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  • 400%

    Meghan Markle helped boost sales of yellow clothing this year at British chain of high-end department stores John Lewis. The chain has recorded a 400 per cent increase in yellow dress sales over the past year. In its annual retail report, John Lewis also reveals that searches for ‘yellow’ skyrocketed after the Duchess of Sussex wore a bright yellow dress at a Commonwealth reception in July.

    to boost/stimuler - high-end/haut de gamme - department store/grand magasin - to record/enregistrer - increase/augmentation - retail/vente au détail - to skyrocket/grimper en flèche - bright/ici, vif

    Publié le 9/11/2018

  • 400

    400 people were paid to take part in an experimental cinema project led by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, a Russian film director. For the art film Dau, 400 citizens lived for three years in a meticulously-constructed set replicating a research institute from the Stalin-era. The set was located just outside Kharkov, in Ukraine. During the shooting, which ended in 2011, the “actors” were monitored 24-7 by surveillance cameras. They had to live and behave as if they were in a Soviet-era totalitarian regime and would be fined if, for instance, they smuggled in phones. Dau, which is a biopic about the Soviet physicist Lev Landau, will be shown to the public for the first time at an art installation in Berlin this month.

    film director/réalisateur – citizen/citoyen ici, personne – set/plateau, décor - to replicate/reproduire - Stalin-era/époque stalinienne - to locate/situer – shooting/tournage - to monitor/surveiller - to behave/se comporter - to fine/infliger une amende - to smuggle in/ici, introduire en douce – biopic/film biographique – physicist/physicien

    Publié le 1/10/2018

  • 350

    On August 16, about 350 American media outlets posted editorials denouncing Donald Trump’s criticisms of the media. Since his election, the American president has often ranted about "fake news" and called the news media "the enemy of the people". Trump responded to the coordinated action with a series of tweet, one of them saying: "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS." The Senate, on the other hand, adopted a resolution reaffirming "the vital and indispensable role the free press serves to inform the electorate."

    media outlet/média, organe de presse - to post/ici, publier - to rant about (sth-sb)/fulminer contre (qch-qqn) - on the other hand/d'autre part; ici, quant à lui - to serve/ici, jouer

    Publié le 3/09/2018

  • 5-4

    In the United States, the Supreme Court has upheld Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from several predominantly Muslim countries — also called "travel ban". The court made its decisions in a 5-to-4 vote. It is the third and final version of this controversial executive order that was approved. The court’s conservatives said that the US president’s power to secure the country’s borders should not be undermined by his past contentious statements about Muslims, while the court’s liberals, led by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, strongly denounced the ruling. The decision endowed Trump with a major political victory ahead of the midterm elections.

    to uphold, held, held/valider, maintenir - executive order/décret (présidentiel) - to ban/interdire - to secure/protéger – border/frontière - to undermine/miner, affaiblir – contentious/controversé – statement/déclaration – ruling/décision, jugement - to endow with/ici, offrir à - ahead of/avant, dans la perspective de

    Publié le 5/07/2018

  • 2,4 millions

    James Harrison, an 81-year-old Australian man who has given blood a record-breaking 1,173 times, made his final donation last month. When he was 14, James Harrison needed numerous blood transfusions to survive an operation, and he has given blood every few weeks across Australia since then. Along the way, health professionals discovered that he carried a precious antibody that is used to make a medication that combats rhesus disease. He became known as the “Man with the Golden Arm” and received a Medal of Order in Australia. Thanks to his donations, he helped to save 2.4 million babies.

    blood/sang - record-breaking/qui bat tous les records - numerous/nombreux - every few/tous les deux ou trois - since then/depuis lors - along the way/au fil du temps - health/santé - disease/maladie - thanks to/grâce à

    Publié le 7/06/2018

  • 20 m

    Famous artist, Christo, has started working on his latest installation, a mastaba (referring to the trapezoidal structure used as a tomb in ancient Egypt) that will float on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, in London. The artwork, made from thousands of barrels, will be 20 metres tall, 30 metres wide and 40 metres long. It will be unveiled on or around 20 June, in conjunction with an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery devoted to Christo and his late wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude.

    Serpentine/lac artificiel couvrant 11 hectares situé à Hyde Park, à Londres - artwork/œuvre d'art - barrel/baril - to unveil/dévoiler, présenter au public - exhibition/exposition - to be devoted to/être consacré à - late/défunt(e)

    Publié le 23/04/2018

  • $40,000

    This is what actress Claire Foy earned for each episode of the first two series of The Crown. Her male co-star Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip (a supporting role in the drama), earned more, as was revealed last month by the TV show’s producers. They said that Matt Smith was worth more because of his higher profile from his days in Doctor Who, but this pay gap caused indignation, as Claire Foy was the drama’s lead actress and won several awards for her role. The producers have announced that in the future, the lead actress would not be paid less.

    to earn/gagner (de par son travail) - to play/ici, jouer le rôle de, interpréter - supporting role/second rôle – drama/ici, série (télévisée) – show/ici, série (télévisée) - to be worth/valoir - high profile/notoriété - pay gap/écart salarial - to cause/susciter – lead/ici, principal – several/plusieurs

    Publié le 30/03/2018

  • $25.2m

    The Black Panther Marvel movie grossed a record-breaking $25.2m at the box office on its opening night in the United States and in Canada. It is the second-highest grossing Marvel movie on opening night, behind Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie has kept on breaking records at the box office for weeks after its release. It is the first blockbuster superhero film by a black director starring a mostly black cast (including big stars such as Chadwick Boseman, Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o), and it is extremely successful worldwide.

    to gross/rapporter (recette brute) - record-breaking/battant tous les records - opening/première (projection) - Avengers: Age of Ultron/Avengers : L'Ère d'Ultron (2015) - release/sortie - blockbuster/superproduction - to star/mettre en scène - cast/distribution (acteurs)

    Publié le 5/03/2018

  • Brexit: 58% of Britons in favour of a second referendum

    According to a recent ICM/Guardian poll, most Britons support a second referendum to have "a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK’s departure are known." As Prime Minister Theresa May attempts to negotiate a divorce deal with the EU, the survey, carried out in mid-January, found that 47% of British voters said they supported this idea while 34% oppose reopening the question. Without including people who were undecided, this gives a lead of 58% to 42% for a second referendum. As pointed out by British newspaper The Guardian, the increased backing has come "from both sides of the debate, with one-quarter of leave voters in favour of having another referendum on the final deal."

    Briton/Britannique - according to/d'après - poll/sondage d’opinion - to support/ici, être en faveur de - final say/dernier mot - terms/conditions - as/alors que - to attempt to/tenter de - deal/accord - survey/sondage - to carry out/effectuer - to find, found, found/ici, montrer, révéler - voter/électeur - while/alors, tandis que - to reopen/rouvrir, reprendre, relancer - lead/avance, avantage - to/ici, contre - to point out/souligner - increased/accru, appuyé, renforcé - backing/soutien - side/côté, ici, partie

    Publié le 5/02/2018

  • Donald Trump has signed the $1.5 Trillion Tax cut Into Law

    President Donald Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law last month, giving him his first legislative victory. This new law gives big cuts to corporations and wealthy Americans and more modest reductions to other families. However, Trump insists the law is a win a for the middle class and that even though polling indicates the tax cut is unpopular, “the numbers will speak” for themselves. The US president has called it ‘the biggest tax cut, the biggest reform of all time’. The tax law is the largest since 1986 and could add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

    trillion/mille milliards - tax cut/réduction d'impôt – overhaul/refonte, réforme (globale) – corporation/entreprise – win/victoire – polling/sondages

    Publié le 4/01/2018

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