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Our Advanced French weekly program will allow you to listen to a normal speed conversation in real everyday French spoken in France. You will not only improve your oral and reading comprehension of the language, you will also be more attuned to the French mind and way of regarding at the news. Each week our engaging hosts will share with you their views on international and French events and help you think and feel as a native French.
 
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Nous commencerons par discuter de quelques nouvelles qui ont fait les gros titres cette semaine. Tout d'abord, nous commenterons un rapport spécial publié il y a une semaine par le groupe de défense des droits de l'homme Amnesty International, dans lequel l'Ukraine est accusée de mettre en danger les civils. Ensuite, nous aborderons l'adoption par …
 
Kenya's outgoing Deputy President William Ruto has won a narrow victory in the presidential election over his rival Raila Odinga. However, four of the seven election commissioners have contested the results. Also, 49 Ivorian soldiers have been charged as mercenaries in Mali. Ivory Coast contests the claim, saying the troops were sent as reinforceme…
 
A report released by Amnesty International marking one year since the withdrawal of US and NATO troops concludes that the Taliban has decimated the rights of girls and women in Afghanistan. To understand exactly what's happening in the country today, FRANCE 24 spoke to Dr. Habiba Sarabi, a former Afghan minister for women's affairs and former gover…
 
Dans la première partie de notre émission, comme toujours, nous commenterons quelques nouvelles qui ont fait les gros titres cette semaine. Tout d'abord, nous parlerons de la frappe américaine en Afghanistan, qui a tué le 30 juillet, Ayman al-Zawahiri, le chef d'Al-Qaïda. Nous commenterons également la visite de la présidente de la Chambre des repr…
 
IN THE PRESS – August 2: We begin by looking at reactions to the US drone strike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Also, papers lambast US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Taiwan for spurring tensions with China at a thorny time in geopolitics. Finally, French teenagers swap their phones for fishing rods (sort of) and disco…
 
Nous commenterons d’abord l'accord conclu mardi par l'Union européenne sur une politique commune concernant le gaz naturel. Nous verrons également pourquoi plusieurs nations européennes ont décidé d’envisager le retour du service militaire obligatoire. Ensuite, dans la partie science et technologie de notre émission, nous parlerons du projet d'une …
 
Ireland's foreign minister has told France 24 that Dublin sees the United Kingdom's search for a new prime minister as "an opportunity for a fresh start" in the two countries' relations. This Friday, the European Commission launched new legal action against the government of Boris Johnson — this, as it pushes on with moves to unilaterally breach pa…
 
As August 15 marks one year since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, we again report on the plight of Afghan women. Annette Young talks to Fawzia Aminy, a Supreme Court judge who managed to escape to Britain via Greece within weeks of Kabul falling, and to the woman who helped facilitate her rescue, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the director of…
 
Unpronounceable volcanoes, Björk, Vikings, Game of Thrones – these are some of the things you might think of relating to Iceland. This remote and fascinating island, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with a population of 360,000 people, is one of the most creative nations in the world. Is it due to isolation, the inspiration from nature o…
 
Poursuivons maintenant avec quelques informations qui ont fait les gros titres cette semaine. Tout d'abord, nous aborderons la canicule qui a battu des records en Europe et au Royaume-Uni. Nous discuterons également de la condamnation par la Cour suprême espagnole d’une règle « discriminatoire » qui empêche les femmes de petite taille de rejoindre …
 
The pandemic and a weak economic recovery have pushed back progress on closing the gender gap around the world. Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, says that issues including family care policies, an increasingly digital economy, and ongoing struggles in certain industries have all been setbacks for women. The WEF Global G…
 
Progressive US lawmaker Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was arrested on Tuesday at an abortion rights protest. Donning bandanas reading "We won't back down", she along with other prominent Democratic lawmakers marched from the Capitol building to the Supreme Court, denouncing the Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. In total, 35 people were arrested, …
 
Vladimir Putin works his Middle East connections. For his first international outing since the war in Ukraine, he went to Iran to meet with supreme leader Ali Khamenei and Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Iran and Russia are seeking closer ties in the face of Western sanctions. Also on the agenda: negotiations over blockaded imports of Ukrai…
 
Although Ottawa defends itself, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration found that Canada’s immigration process could be ridden with bias and racial prejudice. In 2021, the rejection rate for visas for French-speaking African students was close to 70%. A processing software used by the ministry called Chinook was also targeted by the …
 
As Sri Lanka's protest movement reaches 100 days, the people proudly and defiantly said that their fight is not over. Indeed, in addition to political uncertainty, the country faces a long list of problems, with years of mismanagement coupled with external shocks. The coronavirus pandemic has battered the tourism industry, and the war in Ukraine ha…
 
No matter the state of the world, fashion’s job is to keep people dreaming. By emphasising the power of artistry, fashion not only provides welcome distraction, but props up the economy – and can also be subtly political. At Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri is working hand-in-hand with Kyiv-based artist Olesia Trofymenko. Jean-Paul Gaultier meanwhile, now…
 
Summer is here in France — an opportune moment for us to look back on this last parliamentary season in Europe, which got underway in September 2021.For FRANCE 24's Europe team, our job involves travelling around the continent to hear from locals and decision-makers in EU member states. Here are a few moments that stood out for us in our last few p…
 
In the Sahel, the number of informal mines is rising as gold mining areas escape state control. Mali is emerging as a gold-purchasing hub for Sahelian countries, while Dubai has become the main destination for artisanal gold production from the African continent. From the hidden smelters of Bamako to the artisanal mines of the Ivory Coast and a maj…
 
Tout d'abord, nous commenterons les révélations sans précédent du Guardian sur plus de 124 000 documents, connus sous le nom de « Uber Files », dévoilant les activités controversées de la société Uber entre 2013 et 2017. Nous discuterons également du récent rapport d'Eurostat, indiquant que la population de l'UE est en baisse pour la deuxième année…
 
With a minimum of 30 days of paid leave per year, French people have the reputation of being on vacation all the time. During the summer months of July and August, parts of the country virtually shut down. So, what do they do with these cherished “congés payés”?By FRANCE 24 English
 
This month marks 80 years since the Vél d'Hiv roundup, when French police detained 13,000 Parisian Jews, including 4,000 children, acting on orders from occupying German forces and their French allies in the Vichy Regime. Many were first sent to the Vélodrome d'Hiver stadium, which gave its name to this sinister chapter of French history, before be…
 
La première partie de l'épisode d'aujourd'hui sera consacrée à l'actualité. Nous parlerons de la machine de propagande russe qui diffuse de fausses allégations sur les nazis ukrainiens. Ensuite, nous discuterons d'une fusillade meurtrière qui a eu lieu dans un centre commercial de Copenhague. Dans la section science et technologie, nous partagerons…
 
After forcing the Russians out of Snake Island, Ukrainians endure the shelling of civilians. Is Vladimir Putin also sending a calling card to NATO after an historic summit that has pledged its biggest boost in troops since the Cold War and approved new members Finland and Sweden? Also, what Xi Jinping means by "true democracy" when he travels to Ho…
 
This French Renaissance-style castle would probably have remained largely unknown if it hadn't become home to the secret wife of Louis XIV, Madame de Maintenon. Françoise d'Aubigné – her real name – was a woman of humble origins who is often compared to Cinderella. After Louis secretly married her, the Château de Maintenon underwent numerous transf…
 
Tout d'abord, nous commenterons des moments forts du sommet du G-7 qui s'est déroulé du 26 au 28 juin à Schloss Elmau, en Allemagne. Ensuite, dans le contexte de l’abrogation de l'arrêt « Roe contre Wade », nous examinerons la position d'une église du Texas sur l'avortement. Nous discuterons également d'un nouveau rapport publié le 22 juin par la r…
 
The International Monetary Fund has concluded "constructive" talks with the government of Sri Lanka over a possible bailout. The island is facing its worst economic crisis on record, with protests over food, fuel and medicine shortages. Also on the show: why France is faring better than its neighbours when it comes to inflation. Plus FRANCE 24's Ma…
 
Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine is breathing new life into NATO, which has not only committed to turbocharging its eastern flank but is now more than doubling its borders with Russia, as Finland and Sweden join an alliance that has rediscovered its purpose.By FRANCE 24 English
 
Nous commencerons notre émission en passant en revue quelques nouvelles qui ont fait la une des journaux cette semaine. Nous aborderons d'abord la hausse de l'inflation dans la zone euro, qui a atteint 8,1 % en mai. Ensuite, nous commenterons la décision du journaliste russe Dmitry Muratov de vendre aux enchères sa médaille du prix Nobel pour 98,3 …
 
Comme d'habitude, nous commencerons notre émission en passant en revue quelques nouvelles qui ont fait les gros titres cette semaine. Tout d'abord, nous commenterons les plans du gouvernement britannique pour supprimer certaines clauses de l'accord post-Brexit connu sous le nom de protocole de l'Irlande du Nord, qui ont été convenues avec l'UE en 2…
 
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