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Feb

29

2012

'Sarkozy – Hollande: duel à couteaux tirés'

L'expression en être à couteaux tirés avec quelqu'un

The presidential campaign is intensifying in France. A headline in one of the broadsheets characterised the battle between front-runners Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande as un duel à couteaux tirés, in other words 'a duel with knives drawn'. Though Mr Hollande is still ahead in the polls, his lead is diminishing.… Read More

Feb

27

2012

Mahler… interrompu!…

If you're a music lover, our next lesson will be of interest to you.

At a recent performance of the New York Philharmonic, concert-goers were dismayed to hear the incongruous and persistent sound of a marimba ring out from the very first row of the auditorium at a key moment.… Read More

Feb

26

2012

"Hollande: 'secourir Edith Bouvier'"

le verbe secourir

This article from Le Figaro focuses attention on the plight of French journalist, Edith Bouvier, seriously wounded in Homs, Syria. For more than a week, bombs have rained down on Homs. One dares not estimate the number of victims beneath the rubble. Survivors lack all necessities: water, electricity and food.… Read More

Feb

18

2012

The adverb bien

A powerful word which can mean well, very, good, really, etc.

Bien is an adverb but can occasionally behave as an adjective, too.… Read More

Feb

17

2012

'Le travail dominical revient dans le débat présidentiel'

This article from today's Figaro highlights the issue of Sunday store opening times.

It has been a theme raised in recent days by the frontrunning presidential candidates in France, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande. Furthermore, it is an issue that has never really gone away since the controversial loi Maillé which permits businesses to trade in certain tourist areas and in major population centres.… Read More

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Lesson no: 195, Level: Intermediate

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The Trump presidency is nearing the mid-term elections in November. Mr Trump – arguably more than any other American president – has polarised opinions. Let’s talk about the first half of his mandate and what has being going on in recent weeks.

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Lesson no: 194, Level: Intermediate

France: la réforme de l’accès à l’université

Traditionally, French high school graduates have been guaranteed public university places, regardless of the grades achieved in their baccalauréat. This, however, has resulted in very high drop-out rates. It is hoped that, from 2018, proposed reforms will result in a more efficient means of access to university.

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Lesson no: 193, Level: Intermediate

Que penses-tu du Brexit?

Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union was widely controversial and continues to be so. Brexit – from a French perspective – is at the centre of our conversation this time.

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Lesson no: 192, Level: Intermediate

Le transfert de Neymar: comment expliquer une telle outrance?

The transfer of Brazilian footballer, Neymar, smashed all records in terms of the colossal sums of money involved. Are such sporting investments really justified? Let’s talk about that.

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Lesson no: 191, Level: Intermediate

Je vais m’offrir un téléphone basique

Our lesson this time was inspired by a recent article entitled “Has the smartphone destroyed a generation?” A provocative title indeed, but one that got us thinking. C’est parti!

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