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‘… Suivez-vous l'affaire Snowden?’

‘… Are you following the Snowden affair?’

The affair which surrounds former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, is still in the news.

(Snowden revealed details of government surveillance programmes to the press saying, in effect, that the daily communications of ordinary citizens are being monitored.)

Snowden's actions are the topic of conversation between Jules and Zoë in this new lesson. We'll learn how to use a range of interesting expressions, including:

  • faire la une (de la presse) = to hit the headlines
  • Ça te dit quelque chose? = Does that mean anything to you?/Does that ring a bell?
  • être dans de beaux draps = to be in a fine mess
  • C'est pas de pot = It's tough luck
  • se débrouiller = to get oneself out of (a fix)
  • s'en laver les mains = to wash one's hands of it
  • être sidéré par = to be astounded by
  • une tempête dans un verre d'eau ≈ a storm in a teacup
  • and more.

Let's get started.

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