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    A new French language geopolitical discussion program hosted by internationally syndicated columnist and broadcast veteran Rachel Marsden launched in March on Sputnik France.

    "World Disorder with Rachel Marsden" is a 26 minute program airing twice weekly from Sputnik Paris studio, focusing on international geopolitical issues and deconstructing the stories behind the rhetoric. Each episode opens with Marsden's signature commentary, followed by a discussion with a guest expert. The program is broadcasted in France and available online at fr.sputniknews.com

    Known around the world for the often counter-intuitive and surprising positions expressed in her longtime weekly syndicated Tribune Media analysis published by over 100 media outlets, Canadian-born Marsden's background includes appearance as an analyst on CNN, CNBC, Al Jazeera, LCI TV France, France 24, LCP TV France, Paris Premiere, iTele (France), Global Television (Canada) and Sirius Satellite Radio, and serving as a Washington-based think-tank director during the George W. Bush administration. She has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Spectator, the Daily Telegraph (U.K.), The Independent (U.K.), New York Post, New York Daily News, Toronto Sun, National Post, Courrier International (France), among others. Now based in Paris for over 7 years, she lectures at Sciences Po University and has served as a geopolitical and business risk consultant for over a decade. 

    "I want to play the role of referee," says Marsden. "Attending NHL hockey games in Canada as a kid, I have two distinct memories: Wayne Gretzky's face being smashed into the glass inches away from mine…and the crowd constantly yelling at the referee. The ref's job is to ensure fair play and to catch and expose things that others don't, either because they can't see or because they're blinded by their own biases. There's inherent controversy in this kind of independent critical thought, but it's also a lot of fun." 

    "I'm excited to be part of the Sputnik News lineup and to work with the team of young, international, and bright professionals at the Paris bureau," says Marsden.

    "It's refreshing that Sputnik has insisted on independent thought and analysis as the heart and soul of this program from the very outset. That kind of integrity is rare these days, but critical to gaining the trust and confidence of the audience. I think it's something that sets this show apart."

    Commenting on the launch, head of Sputnik France Natalia Novikova said "Sputnik is delighted to welcome Rachel on board. We are sure that our francophone audience, both in France and Canada, will highly appreciate our new program, staying with us at fr.sputniknews.com". 

    Sputnik (sputniknews.com) is a news agency and radio network with multimedia news hubs in dozens of countries. Sputnik broadcasts through its websites in over 30 languages, as well as analog and digital radio, mobile apps and social media. Sputnik newswires, available by subscription, run around the clock in English, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese.

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