These contain some examples of vulgar language.
Download mp3 (file size 1,1 MB) - right click and choose 'save target as'
The French love politics and are often very passionate about it. This could be due to France's centuries-old tradition of philosophical and political thought, with the likes of Rousseau, Robespierre, Napoléon, Charles de Gaulle or Jean-Paul Sartre enjoying international renown. On the other hand, it could be down to the natural tendency of the French to argue about anything... or both.
(* = familiar, ** = very familiar, *** = vulgar, v = Verlan (back-slang), Lit. = literally)
In France, everything you do, from shopping to reading, has a political meaning. But strangely this French obsession with politics and political ideas is matched by a real hatred of politicians... another of those French paradoxes. For various reasons, in the last few years French politicians have managed to gain a terrible reputation. Deservedly or not, they are now often characterised as a bunch of liars, parasites and control freaks. Ironically this hasn't prevented the French from voting for them.
Click here for a transcript of all the expressions in "Politics".