent interviews I've done for RFI

US fines BNP for breaking sanctions
Government intervenes in Alstom deal
Recovering money from tax evaders
Reducing number of French regions
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Clowning around in public

I am involved with the administration of a friend's theater company that is putting on a series of performances where they appear in unexpected places as undercover clowns. They're being documented by illustrator Renaud Pennelle. It's called Inclownito and I encourage you to follow them on Twitter (@inclownito).
 
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