Obama, Gillard, French unrest, Andy Coulson

In this week’s podcast: With the mid-term elections looming we look at where the Democrats are in the popularity stakes and we ask whether Obama’s promise to fight for an extension of tax breaks for the majority of Americans will be enough to save the party. After that we look to Australia and the formation of the first minority government in over 60 years. We then turn to France and the strikes and protest that have greeted efforts to raise the French retirement age. And finally we look at the latest political scandal here in Britain concerning the prime minister’s press secretary and what this could mean for Cameron.

Presented by Gideon Rachman, with Richard McGregor and Ben Fenton in the studio, Ed Luce in Washington and Ben Hall in Paris – interviewed by Fiona Symon.

Produced by LJ Filotrani