Hello @Gazumbo and welcome.
In any language, the natives speakers always speak quickly and it’s quite difficult to get them as a learner.
For advancing, try to watch the videos are translated to your native language firstly to start getting used to it and that will make you improving your hearing skills without efforts.
After that, you can watch the videos with French subtitles ( you right… the subtitles and the translations aren’t that good generally ) then you check the videos without subtitles sometimes.
I think the best way to improve your hearing skills is to watch news cuz the journalists speak clearly, properly and making sure to pronounce well.
You can also be continued watching the instructional streams cuz the creators are accompanying their content with subtitles.
I was watching the comedians(to keep motivation) who do the sketches in my native language and French ( I could get them by the context ) and that gots me to learn new expressions more than that I found easy to pronounce them… the comedians usually tell their real stories so common vocabularies and expressions.
For media, I recommend «linguistica app», there is a lot of the podcasts with their materials but you should try writing what you’re hearing before seeing the materials to keep advancing.
@Gazumbo, Do your best💪