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Welcome to the new "LifeStyle 74"

RADIO 74 is changing its name to LifeStyle 74.

On January 17th, RADIO 74 celebrated 37 full years of broadcasting.

37 years! Half a lifetime! We’ve become a mature radio station for thinkers, for movers and shakers, the station of choice for people who make decisions that benefit the world around them, people who really care about themselves, their families and their ultimate future.

RADIO 74 began broadcasting on January 17th, in 1982, and except for technical faults, it has been on the air every day since then.

RADIO 74 was the first FM station heard in France and Switzerland that transmitted primarily in English.

It was the first radio station of the region to broadcast 24 hours a day.

The first private station to transmit in stereo.

The first private station equipped with RDS (Radio Data System)

The first private local station to transmit from Mt. Salève, and in 1996 our main transmitter was relocated to an even higher vantage point, on the Jura.

The first radio station in France, and much of Europe, to rebroadcast the VOA (from Washington), the BBC (from London), RTE (from Ireland) and RFI (Radio France International), which we did at first using shortwave radio receivers, then in the mid-80s making use of then new satellite technology.

Our transition to the new name LifeStyle 74 will take about 1 year.


Weather Forecast

Often cloudy today below about 2000 meters. Maybe some snow flurries yet along the Jura and PreAlps. Sunny above 2000 meters. Max Temps -1 to +1 C. Very cold in the mountains. Max Temp -12 at 2000 meters elevation. Weak to moderate NE winds in the mountains. Weak to moderate Bise winds on the Plateau and Lake Leman areas. Tendency of Joran winds this afternoon along the Jura.

Cloudy N of the Alps, but some sun rays around Lake Leman. Sunnier in the Alps and in Valais. Cold. Max Temp -1 C. Bise winds on the Plateau.

Very Cloudy N of the Alps. Some light precipitation. Snow flurries above 1000 meters. Sunnier and dry in Central Valais. Max Temps 3 to 5.

Very cloudy. Intermittent precipitation. Snow above 1000 meters, notably in the PreAlps. Max Temp 4 C.

Cloudy. Snow flurries, more pronounced along the PreAlps. Max Temp +1 C.

Tuesday and Wednesday
Variable cloudiness. Maybe some snow flurries. Max Temps +1 C.

The extended forecast through February 6th
Low Barometric pressure will continue to cover Western Europe. Sunny periods. But light precipitation at times. Temperatures remaining below normal for the season.

That’s the weather on this Thursday, January 24th, from LifeStyle 74,
heard on DAB+ at Zurich, Sion, Lausanne and Geneva, on 88.8 FM around Lake Leman, and on 88.1 at Annecy.

LifeStyle 74, the new name for RADIO 74, seeks to rebrand and refocus attention towards our program content.

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Focus on France

France tops social welfare spending list, US comes in second

By RFI Issued on 23-01-2019 Modified 23-01-2019 to 14:53

France spent a larger share of its national income on pensions, healthcare, unemployment benefits and other social programs than any other wealthy country last year, according to figures published Wednesday. With private funding added to the mix, the United States was found to be the second-highest spender on welfare.

France spent 31.2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on social programs in 2018, according to figures published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

That puts France well above the 20 percent average the OECD recorded among its 36 member countries.

Belgium ranked second with 28.9 percent of GDP and Finland third at 28.7 percent, while at the far end of the spectrum, Mexico spent only 7.5 percent.

France did not top the list in all categories.

While it was first on health spending (8.8 percent, ahead of the US and Germany), France was third when it comes to spending on pensions (13.9 percent, behind Greece and Italy) and seventh for unemployment, family benefits and other assistance for people of working age.

France is also the only country among the top 10 in the list to have reduced social spending between 2017 and 2018.

When taking private and public funding together, France still tops the spending list at 31.7 percent, with the United States coming in second at 30 percent of national income spent on social welfare programs.

The US only spent 19 percent when looking at public spending alone.

The OECD measures suggest France’s spending makes for one of the most egalitarian societies on the planet; though they also show poverty and inequality would be among the highest in the world, without welfare transfers.

Nonetheless, the Yellow Vest protests of recent months have shown that many people, especially those living in rural areas and small towns, do not feel the French system is working in their favor.

The unrest includes anger over taxes and living costs and the perception that President Macron and his administration are out of touch with their everyday realities.


Yellow Vests: French riot police will now wear body cameras

BBC  Date created : 23/01/2019 - 16:33Latest update : 23/01/2019

Following accusations of police violence at Yellow Vest protests, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced that riot police in Paris will be equipped with body cameras to record their use of rubber bullets and other weapons.

The debate about the use of rubber bullets by French police has recently escalated, as more and more citizens have been injured during the weekly Yellow Vester protests. This has served to fuel the anger of the Yellow Vests and put the government on the defensive.

Attempting to diffuse the situation, Castaner told a committee at the National Assembly on Tuesday that police officers using these weapons would be equipped with body cameras from Saturday January 26, during what will be Act 11 of the Yellow Vest movement.

This decision “responds to the requirement for transparency and the need to lead by example. We owe this to the French people”, the minister then tweeted.

These cameras will have to be activated by the police “at the time of the use of the LBDs (rubber bullets)”, so that in the event of a “debate, dispute or litigation, these images can be produced and used, including in the legal context”, the minister told the committee.

Castaner’s only reservation, he said, was in cases where the police were pushed on the ground and attacked. “I would not object to them using a defense weapon to guarantee their own safety.”

The number of injuries since the start of the Yellow Vest movement on November 17, 2018 is dramatic. Official figures claim that at least 1,000 protestors and 1,000 police have been injured, though some estimate that the number of protestors hurt may actually be double that.

Blindness, broken jaws and broken limbs

The most serious injuries range from people being blinded, losing teeth, and/or sustaining broken jaws, broken ribs and broken limbs.

On January 17, the French public rights defender, Jacques Toubon, called on the government to control the use of weapons police can use in riot situations.

The weapons include rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades.

In 2014, there was a previous proposal to equip police with cameras. This was aimed at ordinary street police in high-crime areas in Paris’s suburbs. Its main purpose was to counter accusations of police racial profiling and of using excessive force during arrests.

Castaner's new proposal is specifically directed at riot police and the plainclothes squad that acts as a support team to help identify known rioters and arrest them. Not all police are armed with rubber bullets and they are expressly for use during riot situations.

The minister said on Friday that he was “stunned” by the accusations of police violence from Yellow Vest protestors. But he also stated that, out of 81 investigations referred to the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN), only four concerned people seriously injured by rubber bullets, and in the eye, since the beginning of the movement last November.

“Of these 81 LBD projectile forensic investigations, there are four vision losses. No injury is acceptable but all must be investigated to determine the reasons for this and the conditions under which it happened,” said Castaner, who last week said he had “never seen a police officer attack a demonstrator”.

Dispute over number of victims

This first official assessment is much lower than the claim that 17 people have lost an eye. This has been put forward by the collective Désarmons-Les (Disarm Them) and the independent journalist David Dufresne, with details, photos and videos to support it.

Faced with the controversy, the head of the national police force, Eric Morvan, reminded his troops a few days ago that the use of rubber bullets must be proportionate and that “the shooter must only target the torso and the upper or lower limbs”.

Rubber bullets and the flash-balls used to fire them have been the subject of heated debate in France for several years.

On Thursday, rights defender Jacques Toubon once again called for the suspension of this weapon to “prevent rather than cure”.

According to training manuals, the police should only use the flash-ball “in cases of absolute necessity” and “in a strictly proportionate manner”. They should not shoot above the shoulders.

However, videos have been flooding the Internet and social networks since the beginning of the Yellow Vest crisis showing that these instructions are not always followed.

A significant number of journalists have also been injured covering the weekly Yellow Vests protests. The journalists have been attacked by both sides, hit with rubber bullets by police and beaten up by protestors.

Reporters without Borders Secretary-General Christophe Deloire called on authorities to take action. "This is anti-democratic blackmail from people who consider they can beat up journalists if they disagree with the way events are covered," he said on France Info radio.

Castaner responded on Twitter that anyone attacking reporters will be brought to justice. "In our democracy, the press must be free... attacking journalists is attacking the right to inform," he said.

What you need to know about the anti-yellow vest protest in Paris

The Local This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @thelocalfrance 23 January 2019

The anti-yellow vest movement 'les foulards rouges' (the red scarves) is due to take to the streets of Paris on Sunday.

It’s to be the first protest of its kind, and aims to protest the violence of some of the more radical anti-government demonstrators who’ve infiltrated the Yellow Vesters.

What's the march?

Three movements, one of which is called the "red scarfs" (foulards rouges) have come together to organize a “March for Republican Liberties” in Paris on Sunday 27 January.

Laurent Segnis, one of the organizers , a 36 years old jurist,  from the outer Paris suburbs, told The Local's columnist John Lichfield: “The Gilets Jaunes have dominated the national conversation for too long. They have legitimate grievances…But nothing justifies their claim to represent the whole people or their desire to tear down the democratic institutions which may be imperfect but protect the weakest most of all.”

Who’s behind the ‘red scarves’ movement?

The main organizer is a group officially called the foulards rouges which was set up by an individual called John Christophe Werner. It has been joined by other smaller groups, all of whom say they are upset by the violence of some who have infiltrated the yellow vest protests, and by calls some have made for the overthrow of state institutions.

What do they want?

Some parts of the movement were initially openly supportive of Macron, but they have since rowed back on backing the embattled president and now say they simply want an end to the unrest that has gripped the country.

How many people will turn out on Sunday for the march?

It is impossible to say but it will almost certainly be much smaller than the tens of thousands who have turned out for the yellow vest demos that have been held every Saturday for the last ten weekends.

Some 26,000 people have declared themselves “interested” and just under 10,000 said they would attend, according to the Facebook page set up for the March to be held on Sunday.


Thousands rally against abortion and medically assisted reproduction in Paris

EuroNews By Alice Cuddy & AP • last updated: 21/01/2019

Here’s a significant story I failed to report on earlier in the week…

Thousands of people rallied in Paris on Sunday against abortion and medically assisted reproduction as part of the annual March for Life.

Marchers chanted: "Everyone for life, life for everyone".

The 13th annual Paris March for Life coincides with the anniversary of the 1975 law that legalized abortion in France.

Protester Serene Perret told AP news agency she wanted to “give a voice to those who have none because they are prevented from having one.”

The demonstrators, who claim to have the backing of Pope Francis and several French bishops, called on doctors across the country to use their "conscientious objection" and stop performing abortions.

They also protested against a recommendation in September by France’s top bioethics body that single women and lesbian couples should have access to medically assisted reproduction.

An estimated 200,000 abortions are performed every year in France, where terminations are legal on demand up to 12 weeks after conception.

A group of pro-abortion protesters also gathered in a counter-demonstration on Sunday.


France distances itself from Italy over ‘colonizer’ remarks

By RFI Issued on 23-01-2019 Modified 23-01-2019 to 20:39

France’s government said on Wednesday it would not enter into what it termed a “stupidity contest” with Italy, following remarks by top officials that have angered Paris, but added it would be difficult for the two countries to work together for the time being.

France’s Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau said Wednesday that the French government would not wage a war of words or retaliate against Rome, adding working meetings and visits between the two countries were mostly out of the question for the time being.

Loiseau’s remarks follow verbal attacks against French President Macron from officials in Italy’s government in recent days.

On Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio accused Paris of fueling the flow of migrants to Europe by continuing to “colonize” Africa.

“The EU should sanction France, and all countries like France, that impoverish Africa and make these people leave,” Di Maio said, adding, “if people are leaving today it’s because European countries, France above all, have never stopped colonizing dozens of African countries.”

The remarks led France to summon Italy’s ambassador in protest on Monday.

The same day, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he hoped French voters would soon free themselves from Macron’s administration.

“I feel close, with all my heart, to the French people, the millions of men and women who live in France under a terrible government and terrible president,” Salvini said in a Facebook video.

Di Maio and Salvini have also voiced support for the Yellow Vest protesters challenging Macron’s policies and style of governing.

Macron has targeted the Italian government as he sought to form a pro-Europe alliance of parties ahead of European elections this Spring, and said last year that populists including Salvini were right to see him as their “main opponent”.

Macron has also denounced Italy’s hard-line stance on refusing migrants.

But more recently, French officials have largely refused to respond to retaliatory statements coming from Italy.


French universities resist fee hike for international students

By RFI Issued on 23-01-2019 Modified 23-01-2019 to 15:58

Several universities in France say they will not impose an increase in tuition fees for students coming from outside the European Union, in defiance of a government decision.

The universities, which depend for much of their income on the government, say they were not given enough notice about the change in policy, which is supposed to take effect in September.

The government wants to attract more international students.

A recent survey suggests that the relatively low tuition fees charged in France compared to the US and UK makes French universities appear less prestigious in the eyes of international students.

The new higher fees still compare very favorably with many other international institutions.

Undergraduate fees are to go up from 170 euros per year to 2,770 euros and Master’s students will pay 3,770 euros from September, up from the current 243 euros.

The government has refused to delay the introduction of the new fees but says it is ready to widen the pool of those eligible for scholarships or fee waivers.

A spokesperson for the CPU, which represents French university presidents, pointed out that a change in fees could affect partnerships and exchange agreements already in place with other universities around the world. Universities also maintain that they will need more staff to deal with the fee change.

In the last few days, universities in Rennes, Lyon, Toulouse, and Aix-Marseille are among those who say they will stick with the current fees.

However they insist they are not opposed in principle to a hike in the fees charged to international students, but say more time is needed to prepare.

Student unions in France largely oppose the move. They support free education for all, and label any fee hike for international students as discriminatory.


Dangerous chemicals found in nappy tests by French authority

BBC - 23 Jan 2019

France's national health agency Anses says it has found chemicals in babies' nappies (diapers) that exceed safety levels.

Tests found levels above safety thresholds for substances potentially dangerous to human health, and lower levels of others including the controversial weed killer glyphosate.

Anses said its nappy tests were the first of their kind in the world.

It has called for rapid action "considering the possible risks these chemicals may pose" to babies.

France's Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said there was "no serious or immediate risk" to babies' health.

But a joint statement by the health, finance and environment ministers said the government had given nappy manufacturers 15 days to come up with an action plan aimed at getting rid of the toxic substances.

Ms Buzyn said the government would accept a delay of up to six months for production methods to change.

What did they find?

The study was done on a number of different brands of single-use nappies available in the French market.

Some 4,000 such nappies might be used in the first three years of a baby's life, Anses said.

The report did not name the brands it tested, beyond saying it was representative of the French market. Some nappy brands available in France are also sold in other countries.


That’s Focus on France, heard week-days at this time here on LifeStyle 74.
You’ll find this newscast on the front page of our website later this morning… www.radio74.org You can also listen to our on line streaming, and most importantly, please donate at our website to keep these programs on the air.
www.radio74.org The LifeStyle 74 team will be indeed grateful.

I’m Ron Myers


Raising bilingual kids in France is a daily workout

The Local This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @thelocalfrance 23 January 2019

It's very rewarding to raise your children in a bilingual household and hear them slipping seamlessly from one language into another. But it's also hard work, writes Emilie King, the mother of two Franco-British children.

One of the joys of raising bilingual kids is not only seeing the way they switch so effortlessly from one language to another, but how they almost slip into different personas when doing so.

My ten-year-old daughter certainly seems to do that. Talking French, she's as Parisian as you get, naturally full of Parisian sophistication (something I've finally given up on despite stubbornly persisting over all these years - either you have it or you don't).

In English, her French mannerisms slip away and she turns into something of an English rose, all softly-spoken and polite.

Looking at her today, I sometimes forget that raising her to be bilingual wasn't as simple as it looks. My amazed very monolingual French in-laws think it is all magically merveilleux, but in truth it hasn't always been plain sailing.

"They just pick it up!", "Kids are like sponges!" are frequent well-meaning but quite frankly irritating comments I've heard many times when I've questioned the ability of my children to become perfectly fluent in both languages.

For a start, my youngest daughter who's seven refuses point blank to speak any English at all. I'm absolutely forbidden from uttering even a single word of English at all anywhere near the school - lest she combust from sheer embarrassment.

Although she understands every word and can no doubt speak it, at this point I need to hear it to believe it, because she simply never does, except when she's visiting her family in the UK and really HAS to (and even then, not within earshot of me, her mother).

This is where we stand today. Over the years, ensuring English is as important in our family as French has actually been in my experience quite hard work.

I was also raised bilingual, but my mother is British and English is my mother tongue. So when my first daughter was born, English flowed out as the natural language in which to address my children.

To this day, I persist in only speaking English to them at home, where I feel permanently engaged in some kind of daily intensive linguistic workout. I speak French to my French husband, as do the girls, but I always respond in English and I permanently try to resist the urge to slip into Franglais - more or less successfully.

In reality, this state of affairs translates into a bit of a language muddle at home.

Sometimes the kids can't help mixing everything up. At bed time for example, my youngest always says: "Tu peux me 'tuck me in"? (the language police wouldn't condone this type of thing I'm sure, but I actually find it quite charming).

When they were much younger, getting the kids' English up to scratch was one of the reasons we went to live in the UK for a few years where my eldest was old enough to go to school. My youngest was too young, which probably accounts for her reticence today. The kids spoke very little French when we returned, and I must admit it was quite amazing to see how fast they caught up.

French is now their dominant language as the kids go to the local French primary school. So now we're back, I make sure there's as much English at home as possible: the children mainly watch films in English and I always read to them in English too.

On top of that I must admit, to take the load off a bit, a very pleasant English student comes round once a week to give the girls a hand with English reading and writing.

For secondary, I'm keen for the girls to attend a school that caters for native English speakers in some way or another. At that stage, I feel that if we don't go that step further and intensify their English learning, it won't happen “just like that.”

But I could be wrong. It's a topic that often crops up among my friends in France who are in the same situation, and their children vary.

Many appear to have picked up English pretty naturally. Some parents chose to put their children in bilingual schools from the start, which helps, as does of course if both parents are native English speakers and it's the only language spoken at home.

Another one of my friends, a French-British couple who live just outside Paris never bothered about English education at all and their daughter still ended up studying in a UK university.

Like so many things when it comes to bringing up children, everyone has their own way of doing things and each child is different.

But there is a general consensus among experts that children who speak several languages benefit in many ways in the long term. So I'll keep fighting doggedly on, and hope one day that my youngest will see the benefits of being fluent in both the language of Shakespeare and Molière.

And soon, who knows, she might even stop turning crimson every time I make the outrageous faux-pas of talking English anywhere outside the home.

You can read this story on “The Local” News Website. www.TheLocal.fr


British Embassy Announces Annemasse Brexit Meeting

The British Embassy in Paris is continuing this year with its outreach meetings, giving information to Britons in the run-up to Brexit.

The British Embassy in Paris will be holding an event in Annemasse on Monday, February 11th, for British nationals in our area, to update on Brexit negotiations with regards to citizens' rights and to answer questions.

The event will begin with a brief introduction and then the floor will open for questions.

If you would like to attend one of these meetings you must register in advance.


Note: after signing up, you should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. Closer to the date of the event, we will email the location of the meeting to all attendees. If you do not see the email, please check your spam folder. If you still haven't received an email, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please make sure to bring a photo ID with you to the meeting.

--> More information for British citizens living in France are available on our website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-france

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