The English service at RFI
French international radio first broadcast in English on the shortwave Poste Colonial station in the early 1930s. English-language broadcasting from France then existed in different organisations before becoming part of RFI when it was created in 1975.
Today, RFI is part of the Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France group with other overseas broadcasters like TV5Monde and France 24. RFI's English-language service has over 40 journalists and producers in its Paris office with a wide network of correspondents around the world.
We broadcast live in English for four hours every morning, with our “Paris Live” programme. On the hour and on the half-hour, we broadcast a 10’ / 13' bulletin of world news. This is followed by analysis of world affairs, live reports from correspondents and on-the-ground reports from France and around the world.
The English service is just one of RFI's language services, we also broadcast in Kiswahili (from Dar es Salaam), Hausa (from Lagos), Spanish, Portugese, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. Radio France Internationale as a whole has over 1,000 employees, with a global network of 600 correspondents.
Our English-language programmes are available on our website for 24 hours after they go out. You can also subscribe to podcasts of different parts of the broadcast.
Information on our frequencies (FM, Shortwave, Internet, Mobile phone, Satellite) is available on our website. Shortwave reception reports are welcome by post or email.
Our postal address is: 80 rue Camille-Desmoulins, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux
Our broadcast styleguide is available here as a pdf file
A press dossier in English for Radio France Internationale is available here as a pdf file