This week, Helen and Stephen discuss French politics: who are the viable candidates for president and what would a Marine Le Pen victory mean for Europe? Also up for debate is Keir Starmer’s speech, how Labour should best take on the Tories, and our hosts’ own experiences of a vicarage Christmas.
And finally, you ask us: Why is Theresa May determined to include students in her immigration targets?
(Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush)
– Now read Stephen’s profile of Manuel Valls, a contender for the French presidency.
– And look out for Caroline Crampton’s report on girl choristoers in this year’s Christmas edition of the magazine.
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