Now under siege, France’s state-run pension system has delivered a decent standard of living to millions — a reality that retired telecom workers in Marseille have experienced firsthand.
Cole Stangler is a journalist based in Marseille writing about labor and politics. A contributor to France 24, Cole has also published work in the Nation, the New York Times, and the Guardian.
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It’s easy to think of French public life as more highbrow than its US counterpart. But France’s top-rated talk show is fusing politics and entertainment — and it’s a key part of a billionaire-funded effort to normalize far-right talking points.
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